BSc Physiotherapy


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Adrian Payne, Physiotherapist Graduate

Choose to study physiotherapy and you could have an incredibly positive impact on people’s lives, helping them overcome physical setbacks and get back on their feet – often literally. It’s a career ideally suited to great listeners who are able to piece together the physical with the emotional to build a complete picture – and to anyone one who likes going beyond the theory and actually making things happen.

Our innovative approach is both varied and interactive and is based on the very latest research. Consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the UK, we are ranked 7th for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide, 2020.

Our course is fully approved by and prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


Physiotherapy is a vital caring profession which has at its heart a deep desire to improve the quality of people’s lives and help them maintain physical independence as much as possible. It is a rewarding and varied field of practice which requires in depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

To excel as a Physiotherapist you will need to be dedicated, open-minded, and have good communication skills. Motivation and patience are also essential, as many cases require long-term treatment. You will need to be able to develop excellent communication skills and use these to work with a diverse range of people, including families and other professionals. You will have empathy and a professional yet personable manner.

Our course focuses on body systems, and exploring how they impact on the body’s ability to move and function effectively. Core areas include neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory therapy in both acute and primary care settings. Our interdisciplinary ethos means that you’ll be studying with students from therapies that you’ll encounter in your working life. Inter-professional teamwork will be a central element of your career, and UEA remains one of the only UK universities to offer this approach.

You’ll learn how to apply problem-solving and clinical reasoning to assess and evaluate a client’s health. You’ll master specific assessment and treatment techniques. You’ll gain understanding in how to manage both yourself and those around you. And you’ll develop and hone the interpersonal skills key to enabling the negotiation of action plans, and to engaging effectively with patients, carers, and the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

As part of our recruitment process we’ll explore the values of the NHS Constitution at interview, with successful candidates being able to demonstrate how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Course Structure

Course Structure

Our Physiotherapy degree is strong on both theory and practice. In each of your three years you’ll undertake mandatory modules, which will vary in credit weight, as well as two practice placements. You’ll need to pass each of the modules in order to progress onto the next level. Then you’ll have introductory sessions at the start of each academic year to support your transition between the academic levels.

In your first year, you’ll study five compulsory modules including Foundations of Professional Practice, Human Sciences, PT Theory & Practice, Placement Education and Mandatory Training. You’ll also complete a two-week and a four-week placement, focusing on core transferable and profession-specific knowledge, skills and behaviours.

In your second year you’ll undertake a six and an eight-week placement, further developing your core skills. Mandatory modules will include Physiotherapy Practice 2, Evidence-based Practice, Placement Education and Mandatory Training.

In your final year mandatory modules include Physiotherapy Practice 3, Research Policy & Practice, Placement Education, and Mandatory Training. You’ll also complete further six and eight week placements, focusing on the acquisition of more complex skills. Your eight week places, known as the Transitional Placement, is especially geared towards getting you ready to transition into professional practice.

Teaching and Learning

As a physiotherapist, you’ll need to be able to operate autonomously and make educated decisions about patient care, and our course is designed to help you do just that.

One of our primary aims is that you’re able to link the theory with practice, so you’re learning will balance teaching with a series of placements in health, social and educational settings, as well as supervised practice on fellow students.

Our state of the art, purpose-built facilities will provide you with an excellent learning environment. The course uses a blended learning approach which includes lectures, seminars, student-led learning, simulated practice and Enquiry Based Learning (EBL). A minimum of 1000 hours of practice placement must be successfully completed to pass the programme, which constitutes approximately one third of the total learning experience across three years. Placements will be undertaken with a range of clinical partners across East Anglia and may include some flexible working hours across a 24/7 pattern.

You’ll have a personal advisor who will work with you as you develop a portfolio, demonstrating both the ways you’ve progressed and your reflective practice. As you progress through the course you’ll be expected to take on greater responsibility for your professional development.

We use a range a media to support your learning to full effect. In particular, we use Blackboard – our virtual learning environment – to guide you and support the syllabus throughout the course, especially during placements when you will be studying at a distance.


We’ll assess each module you complete using a range of methods, including short answer questions, online MCQs, practical assessments and portfolio evidence. Written work will be based on critical enquiry and professional reasoning, including a biopsychosocial case study and journal article, as well as poster presentations, viva voce (oral examinations), and a problem-based essay. 

You’ll receive feedback throughout, so that you can reflect on your practice and learning, helping you identify your strengths, as well as any areas you may need to work on.

Study abroad or Placement Year


After the course

As a fully-trained Physiotherapist, you will be in high demand. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Your career may involve working with individuals of all ages in a range of areas, such as intensive care, long-term conditions, recovery after major surgery, sports, orthopaedics or education and health promotion. You could work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and choose to be a practitioner either in the NHS, in the community, or for a charity, or you may wish to become an independent practitioner. Employment opportunities are excellent, with additional possibilities to further your studies and move into research, education, or management.

Career destinations


Private independent practice

Armed Forces

Industry/occupational health

Sport and leisure

Voluntary and charity sectors

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Course related costs

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Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This is an inter-professional first year module for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy, and it addresses a number of standards of proficiency that are common to each of these professions. This module will prepare you for the wider contexts of being a health and social care professional. During this module you will learn about the diversity of contexts in which services are delivered; including public health and health promotion. You will explore how services remain client-centred with consideration of equality and diversity. You will consider the importance of practising within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession. This module will teach you about the role, taking into account your professional identity, values and behaviours whilst recognising the roles of other professions. You will be introduced to reflective practice and the need for continuing professional development. This module will give you the opportunity to develop your academic skills and explore the importance of research in order to underpin your practice.




This module develops the fundamental theoretical background to the clinical sciences necessary for practice. You will explore the bio-psychosocial processes underpinning human function. Focus will be on the 'normal' structure and function of the body by understanding the basic anatomical, physiological, psychological and sociological processes underpinning human life. Learning outcomes will inform professional practice modules in occupational therapy and physiotherapy.




This module is designed for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language students who are required to complete clinical practice hours as part of their degree. Mandatory training is a requirement of these programmes, stipulated by the governing professional bodies and our clinical practice partners. It is important that students undertake a number of training sessions to ensure their own safety and that of service users, staff and anyone else that they encounter.




Your assessment, problem solving and treatment is developed through theory and practice and the application of core material from Human Sciences and Professional Development. This module is centred on problem solving and clinical reasoning and where possible coordinates with the teaching of the anatomical regions of the lower and upper limbs in Human Sciences 1. Prior to this, the anatomy of the spine is introduced. The final weeks introduce enquiry based learning using case studies. In addition, sessions within Practice Education 1 will allow further clinical application and practical skills acquisition linked to the regions and case studies covered in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 1.




This module introduces students to the foundation skills required to be a health and social care professional with uni- and inter-disciplinary skills-based teaching in conjunction with practice placements. Students will have the opportunity to experience current practice in occupational therapy and physiotherapy. You will be introduced to core clinical skills through inter professional learning, such as effective communication for assessment and solution- focused intervention. Some sessions will be joint with speech and language therapy where shared learning is appropriate for all professional groups. You will engage with a community engagement experience where you will gain experience interacting with the public in a variety of settings early in your course without the pressure of being formally assessed. Further core skills to be delivered include exploring challenging behaviours; motivational approaches to healthcare delivery; supervision and tools for independent learning. You will explore the importance of the resilience and adaptability within health and social care and the need for good practice based skills. In conjunction with practice placement, taught practice based skills at this level will enable students to develop and apply early competencies in preparation for future practice placements and more complex practice skills. Throughout the module, students will explore early employability attributes and begin to develop their employability development portfolio. You will develop and reflect upon the development of practice placement skills through the learning contract. There will be employability content introduced at this stage.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module considers the value of research in the systematic evaluation of practice. This module will build on the introductory research elements covered in Year 1 under the Foundations for Professional Practice. Using pedagogic approaches based on blended learning, the research component will introduce qualitative and quantitative methodologies, using experiential activities to develop a basic understanding of primary research and an understanding of critical appraisal skills.




This module is designed for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language students who are required to complete clinical practice hours as part of their degree. Mandatory training is a requirement of the governing professional bodies and our clinical practice partners. It is important that students undertake a number of training sessions to ensure their own safety and that of service users, staff and anyone else they encounter.




NEW - AVAILABLE IN 2019/0 - This module integrates theory and practice with the aim to develop your skills in a range of physiotherapeutic interventions which restore human function and movement across the life span. The module draws on the foundations of knowledge and skills learnt in year 1 and uses an evidenced based approach to clinical reasoning and problem solving. You will learn to adapt and modify interventions and assessments depending on the service user's needs. You will be required to integrate and apply the human sciences to demonstrate your clinical reasoning with reference to The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework. You will learn about the role of the Physiotherapist in public health and begin to consider illness prevention and the promotion of personal well being. The learning is delivered through a series of Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) triggers which explore human function and movement and the impact of dysfunction of body systems upon it. These EBL triggers will develop in their complexity and integrated management approaches. You will be encouraged to reflect on your scope of practice and begin to think about yourself as an 'agent of change' working as part of an interdisciplinary team. The module will offer opportunities for shared learning events with the Occupational Therapist, these events will allow you to consider your skills and how as a team, the two professions can work effectively together for the good of the service user.




This module builds on practice education 1 with university and inter-disciplinary skills-based teaching alongside students' practice placements. Interdisciplinary contents include: note writing and information governance, resilience and, examining the professional's role within teams together with a clear appreciation of mentoring theory and practice. You will build upon your core skills from practice education 1, evidencing increased competency with management skills, including team working and management. You will continue with clinical skills sessions from the previous year. You will also further build upon your ability to effectively identify and manage practice-based problems and deploy effective strategies to manage these. You will continue to reflect and build upon your employability attributes in readiness for level 6. university-professional sessions will be directed by individual course requirements.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module build upon Practice Education 2 with uni and inter-disciplinary skills-based teaching alongside students' practice placements. This module explores the transition of the student towards competent and autonomous practitioner. Students undertake a 6-week placement, concluding with a transitional placement which is organised by the student and tailored towards their desired area of practice. The elective provides the opportunity to apply core skills and knowledge acquired over the duration of the programme. Within placement education 3, students build upon their knowledge, clinical skills and professional development, evidencing the ability to engage with assessment and intervention at varying levels of complexity. To date, students will have experienced a broad range of professional practice from a varied portfolio of placements. The student will advance and actively apply the practices of leadership, management, supervision and mentoring. Students are prepared for practice via a series of progressive lectures and seminars aimed at the transition from level 5 to 6. Teaching is focused on integrating learning from previous placement education modules and progressing towards the standards of a newly qualified practitioner. Students undertake preparation sessions for the elective placement as well as plenary sessions to reflect on practice development. The learning outcomes for this module are progressive in nature and are assessed using formal assessment criteria including, safe practice, professionalism, clinical reasoning, interpersonal skills, client management, information management and personal and professional development.




This module prepares the students understanding of the complexities of physiotherapy interventions through the exploration of the profession's philosophies and practice in a range of diverse and developing contexts The module will explore the impact of physical activity on the body looking at long term conditions, sedentary life style and the elite athlete. The module will explore the impact growth and maturity has on physiological and psychological function and exercise performance. It aims to develop the skills in the students to promote, restore and maintain an individual's physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Looking at a patient focus, tailoring treatments to match the needs of the individual. The module draws on the importance of the role of physiotherapy in health promotion and illness prevention. This module aims to increase the students effectiveness as a health promoter by increasing their awareness of the psychological and sociological perspectives of exercise and activity participation The module will provide knowledge, understanding and preparation for transition into contemporary professional practice within a dynamic health and social care environment. Students learning is enhanced by supporting students in identifying and critically analysing novel and emerging areas of practice. This module continues to encourage the students to enhance their leadership skills, innovation and entrepreneurship. It will offer them the tools to critically appraise different service delivery and models and to practise in a flexible, ethical and effective manner. The students will consolidate their learning from year 2 and reflect upon placement 5 and 6 to identify further learning needs to support their transition to independent practitioner. There will be the opportunity for working with occupational therapy students during shared themes. The module continues to develop the role of the interdisciplinary team and its importance in a patient centred approach to effective and efficient care. The students will share common themes from their EBL sessions through shared learning events with occupational therapy students, occurring three times a year. In these sessions OT and OT students will lead an interactive session for students on the other course, asking them to consider their roles and responsibilities within the presented scenarios.




This module is about research and evidence-based practice in the current healthcare climate. It prepares students for practice through topics addressing the transition from student to practitioner through evidence-based practice and professional awareness. Third year students should be equipped to contribute to the culture of enquiry both within their profession, and across the broad area of health and social care and how these relate to research and evidence. They must appreciate the broad professional research-base essential for evidence-based practice and for the development of professional practice. It is also important that they are explicitly prepared for the change from student therapist to professional practitioners. This module provides these attributes. The module has been designed to complement the whole programme, in addition to being harmonious with the HCPC's Standards of Proficiency and the Council of Allied Health Professional's position statement " Developing research skills within AHP pre-registration education".




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB or ABB with an A in the Extended Project, including A level Biology, Human Biology or PE
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL6 Biology or Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • Scottish Highers AAAAA including Biology, Human Biology or PE
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC including Biology, Human Biology or PE
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2 and 2 subjects at H3, including Biology, Human Biology or PE
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 credits of Biology
  • BTEC DDD - see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 80% including Biology at 70%

Entry Requirement

Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.

Accepted BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects:

Applied Science, Applied Science (Forensic Science), Applied Science (Medical Science)
Sport & Exercise Science
Sport & Physical Activity
Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Health and Social Care (Health Studies or Health Sciences pathways only)

We’d also encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Bachelor Degree (hons) in a Biology based subject

2.1 (if not Biology based, grade B in A level Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE also required)

Certificate of Higher Education in a Biology based subject

65% with ABB at A level

Diploma of Higher Education in a Biology based subject


Foundation Degree in a Biology based subject

65% with ABB at A level

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Biology based subject

70% with ABB at A level

Open University (30 credits) module SK299

60% accepted in lieu of A level Biology only

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

Grade B or above accepted in lieu of A level Biology only


UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, CACHE Level 3 Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diplomas, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

We’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Graduates may wish to consider our accelerated Masters programmes.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme and an interview:

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

Academic English at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please email to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email with any questions or if you need any further information.


The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of Grade B or Grade 5, including Mathematics, English Language and a science.

Course Open To

UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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EU Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries 

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.


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