BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Our hands-on physiotherapy degree is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge required to flourish as a physiotherapist. You will graduate capable of practicing in a range of settings, and from a robust theoretical knowledge base that will set the tone for a career of effective practice.

You will build a fundamental understanding of medical sciences whilst also honing your technical skills and physical techniques associated with physiotherapy.

You will be trained to make a difference to people’s lives, using activities and movement to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, and help people recover from injury and illness. Physiotherapists also help people achieve optimal health – from schoolchildren to older people in residential care.

You will work towards joining a well-established profession of over 60,000 practitioners, engaging in opportunities to learn with current health professionals and physiotherapists on placement with our health board partners across Wales.

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, bringing a wide range of employment opportunities.

This course is due to commence September 2022 subject to approval by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accreditation by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).

This course is subject to validation.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4.5 Years September Glyntaff A

You will learn about the improvement of physical and mental health and wellbeing through the promotion of movement, activity and exercise, and social interaction. You will also undertake interprofessional learning and working with a range of other disciplines.

Modules focusing on basic and medical sciences, and foundations of assessment, diagnosis and management, are developed throughout all levels of the programme to underpin the management of increasingly complex situations.

Your studies will include the opportunity for interprofessional learning in theory, simulation scenarios and during practice learning experiences.  This includes three IPE modules focussing on developing your confidence and decision-making in practice and progression to being a proficient physiotherapist.

You will also have shared learning where core themes are considered and then applied to each unique professional group, these modules include the modules focussing on promoting health and preventing ill-health, professional, legal and ethical issues in health care practice and leading and managing quality care across settings.


The course is delivered part time, with each level of study equivalent to one full-time year – taking 18 months. 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.

University activities will include academic theory lectures, workshops, and seminars. Practical sessions will take place both in our simulation areas and sports park, which are both extensively equipped to replicate the facilities available in a range of real-world practice locations. You will regularly practice physical techniques in groups, developing confidence to underpin placement practice.

What kind of student would it suit?

Physiotherapy is a science-based, applied health discipline that uses movement and activity to promote and achieve holistic physical and mental health and wellbeing. Students who are interested in science and the applied care of a wide range of people in different environments, and who are driven to help people achieve optimal health, will find the course stimulating, challenging and rewarding.


Physiotherapy is an applied discipline and will use practical examinations undertaken in both University and within practice placements, with up to 80% coursework. These assessments methods will be used alongside a range of traditional assessment techniques including essays, presentations, and written exams. You will also have the opportunity to work on a project to improve or enhance an aspect of service delivery.


The course is working towards accreditation by the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (subject to approval).


The course benefits from an extensive clinical simulation suite and the University Sports park that includes indoor and outdoor pitches, strength and conditioning facilities, and gyms. The University also has a Chiropractic clinic where students on the MChiro undertake their practical education. For some elements of your course, you will be taught interprofessionally alongside Operating Department Practitioners, Nurses, Midwives, Occupational Therapists and will benefit from the holistic understanding this brings.

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.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include:

Two satisfactory references (one to be added to your application, and a second written reference to be printed out and brought to the interview).

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).

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.

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.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.


Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Merit

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

Science/Mathematics/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

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.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


The course is commissioned by the Welsh Government, 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.

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

Securing a place on the Physiotherapy course will require you to demonstrate real insight into, and enthusiasm for, the discipline. You should learn as much as you can about the profession, including where physiotherapists practice, their role in modern healthcare. You must also demonstrate insight to your organisational skills and abilities to manage part-time study.

Physiotherapists work in a wide range of health and social care delivery settings, and fields of practice include musculoskeletal - which can include management of sports injuries and rheumatological conditions – respiratory, and neurological rehabilitation. Roles are emerging across a wide range of health, social care and educational settings.

Physiotherapists can be found working in a range of locations in the NHS. Traditionally the term ‘rehabilitation’ would have been a focus, but this perspective alone is insufficient to describe modern practice. The promotion of health and wellbeing, and ‘prehabilitation’ – achieving the best possible physical and mental health prior to undergoing healthcare treatment e.g. surgery or chemotherapy – is gaining prominence.

Physiotherapists 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. There is a career structure with opportunities to develop as advanced practitioners who contribute to specialist services, right up to Consultant Physiotherapists in the NHS.

How does the course prepare me for employment?

This course is designed to achieve accreditation from the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (subject to HCPC and CSP approval), and as such prepares graduates to work as a Physiotherapist in a range of locations within the NHS, in private healthcare, and in private practice.

There is an extensive placement programme across the NHS and other care provision locations. 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.