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B160 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Join a dynamic healthcare profession that takes a physical approach to establish all round well-being. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages to treat physical problems caused by illness, accident, or ageing. Our three year BSc Physiotherapy degree provides eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council. As a graduate you will also be entitled to register with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

We're ranked first in the UK overall, and first for research quality, research intensity and graduate prospects (The Complete University Guide 2020).

Subject to validation by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy early 2019.

**Applications for 2019 entry to this course are now closed.**

Introducing your degree

Our BSc Physiotherapy degree has been ranked third overall and first for research quality in the UK by The Good University Guide 2019. This reflects the success of our research-led education programmes and exceptional student experience, bringing 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.

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I've undertaken a one-week observation placement in a neuro-centre and a six-week musculoskeletal out-patients placement. I have also gotten to know qualified physiotherapists.
Chris Onourfriou, BSc Physiotherapy

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**Applications for 2019 entry to this course are now closed.**

Duration: 3 years full time. 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 addition, our curriculum is values-based, which means we place special emphasis on humanitarian virtues like empathy and compassion.

Health Sciences are committed to the active involvement of patients and carers across our provision. Learn more about how this important perspective feeds into your education.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Apply direct for the two year MSc.


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This programme is fully accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, making you eligible to register in practice whilst giving you chartered status as well.

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

  • Ranked 3rd overall and 1st for research quality The Complete University Guide 2019
  • 100 per cent of students in work and/or study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17)
  • Wide range of placement settings: acute and critical care, neurological rehabilitation, special client groups , community care and neuro-musculoskeletal
  • Work with clients, their families and other healthcare professionals through a combination of academic study and clinical placements
  • Winner of the 2016 Health Education England Wessex Shine Award recognising ‘Using the patient voice to shape the neurological physiotherapy curriculum’

Life as a Physiotherapy Student

Find out more about the typical day of a Physiotherapy student at the University of Southampton

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Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

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GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and Mathematics (minimum grade <4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB including one pure science subject with a pass in the practical
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualificiation (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:
ABB and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.

Physiotherapy applicants are not just applying for a degree but a professional qualification. This is a very demanding programme and we need to be confident that students can cope with the expectations of academic achievement and placement experience. Our values based interview techniques have been developed with clinicians and service users to ensure we recruit the best applicants. We use contextual information when reviewing an application understanding that perhaps the individual has had less support writing a personal statement compared to others, however we will continue to be mindful of all our applicants from all backgrounds that apply through difficult circumstances, whatever that might be.

A- level additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

AB from 2 A levels including a pure science subject and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level including a pure science.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma offer

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit

Additional information.Must be Science Based

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)

H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including a pure science

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016)

AAAABB including a pure science.

Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U offer

D3 D3 M2 in three Principle subjects including a pure science subject.

Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D*D in the BTEC Diploma plus A in a pure science A-level or D* in the BTEC Subsidary Diploma plus AB in A-level subjects including a pure science at Grade A. We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without a pure science A-Level.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)

DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A in a pure science A-level or D in the BTEC Subsidary Diploma plus AB in A-level subjects including a pure science at Grade A. We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without a pure science A-Level.

We accept Health studies or science

European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall to include a pure science subject
International qualifications

Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams

Non-academic entry requirements You will be required to attend a selection day. Satisfactory Occupational Health and Police Checks. Recent relevant study within 3 years
English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band G IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

For 2019 entry

Please note these may be subject to change

GCSE 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths, Science and English Language (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7).
GCE A-level

AAB including a pure science i.e. Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on achieving an A grade in the EPQ.

International Baccalaureate 34 (17 at Higher)
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at L3 including 39 distinctions and 6 merits
BTEC in health studies or science

BTEC (RQF): DD plus pure science A Level at grade A

BTEC (QCF): D*D plus pure science A Level at grade A

Irish Leaving Certificate

5 Higher Level subjects, At least 4 subjects at H1 including pure science subject.

Plus English and Maths ILC Ordinary Level O4 or higher.

Other 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 criteria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

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

Application process

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”.

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.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

PSIO1019 - Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (15 credits)

PSIO1020 - Clinical Management 1 (CNN) (15 credits)

PSIO1021 - Principles of Physiotherapy Practice (30 credits)

PSIO1022 - Observational Placement Physiotherapy (0 credits)

PSIO1023 - Practice Placement 1 (20 credits)

PSIO1025 - Health Sciences 1 (15 credits)

PSIO1027 - Health Sciences 3 (15 credits)

PSIO1028 - Clinical Assessment and Treatment

PSIO1029 - Foundations of Health Sciences for Physiotherapy

PSIO1030 - Advanced Health Sciences for Physiotherapy

PSIO1031 - Human Movement and Function (FPP)

PSIO1032 - Applied Health Sciences for Physiotherapy

PSIO1033 - Observational Placement Physiotherapy

PSIO1034 - Practice Placement 1 Physiotherapy

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

HPRS1030 - Introduction to Professional Practice 1 (15 credits)

PSIO1026 - Health Sciences 2 (15 credits)

Year 2

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

HSGM2002 - Healthy Discussions

PSIO2025 - Clinical Management 2 (Neurology & Cardiorespiratory) (15 credits)

PSIO2026 - Clinical Management 2 (Neuromusculoskeletal & Special Client Groups) (15 credits)

PSIO2027 - Research Methods 1 (30 credits)

PSIO2030 - Integrated Clinical Management (15 credits)

PSIO2031 - Practice Placement 2 (20 credits)

PSIO2032 - Practice Placement 3 (20 credits)

PSIO2033 - Healthy Discussions (15 credits)

PSIO2034 - Practice Placement 2 Physiotherapy

PSIO2035 - Practice Placement 3 Physiotherapy

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

PSIO2037 - Managing Clinical Cases CVR and Neuro

PSIO2038 - Integrated Clinical Cases

Year 3

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
PhysiotherapyBSc (Hons)2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
PhysiotherapyBSc (Hons)2019Full-time£9,250£22,955
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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

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.

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