BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a continuously evolving profession that strives to make a difference to people’s lives by helping patients manage their recovery from illness or injury, manage long-term and life-long conditions or work to promote positive movement and physical activity behaviours. It will also endeavour to promote public health and wellbeing by encouraging people to maintain optimal health throughout their lifespan.

The physiotherapy part-time degree at USW is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to flourish as an innovative and autonomous professional across an expansive range of settings within various practice settings. It also recognises the ever-changing face of healthcare and the integration of technology; therefore, this unique course provides opportunities to learn with other healthcare professionals as well as using state-of-the-art modern technology to complement and enhance your skills.

The course will comprise of 4 years of part-time learning, with placement learning embedded as a critical element to enhance the theory and practical skills you will develop. There will be 9 placements in total, spanning a variety of clinical specialities, for you to grow into an accomplished, autonomous individual.

Physiotherapy is an applied health discipline that supports the participation of people from all backgrounds and abilities in the occupations that help define them and their quality of life.

Practically oriented students who are compassionate, understanding, and curious about using a variety of approaches to help improve quality of life, are ideally suited to this course that will lead to a rewarding career.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, to enable them to practice as a qualified Physiotherapist, providing a plethora of employment opportunities.

This course is recognised by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Subject to HCPC Approval and USW Validation

The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course is a part-time degree course, delivered over four years. Each academic level will be delivered over a 16-month period, with each timetabled week consisting of 23 hours of learning, using a blended learning approach with both online and face-to-face learning opportunities. Face-to-face learning will be used to synthesise and apply asynchronous online learning, and develop team-working, critical thinking and practical skills. 

Note: this course is more condensed than the normal study duration for a part-time course.

Year 1

  • Number of credits assessed: 80 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: No placements

Year 2

  • Number of credits assessed: 100 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: Three x 4-week part-time (18.75 hrs) various specialties

Year 3

  • Number of credits assessed: 80 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: Three x 4-week full-time (37.5 hrs.)  various specialties

Year 4

  • Number of credits assessed: 100 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: Three x 4-week full-time (37.5 hrs.)  various specialties

Year 1 Modules

  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bio-psycho-social Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice.
  • Physiotherapy Assessment

Year 2 Modules

  • Developing Confidence in Physiotherapy Practice
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Short-term Conditions
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Physiotherapy
  • Informed Decision-Making in Practice: The Physiotherapist as a skilled practitioner
  • Research Methods
  • Long-term Conditions

Year 4 Modules

  • Managing patient treatment – Synthesis and Integration of Profession Specific Learning
  • Life-long Conditions
  • Becoming an Autonomous Physiotherapist
  • Evidence and Research Based Practice: Initiating and managing evidence-based change and compassionate leadership in Physiotherapy practice

All modules on this course are core, this means that every module must be taken and passed in order to be awarded the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. No other modules can be used to compensate or replace the modules on this course. 


The course is delivered part time, with each level of study (16 months) equivalent to one full-time year. You will undertake timetabled university and placement activities over 2-3 days per week depending on the year of study and will be expected to devote an additional 12.5 hours of individual study per week.

The course is designed using a blended approach to enable a flexible approach to learning whilst maintaining a sense of belonging within the cohort population. The delivery schedule will be designed to bring students face-to-face for workshops, seminars and some group and tutorial study, however where possible, students will be facilitated to adopt adaptable approaches to time, place and mode of study, utilising technologies to enable remote learning and in turn build the students’ digital fluency.

Practical sessions will take place in our simulation and practical teaching areas, which are extensively equipped to replicate the facilities and situations encountered in a range of real-world practice locations.

For elements of your course, you will be taught alongside other USW courses such as Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Operating Department Practitioners and will benefit from the holistic understanding this brings. This focus on interprofessional education will continue with shared elements taught alongside a broad range of USW courses these opportunities facilitate student learning and enrich the physiotherapy student lifecycle and learning journey.

Practice Based Learning

Practice-based learning is an integral part of the Physiotherapy course at the University of South Wales. Through practice-based learning, students have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings to apply and practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a safe environment.

Practice-based learning is fully embedded within the course across 9 different placements, enabling students to integrate theory and practice in a logical progression, from assessment and planning at level 4 to evaluation, service improvement and compassionate leadership level 6. On successful completion of the course students will have passed a minimum of 1000 hours of assessed practice-based learning, leading to eligibility for the application of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Students will, on successful completion of the course, be practicing as autonomous Physiotherapists ready for transition into the workplace. 


The assessment schedule has been designed to build your skills across a range of academic, practical, and digital capabilities. All assessments have been designed to replicate the real-world (practice and research). The design of assessments and transparency of transferable skills to the workplace, are designed to motivate you and develop partnership working with our practice partners.

Assessments can include such formats as essays, reports, presentations, digital posters, case studies and care plans, and practical assessments of clinical skills (known as OSCE). You will also have the opportunity to work on a research-based project to improve or enhance an aspect of service delivery. The assessments are designed to develop reflective practice and professional skills for transition into the workplace or if you choose to follow a research pathway.



The course benefits from an extensive clinical simulation suite and a community flat simulation area in which a range of practical skills are taught, practised and examined. The fully functional hospital ward and intensive care environments based within the simulation centre will allow for truly immersive and simulated based learning opportunities to occur, allowing knowledge to be transferred to real life scenarios. The University has an extensive range of partner organisations, including and extending beyond health and social care partners, to deliver a high-quality placement programme.

USW benefits from having additional state-of the art sports facilities based at the Sport Park site in Treforest. This incredible sports complex will provide a further increasing range of learning and teaching environments for our students.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands. 

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.




USW helps every kind of student excel by creating a social and supportive environment for studying and living. On entering the course, you will be given a Personal Tutor who will work with you throughout your studies, to develop your academic and professional skills.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

This entry criteria details typical offers, however, USW has a Contextual Admissions Policy and considers eligible applicants on an individual basis.  Under the Policy we could make a personalised offer based on aspects of the UCAS application or have results considered individually when you receive them.  Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement. 

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. 

We do not accept deferred applications.


Additional requirements include:

A satisfactory reference uploaded with your application.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service (no offences are considered spent).

Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.



Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will be required to demonstrate a real insight to, and enthusiasm for, the discipline. You should learn as much as you can about the profession, including where practitioners practice, and their role in modern healthcare. You must also demonstrate insight to your organisational skills and ability to effectively manage your studies.

Interview Dates for September 2023 entry:

  • Wednesday 19 April 2023
  • Thursday 20 April 2023
  • Friday 21 April 2023 
  • Wednesday 26 April 2023
  • Thursday 27 April 2023
  • Friday 28 April 2023


Application Deadline

Complete applications need to be submitted by the 1st March 2023 to be considered for September 2023 entry.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to include either Biology or Human Biology and to exclude General Studies.

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to include either Biology or Human Biology and to exclude General Studies.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Biology or Human Biology.

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 32 include 17 at Higher Level to include 5 or above in Maths and English at standard level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Science and obtain a minimum of 118 UCAS tariff points which must include modules in Biology and/or Human Biology.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Maths. (Must be achieved within the last 3 years).

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme which provides access to a tuition fee bursary and support grant, as well as placement expenses.

To receive NHS funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their degree. Any applicant wishing to self-fund should refer to the fees outlined below. We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own NHS Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.

Applicants are welcome to self-fund and should refer to the fees outlined above and may be eligible for Student Finance Wales funding

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Practice placement travel costs are reimbursed at the NHS public transport rate currently (2021/22) £0.28/mile for mileage incurred outside of usual travel distance to the university, this is in compliance with the commissioner, HEIW’s travel policy. *
Cost dependent on placement location
Purchase of suitable footwear to comply with NHS uniform policy *
Cost dependent on student’s choice of footwear
Non-compulsory - Individual decision to purchase stethoscope for use within practice placements
Cost dependent on student’s choice of stethoscope


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Securing a place on the Physiotherapy course will require you to demonstrate a real insight to, and enthusiasm for, the discipline, as well as convey some of the characteristics we believe are essential in training to become and graduating as a physiotherapist. If you can learn about the profession, including where practitioners practice, and their role in modern healthcare, it may benefit your awareness and understanding of the profession. You will also be required to provide insight into your organisational skills and ability to effectively manage your studies.


All selection procedures are overseen by the USW admissions team in collaboration with the Physiotherapy course team. All staff have undertaken mandatory Equality & Diversity training to ensure all applications are dealt with fairly and will undertake a briefing to all individuals involved in the selection process.

Selection occurs through a review of the applicant’s application and confirmation by the admissions team, that the applicant meets USW and HCPC requirements for admission to the course.

Personal statements are graded against 5 key areas.

  • Understanding of the profession
  • Motivation to study the course
  • Identification of caring and compassion
  • Evidence of personal development (formal or informal)
  • Written communication

If these criteria are met the student will be contacted by the admissions team and offered an interview. 


A task, comprising of multi-mini stations, designed in collaboration with service users, will be used to assess applicants. These have been designed jointly with service users.

The themes of the multi-mini stations will be:

  • Dignity and privacy
  • Finding out about you
  • Facing Challenges
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Decision Making
  • Practical application
  • Team working

This will be followed by a short interview. Service users and practitioners will be involved where availability allows.

The interview uses a standardised proforma that ensures applicants have fully considered the demands of the course and their chosen profession and sign to say that this is the case.

Interview questions are categorised under:

  • Communication skills
  • Motivation towards a career in physiotherapy
  • Understanding compassionate, person-centred physiotherapy practice
  • Awareness of the demands of the course
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities

Applicants are expected to be fully cognisant of the demands of Physiotherapy practice and have the character and good standing required to uphold the values of HCPC (2016) Standards of conduct, performance, and ethics.

Applicants who have previously been enrolled on a Physiotherapy pre-registration programme or any other health professional education programme must submit a declaration confirming no previous fitness to practice concerns. This declaration is included on the Interview form declaration section and will be signed at interview.

Applicants will be notified within 20 working days of the interview outcome. 


If you feel you have been unfairly discriminated against, please get in touch using the University complaints procedure, your complaint will be acknowledged within 5 working days. 

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This course is designed to produce graduates who are eligible to apply for accreditation with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (subject to HCPC and CSP approval), and as such prepare graduates to work as a Physiotherapist.

Physiotherapists work in a wide range of health and social care delivery settings, and fields of practice include rehabilitation from acute injuries, management of long term respiratory, neurological and paediatric conditions, and return to fitness or activities, plus many more as roles are emerging across a wide range of health, social care and educational settings.

Most graduates will enter the NHS and benefit from a clear career structure with opportunities to develop as advanced practitioners who contribute to specialist services, right up to Consultant Physiotherapists. However, graduates can also apply their skills in a range of social care and educational settings, work for sports clubs and in sports facilities, in private practice, and in industry.

Graduates will possess a range of transferable skills that will range from the ability to communicate via various means with patients and colleagues, an understanding of health promotion, quality improvement, team working, interprofessional and multi-disciplinary practice and ethics, which are all eminently transferable.

Student Streamlining Scheme

On successful graduation, students will be included within the Student Streamlining Scheme - NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership a scheme which matches students to available NHS jobs, meaning graduates no longer need to submit multiple applications via NHS Jobs to secure their first job in NHS Wales after graduating. This subsequently removes the pressure of applying for and being interviewed for multiple jobs and allows students to indicate their preferred specialities/ locations in one application form.