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This dynamic course gives you the sound knowledgeable and placement experiences to become a skilled, contemporary physiotherapist. Covering anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy practice and electrotherapy, the course hones your skills and provides opportunities for you to work with other healthcare professionals. You will carry out a two-week practice placement in Semester A and a four-week placement at the end of the first year in Semester C.  During the second year there are two, five-week practice placements and in the final year you will carry out three, five-week practice placements By adding an additional short course to your degree, you can gain level 2 and 3 qualifications with PD:Approval and gain entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals, boosting your employability.

Why choose this course?

  • The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course offers a dynamic approach to the study of physiotherapy and provides you with the problem solving abilities to become a competent professional physiotherapist.
  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • You will gain a solid knowledge base and placement experiences appropriate to cope with contemporary physiotherapy practice
  • Excellent career prospects in the NHS and private sector
  • 100% of our Physiotherapy graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

Upon graduation you'll be eligible to register as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. This course will lead to career opportunities as a physiotherapist within the NHS, charities and private sector in the UK or overseas.

Professional Accreditations

Eligibility to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)and registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course details


Graduates of this programme will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of professional career opportunities both within the NHS and the private sector.

For more information you can visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) website.

100% of our Physiotherapy graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

By adopting an integrated thematic approach, the Physiotherapy degree offers foundation studies in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, therapeutic practice and electrotherapy. Research and inter-professional working are considered core dimensions of the programme of study with students actively undertaking and engaging with research across the programme. Practical skills are developed throughout the programme and are facilitated by the thematic scenario-based approach to learning and teaching, supported by practical laboratory sessions, specialist simulation sessions, small group discussions and tutorials.

Work Placement

Throughout your studies on the BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy course, practice placements will be interspersed giving you the all important valuable experience that you will need when you graduate. More specifically the indicative number of practice placement hours per year are:

  • first year: 204 hours
  • second year: 340 hours
  • third year: 510 hours

These placements will give you the opportunity to link the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learnt in the University setting, to the real life practice situation. During practice placements you will be given support, supervision and education from highly qualified clinicians while maintaining links to tutors back at the University.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Foundations for Physiotherapy Practice - 30 Credits
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • Cardiorespiratory 1 - 15 Credits
  • Neuromusculoskeletal 1 - 30 Credits
  • Practice Education 1 - Respect and Dignity - 15 Credits
  • Neurosciences 1 - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Cardiorespiratory 2 - 15 Credits
  • Neurosciences 2 - 15 Credits
  • Neuromusculoskeletal 2 - 30 Credits
  • Practice Education 2: Compassion - 15 Credits
  • Complex Patient Care - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education 3 - Everyone Counts - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Physiotherapy Practice in Health and Social Care - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education 4: Working Together for Patients - 15 Credits
  • Advancing Practice - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education 5: Improving Lives - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education 6: Commitment to Quality Care - 15 Credits
  • Applied Research - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £15000 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry

136 - 152 UCAS points

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who have predicted grades in excess of our published tariff. 

All applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, English and Science at Grade B / grade 5 or above.

Standard A-Level Offer

  • AAB to include two appropriate science* GCE A2 subjects at a minimum of A grades and a further B grade or above in another GCE A2 studies (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Standard BTEC Offer

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma D*D*D BTEC National Extended Diploma in a Science subject or DDD with a GCE A1 at a minimum of a B grade in an additional appropriate Science* subject.
  • BTEC National Diploma in a Science subject 'DD' and a 'B' in a GCE A2 in an appropriate Science* subject studied concurrently.
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate 'D' and 'A,B' from 2 GCE A2 appropriate Science* subject studied concurrently.

*Appropriate Science subjects for Physiotherapy include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Sports science.                                                                                                       
We do not accept Sports or Health and Social Care BTECs at the National Extended or National Diploma levels.

  • International Baccalaureate ​- 33 points with a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 6 or above and 1 HL subject at grade 5 or above. Of these at least 1 HL grade 6 and 1 HL grade 5 must be in Science* subjects.
  • Standard Access Diploma in a Science subject -  Pass Access Diploma to include at least 39 L3 credits at Distinction and 6 L3 credits at Merit. At least 24 L3 credits in appropriate Science* subjects with additional life science subjects where possible. We do not accept Sports or Health and Social Care Access diplomas.
  • Standard Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) - 5 subjects at Higher level to include 2 Sciences* at H1 and H2, with a further 3 subjects at H3.
  • Foundation Degrees in Science - 70% average.
  • Extended Degree in Science - 70% average, with a 70% pass in Mammalian Physiology or equivalent.
  • Certificate in Higher Education in a Science subject - 70% average.

Other qualifications

Graduates will be considered with a minimum of 2:1 (upper second class) in an undergraduate degree in a science or healthcare related subject. For an unrelated degree, the Open University SK299 Human Biology module (or equivocal), passed at 70% or above will be considered in addition.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Other equivalent qualifications listed in the UCAS tariff will be considered on an individual basis, please contact the Admissions Tutor.

International Qualifications

Academic IELTS with an average of 7.0 with no element lower than 6.5 is required for those for whom English is not their first language and who also do not have a GCSE English language qualification at grade 5 / grade B or above.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Personal statement advice factsheet

For all applicants

All applicants must have studied successfully at level 3 or above in the three years prior to commencement on the Physiotherapy programme in order to be considered for an interview. All offers will be subject to successful interview, evidence of the NHS constitution’s “Values" and completion of appropriate clinical visits and/or work placements/experiences. These are to be evidenced by the submission of completed UH work experience forms. Offers are subject to health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks and a satisfactory reference. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

For further enquires please contact the physiotherapy admissions e-mail account: physioadmissions@herts.ac.uk

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