University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course snapshot Whether it's supporting people with disabilities and long-term illnesses or helping patients recover from surgery, accidents, sports injuries or strokes, the role of a physiotherapist cannot be underestimated. UCB's Physiotherapy degree course will give you the advanced training needed to kick-start a career in this rewarding, science-led field. We provide fantastic opportunities for work placements in a range of settings and along with cutting-edge facilities on campus including our purpose-built Health Skills and Simulation Suite. On completing the course, you should be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Who’s the course for? This course is for anyone who is interested in a career as a physiotherapist working in a variety of health and social settings, as well as other sectors. Why should I study the course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – You will be able to apply for registration with the HCPC and CSP upon graduation
  • WORK PLACEMENTS – Experience the dynamic, exciting areas of the profession by undertaking 1,000 hours of work placements across a broad range of settings
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Perfect your practical skills in our state-of-the-art facilities, along with the chance to develop, advertise, manage and lead a ‘pop-up’ physiotherapy practice at the University
  • EXPERT TEACHING – Receive excellent support from our experienced academic lecturers and guest lecturers with clinical expertise in a variety of areas
Great. Tell me some more UCB's new Moss House campus includes a purpose-built Health Skills and Simulation Suite, a specialist learning environment that closely replicates real-life settings, while the building also features a strength and conditioning suite. This will enable you to practise and hone your physiotherapy skills in a real-life environment. There will also be other opportunities, including the chance to develop, advertise, manage and lead a 'pop-up' physiotherapy practice at UCB. Placements are undertaken in a variety of settings, helping you gain a wealth of hands-on experience of the exciting and dynamic areas where a physiotherapist might work. Attendance on your placement is essential, with at least 1,000 hours on practice placement required throughout your degree. This course will require you to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start. However, UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment. What skills will I gain? You will gain the skills you need to diagnose and rehabilitate across a range of conditions affecting the body systems. You will learn how to prevent illness and disease through education and treatment, applying a wealth of knowledge to complex situations to ensure safe and effective practice, building on the anatomical knowledge you will gain. You will also develop a range of transferable skills such as leadership and management, as well as the innovation and creativity to respond to challenges in the future of healthcare. What about the future? This course provides an excellent platform for a career in physiotherapy within a range of settings, including the NHS, private practice, in charities and hospices, schools and community settings. Should you wish to continue your studies, you can also progress onto postgraduate level courses.

Course details



  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Musculoskeletal Studies
  • Health across the Lifespan
  • Placements 1 and 2
  • Neurological Studies
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies
  • Musculoskeletal Studies II
  • Research for Physiotherapists
  • Placements 3 and 4
  • Complexity in Physiotherapy Practice
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies II
  • Research for Allied Health Professionals
- Placements 5 and 6

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Learning strategies include:

  • Practical lessons
  • Small seminars
  • Self-directed study
  • Placement learning opportunities
Assessment Assessment formats include:
  • Practical exams
  • OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations)
  • Written multiple choice questions
  • Written assignments
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeB160
Institution code B35
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 - 128 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 120 - 128 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
A level BBB - Including biology or physical education. - UCB will accept will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM From one of the following subjects: applied science, applied human biology, sports and exercise science - must include anatomy and physiology unit. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications. If you are not studying an Extended Diploma in one of the related course subjects above we will also consider 6, 9 or 12 Unit BTECs in the courses already stated providing you are also additionally studying an AS or A Level in biology or physical education at grade B
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits 120 - 128 UCAS Tariff points (a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction) will be required from a vocationally relevant subject matter. To find out if you are suitable to apply to UCB please contact Admissions on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 120 - 128 UCAS Tariff points - Including biology or physical education.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSEs: Please note all GCSE qualifications must have been achieved prior to applying for this course. Applications submitted without these requirements will not be considered. GCSE/IGCSE maths, English language and science grades A*-C/9-4. GCSE equivalencies are not accepted for entrance.
HNC (BTEC) P A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Students must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.


The Admissions team will use the entrance criteria as well as your personal statement, reference and work experience information to shortlist candidates for interview. All interviews will take place after the 15 January UCAS equal consideration deadline. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview which will comprise multiple mini interviews (MMIs) and a group task. The above forms part of the selection criteria for this course.


Non-academic entry requirements It is expected that applicants gain voluntary work or work experience shadowing a physiotherapist in order to have a good, clear understanding of what the profession entails. It might be that you have work experience organised, but haven’t undertaken it yet. If so, please don’t let this stop you from applying. We just need to know what your plans are to demonstrate your commitment to and passion for the profession. We do understand, however, that this is not always easy to obtain and if this is the case, we would encourage applicants to gain knowledge in other ways. You could speak with qualified physiotherapists, read industry publications or do some research online. Useful websites include The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and NHS Health Careers.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Physiotherapy at University College Birmingham - UCAS