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Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Allied Health Professions
Glenside Campus
Three years
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Shan Aguilar-Stone
Key fact:
Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

Page last updated 14 August 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy?

Working as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team in hospitals and across the community, physiotherapists help to maintain and restore movement and function in people affected by injury, illness or disability. It's a varied, stimulating and rewarding career and the course will equip you with the contemporary knowledge, skills and abilities to promote physical, psychological and social wellbeing by delivering safe and effective care.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the HCPC, a prerequisite for practice. As well as learning the theory of good physiotherapeutic practice and studying the subjects that underpin it, you will develop a holistic approach, strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals to support rehabilitation and wellbeing. With fully integrated work-based training and outstanding onsite facilities, you will be taught by an inspirational, supportive team with a depth of physiotherapy experience in many different areas.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning and access to some of the most advanced equipment used in physiotherapy. Around a third of your time will be spent on placements in the NHS and with specialist independent and voluntary sector employers in a mix of environments. Throughout your course, you will engage with patients, practising physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals in placements, classes and online learning. There will also be options to develop and apply your skills working with our partner Lapin AMK in Finland, through Erasmus. Read about Harry's experiences of working and studying in Finland.

Where it can take you

Physiotherapists are in demand across the UK. There are many exciting career opportunities in a wide variety of roles. You could work within hospitals or in the community for the NHS or independent sector; private practice; sports and leisure centres, or in positions for private or voluntary sector employers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The course is divided into three levels which combine and integrate theory with clinical practice. The first year is essentially university-based with a five week introductory clinical placement at the end of the first year. The second and third years consist of alternate periods within the University and the clinical environment. The importance attached to inter-professional education is underlined by the inclusion of two modules, one each at Levels two and three, which stress the value of an integrated, holistic approach to patient/client management.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Exercise and Biomechanics for Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation
  • Applied Anatomy for Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Foundations of Neuroscience for Physiotherapists 
  • Foundations of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Foundations of Respiratory Physiotherapy 

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Evidence based Physiotherapy
  • Critical Care and Cardio Respiratory
  • Service Improvement - a collaborative approach  
  • Musculoskeletal 2
  • Neurological  2
  • Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Physiotherapy Practice
  • Complex issues in Musculoskeletal and Neurological Physiotherapy Practice
  • Research Studies for Physical Therapies
  • Contemporary Issues in  Physiotherapy Practice
  • Long Term Conditions - effective collaborative working

Research is integrated into the teaching of the course. During the final year, there will also be the opportunity for you to undertake either your own research project or a literature review.

Although the stages build upon one another, progress through each module of the course is perceived to be dynamic, the course components being interrelated and interdependent. The structure reflects the importance of therapy as a discipline but also seeks to acknowledge the other professions which inform and enhance such practice. Emphasis is placed on integrating theory, clinical reasoning and problem solving in order to provide the best possible foundation for clinical practice. The course syllabus has also been influenced by the changes in health care that have resulted in physiotherapists working with greater autonomy in an increasingly wide range of settings.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course aims to:

  • Provide a high standard of education in professional and health-related studies.
  • Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of physiotherapeutic practice.
  • Develop critical thinking and research skills.
  • Facilitate an inter-professional approach to physiotherapeutic and health-related studies and practice.
  • Provide an insight into current themes and issues in contemporary physiotherapy and health care.
  • Provide physiotherapists who are autonomous practitioners able to implement safe and effective assessment, examination and treatment.


Modules are assessed by a wide range of methods including coursework, professional practice assessment, presentations, practical and written examinations.

Careful consideration has been given to the overall assessment load placed upon you as you progress through the course.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the HCPC, a prerequisite for practice. Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.


With 30 weeks of work placements, you will spend a third of the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the real-world. We have excellent links with leading employers throughout the South West. Placements will give you a broad choice of work experience, ranging from positions in the NHS to roles in private or voluntary sector organisations. This will help you make informed career choices and put you in a strong position for future employment. Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and feedback on progress during your placement work.

Study facilities

A large proportion of teaching is undertaken in our well-equipped practical rooms, featuring hydraulic couches and teaching aids such as skeletons and anatomical models, as well as equipment to enable you to practice both manual and electrophysical therapy. Our Human Analysis Laboratory will provide you with access to some of the most advanced equipment used in physiotherapy, while the inter-professional Simulation Suite offers excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies. The Glenside campus library has one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and access to specialist healthcare software packages.

Find out more about our fantastic facilities at UWE Bristol.

International opportunities

In your second year, you will have the opportunity to experience practicing physiotherapy abroad, with the option to undertake a 12-week placement in Finland with our partner Lapin AMK, through the Erasmus scheme.

We are also a member organisation of the European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education (ENPHE) which works to enhance collaboration and share good practice between European universities and organisations involved in physiotherapy education programmes at all levels.


Careers / Further study

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles in the NHS, industry, private practice, sports and leisure centres, and overseas. The scope of physiotherapy is expanding particularly within the community, and you will have many opportunities available to you. Many physiotherapists work in hospitals, from outpatients' departments, intensive care, stroke services and orthopaedics, to elderly care and paediatrics. An increasing number of physiotherapists work in the community and a growing number are employed by GPs. Treatment and advice for patients and carers is often carried out at home, in nursing homes, day centres, schools and health centres. Alternatively, some graduates choose careers in teaching or research, while others enter post-graduate studies.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read about a day in the life of a physiotherapist.

Read Harry's experience of studying Physiotherapy at UWE Bristol.

Useful links

Read an overview of careers in the healthcare sector.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.200

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

If you are a UK student you may be entitled to living cost support.

For more details please see our guidance on NHS funding for UK students or our guidance on NHS funding for EU students.

We have a limited number of places available for international students. Entry is via the UWE Bristol International College.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 136
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language, Mathematics and Double Science or Physics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section (or equivalent). Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Biology or Human Biology. 120 points must come from A2 qualifications or equivalent. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in Biology or Human Biology. Please note we do not accept BTEC qualifications in the following subjects: Sport (Performance and Excellence), Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) and Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 Level three credits at distinction in Biology and 15 Level three credits at distinction in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 6 in higher level Biology or Human Biology.

Entry requirements

We have a limited number of places available for international students. Entry is via the UWE Bristol International College.

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis. However, you still need to meet the GCSE English, Maths and Science requirements, and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health related subject area recognised as equivalent academic level by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year which can qualify you for the full degree.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional Selection Criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview with a lecturer from the Physiotherapy programme. The interviewing panel may also include clinicians and service users. Your interview will last approximately 20 minutes and you will be asked about your knowledge and understanding of Physiotherapy, in addition to questions relating to skills and values that are required to be a Physiotherapist.

Completing the Application Form. We will be looking for applicants committed to a career in Physiotherapy. You should clearly demonstrate your commitment to the course in the 'personal statement' section of the application form, by saying why you want to study Physiotherapy and stating any relevant work experience gained to date.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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