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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy*

An exciting new course which compliments our existing provision within rehabilitation sciences

* Full for 2021 entry


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Institution C58


Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
for teaching quality
for student satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

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 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Physiotherapy as a career. Secondly, it would be beneficial to show prior work experience (paid or voluntary) in healthcare, support work, or coaching capacities. Finally, we encourage applicants to demonstrate evidence of care/compassion, team-working, and communication skills. 

Competition for places can be high. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee an interview and nor does an interview ensure an offer is received. 


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

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

NHS Funding: You will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. You can find out more and download the FAQs about the funding.

Student view

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!"

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

Physiotherapy bed, dummy head with students and lecturers practising

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

On completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)



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. Placements may be hospital based or community based. We have private practice links and we're really keen to develop where physiotherapists could actually contribute, for example, health and social care sectors and role emerging placements such as hospices or in Primary Education. No one student's placement experience will be the same.

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

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Accredited pre-registration
Health & Care Professions Council

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Functional Anatomy (Lower-Quadrant)
  • Physiotherapy in Health and Society 
  • Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Fundamentals of Human Physiology for Healthcare Professionals
  • Functional Anatomy (Upper-Quadrant)
  • Principles of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Interpersonal Skills for Healthcare Professionals

Year Two

  • Applied Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 
  • Neurological Physiotherapy 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Healthcare for Distinct Client Groups
  • Researching Sport, Exercise and Health 
  • Practice Education (Placement) 1 and 2 

Year Three

  • Psychology of Physical Activity and Health
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation 
  • Research Project (dissertation) 
  • Practice Education (Placement) 3, 4, 5 and 6

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: 


  • 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
  • Student membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the University's Physiotherapy Society will be strongly recommended 

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