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Physiotherapy BSc (full-time programme)

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3-year full-time



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Physiotherapy BSc (full-time programme)


98% Overall Student Satisfaction; Top in London for BSc Physiotherapy (National Student Survey 2016)



We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.

Access our recent webinar- including an online presentation followed by a question and answer session.



For 2017/18 applicants, the Dean's Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) Scholarships are avaliable for International Students. The Physiotherapy Academic Scholarships for ten Home/EU students will be announced shortly.


About the course

The highly successful and well established Physiotherapy programme at Brunel is currently offered in two formats: a three-year BSc (Hons) programme and a two-year pre-registration Masters programme (MSc).  Both programmes are full time.

On the BSc programme, you can gain practical experience for your career across a variety of healthcare settings, including NHS hospitals, private healthcare providers, community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries, schools, nursing homes and sports centres. 

Our students are extremely well thought of by clinicians in the SouthEast; our partner clinicians rated 96% of Brunel students as excellent or very good on their final clinical practice placement shortly before qualifying. 

Read what our students say about the Brunel Physiotherapy programme.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.


The Physiotherapy BSc and MSc programmes provide an evidence based approach to contemporary physiotherapy, promoting a commitment to autonomy, research and clinical excellence. Continued professional development (CPD) is an integral part of the programme facilitating the development of essential communication and team working skills.




For more information please contact:

Full-time mode – standard entry
(for applicants under the age of 21 years at point of entry)
Tutor: Emma Farquharson
Tel +44 (0)1895 268683
Email Emma with your queries:

Full-time mode – non-standard entry
(for applicants over the age of 21 years at point of entry)
Tutor: Pam Shiers
Tel +44 (0)1895 268839
Email Pam with your queries:

Please note email is our preferred mode of communication. However, if you need to write to us, our address is:

Department of Clinical Sciences
Brunel University London
Mary Seacole Building
Middlesex UB8 3PH


Course Content

Level 1 

  • Continuing Professional Development 1
  • Anatomy Lower Quadrant
  • Rehabilitation 1/2
  • Pathophysiology
  • Musculoskeletal Lower Quadrant I
  • Mandatory Clinical Training
  • Respiratory
Level 2 
  • Clinical Preparation 1
  • Placement 1/2
  • Ageing Studies
  • Paediatrics
  • Continuing Professional Development 2
  • Musculoskeletal II Upper Quadrant
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Cardio-vascular Health
  • Research Methods

Level 3 

  • Placement 3/4/5
  • Women’s Health
  • Oncology & Palliative Care
  • Emerging Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Continuing Professional Development 3
  • Critical Care
  • Professional Practice
  • Research Proposal

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

The College of Health and Life Sciences is located in the Mary Seacole Building offering a state of-the art, purpose clinical environment for physiotherapy education.


  • There is an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities on campus and Brunel featured in the London 2012 pre Olympic and Paralympic games training camp guide. See /services/sport for further details.
  • Our students use purpose-built rooms and equipment to simulate the clinical environment. This includes a specialist gym and customised treatment rooms. 


  • Teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Students learn with other allied health students (inter-professional learning across subject areas), similar to the clinical working environment. 

Clinical Placements 

  • We offer placements at established London hospitals including King's cross, Chelsea and Westminster, The Royal National Hospital for Neurology and Great Ormond Street. 
  • Clinical placements begin in the second year by which time students are fully prepared to engage with clinical practice and benefit from direct hands-on experience.
  • Six specialist study blocks have been incorporated into our programme to develop awareness of specialist and emerging areas of physiotherapy. These small study blocks support our students to develop a wider perspective on healthcare provision and the physiotherapy profession.
  • PebblePad software is used to deliver and monitor Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) activities, preparing students for the transition to qualified physiotherapist.

Student Activities 

  • Students have access to a wide range of clubs, socieities, arts and sports activities on a single campus location, enriched by a vibrant international community. 



Successful completion of this course means you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Our graduate employment rates are high - 98% of the 2013 cohort found employment within six months of graduating (DHLE). 

Teaching and Assessment


Academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills. Diverse teaching approaches are used to deliver an evidence based curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The curriculum is delivered in many formats including:

  • Keynote Lectures
  • Small group teaching maximum 24 students
    • In-depth academic study
    • Practical      
    • Forum theatre
    • Patient interaction groups
  • Clinical placement
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Panopto online lectures
  • ASK
  • DDS
  • Hospital visits


A variety of assessment tools are used to assess knowledge and skills including:

  • Written exams
  • Practical vivas
  • Practical exams
  • Written assignments
  • Clinical placement assessment record (CAR form)


Brunel physiotherapy graduates are working world wide in healthcare sectors including:

  • Prestigious London teaching hospitals
  • Primary care
  • Private practice
  • Elite sport
  • Military
  • Charities and voluntary sector world wide
  • Special schools and clinics 





 Successful completion of the programme provides eligibility to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Work Placements

All our students graduate after successfully completing 30 weeks of full-time clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings reflective of current practice. Clinical placements occur throughout levels 2 & 3 and consists of five placements each six weeks duration.

  • On each placement students are given the opportunity to consolidate and build upon skills gained on campus
  • They also have the opportunity to put their clinical skills into practice with patients and to learn alongside expert clinicians, as part of the multidisciplinary team
  • Our expectations of a student's performance in the clinical setting change as the student progresses through the placements – for example, towards the end of their final placement we expect students to be managing their time, patient case-loads and learning needs on a par with junior qualified physiotherapists.





At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2016/17 entry

UK/EU students

£9,000 full-time 

Overseas Fees

Students not designated as UK/EU citizens who are self-funded will be subject to international tuition fees. Currently these fees stand at £15,750 pa. Applicants should budget for the fact that the fees can increase annually.




Future Changes to Fees from 2017/8


The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.

Entry Criteria 2016/17

We expect all applicants to have thoroughly researched the profession prior to applying for the physiotherapy programme. This research requires review of the CSP website and other relevant web sites/literature and an observational clinical experience is advised. Applicants will be short listed from their UCAS forms on the basis of their academic profile and their insight into the profession. Short listed applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day.

Standard entrants:

These are the requirements which we would normally expect from applicants under the age of 21 at the proposed point of entry onto the programme. For all standard entry applicants, we normally expect  7 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade B or above are required, to include English Language and two Science subjects (Maths at Grade C or above).

GCE A-level AAB-ABB, including at least a grade B in either Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths, and at least one subject from our preferred list: Applied Science, Chemistry, Classical Civilisations, Economics, English, Geography, History, Languages, Law, Maths (Further Maths or Statistics), Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies. The third A-level can be in any subject, except General Studies and Critical Thinking which are not accepted.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, with a 5 in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths at higher level and 6 in two higher level subjects from the preferred list (above).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D, with an A-level grade B in Biology or Human Biology.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-levels at grade AB, including Biology/Human Biology, plus another A-Level from the approved list (see above).
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject, with an A-levels at grades AA, including Biology/Human Biology, plus another A-Level from the approved list (see above).

Non standard entrants / mature students:

These are the requirements which we would normally expect from applicants over the age of 21 at the proposed point of entry onto the programme.

Non standard entrants and mature students (over the age of 21 years) are welcome and considered on an individual basis. However applicants are normally required to provide evidence of formal academic study of human biology/biology to A-level standard or equivalent within the four years prior to the start of the programme. For all non-standard entry applicants a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade B or above are also required, to include English Language (Maths at grade C or above). A selection of possible entry level academic qualifications is given below:

  • GCSE All applicants must have GCSEs in English and Maths (grades BC) – equivalents are not normally accepted.
  • GCE A-levels At least Grade B in A-level Biology or Human Biology ideally taken within the last four years plus a second A-level at grade B.

These qualifications do not have to be attained within the same time period.

Alternatives to the preferred A-level route follow:

  • A minimum of 2 A-Levels BB to include biology – ideally human and a second from our preferred list (see above).
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course, topics studied to include modules in cardiovascular, pulmonary, skeletal muscle physiology and basic neurophysiology at level 3. Distinction profiles required in these topics. In addition all Access students must be able to offer us a B grade at A-Level human biology or biology.
  • Birkbeck Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine Applicants considered with a Distinction profile in Biology and a Merit profile in Chemistry.
  • Open University Where applicants otherwise meet our entry criteria except that it is over four years since they last studied a biological science, a 70% pass minimum of the 30 credit Level 2 module in Human Biology (SK277) will be considered.
  • Graduates All graduates with a 2.2 minimum profile may be considered, 2.1 preferred. Degrees must be underpinned by a sound academic profile; (i.e. BBB at A-level with Grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths). Any appropriate level study of biology must have been satisfactorily completed within the 4 years prior to proposed start of physiotherapy programme.

Advice for mature students:

In order to present us with enough detail on which to base a decision we ask that you:

  • document your full academic history on the UCAS form and not just give us your most recent qualifications(s).
  • Access students please list only the modules you intend to study, not all the ones available for study. Remember that we require GCEs in English and Maths – we do not accept equivalents offered as part of an Access diploma.
  • present documentary proof of previous academic achievements at the point of course enrolment.

Health and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

In addition to meeting our entry criteria and a satisfactory selection day outcome, applicants under offer must demonstrate satisfactory health declaration and complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application, previously known as a (CRB) check. The cost of this will be covered by the University. 

For further guidance please Contact Admissions.

Immunisation requirements for the course

Please be aware that the University does not pay for any of the vaccinations or blood tests required to undertake this course, this is the responsibility of each applicant. The University does not offer a service to provide these and therefore we recommend you go to your GP or local travel clinic and start as early as possible. Until the University has evidence that you have these immunisations we will not be able to allow you to enter the clinical environment on practice placement so it is vital that you meet these requirements, ideally before you commence study. You must obtain immunisation against the following and further information can be found on the NHS website.

Please be aware that as physiotherapy students you will be working in hospitals and therefore in contact with patients who have infections so these immunisations are required for students as outlined in the Green Book by the Department of Health.

  • Hepatitis B x 3 vaccinations over a 6 month period and a blood test is then taken 6-8 weeks after the third dose, to check that the vaccinations have worked. Please note that the Hep B vaccination programme from the initial first vaccination to blood test upon completion, takes 8 months.
  • Also required is Polio & Tetanusè Rubella, Measles or MMR x 2 è BCG è Varicella Zoster, and evidence of chicken pox or vaccination x 2, or blood test to confirm immunity.
  • Blood tests are required for Hepatitis B and also for Measles, Rubella and Chicken Pox if there is no evidence in the students medical records. Immunisations are compulsory and are required for clinical placements.
  Average cost Notes
HEPATITIS B (3 DOSES) £123 This can take up to 8 months to complete
HEPATITIS B BLOOD TEST £58 Required at the end of the immunisation period to confirm immunity
TETANUS/POLIO £50 Available from NHS for no charge - must be effective for a minimum of 3 years otherwise a booster will be required
MANTOUX TEST £64 This test is required before receiving the BCG if there is no evidence of immunity
BCG £60 Immunisation for Tuberculosis
MMR (2 DOSES) £92 Available from NHS for no charge - must be effective for a minimum of 3 years otherwise a booster will be required. Must have received 2 doses
CHICKEN POX (2 DOSES) £154 Varicella Zoster. Must have received 2 doses
BLOOD TESTS £58 Can be taken to confirm presence of antibodies for Measles/Chicken Pox instead of having vaccinations
Total average cost £659

This is the average however the cost from a travel clinic can normally range between £350 - £700.


Observational Clinical Placements and the Application process:

It is vital that all applicants are thoroughly aware of what the physiotherapy profession entails. This awareness needs to be properly grounded in reality rather than notional.

Therefore all applicants should thoroughly review the available literature.

We prefer applicants to undertake an observational clinical placement, although we do recognise that this can be difficult. We advise you in the first instance to write to the physiotherapy managers of your local NHS hospitals requesting a day or two of observation. You may need to write to several hospitals. Asking for short periods of time tends to be received better than asking for too much!

You will not require a long period of observation although the exact time will vary from person to person. However you do need long enough for you to be able to make an informed decision that Physiotherapy is the profession for you. Once you have got to this point you should find it relatively easy to write your personal statement, demonstrating your insight into the profession, explaining how your observational experience has informed your decision to study physiotherapy and highlighting the personal characteristics of the physiotherapist and why you think you’d be a good one!

If you do not manage to secure an NHS short placement, try the private sector – predominantly small physiotherapy private practices. Alternatively try to secure time in a nursing home. These placements have several limitations which you should be aware of but are still extremely valuable. Then it’s up to you to tell us (on your UCAS personal statement) how your experiences have informed your decision to be a physiotherapist and how they can be translated to physiotherapy.


The Selection Process

In order to select the very best applicants, short listed applicants will be invited to one of our full day selection days which run between February and March.

The selection day consists of

  • Review of academic certification (students are advised to bring all documentation not just the most recently obtained certificates as well as a passport photo with name printed on back).
  • Commencement of registration for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Programme presentations from staff and students.
  • An opportunity to tour our facilities and the campus.
  • A short written exam (the subject of which will not require specific advance preparation).
  • A group interview – likely to include a group verbal and group practical task. (No prior preparation is required).

The applicant’s written work and performance at interview will be assessed by members of the physiotherapy team and in addition input may be obtained from invited clinicians, current students and members of the public.

Applicants attending selection days will be ranked and the top ranked applicants will receive offers. We expect to make offers from January through to the end of March/April. Applicants who are not invited to selection days or who do not perform satisfactorily at selection day will be informed as soon as we can.

Selection Day Dates:

The Selection Day dates for 2017 entry are as below:

1st February 2017

22nd February 2017

8th March 2017

29th March 2017

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.