BSc Physiotherapy


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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 4th for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide, 2019.

You’ll have access to our superb, dedicated learning facilities, including our anatomy room and assistive technology suite. So you’ll develop the solid academic grounding and practical skills you’ll need to kick start your career.

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


Our three-year physiotherapy programme focuses on working with people to maximise their functional ability – and their potential. Whether your client’s condition is recovering, stable or deteriorating, we’ll equip you with the necessary skills to help them overcome their challenges.

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.

Once you have a sound knowledge of the clinical sciences that underpin human function and dysfunction you’ll start hands-on practice. You’ll focus on the specific needs of each client or client group, and you’ll become expert in understanding specific psychological, cultural, and social factors in the context of care, as well as learning about due consideration of the needs and abilities of others involved with the client, including carers and other health and social care workers.

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. 

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 teaching methods at UEA are extremely well regarded, with a student-centred approach mixing lectures, seminars, group work and self-directed learning. You’ll focus on enquiry-based learning, through which you’ll be able to take control and direct your own learning. You’ll discover links between your new and existing knowledge, develop team-working and clinical reasoning skills, and you’ll take a creative, autonomous approach to problem-solving, which will be essential to your future career.

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.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year


After the course

You’ll graduate ready to begin your career as a therapist. Our graduates are known for being capable candidates who are well prepared for modern health and social care services. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and look forward to a lifelong career as a qualified health professional.

There will be numerous roles available to you within the NHS, private sector, voluntary sectors, industry, research and education – the opportunities are endless. We’ll support you in developing your portfolio and will work closely with you to get your career off to the best start.

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 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This is an inter-professional module for year 1 students of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. A number of standards of proficiency that are common to each of these professions will be addressed. You will: #be prepared for the wider contexts of being a health and social care professional #learn about the diversity of contexts in which services are delivered; including public health and health promotion #explore how services remain client-centred with consideration of equality and diversity #consider the importance of practising within the legal and ethical boundaries of your profession #learn about your role, taking into account your professional identity, values and behaviours whilst recognising the roles of other professions #be introduced to reflective practice and the need for continuing professional development #have 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.




As an occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language student, you are required to complete clinical practice hours as part of your degree. Mandatory training is a requirement of these programmes, stipulated by the commissioning body; Health Education East of England. It is important that you undertake a number of training sessions to ensure your own safety and that of service users, staff and anyone else you 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. The module is centred on problem solving and clinical reasoning and coordinates with the teaching of the anatomical regions of the lower and upper limbs in Human Sciences 1. Prior to this, in the first five weeks of the module, the anatomy of the spine is introduced. The final eight weeks introduce enquiry based learning using eight 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 you to the foundation skills required to be a health and social care professional with university and inter-disciplinary skills-based teaching in conjunction with practice placements. You 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 run jointly with speech and language therapy students where shared learning is appropriate for all professional groups. You will take part in a community engagement experience where you will gain experience interacting with the public in a variety of settings. This takes place early on in the course without the pressure of being formally assessed. Further core skills will be delivered including exploring challenging behaviours; motivational approaches to healthcare delivery and supervision and tools for independent learning. You will explore the importance of 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 you to develop and apply early competencies in preparation for future practice placements and more complex practice skills. Throughout the module, you will explore early employability attributes and begin to develop your 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


NEW - AVAILABLE IN 2019/0 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.




NEW - AVAILABLE IN 2019/0 - 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.




NEW - AVAILABLE IN 2019/0 - his 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


The module will prepare you to be prepared for current service issues which will impact on your future working life. It will build on your knowledge of health policy gained on practice placements and in other parts of the course and will provide the opportunity to analyse evolving government initiatives, policies, issues of patient and public involvement, clinical governance, service improvement, fitness for practice and quality service provision when working in the NHS or in social services. This module will also address the wider context of practice by looking at the contribution other professionals, patients and carers make to health and social care delivery. It is designed to focus on current issues and practices in health and social care service provision. The module is delivered over whole days of teaching and learning experiences, each of which focuses on a theme and all have a clear relationship to quality service provision. All workshops within the themed days use the service improvement tasks. The following topics are included; introduction to quality and service improvement, quality and the therapist, developing business cases, management of change, quality in services, measuring quality, service user involvement and issues in practice.




This module draws from years 1 and 2 and prepares you to become a confident and competent physiotherapist. You will further develop your understanding of the complexities of physiotherapy interventions; linking theory and practice alongside increasingly sophisticated clinical reasoning skills. It will encourage problem solving, clinical reasoning and evidence based decision making in practice. There will be the opportunity for you to work with occupational therapy students during the shared themes (public health, ageing and practice skills). Greater incorporation of school-based research teaching into this module allows students to increase their understanding of the research process and how it is related to their professional practice.




This module facilitates the transition towards becoming a competent and autonomous practitioner. Placement 5 is of 6 weeks duration and occurs in semester one. Placement 6 (elective) is of 8 weeks duration, occurring in semester two and is chosen and organised by you with opportunities to utilise your core skills and knowledge within a specialised area of practice in a national or international setting. You will continue to build upon your skills, knowledge and professional development with a focus on increasingly complex interventions. By the end of Placement 6, you will have accrued a broad profile of placement experience, working with a range of different client groups in different settings. You are prepared for practice through a series of progressive sessions which include the transition from level 2 to level 3 learning with an emphasis on progression from student to newly qualified practitioner, ongoing preparations for the elective [final] placement and integration of learning from other year 3 modules. In addition, you will have dedicated plenary sessions which provide an opportunity for sharing reflections on the previous placement. The module is assessed through increasingly progressive learning outcomes, including formal assessment within the criteria of safe practice, professionalism, clinical reasoning, interpersonal skills, client management, information management and personal and professional development. In addition, this module is assessed through a formative Portfolio Profile Viva and a summative Professional Development viva voce presentation.




This module will support you in completing your dissertation, started in Year 2, which assesses the skills of enquiry through a structured literature review and completes the professional development theme which runs throughout the three years. It also prepares you for professional practice through topics addressing the change from student to practitioner. You will be taught to identify and respond to changes in health and social care, and be innovative and critical in using research evidence to support your practice. You will also prepare for the transition from student therapist to professional practitioners through lectures and individual and group reflections.




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 including Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL 6 in Biology or Sports Science
  • 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
  • BTEC DDD - see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 80% including Biology at 70%

Entry Requirement

Along with one of the qualifications above, you’ll need to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or grade B including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

A levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking and Public Services are not considered. AS levels are not considered.

Accepted BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects:

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

Other Qualifications

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma including 12 credits in Biology or Human Biology

Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in Biology or Human Biology

Bachelor Degree (hons) in a Biology based subject

2.2 (If not Biology based, grade B in A level Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE)

Certificate of Higher Education in a Biology based subject

65% (If not Biology based, grade B in A level Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE)

Diploma of Higher Education in a Biology based subject

65% (If not Biology based, grade B in A level Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE)

Foundation Degree in a Biology based subject

65% (If not Biology based, grade B in A level Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE)

Foundation Year in a Biology based subject

65% (If not Biology based, grade B in A level Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or PE)

Open University Module SK299

55% 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


Along with one of the qualifications above, you’ll need to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or grade B including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

We do not consider CACHE Level 3 Diplomas/Extended Diplomas or 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). Please note that 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

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will accept a number of 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 this course, our partner INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation 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

English for University Study at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Due to the competition for places on this course, please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

We interview using a ‘multiple mini interview’ format. You will spend approximately 7 minutes at each of four different ‘interview stations’ as part of this process. The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution).

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview day on our HSC Interview Days page.

Gap Year

We’ll welcome an application from you if you’ve 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 intending to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to do this when you apply. Please contact the Admissions Service ( if you would like to discuss this further.

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 contact our Admissions Service ( to enquire further.

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.

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

We want you to succeed, and we’ll only consider making you an offer if we believe that you’ll have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification.

The Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course. Please contact us ( with any questions or if you need any further information.



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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. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for 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 system 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 must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

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Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

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International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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