Physiotherapy Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This course is subject to validation and approval.

This course is for 2020 entry. 

Overview (NV)

Physiotherapy Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Up to 4 years full-time


If you are working in the healthcare setting as a physiotherapy or rehabilitation assistant and want to qualify as a physiotherapist, and pursue a rewarding and diverse career, this apprenticeship is perfect for you.

With this physiotherapy degree apprenticeship, you will receive the advanced training you need to kick-start your career in this rewarding, science-led field.

This is a flexible, work-based degree that supports employers to develop their staff to the point of qualification and registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Apprentices are also then entitled to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The course will give you the empowering skills you need to use to diagnose and rehabilitate across a range of conditions affecting the body systems. You will also learn how to prevent illness and disease through promoting healthy living and educating service users, and apply a wealth of knowledge to complex situations to ensure safe and effective practice, building on the anatomical knowledge you will gain. 

You also have use of some of the most cutting edge training facilities for the off-the-job element of the apprenticeship. These include UCB’s purpose-built Health Hub and strength and conditioning suite at the new Moss House building (open 2019).

Getting out into industry is crucial and, thanks to our network of contacts, you will be able to undertake invaluable placements in a range of settings, not just in your workplace.

UCB is working towards accreditation by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Who is it suitable for?

If you are working in the healthcare setting as a rehabilitation or physiotherapy assistant and want to qualify as a physiotherapist, this apprenticeship is perfect for you.

It is a flexible, work-based degree that supports employers to develop their staff to the point of qualification and registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. You are also then entitled to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Why should I choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities – purpose-built Health Hub, and strength and conditioning suite
  • Expert teaching - lectures and practical lessons are delivered by experienced UCB and guest lecturers who have clinical expertise in a variety of areas
  • Range of compulsory, assessed work placements in a broad range of settings, maximising exposure to the broad range of skills required of a successful physiotherapist
  • Teaching in small groups, with excellent support from academic lecturers, and personal tutors throughout your degree
  • Chance to develop transferrable skills such as leadership and management and become equipped to be innovative and creative to respond to challenges in the future of healthcare

Course Content

Part 1:

This intensive part one will educate you in the key skills required of a physiotherapist. You will cover a range of modules that deliver the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to develop basic skills in physiotherapy. You will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology which underpins the rest of the degree, giving an insight into the biological phases of the lifespan, from birth to death. Development progresses to a range of basic assessment and treatment skills, which you can apply to your part time practice placements towards the end of part 1.

Part 2:

Part 2 continues from part 1, exploring more complex and challenging scenarios and presentations. The emphasis of this year is on further developing your independent study skills, your problem-solving skills and you shall be applying what you have learnt so far into practice. As well as four key modules, you will then be out on 2 part-time practice placements (5-6 weeks in length), where you are assessed in the clinical setting by practice educators who are practicing and experienced physiotherapists. 

Part 3:

This final part will consist of 3 additional modules and 2 further placements over the last few months of the programme and when you are deemed ready, you will be put forward to complete your end-point assessment. This will be your final assessment and once you have achieved this, and you have achieved all your credits, you can apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Teaching is carried out by highly-experienced and qualified teachers including registered physiotherapists.  Some may be practicing clinicians who are guest lecturers, and some lessons are delivered in a multi-professional context.

Learning strategies include:

  • Practical lessons held in specialised rooms with a range of equipment.
  • Small seminars to allow discussion, peer working and academic discourse.
  • Self-directed study. Students are expected to commit to supporting their studies through their own work, in their own time.
  • Placement learning opportunities. This rich, learning environment will allow you to develop and achieve your own goals, as well as those set out by the course.

Individual study

You are expected to prepare for your lessons, and conduct your own independent study, reading around the topics discussed in the lectures. Canvas, UCB’s e-learning platform, gives students access to learning and support material 24 hours a day


Assessment will be carried out throughout and at the end of each module. A variety of assessment formats will be used, including practical exams, OSCEs, written MCQs and written assignments. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

You will be also be required to evidence your skills in the workplace.  Alongside your e-portfolio, you will also be observed in practice by a workplace mentor who will assess you against the apprenticeship standard.

End-point assessment

This is the final part of the degree apprenticeship.  This module allows you to prepare for your assessment, and then you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills ready to be a registered Physiotherapist

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

A Level: Grade profile of BBB, including grade B in biology or physical education.

BTEC: Grade profile of DDM from one of the following subjects; applied science, applied human biology, health and social care, sports and exercise science. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance and a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points will be required from a vocationally relevant subject matter. To find out if you are suitable to apply to UCB please contact admissions on 0121 604 1040 or email

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 128 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in one of the following subjects; health science, health professional, biomedical science, biosciences, science, science for health practitioners


  • GCSE/IGCSE maths, English language and science grades A*-C/9-4. Applicants without a level 2 or above will need to achieve this before they reach the end-point assessment.

Additional requirements for entry

You must be a minimum of 18-years-old and working for at least 30 hours per week in an appropriate role

You must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

EU/International students

Academic entry requirements: Please visit our Country Specific Information page.

English Requirements: Overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component.

Modules (NV)


Part 1

Human Anatomy and Physiology Academic and Professional Development Health across the Lifespan Musculoskeletal Studies 1

Part 2

Neurological Studies 1 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies 1 Musculoskeletal Studies II Research for Physiotherapists

Part 3

Neurological Studies II Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies II Physiotherapy Project
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

You must spend at least 1,000 hours on practice placement throughout the degree. Failure to achieve 1,000 hours will result in being unable to apply for registration with the HCPC, and you will be unable to practise under the title physiotherapist. 

Placements are arranged in a part-time format and undertaken throughout your studies. This will require you to be flexible and to travel to a range of placements throughout the West Midlands and surrounding areas. 

If you are in employment outside of the West Midlands, then you may be able to complete your placement experience within your trust or organisation. This must, however, be in agreement with your employer and with the programme leader. 

Attendance in your placement is essential, and you must commit to being on placement for 2 or 3 days per week. 

You will be placed in a range of settings to gain a wealth of experience and your performance in each placement will be assessed. This hands-on education is not only essential for the course, but enables you to experience the exciting and dynamic areas where a physiotherapist may work. 

For each part you are also required to complete placement hours. For this course, our placements are part-time, so you will be required to attend 2 practice placements for 2 or 3 days per week over a 10-week period for each part.  This means you will have 6 different practice placements over the whole course, all in different areas of physiotherapy, and all in different areas away from your usual place of work.  For all placements in this course, these will run over the summer, and autumn terms.

Course Suitability (NV)


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Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

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What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid apprenticeship position. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: