Physiotherapy (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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. Physiotherapists take a ‘whole person’ approach to health and fully involve the patients in their own care through education, awareness and empowerment.

On this course you will study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathology in order to apply these to clinical situations. Your study 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 benefits from using 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.

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.

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Study style

Methods of teaching and learning will include:

  • Lectures & seminars
  • Group work & discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Skills practice in a clinical skills laboratory
  • Clinical placements at levels 4, 5 and 6
  • Reflective logs
  • Case-based discussions
  • Assessment of competencies
  • Self-directed study
Students’ 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 require students to undertake placements in other counties within the UK.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics' to 'Leadership and Innovation in Practice'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

136 tariff points

Typical offers

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

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

Don’t yet meet these entry requirements? Consider our Health and Social Care CertHE while you work towards this course.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeB160


Physiotherapists are in high demand. 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:

  • Inpatient hospital care
  • GP surgery or A&E
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Elderly care
  • Women’s health
  • Sports injury
  • Community rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Health promotion
  • And many more areas.

Industry links

The University has excellent links with local NHS partners ensuring students have access to a variety of high quality placements throughout their course. In addition, the University acts as an NHS ‘hub’ with some rehabilitation programmes being delivered at the University campus, providing regular placement experience for students.

Associated professional accreditations

On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). Membership of the HCPC is vital to be able to practice as a Physiotherapist in the NHS.

Eve Scarle

Staff Profile

Eve Scarle

"This course is very practical - I believe students learn best when they have the opportunity to gain experience alongside their studies."

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State-of-the-art facilities

Put theory into practice and get ‘hands-on’ with your learning with a clinical skills laboratory, hospital ward, exercise testing and biomechanics laboratories.

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Health promotion and patient self-management

The course is underpinned by firm foundations in exercise and health. We teach students to become experts in advising and supporting individuals to manage their own health and prevent injury and illness.

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Developing innovators of future health care

We teach students to act with care and compassion, developing a culture of care whereby all levels of staff have the ability to facilitate service change and help secure a sustainable future for our NHS.

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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