Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the learning opportunities, resources and community on the course (NSS 2019)
  • First Physiotherapy programme in the country to incorporate level 2 - Gym Instructor (2nd year) and level 3 - Exercise Referral (3rd year) qualifications within its degree studies, allowing students entry to the Register of Exercise Professions (REPs)
  • Due to our integrated thematic problem based style of teaching we are able to send our students on practice placements in the January of their first year of study to embed their theoretical and practical skills early on in their careers

About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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, private sector, independent and charity sectors
  • 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.

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) and optional entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals.

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.

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.

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Foundations for Physiotherapy Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cardiorespiratory 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Neuromusculoskeletal 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education 1 - Respect and Dignity 15 Credits Compulsory
    Neurosciences 1 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cardiorespiratory 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Neurosciences 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education 2: Compassion 15 Credits Compulsory
    Complex Patient Care 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education 3 - Everyone Counts 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Physiotherapy Practice in Health and Social Care 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education 4: Working Together for Patients 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advancing Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education 5: Improving Lives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education 6: Commitment to Quality Care 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Research 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13500 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £14850 for the 2020/2021 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.


    Student membership of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy £40.33.

    Accommodation costs for clinical placements for students who are not eligible for an NHS Bursary, includes international and Irish students (figures quoted depends upon placement venue and distance travelled). Eligible students can claim back all, or part of their costs, dependant on circumstances. Approximately £1,800.

    Transport to clinical placements (students can claim if eligible for NHS Bursary and travel costs). Approximately £600

    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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    128ABB - 2 appropriate Science* GCE A2 subjects at a minimum of  'A' and 'B' grades and a further 'B' grade in another GCE A2 subject.DDM - BTEC National Extended Diploma in a Science subject

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202131/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students