Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Study with us on this career-focused Physiotherapy degree with small teaching groups, practical rooms and great links with healthcare providers.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - ABB


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Places available (subject to change)


About the course

Are you fascinated by how our muscles, joints and bones work together to make us move? On our Physiotherapy degree you’ll get the chance to delve into all the science behind the practice and build the skills and understanding you need to work in this hands-on and rewarding profession.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, so you can be confident it has independent approval.

Throughout the course you’ll learn in small groups so you can take advantage of the high levels of support on offer. Exploring all aspects of practice from musculoskeletal physiotherapy and health management to neurological conditions and working with vulnerable client groups, you’ll have the opportunity to build a wide knowledge base.

As you progress through the course, you’ll study how to assess, advise and treat individuals with a variety of conditions including spinal and joint problems, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, and those recovering from strokes and other chronic conditions, accidents and operations. Working in our physiotherapy practical rooms and biomechanics laboratory, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in massage, joint manipulation and hot and cold treatments, as well as electrotherapy, movement analysis and rehabilitation.

Crucially, you’ll also get the chance to benefit from our excellent links with local healthcare providers and sports clubs through undertaking placements. These practical experiences enable you to apply and build on the skills and knowledge you have learnt and prepare you to launch your career after graduation.

“Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield has been designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge through a logical approach, from considering normal anatomy and physiology in the first year, to building on this knowledge over the subsequent years of study. The teaching is dynamic and practical, giving you the opportunity to get hands on practice and clinical experience right from the first week of the course.

“The experienced tutors facilitate your learning, developing your understanding of how pathology can influence the human body and how this can be managed via various physiotherapeutic techniques. The course incorporates 1000 hours of clinical practice which is undertaken in partnership with the National Health Service Trusts in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, private hospitals, charities and local sports clubs.”

Emma Cropper, Senior Lecturers and Admissions Tutor for Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)

Emma Cropper, Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor for Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)


We believe nothing can replace the exhilaration, pace and decision making of actually doing the job. That is why we consider clinical placements an invaluable part of learning and a compulsory element of the course, in order to offer you a range of experience and expertise.

You will undertake 1000 hours of clinical placements across the three years of study. These may be undertaken at sites across the Yorkshire and the Humber region in National Health Service Trusts, private hospitals, charities and sports clubs. We currently have strong links with the England Touch Association, Huddersfield Giants, Manchester Chargers and Leeds Rhinos rugby clubs, local sports authorities and private hospitals such as the Yorkshire Clinic, as well as community and schools groups.

“Whilst studying the course I completed a number of placements in a variety of environments, which helped to further develop my learning and consolidated the theory behind the practical.”

Lauren Young, Graduated in Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)

Lauren Young, Graduated Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

ABBat A Level including a biological science (biology or PE), but excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including an A level in a biological science, but excluding General Studies.

DDD in BTEC Sport and Exercise Science (must contain at least 40% externally examined assessment) or DDD in BTEC Applied Science (must contain at least 40% externally examined assessment).

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 45 level 3 credits, 30 of which must be passed at Distinction and must include distinctions in at least 21 credits in biological science.

In addition you must have GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

Your biological science qualifications must have been gained within the last 4 years.

You must have relevant work experience with vulnerable clients and demonstrate a broad understanding of the physiotherapy profession.

You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.

Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.

Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study on any NHS funded health course, as required by UCAS.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Katie's story

Watch Katie’s film to hear why she chose to study at Huddersfield and what the course placements involve. Katie also talks about why she recommends studying physiotherapy at the University and what her future career plans are.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

This module provides you with the opportunity to gain the foundation skills and knowledge for musculoskeletal clinical practice. Through practical sessions you'll have the chance to develop and apply your anatomy knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal system. Firstly you'll focus on the lower quadrant: lumbar spine, hip and pelvis, knee and foot and ankle and secondly on the upper quadrant: neck and shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist and hand. You'll be assessed on both of these areas through a practical examination and will also be required to demonstrate your problem solving abilities in relation to anatomy and pathology through written coursework.

Clinical Skills 1

In this module you will explore how physiotherapists are involved in promoting public health and examine health promotion in relation to specific service users. This module will be assessed through coursework involving a group presentation. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of healthcare delivery, as well as practical skills through completing two clinical placements. You will have a one-week ward based clinical experience with an attendance requirement of a minimum of 30 hours and a three-week physiotherapy placement, which will be continually assessed by a clinical educator.

Physiology in the Context of Physiotherapy

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of physiology as it relates to physiotherapy through a combination of theory and practical sessions. You will have the chance to develop clinical skills fundamental to the practice of physiotherapy in the management of individuals recovering from cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal problems. You will complete coursework in the form of an essay and will be assessed through two practical exams.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Graeme, graduated Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) in 2016

“The course really does prepare you for the world of work. Nothing is sugar coated and you know what is expected of you from the start, which really helps. Also certain modules studied towards the end of the course, help you to decide your next step and prepare you for job applications and interviews.”

Teaching and assessment

Teaching on the course is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, group work, practical experiences, interactive learning packages,as well as the University’s virtual learning environment. As we recognise that students perform differently in certain assessments, you'll be assessed through a combination of methods including coursework, practice/competency based learning and examination, in the form of written assignments, observed assessment of practical skills (OSCE) and presentations.

21% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

Once you’ve submitted your application form to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview. We’ve put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview, but don’t worry, when you're invited you'll be given full details of what will happen.

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Physiotherapy sessions

These images showcase some of the facilities which are used by our Physiotherapy students in their clinical sessions.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16)

100%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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