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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 

An exciting new course, offered within the Institute of Sport which compliments our existing provision within rehabilitation sciences

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Institution C58


3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

UCAS tariff points 120-136

A level grades ABB including a biological science (Biology, Human Biology, Sports Science or Physical Education). A pass must be achieved in the practical component.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD (Sports Science, Applied Science (Medical), Health and Social Care (Health Sciences)

Access to HE Diploma (science based): Pass with at least 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit.

GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C/4 or better

IELTS grade 7 with no component lower than 6.5

Applicants must have gained work experience in Physiotherapy, developing a clear understanding of the breadth of the Physiotherapy profession. Observational experience within an NHS or hospital setting is recommended whilst experience / voluntary work in other care environments is also beneficial.

Selection events/interviews will be held prior to final decisions. This allows you to visit the campus, meet staff and make an informed choice about BSc Physiotherapy at the University of Chichester. In addition, to the above, the HCPC (2012) Standard 3: Selection, Admission, Progression and Completion specify professional entry requirements to determine good health and good character. Good health is determined through occupational health assessment which is currently provided by an independent supplier. Any offer will be subject to satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

Student view

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Performance)
"My experience of studying at Chichester has been brilliant. Life around campus is fun and friendly and my course has given me the chance to learn new skills and get involved in research. Lecturers are always available to help and answer questions and their open door policy provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere."

Course content

This programme offers you a multi-faceted approach to learning physiotherapy, research and clinical practice. It strongly aims to develop professional and lifelong skills, whilst exploring the breadth of this exciting and varied profession.

Our course is divided into modules that will challenge and equip you to deal with a range of problems experienced by people as a result of illness, injury or disability. It will combine typical lectures with practical lab sessions and importantly, self-directed learning which we believe is imperative to gaining autonomy as both a student and later as a healthcare professional. First year modules will introduce you to key concepts such as anatomy, physiology and pathology, providing you with an understanding of human movement that forms the basis of promoting health and managing patient problems. In your second year you will explore some of the more specific aspects of a Physiotherapist's role, in managing patients with musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological conditions. In your final year you will conduct a research project pertinent to your chosen interests and guided by our excellent research supervisors. You will also explore the challenges and roles of working in modern healthcare and the importance of multidisciplinary working, complimented by a series of clinical placements in a wide variety of environments.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


A sports injury clinic and rehabilitation space 

Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab


Where this can take you

Upon successful completion of our BSc course, you will be able to apply for state registration to practice as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and eligible for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). This enables you to practice in a wide variety of environments and is mandatory for employment within the NHS.

Have you thought about postgraduate study? We offer a range of taught postgraduate MSc programmes, in addition to postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD) across the field of sport disciplines. Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results. Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.



Work placements

As per the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy each student must undertake a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience.

All clinical placements are arranged for students by our Placement Co-ordinator, except for a final year elective placement arranged by you.

While you will not be on placement during weekends or night shifts the times and settings for each placement will vary, reflective of this diverse and ever-changing profession. Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

On placement you will be allocated to a supervisor who will guide and support you and will undertake your assessment in conjunction with an academic tutor who will visit you on placement.

Course accreditations

This programme will be submitted to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health and Care Professions Council for accreditation.

Indicative modules

Year One

Applied Anatomy 

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Applied Physiology 

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Exercise, Health and Wellbeing 

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Research Methods 

The module is partially self-directed through the use of on-line learning materials. Students will be required to keep in regular contact with the module coordinator to enable work to be tailored to individual need and for progress to be monitored. Timings for individual tutorials and completion of work will be agreed on an individual basis. Students will have access to tutorial support, either individually or in groups, to introduce specific pieces of work.

Human Movement

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Professional Skills for Physiotherapy

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Placement: Theory & Practice 1

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Year Two

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiotherapy

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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

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Neurological Physiotherapy

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Applied Research Methods 

This module extends the skills learned during undergraduate study, particularly in areas such as research philosophy and design. The module accesses sections of the provision for existing MSc programmes, and students will access specific topic ‘blocks’ as appropriate for the specific degree route. Guidance on suitable choice of topic will be provided. Assignments will build to a portfolio. The module will take an applied approach to promote independent use and evaluation of research methods and statistics.

Evidence based or ‘integrated’ practice 

(Module information to come)

Placement: Theory & Practice 2 & 3

The student is expected to undertake a placement of 105 hours (33 hours actual coaching) the remaining 72 hours will include planning, preparation and evaluation. A proposal for the work placement will be produced by the student and agreed by the tutor and host organisation. The curriculum content of the module will be driven by the learning contract, and can contain any aspect of the coaching process and components associated with sports coaching. The student must have a current DBS check, which must be conducted through University of Chichester if the student intends working with children. There is a further form that the student is required to complete if they are intending coaching children under eight years of age in a school environment.

This module is largely student led. A compulsory introductory session is to be attended and subsequently students will be allocated a supervisor, with key tutorials being made available throughout the module.

Year Three

Trauma and Pre-hospital care 

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Leadership in Healthcare 

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Enhancing employability

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Placement: Theory & Practice 4

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Placement: Theory & Practice 5

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Placement: Theory & Practice 6

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 “The Graduate Physiotherapist”

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Research Project 

Students are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach of which the first stage is to identify a problem in sport, exercise or sports therapy which is of interest and relevance to their degree studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the problem is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within the student’s chosen degree program. In all cases, tutors will advise on the capability of the student to complete the complexity of the study in the time available and with the necessary resources. Students are introduced to the preparation of a research project during the Researching Sport & Exercise module at level 5. Students can work independently on a project of their own design or in a group on a pre-determined project, in consultation with and with support from a tutor, reading, collecting data and performing analyses. Students will submit an ethics form for a pass/fail grade as part of the approval process for the project. The project cannot begin until the ethical approval process is complete. Students are allowed to request feedback on one draft of each section of the research report with the exception of the discussion.

Placements must total 1000+ hours

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching. When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

How the programme will be delivered

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study. In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions. Many sessions will require you to have completed preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations. Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need. Your placements will also be assessed providing you with feedback on aspects from safety, effectiveness and professionalism in all placement environments experienced.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs


  • Stethoscope (approx. £5) 
  • Vaccinations prior to placements – typically £10-30
  • All first year Institute of Sport students receive one sports uniform free of charge, suitable for use in practical and laboratory sessions. You may however be expected to purchase further suitable Physiotherapy uniform for placements. To gain an idea of these costs, visit the uniform website  To note, a ‘student’ CSP polo is currently priced £9.85 excluding VAT
  •  All Physiotherapy programmes at the University carry a DBS charge
  • Travel costs may be incurred for work placements

Professional Body registration

  • Student CSP membership fees vary according to the length of the course. Check here for more information. After Graduation fees.
  • HCPC registration fee varies at time of registration.