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What is Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)?

Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession where practitioners use their skills to improve and manage a wide range of medical conditions. Physiotherapists help people affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.

You’ll take a ‘whole person’ approach to health – fully involving patients in their own care through education, awareness and empowerment. You’ll study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathology in order to apply these to clinical situations. Your studies will include clinical placements in a variety of NHS and private settings to give you a diverse experience to prepare for your future career as a Physiotherapist.

The course is approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to practice as a registered Physiotherapist.

Study style

Your academic year will be split into blocks of taught delivery and blocks of placement activity. Teaching and placement activity will run Monday to Friday throughout the academic year – and may include completing placements in other counties within the UK. On campus you’ll use state-of-the-art facilities including treatment rooms, rehabilitation space, a hospital ward, a skills laboratory, a biomechanics laboratory, three physiology laboratories, a strength and conditioning suite, a fitness suite and a simulated ‘home’ environment.

Methods of teaching and learning include:

  • lectures & seminars
  • group work & discussions
  • tutorials
  • skills practice in clinical skills laboratory
  • clinical placements at levels 4, 5 and 6
  • reflective logs
  • case based discussions
  • assessment of competencies
  • self-directed study.

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Entry requirements

    • 136 tariff points (calculate your points at

      AAB at A Level including a grade B or above in Biology, Human Biology or PE. DDD at BTEC when the core subject is science-based. An understanding of the Physiotherapist role and evidence of work experience in Physiotherapy or similar caring is also useful.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester B160 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester B160

Possible careers

Physiotherapists are in high demand. You could work for the NHS, in private healthcare, education and research, or set up your own business. Physiotherapists may choose to stay general in their clinical careers or specialise in a certain area such as:

  • in-patient hospital care
  • GP surgery or A&E
  • musculoskeletal
  • neurology
  • paediatrics
  • rehabilitation
  • elderly care
  • women’s health
  • sports injury
  • community rehabilitation
  • hydrotherapy
  • health promotion.

Industry links

Through our excellent links with local healthcare partners, you’ll have access to a variety of high quality placements throughout your studies. We also act as an NHS ‘hub’, with some rehabilitation programmes being delivered on campus, providing regular placement experience for students.

Use state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll put theory into practice and get ‘hands-on’ with your learning in industry-standard facilities – a clinical skills laboratory, hospital ward, exercise testing and biomechanics laboratories.

Student and lecturer looking at the muscles of a lifecast model

Help patients to manage their own health

Health promotion and patient self-management are at the heart of the course. You’ll become experts in advising and supporting individuals to manage their own health and prevent injury and illness.

Students in physiotherapy lab

Become an innovator of future health care

You’ll learn to act with care and compassion, developing a culture of care where all levels of staff have the ability to facilitate service change – which is needed for a sustainable, future-proof NHS.

Physiotherapy student pointing at laptop with picture of ligament

"This course is very practical"

“I joined the University in 2006 from a background of working in the NHS as a Physiotherapist. I believe students learn best when they have the opportunity to gain experience alongside their studies.”

Eve Scarle, Academic Subject Leader (Allied Health Professions)

Eve Scarle, Physiotherapy lecturer performing exercises

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