Physiotherapy training

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Prepare for your career in health and complete 1000 hours of practice learning placements

3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

Top 30

UK University

1. Guardian University Guide 2022


for teaching quality

2. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021


for student satisfaction

3. National Student Survey 2021


NHS Funding

Receive at least £5,000 a year of NHS Funding on this course, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. Find out more on the NHS website.

Are you compassionate, respectful, and honest? Do you care about your professional journey, and about your fellow students and your community? If so then this course is for you.

This new course was designed to meet the needs of the local community and respond to current drivers in healthcare. Your studies will prepare you for a successful and rewarding NHS or private practice career.

This BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course will help you develop professional and lifelong skills while you explore this exciting and varied profession. You will study physiotherapy theory, evidence based research and practical clinical practice. The course will challenge you and prepare you to deal with a range of problems experienced by people as a result of illness, injury or disability.

This degree combines typical lectures with practical clinical sessions and self-directed learning, which is key to gaining autonomy as a student and a future healthcare professional.

You will complete relevant placements during your studies to contribute to your work experience and theoretical understanding, and prepare you for industry once you graduate. You need to complete 1000 hours of practice learning placement experience to meet the accreditation requirements for this course.

On this course you will:

  • Complete 1000 hours of work placement.
  • Study on-campus next to St Richard’s Hospital.
  • Develop your practical skills in a practice-based environment.
  • Learn to deliver high standard services to patients.
  • Study a range of physiotherapy topics and relevant modules.
  • Study topics including anatomy, physiology, and health and social care in the UK.
  • Discover the behaviours you will need as a physiotherapist.
  • Work with and listen to distinct client group practitioners and services users.
  • Develop your research method skills.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (pre-registration) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). When you graduate from this course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course uses traditional theoretical and academic study alongside practical workshops and group work. You will attend small group sessions, seminars and lectures, and complete practical sessions. Your designated personal tutor will support you throughout your degree.

Contact Time

You can expect to attend 12-14 hours of contact time per week including lecturers, seminars and workshops or practicals. As well as scheduled contact hours you will need to complete independent study outside of classes and placements.


You will be assessed through a range of assignments including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Your placements are also assessed. You will receive feedback on all aspects of your placement elements from safety and effectiveness to professionalism.


BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
"The best feature about the course is the contact time. The practical hands-on aspect is really interesting. The course staff are really friendly, personable and knowledgeable. I chose the University of Chichester whilst I was in lockdown, I trusted the virtual tours and open days. I trusted my gut feeling when I was interviewed by my lecturer for the course. It is a really lovely University in a fantastic part of the world. The facilities are excellent, everything is at your fingertips - I don’t know what more you’d need!"

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year with each module worth a particular number of credits. Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Functional Anatomy (Lower-Quadrant)

This module provides you with relevant anatomical knowledge of the lower-limb, lumbar and sacral spine regions as you develop associated practical skills. You will analyse basic functional movements and the contributing anatomical structures, and explore how tissues develop and change over time with aging, injury and the addition of load. You will be assessed through a practical exam and an open book exam.

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

You will be introduced to study skills for higher education  and discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences. You will also be introduced to qualitative research methods.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology for Healthcare Professionals

You will cover the fundamental principles of human physiology by examining how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system and the respiratory system affect human performance, with reference to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework. Body functions and structures are presented in relation to a normal healthy person. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of human movement across the breadth of the energy spectrum.

Functional Anatomy (Upper-Quadrant)

This module provides you with anatomical knowledge of the upper-limb, thoracic and cervical spine regions. You will develop associated practical skills, analyse functional movement and the contributing anatomical structures, and explore how tissues develop and change over time with aging, injury and the addition of load. You will be assessed through a practical exam and other practical work.

Principles of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This module introduces you to relevant knowledge and practical skills for the assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries. You will be introduced to common MSK pathologies, their subjective and objective examination, and the principles of rehabilitation within a framework of evidence-based, patient-centred care. You will be assessed through coursework and a practical exam.

Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will use a sport, exercise and health science context to develop study and research skills through practical application. You will be introduced to simple methods of quantitative research and data analysis together with the rational for those methods. You will experience a wide range of learning modalities to develop your study skills including: practical data collection, computer laboratories, group seminars and group and individual tutorials.

Interpersonal Skills for Healthcare Professionals

In this module you will consider how health care information is communicated. You will use guided reflection and activities to explore your own verbal, non-verbal, written, and e-based communication, reflecting on how your own communication skills may impact on your work as a health care professional. You will also consider how to adapt communication for a range of audiences and learn to to effectively translate health care knowledge for a range of populations.

Physiotherapy in Health and Society

This module introduces the professionalism, values and behaviour you will need as an allied health professional. You will develop a patient-centred understanding of the physiological, psychological and social issues influencing physiotherapy management, explore the structure and function of health and social care in the UK, and discuss challenges associated with physiotherapy as you explore UK health legislations and policies. You will be assessed by a health and safety: moving and handling test, coursework and an online exam.

Applied Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This module aims to build on your knowledge and skills from the previous module Principles of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Practice. You will be provided with the ability to conduct safe and effective management of a wide range of common MSK injuries, including conditions related to the spine. Interpretation and analysis of assessment findings will further develop your clinical reasoning skills, alongside justification for treatment strategies.

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

As a physiotherapist you will encounter patients suffering from cardio-respiratory related conditions as a result of illness and injury. This module introduces you to a systematic and evidence-based approach to the assessment and treatment of a range of conditions of a cardio-respiratory nature. You will also consider the working demands and challenges of managing people with cardio-respiratory conditions in differing environments (including acute care).

Neurological Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists will encounter patients suffering from neurological conditions arising due to illness and injury. This module introduces you to a systematic and evidence-based approach to the assessment and treatment of a range of conditions of a neurological nature.

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This module explores the relationship of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with both the development and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD). You will examine the physiological responses to physical activity, and methods to assess health and fitness for those individuals suffering from such disease states. You will explore the application and appraisal of exercise prescription guidelines for NCDs, with consideration of those that are serviced by exercise/GP referral schemes. This module is aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards Health Navigator and Long-Term Conditions.

Healthcare for Distinct Client Groups

This module will provide you with an insight and appreciation of the roles of Physiotherapists and other health professionals in relation to specific client groups. Policies and national drivers that inform their management and care will be explored, along with the professional roles, responsibilities and modes of multi-disciplinary working. The module will be responsive to the changing nature of health and social care and may include paediatrics, learning disabilities, mental illness, the elderly, co-morbidities, palliative and end-of-life care

Researching Sport, Exercise and Health

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and write-up.

Psychology of Physical Activity and Health

This module will seek to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the psychological theories applied to the contexts of physical activity and health and to evaluate the positive and negative psychological effects of participation in activities.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

This module critically examines the process of rehabilitation as it pertains to cardiovascular disease. Detailed exploration of the aetiology of coronary heart disease (CHD), lifestyle management, and psychology of behaviour change in relation to lifestyle. The evidence-base for exercise and nutritional interventions will be critiqued within the framework of primary, secondary, and tertiary care alongside the skills required to compile multi-disciplinary interventions for secondary prevention.

Research Project (Physiotherapy Dissertation)

The research project provides an opportunity to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts and techniques to an in-depth study of a particular question or problem relating to sport, exercise or healthcare. This module aims to foster a greater understanding of the processes to undertake a small-scale research project, and marks the culmination of the student’s learning experience over their undergraduate programme of study.

Practice Education (Placements) 

Practice education placements expose you to real-life environments. During your placement you will be fully integrated member of a department or team in differing contexts and environments. You will demonstrate professional behaviour and develop your communication and team working skills. You will be expected to demonstrate awareness of aspects of professional practice under direct supervision from a qualified Physiotherapist. You will document your understanding and use examples of NHS values in practice as part of your assessed reflective placement portfolio. Placements 1 & 2 take place in your second year, with another four in your 3rd year.


Learn in practical spaces

Practice Learning Placements

Gain experience in industry

Placements are vital to your development as a healthcare professional and are integrated into your University work.

You must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Your placements could be hospital based, community or simulation based.

All clinical placements will be arranged for you by our Placement Co-ordinator, except for a final year elective placement which you will arrange yourself. Your placement experience will be unique to you, and no students will graduate with identical placement profiles. Our placement profile is constantly developing as we are still a new course.

You will not be on placement during weekends or night shifts, but the times, locations and settings for each placement will vary.

You will be allocated a supervisor on placement who will guide and support you during the placement. An academic tutor will visit you on placement so you can complete your placement assessment.


Where you could go after your studies

When you graduate you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Physiotherapy is traditionally seen in secondary care and acute settings for in and out patients, but there are a wide range of additional physiotherapy roles. These roles could include health promotion and work in hospices.

Your placement experience during the degree will expose you to many roles and types of work you could continue after graduation and prepare you for your healthcare career.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • Specialist Physiotherapy Advanced Practice
  • MSc Physiotherapy

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Additional costs

  • One uniform will be provided but you are likely to require additional uniforms for practical lessons and placements, costing in the region of £30.
  • The University will pay for an occupational health assessment, however, you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP.
  • You will need a pair of suitable comfortable shoes while on clinical placement and studying in our simulation settings (estimated cost £40-£60).
  • You will need to purchase some of your own clinical items, for instance, a stethoscope (estimated cost £10-£30)
  • You will need to be able to travel to your placement (travel and accommodation support is available from the NHS (HEE) for those eligible.
  • Student membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the University’s Physiotherapy Society will be strongly recommended.
  • You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

NHS Funding

You will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. Find out more on the NHS website.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points.
A Levels
including a biological science (Biology, Human Biology, Sports Science or Physical Education). A pass must be achieved in the practical component.
BTEC Extended Diploma
(Sports Science, Applied Science (Medical), Health and Social Care (Health Sciences)
Access to HE Diploma (science based
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.
C/4 or better
English language, mathematics and science
with no element lower than 6.5.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Physiotherapy as a career and would benefit from showing prior work experience (paid or voluntary) in healthcare, support work, or coaching capacities. We encourage applicants to demonstrate evidence of care/compassion, team-working, and communication skills.

Competition for places can be high. Meeting the entry criteria will not guarantee you an interview, and receiving an interview will not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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What are UCAS tariff points?

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How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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