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Physiotherapy BSc (full-time programme)


Our Physiotherapy course is rated '1st in London' by the National Student Survey (2017).

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

View our recent Online Q&A with a current Physiotherapy student, Jessica, and find out about life here at Brunel, her experiences on the course and the social activities available.


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 South East; our partner clinicians rated 96% of Brunel students as excellent or very good on their final clinical practice placement shortly before qualifying. 

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.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Level 1 

  • Continuing Professional Development 1
  • Anatomy 1: Lower Quadrant
  • Anatomy 2: Upper Quadrant
  • Rehabilitation 1 and 2
  • Pathophysiology
  • Musculoskeletal Lower Quadrant 1
  • Respiratory
Level 2 
  • Clinical Preparation 1
  • Placements 1 and 2
  • Physiotherapy Practice 1: Ageing Studies
  • Physiotherapy Practice 2: Paediatrics
  • Continuing Professional Development 2
  • Musculoskeletal 2: Upper Quadrant
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Research Methods

Level 3 

  • Placements 3, 4 and 5
  • Physiotherapy Practice 3: Women’s Health
  • Physiotherapy Practice 4: Oncology & Palliative Care
  • Physiotherapy Practice 5: Emerging Practice
  • Physiotherapy Practice 6: 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.


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  

Careers and your future

100% of our Physiotherapy graduates are in professional/managerial jobs six months after graduating.*

 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.

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2015/16

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

Entry criteria 2019/20

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.

Selection Day Dates

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

23 January 2019

6 February 2019

6 March 2019

27 March 2019

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)

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

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.

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 at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

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

Assessment and feedback

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)

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. Our course is rated fifth in the UK for Physiotherapy by The Guardian University Guide (2018)


  • 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 - 100% of the 2015/16 cohort found employment within six months of graduating (DHLE). 

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry




UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £16,850 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Read about funding opportunities to undergraduate students



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.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.