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What makes Physiotherapy at Worcester special?

Physiotherapists enjoy a challenging and rewarding career, working with patients in a variety of settings, from intensive care to community care, helping those affected by injury, illness or disability to fulfil their potential and rebuild their life. Physiotherapy also plays an important role in injury prevention and health and wellbeing.

In addition to the knowledge and expertise you will need to be a first-rate physiotherapist, at Worcester you will study leadership throughout that will enhance your degree and help you develop your career. With our commitment to inter-professional learning, you will also gain experience working alongside Occupational Therapy and other Allied Health students, invaluable teamwork experience for anyone hoping to work in the modern inter-disciplinary health sector.



Key features

  • 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2020 and 96% in 2021.
  • Completion of the programme will give you eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. Physiotherapy is a protected title which means you must be registered with HCPC to use this title and work in the UK
  • Excellent links with physiotherapists throughout the region, ensuring the course content is professionally relevant, and placements are varied and well-supported
  • Develop your clinical skills through work-based learning and our excellent on-site facilities, including simulation suites.

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This course is validated by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Successful completion of the course gives you eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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New £5,000 support for healthcare students

The Government has announced that, from September 2020, students on Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back.

More details about the payment
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This course received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020)

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Academic entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C/4 and above including English Language, Mathematics and Science. University of Worcester GCSE Maths and English equivalency tests are also accepted.


  • 120 UCAS tariff points or BBB, to include A2 Grade B minimum in Biology / Human Biology / PE (General Studies not accepted). 120 points must be achieved in A2 subjects or equivalent
  • University of Worcester Health Care Foundation Year welcomed with a B grade average and at least a B in the ‘Science for Healthcare’ module
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport & Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) DDD. Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with AS or A2 Biology / Human Biology / PE at grade B
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3A and 3B grades in 6 Higher Level papers at one sitting, including 2 science subjects of which one should be Biology
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma welcomed - 60 credits in total, with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 with at least 24 credits at Distinction and the remainder at Merit, with at least 15 of those in Biological Science related subjects. Access to Health and Science preferred. At least 120 UCAS points must be achieved
  • International Baccalaureate: Obtain a total of 128 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 International Baccalaureate Higher Level Certificates, to include Biology at H6

Other qualifications

BTEC Extended Diplomas 

Subjects other than those listed above may be considered where at least 360 of the credits (or 1/3) are obtained from biological science units and receive Distinction grades.

AS or A2 in Biology or PE at grade B can be offered in addition where these requirements are not met.

Other additional qualifications may be considered where an applicant does not have the necessary Biology or PE qualifications. Students should normally have been in education within 3 years of commencing a place on the course. Please contact Admissions Team C for information:

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5. (HCPC 2013)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0 with no element below 6.5

Don't quite meet the entry requirements?

If you don't currently meet the entry requirements or are returning to education, consider studying a Healthcare Professions Foundation Year.

Work experience

We are looking for applicants who have a good understanding of the breadth of the profession and the diverse settings where Physiotherapists may work. Work experience shadowing a Physiotherapist is highly recommended, however, we appreciate that this can sometimes be difficult to obtain. Where shadowing experience isn't possible, knowledge of the profession may be gained through attending University open days or careers events, talking to qualified Physiotherapists, reading professional publications or researching online. The following websites may provide a helpful starting point; the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health and Care Professions Council, and Step into the NHS and NHS Careers.

If your Physiotherapy work experience is still pending when you submit your application, please don't worry. Tell us what you have planned, demonstrate that you have researched the breadth of the profession in other ways and reflect on any alternative relevant experience you have had so far.

Personal Statements

Applicants should ensure that their personal statements are focused on a clear interest and motivation for becoming a Physiotherapist. Applicants should also:

  • Be able to reflect on their work experiences in relation to their future studies and their career
  • Demonstrate team-working and leadership skills; for example in your work, hobbies or sports
  • Show clear awareness of the qualities and values that are needed to become a healthcare professional
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and inter-personal communication and listening skills
  • Be able to work with a wide variety of different people as individuals, and provide examples of this
  • Have strong and creative problem solving and thinking skills
  • Have clear motivation for a career in Physiotherapy, and have made a reasoned career choice
  • Be able to articulate clearly why they are interested in a career in Physiotherapy

We welcome applications from disabled students. More information and guidance on disability and becoming a health and care professional can be found on the Health and Care Professional Council website.

No offers will be made without Interview. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the course. For full details please see the UCAS website.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.

The University strongly recommends that all students join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements. Not becoming a member may affect your opportunities to experience the widest range of placements.

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

  • Practice Learning 1
  • Foundation Sciences for Physiotherapy 1 (Anatomy)
  • Foundation Sciences for Physiotherapy 2 (Pathophysiology)
  • Guiding Principles of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Practice
  • Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

Year 2

  • Practice Learning 2
  • Practice Learning 3
  • Applied Sciences 1 (Musculo-skeletal)
  • Applied Sciences 2 (Cardio-vascular and Respiratory)
  • Applied Sciences 3 (Neurology)
  • Applied Research and Evidenced Based Practice
  • Team Working for Professional Practice

Year 3

  • Practice Learning 4
  • Practice Learning 5
  • Managing patients with Complex Needs
  • Dissertation
  • Leading for Professional Practice
  • Enhancing Employability
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, practical skills sessions and small group seminars. Practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills. Seminars enable discussion, developing your understanding of topics covered in lectures. Approximately 1/3 of classroom activities are shared with the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course, to support your development as a health & social care professional.

You will also complete over 1000 hours of practice learning, working alongside experienced clinicians in a range of areas, locations and specialities. Theory and practice run concurrently throughout year one and two, helping you to apply your knowledge. In year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake 2 x full-time blocks of placement activity.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Contact time

In a typical week, students will have around 10-18 contact hours, depending on their year of study, including seminar and practical skills based teaching. However, with the exception of the first semester in first year, physiotherapy students spend half of each week in each semester on placement.

The precise contact hours will depend on the year of study and in the final year there is normally slightly less contact time to facilitate greater independent study.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15 - 20 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, as well as preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners. Service users and practicing professionals, who may deliver sessions related to their clinical speciality or health condition and experiences, also support your teaching.

Teaching is based on research and consultancy; all permanent members of the Physiotherapy staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, poster presentations, practical exams and unseen written examinations.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

    • 2 x 2 hour unseen written examinations
    • 60 minute Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
    • 30 minute practical demonstration and viva
    • 3 x essays
    • Reflective portfolio

Year 2

  • 2 x essays
  • 15 minute group presentation
  • 2 x reflective portfolio or oral presentations
  • 3 x OSCEs
  • Research proposal

Year 3

  • 8-12,000 word Dissertation
  • 2 x reflective portfolio or oral presentations
  • 1 x essay
  • Conference poster presentation
  • Patchwork assessment
  • Oral examination (mock job interview) with a written summary


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet The Team

Helen Frank (7)

Dr Helen Frank

I am the Head of Department for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nutritional Therapy teams, within the School of Allied Health and Community. I manage and work within a team of dedicated, motivated and excellent academic and support staff who deliver outstanding courses in health professions at undergraduate and post-graduate level. I am a Physiotherapist, motivated to join this fantastic profession through swimming and personal injuries; I was an international swimmer, and competed in the Olympics in 1988.

Rachel Kyte (6)

Rachel Kyte

Rachel joined the University in 2013 after working clinically for 13 years as a physiotherapist. She has worked predominantly in the NHS with patients with musculoskeletal disorders, but has also worked in private practice, overseas and in industrial and occupational health settings. Her other main area of academic interest is acupuncture, which she teaches at a post-graduate level to practising physiotherapists.

Gordon Smith (4)

Gordon Smith

Gordon has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical physiotherapist. He has worked in a variety of locations including the USA and New Zealand.

He has been a Physiotherapy Team Leader working in the NHS in Worcestershire for over 10 years. Gordon is also a Fellow of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Kat Wood (4)

Katharine Wood

Katharine joined the University of Worcester in 2013 to take up her first undergraduate lecturing post. She has worked predominately in the NHS but has left to establish a charity that specialises in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions. Alongside lecturing she also works part-time as a clinician treating a range of individuals with neurological diagnoses.  Kat leads the student led clinic at the McClelland Centre on City Campus.


Where could it take you?

You will be qualified to work in a variety of roles within the NHS, industry, community settings, sport and the private, independent and voluntary sectors. In addition, there are opportunities to work in education, research, service management and overseas.  

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Having the opportunity to study Physiotherapy at The University of Worcester has helped me gain skills to develop both in my career and as an individual, especially through the courses emphasis on leadership. As an active learner, the unique structure of the part time placements allowed me to put my learning into practice in a range of settings, from NHS to private.

The inter-professional environment of learning has provided me with invaluable teamwork experience which I have been able to carry over to my work. To make the experience even better, we were given a wonderful opportunity to complete our final placement in Vietnam, which allowed me to enhance my communication and life skills on top of working in a completely new and unconventional setting out of my comfort zone.

I have been able to use all these skills in my current role working for Kings College Hospital NHS foundation trust. Throughout the variety of other rotations I have worked in, my role always involves promoting independence and improving the quality of life of our service users, as well as developing the service itself. 

Carl Biles

Carl Biles

Carl has achieved a First Class Honours in BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy

“I was extremely grateful for the University’s efforts in diagnosing my dyslexia and providing me with the relevant equipment, without which I would not have succeeded on the course.” said Carl.

It has been a busy year for Carl, besides finishing his degree in the midst of a global pandemic and launching himself on to the NHS front line, he has taken up the opportunity to return to the University of Worcester to deliver lectures for final year students on trauma and orthopaedics, as well as welcoming his first child in to the world.

“I want to progress my career as a physiotherapist,” he said, “but I would also like to get involved more in the training of the next generation of physios, as well as doing more lecturing at the University, and of course, one of my main priorities for the future is to enjoy raising our baby.”



The physiotherapy course brought out the best in me, allowing me to think critically and constantly learn whilst in University and practice placements. However, the best part about this course was the staff, who supported me through the process unbelievably through their own passion for physiotherapy.          

I am currently working in adult mental health services and providing physiotherapy for people with severe and enduring mental illness in both inpatient and community settings.



The physiotherapy course at the University of Worcester has been a tremendous aspect of my life journey. It didn’t just improve my academic excellence, it played a great part in shaping who I am today. The open door policy promoted support from the amazing lecturers with feedback on strengths as well as areas to improve on. 

This course and the brilliant team ensured I was prepared for life beyond the university walls by providing inter-professional learnings, valuable experiences from placements in various settings, enhancing my leadership and employability skills. It advanced my clinical reasoning skills, which I utilise in my workplace to provide holistic treatments adapted to suit individual and group exercise classes.

By incorporating all I’ve learnt  from this course, I am able to take positive risks in my role in optimising people's rehab potential as well as injury prevention.

Ella Cottle

Ella Cottle

“I chose Worcester because of how comfortable I felt during my interview and how I felt really at home,” she said. “One of my interviewers was so lovely and kind, I distinctly remember coming away knowing I wanted to come to Worcester. Worcester never felt like an intimidating, big city university, something that appealed to me.”

 “I really enjoyed my time at Worcester and felt incredibly supported throughout my studies. I think the support I had from my tutor, lecturers and friends is the reason I am enjoying work, feeling confident and falling back on all the learning we did.”

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Funding for Physiotherapy students

The Government has announced that, from September 2020, students on Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. 

Find out more about this payment.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

As part of the course you will need to travel to placements and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances.

We pay for a clinical uniform for you but will need a practical kit for physiotherapy sessions such as shorts, jogging bottoms and polo shirts. There is the option to buy a University practical kit.

You are strongly encouraged to become student members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which costs £42 per year.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are required at a one-off cost of £58



Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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