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, 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
B701 BSc (Hons) Nursing/RN Adult
B702 BSc (Hons) Nursing/RN Children and Young People's
B760 BSc (Hons) Nursing/RN Mental Health
BL75 BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work
B720 BSc (Hons) Midwifery (156 weeks)
L500 BA (Hons) Social Work
H341 BEng (Hons) Audio Acoustics
H649 BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology
H410 BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H404 MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H490 BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
H492 MEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
H491 BSc (Hons) Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies
H200 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
H208 BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
H210 MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
HK2C BEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
HK21 MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
G421 BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
G400 BSc (Hons) Computer Science
G100 BSc (Hons) Mathematics
H304 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
H301 MEng Mechanical Engineering
H8H3 BEng (Hons) Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering
F300 BSc (Hons) Physics
F303 MPhys (Hons) Physics
F384 BSc (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
F385 MPhys (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
F304 MPhys (Hons) Physics with Studies in North America
F310 BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics
G600 BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
H620 BSc (Hons) Web Development
K190 BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
K100 BSc (Hons) Architecture
K230 BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
K200 Construction Property Management
N230 BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
K240 BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Module 1  (Written English) and 2 (Reasoning in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Course Code Title
B9C8 BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
L400 BSc (Hons) Social Policy
L300 BSc (Hons) Sociology
M900 BSc (Hons) Criminology
LM39 BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
L402 BSc (Hons) Social Policy (Bury)
LM49 BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (Bury)