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Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2019

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Allied Health Professions
Glenside Campus
Three years
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Louise Robbins
Key fact:
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.

Page last updated 9 August 2019


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.

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

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Final year

You will study:

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

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 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


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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year473
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

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.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 136
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Double Science (or two separate sciences), 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 isn't English, you need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall, with at least 6.5 in any section (or equivalent). For full details of the language test, contact the British Council. The University's list of alternative English Language qualifications doesn't apply.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Biology or Human Biology. 120 points from A2 qualifications or equivalent. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include 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: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at distinction in Biology and 15 Level 3 credits at distinction in a single subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: At least Grade 6 in higher level Biology or Human Biology.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from international students.

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.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. 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.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

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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