Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This course is subject to validation and approval.

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
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Helping patients recover from surgery, people with disabilities or long term illness or those recovering from accidents, sports injuries and strokes, the role of a physiotherapist cannot be underestimated. With a physiotherapy degree from UCB, you will receive the advanced training you need to kick-start your career in this rewarding, science-led field. Crucially, on graduation, you can apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

This 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 health living and education, and apply a wealth of knowledge to complex situations to ensure safe and effective practice, building on the anatomical knowledge you will gain. 

You will find physiotherapists working in a whole host of dynamic health and social settings, including in the NHS and independent healthcare sector. Graduates also go on to work in education, service development and research, in the UK and overseas.

By choosing UCB to study your physiotherapy degree, you have use of some of the most cutting edge training facilities at a UK university. These include our purpose-built Health Hub and strength and conditioning suite at our new Moss House building (opening 2019). This will enable you to practise and hone your physiotherapy skills in a real-life environment.

There will also be other exciting opportunities, including the chance to develop, advertise, manage and lead a ‘pop up’ physiotherapy practice at UCB.

Getting out into industry is also crucial and, thanks to our network of contacts, you will be able to undertake invaluable placements in a range of settings.

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

Why choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities – Purpose-built Health Hub, and strength and conditioning suite
  • Work placements – You will undertake a 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
  • Develop your knowledge - You will be taught in small groups, w with excellent support from academic lecturers, and personal tutors throughout your degree
  • Expert teaching - Lectures and practical lessons are delivered by experienced UCB and guest lecturers who have clinical expertise in a variety of areas
  • Employment edge - 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

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & 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 commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. 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.

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, sports and exercise science - must include anatomy and physiology unit. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

If you are not studying an Extended Diploma in one of the related course subjects above we will also consider 6, 9 or 12 Unit BTECs in the courses already stated providing you are also additionally studying an AS or A Level in biology or physical education at grade B.

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 30 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

GCSE equivalencies are not accepted for entrance.

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


The Admissions unit will use the entrance criteria, as well as your personal statement, reference and work experience information, to shortlist candidates for interview. All interviews will take place after 15 January UCAS equal consideration deadline. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview which will comprise of:

  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) – You will be assessed on your motivation and understanding of the role of a physiotherapist and your familiarity with NHS Constitution and Values.

Non-academic entry requirements

It is expected that applicants gain voluntary work or work experience shadowing a physiotherapist in order to have a good, clear understanding of what the profession entails. It might be that you have work experience organised, but haven’t undertaken it yet. If so, please don’t let this stop you from applying. We just need to know what your plans are to demonstrate your commitment to and passion for the profession. We do understand, however, that this is not always easy to obtain and if this is the case, we would encourage applicants to gain knowledge in other ways. You could speak with qualified physiotherapists, read industry publications or do some research online. Useful websites include The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and NHS Health Careers.

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.

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology Academic Development Health across the Lifespan Neurological Studies Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies Musculoskeletal Studies

Year 2

Musculoskeletal Studies II Neurological Studies II Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies II Research Skills *Placement

Year 3

Transition to Physiotherapy Physiotherapy – The Future 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

Placements are arranged in 5–6 week blocks, and undertaken in your second and third year. This will require you to be flexible and to travel to a range of placements throughout the West Midlands and surrounding areas. 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.

Attendance in your placement is essential, and you must commit to being on placement for 30 hours a week. 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.

What our employers say

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career

Employability (NV)

Graduate Careers

This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career working in physiotherapy in a range of settings, including:

  • The NHS
  • Private practice
  • In charities and hospices
  • Schools
  • Community settings

Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 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 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.