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Health Sciences

B160/B161 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

The BSc physiotherapy degree is a three year course that enables you to register to practise with the Health and Care Professions Council.

As a graduate you will also be entitled to register with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

This is a dynamic healthcare profession that uses a physical approach to establish all round wellbeing.

Physiotherapists work with people of all ages to treat physical problems caused by illness, accident, or ageing.

Introducing your degree

Our BSc Physiotherapy degree has been ranked top in the UK by the Times Good University Guide 2016. This reflects the success of our integrated research-led education programmes and exceptional student experience which brings together world leading experts in physiotherapy education, research and clinical practice and our commitment to maintaining education excellence. The Physiotherapy degree course offers a wide range of quality placement settings, excellent learning facilities and is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


Programme Overview

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Level: 6

Duration: 3 years full time, 4 year pathway

The 4 year pathway gives students the option to split either their first or second year over 2 years.  There is also a two year MSc in Physiotherapy available for those with a previous degree.

Programme overview for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy:  

The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at the heart of this BSc degree in physiotherapy.

By graduation you should be a clinician, educator, evaluator and manager.

You must also be a good communicator, motivator, educator, logical problem solver, and team player too.

Needless to say, you will require a wide range of skills...

In Health Sciences we are delighted to give you a state-of-the art learning environment to help you reach your potential.

We also conduct ground breaking research; the findings of which can be found in our courses to benefit your learning.

In addition, our curriculum is values-based, which means we place special emphasis on humanitarian virtues like empathy and compassion.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Apply through UCAS for the BSc pathways:

  • B160 - 3 year programme
  • B161 - 4 year pathway

Apply direct for the two year MSc


This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, which is the body that issues your licence to practice.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Programme Structure

You will be working with clients, their families and other healthcare professionals through a combination of academic study and clinical placements.

Teaching methods are varied and include lectures, group work and self-directed learning.

You will also make use of case studies as a basis for applying theory and guiding problem solving.

Key Facts

We also offer a 2 year MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) for students with a previous degree.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSE5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including Maths, Science and English (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7)
A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAA, including a pure science subject e.g. Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics


International Baccalaureate36 points, 18 at higher level. OR
Access to HE Diploma:

Science based access course (30 distinctions at level 3)



BTEC national diploma in health studies or science (DDD) when offered with pure Science A Level (preferably Biology or Human Biology) at Grade A


Irish leaving Certificate


Scottish highers

Other qualifications

Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.

Selection process:

To enrol on this course, you must meet our entry critieria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

Applications should be submitted through UCAS ( Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.


What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?

The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.

Why do you want to be a Physiotherapist? What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?

What do you understand about the role? To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.

Discuss your relevant academic preparation. What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.

Personal interests sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession

The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.


What happens if my application is shortlisted?

If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.

Physiotherapy Selection Sessions normally last approximately 5 hours and include:

Group Discussion small groups of around 6 applicants will have 20 minutes to discuss a particular topic linked to NHS Core Values. Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.

Interview approximately 20minute discussion between you and two interviewers. During this interview you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the role of a Physiotherapist and reflect on your work experience.

For each activity you will be given a numerical score. All scores will be combined and used in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.

During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students and clinicians. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.

As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.


Understanding your offer

If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.

All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.

You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.


This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

There is a large practical component to the BSc physiotherapy course where skills are learnt by practising on your fellow students. Students will be able to apply what has been learnt to develop further knowledge and skills under the guidance of their clinical supervisor, when on clinical placement.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Physiotherapy is a rewarding field, which involves understanding and practising the science behind human movement.

This BSc degree in physiotherapy gives you everything you need to make a solid start to your career.

Upon graduating you are most likely to find employment within the National Health Service.

However, there are also job opportunities in private practice, the armed forces, sport and industry.

In 2013 an impressive 95% of Health Sciences graduates went into work or further study within six months.

This is due in part to our widely held reputation as a centre for learning excellence.

More information about careers in physiotherapy can be found on the NHS Careers website

Learning & Assessment

During this physiotherapy degree you will learn what it takes to make life better for all sorts of people.

You will be assessed on your academic work as well as your clinical placements, using a variety of methods.

These include written exams, essays, oral presentations, practical exams and a research project.



This programme is available to study over 3 or 4 years.  The three year programme is full time.  If you wish to study the programme over 4 years, there is the option to complete level 4 OR level 5 over two years.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (3 years)

This programme is the full time 3 year programme.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (4 years - route A)

Route A allows you to study level 4 modules across two academic years.  Level 5 and 6 of the programme are then studied full time.


BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (4 years - route B)

Route B allows you to study level 4 full time, Level 5 modules are taken across two academic years, then you return to the full time programme for Level 6 modules.


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: Physiotherapy suggested generic statement: A number of essential items for use in the Centre for learning Anatomical Sciences will be provided to you e.g.: safety goggles; examination gloves; plastic aprons. Please see clothing. Medical Equipment and Materials: Fob watch; stethoscopes - A number of essential items for use in practical sessions will be provided to you e.g.: goniometers; tape measures; electrotherapy consumables; examination gloves; plastic aprons. However you will need provide yourselves with a fob watch; stethoscope (advice will be given at the appropriate time regarding which models) for use in the practical classes and whilst on clinical placement.
ClothingLab Coats: You will need to provide yourselves with laboratory coat for use in the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences. These can be purchased from any source.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
FieldworkAccommodation: Students in receipt of an NHS Bursary can recoup costs of accommodation whilst on placement. Those who are not in receipt of such a bursary must bear these costs themselves. Insurance : Insurance/indemnity costs will be met by the University except for overseas trips where normal travel insurance must be arranged. Travel costs: Students in receipt of an NHS Bursary can recoup costs to and from placement. Those who are not in receipt of such a bursary must bear these costs themselves. In addition, students are required to attend certain external events or community resources and they will be expected to bear these costs. Immunisation/Vaccination Costs: These will be paid for by the commissioning body.
PlacementsAccommodation: If you have been approved to participate in an Erasmus+ Study/Work Placement you will automatically qualify for an Erasmus+ grant and details of this will be sent to you as part of the application process. Students who participate in the Erasmus+ scheme can benefit from an EU-funded grant. It is not intended to be a maintenance grant but rather a contribution towards the extra costs associated with studying abroad. The International Office will calculate your grant for you once you have given them the dates of your placement. You will be sent an Erasmus Grant Agreement confirming the amount of your grant and conditions of participation.
Conference expenses Accommodation: Cost of incidental travel which is required as part of a module, e.g. visits to external facilities or exhibitions, is the responsibility of the student.
OtherOptional Visits: Some modules may include optional visits to a museum, galleries, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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