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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)

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About the course

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

The BSc programme has consistently been rated first in London based on the National Student Survey (NSS 2015).

Learn more about the Physiotherapy (MSc) – pre-registration programme.

To get a feel for the programme you might like to listen to one of our podcasts below or watch one of our short videos in the video gallery..

Dr Mandy Jones talks to Physiotherapy students about their experiences of studying on the Physiotherapy programme at Brunel.

Dr Cherry Kilbride talks to Physiotherapy students about their experiences of clinical education at Brunel.

To speak to a physiotherapy student ambassador and get a student perspective of the programme and life at Brunel in general please email Mike at:

If you are considering studying Physiotherapy at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

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.

As is standard the NHS funded places are subject to contract and are yet to be confirmed at this stage in the academic year.


It is our aim to prepare you for professional autonomy and excellence in clinical practice. To achieve this aim, the programme provides you with a strong scientific foundation, an impressive repertoire of physiotherapeutic skills, and facilitates the development of excellent clinical reasoning skills.

The programme also provides you with the means to critically evaluate the effectiveness of your own treatments and those of others – a skill which is vital for evidence-based practice. A sound working knowledge of research methodology provides you with the basis for this evaluation process and also provides you with the tools to develop your own research interests at any stage of your professional career.

In addition, the programme facilitates the development of essential communication skills and soundly embeds the core values of professionalism. Our programme aims to produce highly professional graduates with excellent communication skills who are able to function as independent clinicians and as fully interactive members of the multidisciplinary health care team.


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 explore the information provided by using the tabs at the top of this page, which outline the programme and entry criteria, prior to contacting the admissions tutor.

To speak to a physiotherapy student ambassador and get a student perspective of the programme and life at Brunel in general please email Mike at:

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

Watch our video

Course Content

Level 1

  • Continuing Professional Development 1
  • Anatomy 1: Lower Quadrant
  • Rehabilitation 1
  • Pathophysiology
  • Anatomy 2: Upper Quadrant
  • Rehabilitation 2
  • Musculoskeletal Lower Quadrant I
  • Mandatory Clinical Training
  • Respiratory
Level 2

  • Clinical Preparation 1
  • Placement 1
  • Physiotherapy Practice 1 Ageing Studies
  • Physiotherapy Practice 2 Paediatrics
  • Placement 2
  • Continuing Professional Development 2
  • Musculoskeletal II Upper Quadrant
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Cardio-vascular Health
  • Research Methods

Level 3

  • Placement 3
  • Physiotherapy Practice 3 Women’s Health
  • Physiotherapy Practice 4 Oncology & Palliative Care
  • Physiotherapy Practice 5 Emerging Practice
  • Physiotherapy Practice 6 Mental Health
  • Placement 4
  • Placement 5
  • 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 a new state of-the art, purpose built centre on the Uxbridge Campus. This building (The Mary Seacole Building) offers an excellent 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.
  • Successful completion of the programme will enable you to apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful registration will allow you to practice as a physiotherapist in the UK and enable you to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP).
  • Shared learning elements with occupational therapy students provide opportunities to explore common areas of study in depth and learn how patient outcomes can be enhanced by different health care professionals adopting a patient centred approach by working together to achieve a common goal.
  • Our students do not go on clinical placement until their second year by which time they are fully prepared to engage with clinical practice and to benefit from direct hands-on experience.
  • Six specialist study blocks have been incorporated into our programme to develop awareness of specialist as well as non-traditional 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 as a platform for delivering and monitoring directed Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) activities throughout all levels. As Pebblepad software is also used by the CSP, requiring its use throughout the programme prepares students for the transition from student to qualified physiotherapist.
  • CPPDstudy and assessment blocks are designed to enable students to meet the professional requirements of the programme. The blocks extend across the full academic year at each level. A schedule of learning and teaching activities is used to support students’ professional development related to the specific requirements of the programme and the profession at each level.
  • Physiology is taught by physiotherapy lecturers who tailor the design, content and delivery specifically for our physiotherapy students. This means that teaching and learning is focused on the fundamental knowledge required and applied by physiotherapists in practice.
  • Students interested in continuing their participation in sport or music might like to read about how some of our current students have managed to combine these endeavours with the challenges of the Physiotherapy programme.

    "I continue to hold the opinion that the BSc Physiotherapy programme at Brunel University is guided by high standards and effective assessment processes that are rigorously employed at all levels of the programme. These standards are congruent with (and have been noted to surpass) the standards established for physiotherapy education in the UK."

    (Comments from an external examiner for the Brunel Physiotherapy programme.)


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.

Facts and Figures

  • The Physiotherapy programme at Brunel has been consistently rated very highly in all of the National Students' Surveys.
  • In 2013 we were once again rated by the National Student Survey as 1st in London and 1st in the UK. To compare student satisfaction across Physiotherapy programmes in other Universities refer to Unistats.
  • The annual intake onto the programme varies from time to time according to predicted NHS workforce planning needs. In 2014 we were able to offer 70 NHS fees-paid places on the full-time programme. Subject to confirmation we anticipate 60 – 70 fees-paid places on the full-time programme for September 2015 with an additional 12 fees paid places on our new pre-reg Masters in Physiotherapy programme.
  • Our high degree classification profile on graduation is reflective of the high calibre of our students on entry, their commitment to their studies and the dedication and professionalism of the teaching team.
  • Our students are extremely well thought of by clinicians in the SouthEast; indeed clinicians rated 96% of Brunel students as excellent or very good on their final clinical practice placement shortly before qualifying. This high student performance is reflected in our excellent employment rates which generally are between 80 and 100%. Indeed 98% of the 2013 cohort found employment within six months of graduating.
  • Brunel is an established campus-based University; all programmes are delivered on campus and all University accommodation is located on-site. We are able to guarantee campus-based accommodation to all main-scheme first years in our well equipped and modern student halls.

Read what our students say about the Brunel Physiotherapy programme.

Teaching and Assessment


Our primary aim is to combine a thorough professional education with academic excellence. With respect to your university based studies we use a variety of teaching and learning methods throughout the course including lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions (small groups), study guides and computer based learning packages.

In Year 1, learning is largely lecturer led but as you progress through the course you will soon notice a shift towards self-directed learning. An increased ability to perform literature searches and critically appraise the evidence base facilitates the move towards student-centred learning. These skills are necessary for continued professional development and lifelong learning after qualifying.

A small number of modules are taught alongside other health students potentially including students of occupational therapy. This learning environment provides an opportunity to explore common areas of study in depth and see how patient outcomes can be enhanced by a multidisciplinary team approach.


As can be seen from the module outlines where each module is briefly described (see above), a variety of assessment tools are used in order to best reflect the content and learning aims of each specific module. Assessment will therefore include unseen written exams, written assignments, practical exams, vivas, literature reviews and a project proposal.

All modules must be passed in order to proceed through the course. Normally students will have two attempts at passing each assessment. Grades from all modules in Years 2 and 3 excluding specialist study blocks but including all clinical placements contribute to overall degree classification.

Modules will be assessed in the assessment week at the end of either term one or in term three.


98% of the 2013 physiotherapy graduates were employed within 6 months of graduating.

Brunel University London prides itself on its track record of producing high calibre physiotherapy graduates. It is generally recognised that our graduates leave us with the skills required to be safe, effective and flexible autonomous clinicians. We achieve this record through our focus on:

  • Professionalism and professional development
  • The application of basic science and knowledge to the clinical situation
  • The needs of the patient for effective communication, compassion, dignity, confidentiality and respect
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Practical skills underpinned by a sound understanding of science and scientific principles
  • Problem solving as evidenced by our teaching and learning situations and our assessment requirements
  • Developing the confident autonomous practitioner who through a process of learnt reflection is aware of their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Developing the self-reliant life-long learner with the skills and motivation to address weaknesses and to build on strengths
  • Developing the critical thinker able to evaluate scientific evidence and able to make valid judgments regarding evidence-based practice and to contribute themselves to the profession and to the evidence-base via their own research

These are some of the skills which we seek to provide our students with whilst they are with us, during their campus based studies. These skills are further compounded when students spend time completing their 30 weeks of clinical practice.


Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

Physiotherapy is a vocational degree and on successful completion of the course graduates may apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and practice as a Physiotherapist in the UK.

In 2013, six months after graduating 98.1% were in employment

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

At Brunel, the physiotherapy teaching team strongly recommends that graduates enter the NHS on qualification. We feel that the organisation of the NHS and the scope of patients who pass through the NHS offer newly graduated physiotherapists an invaluable learning opportunity and provides a solid clinical foundation on which to base their future career choices.

Our students come to us having attained a high entry criteria and our students are committed to their studies, work solidly throughout the programme and perform very well on clinical placement. Our students' passion for the profession and determination to achieve culminates in an excellent degree classification profile. In our experience our students are thought of very highly by clinicians whilst on clinical placements and there is some evidence that this translates well in terms of employment opportunities on graduation.

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. Refer to the above section on course content for further information on clinical placements.

  • 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.

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.

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 2016/7 entry

UK nationals resident in the UK or EU for three years prior to the start of the programme will normally qualify for an NHS award. This award covers course fees and, for those who qualify for NHS funding, a means tested bursary. Please note that there are a limited number of NHS funded places.

EU nationals resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the programme will normally qualify for an NHS award. This award covers course fees and, for those who qualify for NHS funding, a means tested bursary. Please note that there are a limited number of NHS funded places

EU nationals and UK nationals who do not qualify as above or who are not able to provide evidence of the residency criteria above for at least the three year period directly prior to the start of the programme will not qualify for an NHS award. Such individuals will be required to self fund at the UK/EU rate for each of the three years. A small annual increment may occur and applicants are encouraged to budget for this fact.

Future changes to fees from 2017

Overseas Fees

Students not designated as UK/EU citizens will be subject to international tuition fees. Currently these fees stand at £17,200 pa. Applicants should budget for the fact that the fees can increase annually.

Placement fees

In line with recent changes in NHS funding all individuals not qualifying for a fees paid place (see above criteria) will be required to pay an additional fee of £2,000 in total payable during levels 2 and 3 of the programme.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Criteria 2016/7

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 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 (B in Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths) and at least two subjects from our preferred list at grade A: Applied Science, Chemistry, Classical Civilisations, Economics, English, Geography, History, Languages, Law, Maths (Further Maths or Statistics), Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies. General Studies/Critical Thinking 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.

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 7 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.

For further guidance please Contact Admissions.

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:

Short-listed applicants only will be invited to one of the following:

  • Selection day 1 February 1st
  • Selection day 2 February 22nd
  • Selection day 3 March 8th
  • Selection day 4 March 29th

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.