Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Physiotherapy is 1st in the UK with 100% of students satisfied overall with their course according to National Student Survey 2020. 
  • 100% of UCLan Physiotherapy students went on to professional employment (DLHE, 2017).
  • Physiotherapy at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 10 according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Anatomy
  • Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 1
  • Culture and Context of Physiotherapy Practice (includes 7 days of placement)
  • Exercise in Rehabilitation
  • Physiology and Pathology
  • Physiotherapeutic Skills

Year 2

  • Promoting Public Health
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
  • Physiology, Pathology and Physiotherapy Management (Cardiovascular-Respiratory)
  • Neurological and Neuromedical Physiotherapy Practice
  • Physiotherapy in Practice 1 (includes 12 weeks of placement)
  • Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 2

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Physiotherapy in Practice 2 (includes 5 weeks of placement)
  • Physical Activity and Public Health (20 credits)
  • Physiotherapy in Practice 3 (includes 5 weeks of placement)
  • Skills for Leadership and Business
  • Physiotherapy in Practice 4 (includes 5 weeks of placement)

Research Project

Option 1 – Mentoring in the Workplace
Option 2 – International perspectives of Healthcare

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Students starting a new Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course on or after 1 August 2017 may be eligible to apply for financial support from the Learning Support Fund (LSF).

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

ABB including one science subject - Biology, Human Biology, PE, Psychology or Sociology.
BTEC Extended Diploma:Distinction, Distinction, Merit in related subject.
IELTS: 7.0 with no component of lower than 6.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at B/5 including Maths, English and Science
Pass Access Course: 128 UCAS points including 30 Level 3 Credits at distinction in the following subject areas: Allied Health Professions, Biology and Health Sciences, Health and Physiotherapy, Health Care Professions, Nursing and Allied Health, Health Professions.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Fantastic 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. 

Exciting Opportunities

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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Lauren Pilkington-Steele

Lauren Pilkington-Steele

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 2016

Growing up in a medical family, always having an interest in the human body, and being surrounded by sport, meant UCLan’s BSc Physiotherapy course was a perfect opportunity for Lauren Pilkington-Steele to work towards an enjoyable career.

“Going to University is an experience that you can’t replicate. You get so much out of the experience, not just a degree,” says Lauren. “From UCLan, I have met some of my best friends who will be lifelong friends."

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.