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Physiotherapy

BSc (Hons)

As the largest allied health professional group, physiotherapists work with people with varying disabilities and their families and carers – using physical means to promote health, rehabilitation and, where possible, recovery.

UCAS Code: B160

Single Honours

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At Worcester, our course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning and extensive opportunities to interact with patients and professionals in class, with placements offered across the West Midlands.

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Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

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Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that when you graduate, you can apply for registration to practice as a Chartered Physiotherapist.


Overview

After building a strong foundation of anatomical knowledge, you will learn how to diagnose and rehabilitate across a range of conditions, as well as how to prevent illness and disease. You will gain substantial practical experience in our purpose-built simulation laboratories and a range of real-life clinical environments, such as hospitals.

Our team of experienced physiotherapists will supervise you as you complete 1,000 hours of placement in different clinical, health, and social care settings. This gives you familiarity with the profession, patients, and various conditions.

You’ll study alongside students from our Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy courses, providing opportunities to learn from each other and preparing you to work seamlessly in a ‘one workforce’ team in the NHS.

Placements

You will undertake placement hours every year during your three-year degree. Full-time practice learning placements equate to 37.5 hours of practice learning each week of the 6-week placement block. These learning hours will be formally recorded and signed by an authorised signatory.


Clinical skills simulation facilities

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student in a white uniform assisting a student on a bed
Physio student supporting a person on crutches
two students standing either side of a third student who is sitting in a sling
An occupational therapy student and physiotherapy student
student in a white uniform assisting a student on a bed
Physio student supporting a person on crutches
two students standing either side of a third student who is sitting in a sling

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.

Mandatory modules


Careers

The broad scope of physiotherapy is one of its assets, making it an exciting and varied career.

You will become a scientifically oriented clinician with transferable intellectual and practical skills. You’ll also develop the advanced problem-solving and leadership skills required to succeed in the dynamic healthcare environment.

Physiotherapists are in demand across the UK and abroad, which creates many exciting job opportunities.

You could:

  • become a senior physiotherapist or service manager in the NHS in a hospital, care home, GP practice, or other setting
  • specialise in a specific area, like sports physiotherapy, stroke care, or working with children
  • work for a professional sports club
  • become self-employed and set up your own practice
  • move into research or training.

Course highlights

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Embrace the opportunity to experience a different healthcare system, meet new friends, and make lifelong memories.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Teaching and assessment contents

Students 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 a range of experienced, well-qualified academics, physiotherapy specialist clinicians, and physiotherapy and healthcare professionals in leadership roles. The team is well supported by service users and carers in ‘expert by experience’ roles from IMPACT, practice partners and from the Health Hub in the McClelland Centre for Health and Wellbeing. Staff team members from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy courses contribute to the delivery of shared modules.

Teaching is informed by research and practice. All course lecturers have or are working towards a higher education teaching qualification or are Associates, Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Over 90% of teaching staff have Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 120

Plus GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above. University of Worcester GCSE Maths and English equivalency tests are also accepted.

UCAS tariff points can come from:

  • A-Levels (BBB), including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education (P.E) (General Studies not accepted)
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport & Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) (DDD). Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with Biology. Human Biology or Physical Education (P.E) at grade B
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3A and 3B grades in 6 Higher Level papers at one sitting, including 2 science subjects (one of which 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
  • T-Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

Other additional qualifications may be considered. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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Fees

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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 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

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Applying through UCAS

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Read our how to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


Student stories

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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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Ecem

Ecem now works for Kings College Hospital NHS foundation trust, she says:

"Studying Physiotherapy at Worcester helped me gain skills to develop both in my career and as an individual, especially through the courses emphasis on leadership.

"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!"

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Carl Biles

Carl 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.

He recently returned to Worcester to deliver lectures for final year students on trauma and orthopaedics. “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.”

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Constance

"The physiotherapy course at Worcester 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."

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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.”

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Ecem

Ecem now works for Kings College Hospital NHS foundation trust, she says:

"Studying Physiotherapy at Worcester helped me gain skills to develop both in my career and as an individual, especially through the courses emphasis on leadership.

"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!"


Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Catherine Barrett

Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Admissions office

01905 855111