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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists work to improve the lives of individuals with physical and psychosocial difficulties. You will gain healthcare skills to help maximise each patient’s potential through your knowledge of human movement and function.

  • UCAS Code:
    B160
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Clearing 2021: This course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list. We’ll contact you if a space becomes available and your application is being considered. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online. You can also explore our other Health & Social Care vacancies in Clearing.

Why study BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at BU? 

  • The course maintains small cohort sizes resulting in excellent lecturer-to-student ratio meaning more support, education and resource availability
  • Newly-built facilities at our Bournemouth Gateway Building include a plinth suite, simulation hospital ward and community home setting, to put your learning into practice
  • Gain real-world experience from placements throughout the course in a diverse array of clinical settings
  • Your learning will be delivered by a range of research-active staff with relevant clinical expertise and knowledge  
  • This course will teach you the techniques to manage patient’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing
  • Excellent graduate employment with 100% of graduates employed or in further study within 15 months of finishing.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Funding support: Physiotherapy students may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year. Find out more information about the funding.

Course accreditation and approval: 

The accreditation and approval bodies on our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy will allow you to work anywhere in the world with your qualification. On successful completion of this course, you can: 

  • Apply to become a registered physiotherapist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Become a professional member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements

Accreditations:

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Required subjects:

Biology, Human Biology, Physical Education, Applied Human Biology, Health & Social Care

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 136-152 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDD. 

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

Many of our lecturers are still actively practising, so their fingers remain firmly on the pulse of the profession. We offer state-of-the-art learning facilities and equipment, high-quality placement and volunteering opportunities, and the degree is endorsed by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

As a trainee physiotherapist you’ll treat people of all ages, with a range of problems, and discover ways to help maximise each patient’s potential through your knowledge of human movement and function. You’ll also gain healthcare techniques to manage patients’ physical, psychological and social wellbeing, and because practical experience is central to this course, you’ll gain real-world experience in a diverse array of settings.

In your final year you’ll present an innovation project at a student conference, integrated to help to boost your career prospects.

Contact hours and assessment

In addition to the scheduled teaching and learning activities you will spend 1000 hours undertaking clinical placements where you gain the practical skills necessary to work as a physiotherapist.

Your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignment, and group work.

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 336KB)

Placements

Placements are designed to develop your competence and physiotherapy skills.

Entry requirements

This course requires 136–152 UCAS tariff points, including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2021 and 2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all the equivalencies.
Required subjects for September 2021 and September 2022
  • A-level: Biology, Human Biology, Physical Education
  • BTEC Nationals: Applied Human Biology (Extended Certificate or higher)
  • Cambridge Technicals: Health & Social Care (Extended Diploma)
A-level and AS levels

136–152 tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.

AS levels are accepted as part of the overall tariff but must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by either an A-Level in a required subject with 40 points or a vocational qualification in a required subject with 48 points.

Access to HE Diploma

134 - 144 tariff points from any combination of Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. This must include 15 level 3 graded credits in one of our required subjects: Applied Human Biology, Biology, Human Biology, Health & Social Care, Physical Education.
An Access to HE Diploma contains 60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.

BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (144 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 136–152 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects, including 40 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (144 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate / Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Extended Project Qualification

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by either an A-level in a required subject with 40 points or a vocational qualification in a required subject with 48 points.

International Baccalaureate Certificates 136–152 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) 33–34 points, including grade H5 in a required subject.
Scottish Highers 136–152 tariff UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers, including 33 points in a required subject.
Scottish Advanced Highers 136–152 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2021 and September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 85% and above
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma 4,4,5 and above
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 80% and above
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 80%+
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 8 and above

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

Your application

This course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application may be held on a waiting list. If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June. 

Careers

The aim of this course is to give you all the skills you need to work as an autonomous physiotherapist once you graduate. 100% of our students are working or in further study within 15 months of finishing their degree.

This qualification will allow you to work all over the world, as well as in the UK.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section, including NHS finance information. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice in the physiotherapy sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. 

You can find out more about some of the staff that are currently teaching on the course and their research activities below. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our graduates think

Tracy Sherwood

Bournemouth University allowed me to learn in a supported environment, while giving me the freedom to develop and become the autonomous practitioner I am today.

What our graduates think

Jo Ponting

One of the massive benefits of the BSc Physiotherapy at Bournemouth was the expertise of tutors, not only were they leaders in their fields but also truly passionate towards teaching and very approachable.

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