Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

School of Health Sciences




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four and a half to six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B160; Short form: BSc/Physio

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Physiotherapy plays a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life and is a very rewarding career. This demanding, full-time programme teaches you how to diagnose and holistically treat a wide variety of clinical problems and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Successful completion of this course will ensure you are eligible to apply for initial registration as a Physiotherapist with the HCPC and for full membership of the CSP. Combining university based and practical based modules you’ll complete approximately 1,000 hours of assessed clinical practice. The Physiotherapy programme is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our course delivery. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programme aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of: Working together for patients; Respect and dignity; Commitment to quality of care; Compassion; Improving lives and, everyone counts.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

ABB: Including 1 Science Subject: Biology, Human Biology, Psychology or PE not Chemistry & Physics.

Gen St not acceptable.  

GCSEs: 7 at B including Maths, English and Science.

Entry qualifications need to be achieved within the standard time frame. Year 0 not accepted.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

ABB including 1 Science subject - Biology, Human Biology, Psychology or PE not Chemistry & Physics General Studies not acceptable.
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM in related subject.
7 GCSEs at B inc Maths, Eng and Science.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and Pathology (neuromusculoskeletal)
  • Research Methods 1
  • Issues in Professional Practice 1
  • Physiotherapeutic Skills (neuromusculoskeletal)
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Year 2

  • Promoting public health
  • Physiotherapy Management (neuromusculoskeletal)
  • Physiology, Pathology and Physiotherapy Management (cardiovascular-Respiratory)
  • Physiotherapy management (Complex needs)
  • Practice Based Learning 1
  • Practice Based Learning 2
  • Research Methods 2
  • Year 3

    • Practice Based Learning 3
    • Practice Based Learning 4
    • Physical Activity and Health
    • Skills for Clinical Leadership and Business

    Choose one:

    • Dissertation (double module)
    • Mentoring in the workplace AND Research Proposal

    Further Information

    Our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme consists of a combination of university-based and physiotherapy practice-based modules. Considerable time is spent in class learning practical skills, while practical learning offers the chance to further develop these skills. On university-based modules, you will cover a range of areas of contemporary physiotherapy practice as well as the clinical and behavioural sciences that underpin practice. Development of your competence and transferable skills is emphasised. You will study the research process, learning how to apply current evidence to your practice and develop skills in reflection and critical appraisal. 

    Course Specification and Handbook

    For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

    Apply Now

    You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

    Contact Us

    +44(0)1772 892400

    Fees 2017/18

    Full-time: £9250
    Part-time: TBC per 20 credit module part time

    Information about funding from September 2017 onwards

    Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

    Further information:

    For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    DBS Checks

    This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

    Industry Links

    We have excellent links with Physiotherapists working within the NHS and private practices across the North West. There are also links with Charitable organisations and international institutions and hospitals, providing excellent opportunities for our students to gain experience of the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice.

    The course is approved by both the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, giving links with the registering body of Physiotherapists and the Professional body. Members of the course team are actively involved with the professional body (CSP) in a number of capacities, including membership of committees relating to education, and steering groups for profession related research projects.

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    You’ll be taught in our purpose built rehabilitation and assessment facilities, which includes a therapy clinic and movement analysis laboratory. You’ll complete approximately 1,000 hours (29 weeks) of assessed clinical practice

    There is particular emphasis on "real life" assessments that reflect the ways in which students will learn and practice during the course. Methods include practicals, vivas, presentations, assignments and clinical practice based assessment. There is a strong commitment to providing timely and constructive feedback for all assessments.


    Physiotherapists work in a range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, industry, private practices and sports clubs. The majority of our graduates take up employment within the NHS, some work in private practice and others continue their study at postgraduate level.

    You’ll have the opportunity to apply for the chance to develop your clinical skills in practice in a variety of locations including Blackburn Rovers Academy. We’ve also had students on placement in Florida, whilst many spend a week at UCLan’s Cyprus campus.

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