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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Physiotherapists treat patients of all ages, helping them to maximise functional movement caused by accidents, illness and disability. Their expertise helps improve mobility, independence and quality of life. 

This course prepares you to be a physiotherapist and includes the minimum of 1,000 clinical hours you need to qualify.

You’ll learn how to treat patients and to communicate with them effectively, gaining hands-on experience from year one through your clinical placements in the National Health Service and private sector.

You’ll also develop a thorough understanding of the human body, what happens when injuries occur and how to treat and manage them.

We’ve worked hard with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) to ensure the course content is highly relevant. Our course is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you can apply for registration with the HCPC and full membership of the CSP on graduation.

Our graduates enjoy outstanding success in the jobs market. Six months after graduating, 95 per cent of them are already in a clinical position, according to 2016 government statistics. 

We advise students to check Health Education England for regular up-to-date information.

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced occupational health assessment to ensure that you are occupationally fit to work in the health and social care setting.

Please see entry requirements below for more details.

UCAS points


Course options


UCAS code


£5,000 training grant available now

£5,000 training grant available - All degree-level Nursing and Allied Health students on courses starting in September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government, provided they are normally eligible for a Student Loan. For further information visit the website or contact Student Finance England.

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Foundation Year

Find out more about our flexible Bioscience and Health Foundation pathways.



Joint Top in London for Graduate Prospects (CUG, 2018)


in London

Top modern university in London for teaching on my course (Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology, NSS, 2018)


You’ll be offered work placements in prestigious hospitals such as Homerton, Whipps Cross and The Royal London, and you’ll have the option to travel abroad to experience healthcare within other cultures.

  • CSP Accredited

Martina Kehoe

Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons)

The UEL team gave me the motivation and support, both clinically and personally, to get involved with events early on as a student physiotherapist. Many links and networks were set up by the course tutors.

The course itself was practical, the support was great and the encouragement was never short from an amazing group of tutors.

As a team, they made it feel like you could aim for and achieve opportunities that I would never have thought I could do, for example being a part of the Olympics.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444


Tuition fees

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least three subjects minimum Grade BBB (AS Levels not accepted) and must include at least one science
BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science DDD
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 28 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy test.


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 - all Distinctions and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3

Students who have applied to study healthcare programmes are required to obtain Occupational Health clearance. This is to ensure that you are fit for all aspects of the course, and also to protect the public who may be affected by your placement activities. As a healthcare student, you must comply with Department of Health guidelines on immunisations, vaccinations and screening required to protect you and your patients during the course of your work. In order to undertake placement activities you will be required to be vaccinated for some infectious diseases if you do not already have immunity to them. During your course you will be given the opportunity to be screened and given any relevant vaccinations at no cost to you the student. Without appropriate immunity or vaccinations your place on the course may be at risk.

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity. You will also need to apply for the Update Service once you have received your DBS certificate. You will be liable for this cost (currently £13 per year).

As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on the this course, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure certificate.

You need to complete this process prior to starting the course. Failure to complete this process will impact you going on placement as part of the course.

Further information is available here


Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Our three-year, full-time course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to practise as a qualified independent physiotherapist in a clinical environment.

In your first year, you’ll get to grips with physiotherapy fundamentals. Learning about rehabilitation and how patients develop and maintain physical function and movement are key components.

In years two and three the emphasis moves to more specialist areas such as musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological issues. You’ll also work on your decision-making, learning how to manage patients with complex conditions.

Throughout your course, you’ll undertake clinical placements with NHS trusts or private healthcare organisations.

You’ll enjoy hearing from some of the very best physiotherapists, who not only teach you but also share their extensive experience.

As well as gaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills, you’ll also develop your ability to think clearly and critically – to make a sound professional judgment from the evidence available.

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. You’ll gain important life skills as well such as the ability to listen and to communicate effectively and to work as a member of a healthcare team.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Anatomy and assessment skills 1(core)
  • Introduction to physiology (core)
  • Anatomy, assessment and treatment skills- upper limb (core)
  • Physiotherapy clinical skills (core)
  • Professional Practice - Mental Wealth  (core)
  • Introduction to physiology   2 (core) 
  • Practice based learning 1 (core) 
  • Cardiovascular Physiotherapy (core)
  • Neurological Physiotherapy (core)
  • Research Methods (core)
  • Physiotherapy Rehabilitation (core)
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment  (core)
  • Practice based learning 2 (core)


  • Practice based learning 3 (core) 
  • Complex Practice 1 Elective (core)
  • Practice based learning 4  (core)
  • Research governance and leadership   (core)
  • Complex practice 2 (core) 
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Assessment and Trauma (core)
  • Practice based learning 5 (core)

How you'll be assessed

Year 1 - 70% practical (includes a mix of clinical exams, clinical placements, presentations and vivas), 30% coursework.
Year 2 - 70% practical (includes a mix of clinical exams, clinical placements, presentations and vivas), 30% coursework.
Year 3 - 60% practical (includes a mix of clinical exams, clinical placements, presentations and vivas), 40% coursework

You’ll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 14 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face to face assessments.

Course specification

How you'll learn

You’ll be based in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience in Stratford, but you’ll spend at least a third of your time ‘learning by doing’ away from campus.

We have strong links with local NHS trusts and private-sector providers, which means you’ll have a range work placement opportunities.

These placements begin after Christmas in your first year and, thanks to our excellent connections, take place in world-renowned hospitals. They include: These placements begin after the Christmas break

in your first year and, thanks to our excellent connections, take place in world-renowned hospitals and NHS Trusts. These include: Barts Health, Homerton and Barking, Havering & Redbridge.

Our supportive staff will help set these up to ensure you get the 1,000 clinical hours you need to qualify.

When not on placement, you’ll enjoy practical and clinical sessions at Stratford, in small, supportive learning groups with low student-to-staff ratios.

Our modern, purpose-built campus offers superb teaching facilities, including our own on-site clinic with four spacious, well-equipped teaching rooms.

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching – 360 hours; guided independent study – 840 hours. 150 hours of clinical practice in term 2
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 360 hours; guided independent study – 840 hours. 300 hours of clinical practice across the year.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 120 hours; guided independent study – 270 hours. (Please note, terms 1 and 2 in level 6 are shortened to accommodate clinical placements). 600 hours of clinical practice across the year.

Who will teach on this course

Elizabeth Nicholls

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

A physiotherapy degree puts you in a powerful position when it comes to entering the world of work. Physiotherapists are in high demand across the UK and abroad.

You could opt for a career in the NHS, where physiotherapists are deployed across the medical spectrum, from intensive care and stroke rehabilitation to recovery from major surgery or trauma to care of the elderly and paediatrics. We are proud to say that our physiotherapy staff and students were involved with the delivery of the NHS Nightingale project during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You could specialise in the treatment of physical issues arising from one of the body’s systems. This could mean concentrating on bones, joints and soft tissues (musculoskeletal), the brain and nervous system (neurology), the heart and blood circulation (cardiovascular) or the respiratory organs.

There are also plenty of career opportunities for physiotherapists in the private sector.

At the University of East London, we have graduates who have gone on to work in senior roles within the NHS (for example Consultant Physiotherapist in Sports Medicine). UEL graduates have also take key roles in International Sports Organisations (for example the Womens Tennis Association and Essex County Cricket Club), and Major Games Medical Teams (for example the Olympics and Commonwealth Games). 

Whatever your particular interest, a UEL physiotherapy degree opens up a wealth of options for your future career.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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