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Physiotherapy BSc

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Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time



UK / EU £9,250

International £17,355

Entry requirements

AAB – ABB (A-level)

D*DD with an A-level grade B in Biology or Human Biology (BTEC)

33 (IB)

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The human body is a complex machine, but what happens when movement becomes a challenge? This course trains the next generation of physiotherapists to use scientific knowledge and patient-assessment in helping to improve the physical well-being of their patients or optimising sports professionals’ physical performance.

Brunel’s Physiotherapy course is designed to be hands-on and practical. Our Mary Seacole Building is purpose-built for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. The rooms reflect the type of clinical environments that you will work in when you graduate and you’ll learn your practical skills here as you’ll have the opportunity to practice on patients visiting the university and on your fellow students. This means that you’ll be confident and experienced in time for your first placement.

At Brunel we understand the value of making the most of your 1,000 hours of clinical experience. By starting placements in year two, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself and practice the skills you have learned in year one. Your placements will all be practical learning experiences, not just observational.

You’ll study modules covering a vast range of specialist areas within physiotherapy. You’ll learn the skills necessary to analyse patient symptoms and develop treatment plans. You’ll also learn to assess the effectiveness of your treatments. This is a skill which is vital to working as a physiotherapist.

Our graduates are equipped with a strong scientific foundation and the practical skills required to be first-rate physiotherapists. This is reflected in our employment figures with 100 per cent of our physiotherapy students being in work or study six months after graduating.

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Course content

All modules are compulsory and cover the broad spectrum of physiotherapy from paediatrics through to cardiovascular health.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

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.

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UK entry requirements

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 grade 5 or above including two science subjects, GCSE English Language and Maths is also required at grade C or grade 4 or above.

  • GCE A-level AAB-ABB, including at least a grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths. It is preferable to have a second A-level from our preferred subject list; Applied Science, Chemistry, Classical Civilisations, Economics, English, Further Maths, Geography, History, Languages, Law, Maths, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies or Statistics. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, with a 5 in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths at higher level. It is preferable to have a second higher level subject from our preferred subject list; Applied Science, Chemistry, Classical Civilisations, Economics, English, Further Maths, Geography, History, Languages, Law, Maths, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies or Statistics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in Applied Science, Health and Social Care, or Sport and Exercise Science with an A-level grade B in Biology or Human Biology.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Applied Science, Health and Social Care or Sport and Exercise Science, with two A-levels at grades AB, including Biology/Human Biology. It is preferable to have a second A-level from our preferred subject list above. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Applied Science, Health and Social Care or Sport and Exercise Science, with two A-levels at grades AB, including Biology/Human Biology. It is preferable to have a second A-level from our preferred subject list 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 grade 5 or above are required. GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required. A selection of possible entry level academic qualifications is given below:

  • GCSE All applicants must have GCSEs in English Language and Maths – 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 Biology and a second from our preferred list 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 are 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 (SK299) 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 the proposed start date of the 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 GCSEs in English Language 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.

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. A blood test is then taken 6-8 weeks after the third dose, to check that the vaccinations have worked. Please note, the Hep B vaccination programme from the initial first vaccination to blood test upon completion, takes 8 months.
  • Also required is Polio & Tetanus 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 student's 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 January and March.

The selection day consists of

  • Programme presentations from staff and students.
  • An opportunity to tour our facilities and the campus.
  • A group interview – likely to include a group verbal and group practical task. (No prior preparation is required).

The applicant’s 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 all applicants meeting our thresholds will receive offers. We expect to make offers from January through to the end of March/April. Applicants can expect to be notified regarding the interview decision within 10-14 days via UCAS tracker.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding



£9,250 full-time


£17,355 full-time

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Brunel’s Physiotherapy programme is the largest of its kind in London and one of the largest in the UK. This means that we have an academic team with specialists in every area of physiotherapy. Most of our academics currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings so they will be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and patient-assessment skills.

Our lecturers are also active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines so you know you’re being taught by practising physiotherapists with a high profile in the sector.

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from practical groups, keynote lectures and small tutorial groups. Our students are extremely well prepared for their placements, which is why clinicians in South East England consistently rate 98% of them as excellent or very good on their final practice placement.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical vivas, practical exams, written assignments and your clinical placement assessment record.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.