Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

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At the University of Salford, we believe that everyone has the right to a good education.

If you have been out of education for a while, want to further your career, or simply want to study in a field that you’re passionate about, then the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) could be for you.

About the scheme

The scheme allows those who are interested in studying an undergraduate degree, but who may not meet the specific requirements, the chance to study with us. Perhaps you’re a mature student who has been out of education, or maybe you’re a recent A-Level student who failed to get their grades due to mitigating circumstances.

Applicants for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme are recommended on the basis of their application submitted through UCAS. If you have been recommended, you will be notified either through UCAS or by our Admissions team.

If you have any questions about your UCAS application, please contact the course enquiries team at enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

Entry routes

Route 1: Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL)

APL is used for courses in Business and Law, Health Sciences, Environment & Life Sciences and Arts & Media. If you are made an offer, you’ll be notified about what you need to do next 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 Health and Society, Computing, Science and Engineering, and the Built Environment.

The MSAP-UK test is a combination of two of the three modules (see below). You can find out more about the modules you’ll be required to complete 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

What modules will I be required to take as part of the MSAP-UK test?

As part of the MSAP-UK test, you’ll be required to complete two of the following:

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.

Will I be able to pick which modules I take?

No. The modules you’ll be required to complete will depend on which course you have applied for. Please see the below information to see which modules you'll be required to take.

Module 1 (Written English) and Module 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
H331 MEng (Hons) Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Technology
H332 MEng (Hons) Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Technology with Professional Experience
H333 BEng Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Technology
H334 BEng Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Technology with Professional Experience
H341 BEng (Hons) Acoustical and Audio Engineering
H345 MEng (Hons) Acoustical and Audio Engineering
H349 BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
H404 MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H410 BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
H490 BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering 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
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 Module 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