University of Salford Manchester

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme: Entry Routes

Applicants for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme are recommended on the basis of their application submitted through UCAS. Those applicants recommended for the scheme will be notified via either the offer through UCAS or via communication from our admissions team.

If you have any questions about your UCAS application please contact the admissions team on ug-admissions@salford.ac.uk

Route 1: Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL)

APL is used for courses in Business and Law, Health Sciences, Environment & Life Sciences and Arts & Media. Your offer will detail what you need to do next if you are recommended to proceed with this route.

APL allows us to consider students who may not have the traditional entry criteria but do have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. Assessment may consider employer references, previous coursework/examinations or a portfolio of your work.

If you have any questions about the APL route, please contact Ruth Potts at r.potts@salford.ac.uk.

Route 2: MSAP-UK test

The MSAP-UK test is used for courses in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Computing, Science & Engineering (some courses in CSE require a preliminary maths test), and the Built Environment. Your offer will detail what you need to do next if you are recommended to proceed with this route.

The MSAP-UK test is a combination of two of the three modules listed below. The modules are assigned to each course based on recommendations made by academic staff at the University of Salford. Please see the tables below in the 'Module Breakdown by course' section to find out which modules you will need to take.

A brief description of the test modules can be seen below. You can find out more and book your test by visiting the MSAP-UK website. You should only book onto the test once you have received instructions in your offer from Salford

The test (MSAP-UK) is administered by our partners, ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research).

MSAP-UK module information

Module one – Written English: One Hour

This module involves two writing tasks. The responses will be assessed on:

  • The content of the piece of writing;
  • The structure and organisation developed;
  • The language used to organise and present what is said;

Module two – Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences: One hour

There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with four responses to choose from. There is only one correct response. The questions focus on your understanding of ideas in language. Some questions will ask candidates to identify the main idea in a passage, or interpret specific words and phrases.

Module three – Reasoning in the Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences: One hour

There are 35 questions in multiple-choice format with four responses to choose from. There is only one correct response. The questions focus on comprehension, application, decision making and solving scientific and mathematical information. Some questions require candidates to interpret figures, identify connections, relationships and patterns. Other questions will require basic calculation, estimation and application of equations.

Module 1 (Written English) and 3 (Reasoning in the Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences)
Course Code Title
8H47 BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
B701 BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse (Adult)
B702 BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse (Child)
B720 BSc (Hons) Midwifery
B760 BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
BL75 BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work
F300 BSc (Hons) Physics
F303 MPhys (Hons) Physics
F304 MPhys (Hons) Physics with Studies in North America
F310 BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics
F384 BSc (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
F385 MPhys (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
G100 BSc (Hons) Mathematics
G400 BSc (Hons) Computer Science
G406 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Professional Experience
G421 BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
G4G0 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security
G4G2 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security with Professional Experience Year
G4G3 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Data Analytics
G4G4 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Data Analytics with Professional Experience Year
G4W1 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Web Development 
G4W2 BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Web Development with Professional Experience Year
G600 BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
G601 BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with Professional Experience
GN13 BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
GN14 BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics with Professional Experience
H200 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
H208 BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
H210 MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
H301 MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
H304 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
H341 BEng (Hons) Audio Acoustics
H404 MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H410 BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H490 BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
H491 BSc (Hons) Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies
H492 MEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
H649 BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology
H8H3 BEng (Hons) Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering
HK21 MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
HK2C BEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
K100 BSc (Hons) Architecture
K132 BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering
K190/K193 BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
K200/K201/K202 BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
K210/K211/K212/K213 MSci (Hons) Building Surveying
K230/K233/K234 BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
K240/K243/K244 BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
L500 BA (Hons) Social Work Studies
N230/N231/N232 BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
Module 1  (Written English) and 2 (Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Course Code Title
B9C8 BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Practice)
L300 BSc (Hons) Sociology
L400 BSc (Hons) Social Policy
LM39 BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
M900 BSc (Hons) Criminology
M905 BSc (Hons) Criminology and Counselling