Physiotherapy at University College Birmingham - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Whether it’s helping patients recover from surgery, sports injuries, accidents and strokes or supporting people with disabilities and long-term illness, the role of a physiotherapist cannot be underestimated. Our Physiotherapy degree will give you the empowering skills to kick-start your career in this rewarding, science-led field. Gaining a strong foundation of anatomical knowledge, you will learn how to diagnose and rehabilitate across a range of conditions, as well as how to prevent illness and disease and apply your wealth of knowledge to complex situations. You will gain substantial practical experience honing your physiotherapy skills through work placements in a range of real-life environments. This hands-on education is not only essential for the course, but enables you to experience the dynamic areas where a physiotherapist may work. Plus you will have access to some of the most cutting-edge training facilities in the country, including our purpose-built simulation suite and strength and conditioning suite. Crucially, upon successful graduation, you should be eligible to apply for registration for the title of Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), opening up a wide range of career possibilities for you within a whole host of dynamic health and social settings. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Industry approved – You will be able to apply for registration with the HCPC and for CSP membership when you graduate
  • Practice-based learning – Experience the exciting and dynamic areas of the profession by undertaking 1,000 hours of practice-based learning across a broad range of settings
  • Practical application – Hone 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 – Get excellent support from our experienced academic lecturers and guest lecturers with clinical expertise in a variety of areas
FACILITIES You will have access to University College Birmingham's Health Skills and Simulation Suite. This purpose-built facility includes a six-bed replica hospital ward and a simulated community care environment, closely replicating real-life settings you may encounter in your future career. In addition, our purpose-built Human Performance Centre and Laboratory features the latest equipment and technology to support strength and conditioning. PLACEMENTS Our course requires you to accrue 1,000 hours of practice-based learning activities by the end of your degree. Employers we have worked with include University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Solihull Council Social Care Team and Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Physiotherapist
  • Senior physiotherapist
  • Sports physiotherapist
  • Clinical specialist/team leader
You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.
  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course



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

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: 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 2021-2024.

How to apply

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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

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

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, 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 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 Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Physiotherapy at University College Birmingham - UCAS