Physiotherapy BSc (full-time programme)
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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
Brunel physiotherapy graduates are working world wide in healthcare sectors including:
- Prestigious London teaching hospitals
- Primary care
- Private practice
- Elite sport
- 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.
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.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
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.
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.
|HEPATITIS B (3 DOSES)
||This can take up to 8 months to complete
|HEPATITIS B BLOOD TEST
||Required at the end of the immunisation period to confirm immunity
||Available from NHS for no charge - must be effective for a minimum of 3 years otherwise a booster will be required
||This test is required before receiving the BCG if there is no evidence of immunity
||Immunisation for Tuberculosis
|MMR (2 DOSES)
||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)
||Varicella Zoster. Must have received 2 doses
||Can be taken to confirm presence of antibodies for Measles/Chicken Pox instead of having vaccinations
|Total average cost
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.