BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy

Physio students manipulating a knee
Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Allied Health Professions
Glenside Campus
Three years
Programme leader
Louise Robbins

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2020

Page last updated 15 July 2020


Once you have graduated you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Profession Council, a pre-requisite for working as a physiotherapist. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study physiotherapy?

Working as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team - either in an NHS, independent or charity hospital or in the community - physiotherapists help to maintain and restore movement and function in people affected by injury, illness or disability.

It's varied, stimulating and rewarding work. There's always a need for skilled physiotherapists who know how to deliver safe, effective care in a way that promotes physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

A £5,000 per year training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the CSP, which means you will be eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with both once you graduate - something you'll need to do to practise in this field.

With work-based training built in, and outstanding onsite facilities, you'll learn what constitutes good physiotherapeutic practice, and explore the theories and subjects that influence it.

Develop a holistic approach to your practice and learn from an inspirational, supportive team with a depth of physiotherapy experience in many areas.

Discover how to work with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals to support rehabilitation and wellbeing developing your inter-professional and interpersonal skills.

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning and opportunities to engage with patients and professionals on placements, in class and online.

You'll spend about a third of your time on placements in the NHS, and with specialist independent and voluntary sector employers, in a mix of environments.

Add international experience to your degree by working with our partner Lapin AMK in Finland or the University of the Arctic Circle in Tromso (Norway) through Erasmus.

Where can it take me?

Physiotherapists are in demand across the UK, so there are lots of exciting job opportunities.

You could work in a hospital or the community for the NHS or independent sector, in private practice, in sports and leisure centres, or for private or voluntary sector employers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Critical Care and Cardio Respiratory Rehabilitation
  • Neurology 2
  • Musculoskeletal 2
  • Health and Wellbeing Across the Life Span
  • Service Improvement - a Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence Based Physiotherapy.

Final year

You will study:

  • Physiotherapy Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Physiotherapy
  • Long Term Conditions - Effective Collaborative Working
  • Research Studies for Physical Therapies
  • Issues in Musculoskeletal and Neurological Physiotherapy.

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

Gain a deep grounding in professional and health-related studies through a balanced mix of theory, clinical reasoning and problem solving that gives you a strong foundation for clinical practice.

Develop your understanding of physiotherapeutic practice, and how to take an integrated approach to patient-client management.

Develop your critical thinking and research skills. Explore current themes and issues in contemporary physiotherapy and healthcare. Get access to the latest research and work on your own research project or literature review.

Develop as an autonomous practitioner who can implement safe and effective assessment, examination and treatment in a wide range of settings.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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You'll be assessed using a mixture of coursework, professional practice assessment, presentations, and practical and written examinations.

We make sure the assessments are well spread out throughout the course, so you're not overloaded.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Professional accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you will be eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with them when you graduate, a prerequisite for practice.

After the course, you can also apply to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.


Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

With 30 weeks of work placements, you'll spend a third of the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the workplace.

We have excellent links with leading employers across the South West, including the NHS, and private and voluntary sector organisations.

International opportunities

In your second year, you can do a 12-week placement in Finland with our partner Lapin AMK or the University of the arctic Circle in Tromso (Norway) through the Erasmus scheme. We're also part of the European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education (ENPHE), which encourages links and shares good practice between European universities and organisations involved in physiotherapy education.

Read about Harry's experiences of working and studying in Finland.

Study facilities

Practise manual and electrophysical therapy in our well-equipped practical rooms, with hydraulic couches and teaching aids such as skeletons and anatomical models.

Hone your skills using advanced facilities such as our paediatric simulation and sensory rooms.

Demonstrate and practise your professional competencies in our inter-professional Simulation Suite.

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 specialist healthcare software.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

You'll be well equipped to practise physiotherapy in the NHS, industry, private practice, sports and leisure centres, in the UK and overseas.

Many physiotherapists work in hospitals and the community, specialising in outpatients' departments, intensive care, stroke services, orthopaedics, elderly care and paediatrics. You might provide treatment and advice for patients and carers in their homes, in nursing homes, day centres, schools or health centres.

Some graduates also choose careers in teaching or research, or continue with postgraduate studies.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Read about a day in the life of a physiotherapist.

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

See also:

Prospects - careers in the healthcare sector


Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

A £5,000 per year training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2020. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: Grade B in Biology or Human Biology. 120 points from A2 subjects.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Six units in Biology or Human Biology. We will consider BTEC qualifications in Applied Science, Applied Science (Medical Science), Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) and Sports and Exercise Science. However, we will require you to clearly identify the units you are studying or have achieved as part of the qualification in your application. We will be looking for applicants who can clearly demonstrate a good understanding of the profession and why Physiotherapy is your chosen career path. We will not accept BTEC qualifications in Sport (Performance and Excellence) or Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness).
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Biology.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade 6 in Higher Level Biology or Human Biology.

Entry requirements

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

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • health checks*.

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.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

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

Selection process

We strongly encourage applicants to get some work or volunteering experience shadowing a physiotherapys and/or in a health or social care environment.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Deferred entry

We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Read more about entry requirements.


How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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