Physiotherapy BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of people of all ages. At Leicester, we fully prepare you for a career as a professional physiotherapist in a wide range of settings.

  • Our course will teach you how to confidently assess and treat patients, and to work with both patients and other members of the multi-professional team professionally and effectively.
  • You'll learn from leading physiotherapists. Our teaching is delivered by a cohesive team of lecturer-practitioner staff who are all experts in their clinical fields of physiotherapy practice. This means that as well as teaching at the University, they also work as specialist physiotherapists in areas such as the NHS, Ministry of Defence, private practice and even high-level sport.
  • All your teaching takes place in small groups and we have excellent facilities that will allow you to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills, including dedicated practical rooms, a movement analysis lab, and a state-of-the-art clinical skills unit with high tech simulated patients that enable you to practise procedures in a safe environment. You will even have access to Leicester Medical School's anatomy dissection room.
  • We believe talking with patients and getting the bigger picture can make all the difference to how you approach treating a patient. With that in mind, our lecturers put a real focus on developing your communication skills to help you assess and treat your patients and to motivate them to achieve the best possible recovery.
  • Practical experience is central to our degree, and you will undergo training on a diverse range of placements, including with NHS and private hospitals, mental health placements, learning disability services, palliative care, high level sport (with Leicester Tigers), specialist head injury and sports injury facilities. This breadth of experience ensures you will become familiar with the variation and day-to-day demands of the physiotherapist’s role and you get all the clinical placement hours you need to qualify as a Chartered Physiotherapist.
  • Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB including Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education. General Studies, Critical Thinking and the EPQ are not accepted.
  • GCSE: Six subjects including grade B/6 in English Language and Maths plus grade C/5 in four other subjects including Combined or Single Science subjects
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Must be a healthcare related subject and include 15 credits in topics relating to human biology/anatomy/physiology.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in HL Biology.
  • Minimum of 4 in HL Maths or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in Maths Studies required if grade B/6 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 5 in English Language required if grade B/6 not held at GCSE. Minimum grade 3 required in at least three other subjects if not held at grade C/5 at GCSE.
    BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDD in a healthcare related subject or Sport & Exercise Science.
  • Foundation Year for Health Care Professions courses: 120 credits with at least 30 in relevant subject and an average of 70%.
  • Graduate applicants: 2:1 or better. If your degree is in a related subject (such as Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Anatomy or Sport) you do not need to meet all the entry requirements above. However, if your degree is in an unrelated subject, you will need at least Grade B in A-level Biology.
  • You will be expected to show academic attainment at the required level within 3 years of the course proposed start date.

Health Requirements

  • You must be in good health and should be up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire (Word, 75kb) and must be prepared to undergo an occupational health examination. If your vaccinations are not up to date, boosters will be provided by our Occupational Health department at no cost to you. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please let us know when you apply.
  • Criminal Records Check (DBS)
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the course.

Age requirement

  • You must be at least 18 years old when you start the course. If you are not yet 18 you can still apply but you will need to defer your entry by a year if your 18th birthday will be after the start of the course.
  • Specific Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
  • Candidates with specific learning difficulties or disabilities are welcome to apply and will be considered according to the University’s Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Strategy. The Physiotherapy course may be able to make reasonable adjustments for such candidates, including at interview. However, it must ensure that all candidates will be able meet the core learning outcomes and competencies of the course, and in addition be able to practise as a physiotherapist on completion of the course. Initial scoring of the UCAS form and interview will be undertaken separately to any subsequent Occupational Health assessment. If you have a declared additional learning need or disability please inform the physiotherapy admissions team as soon as possible when you receive your interview invitation so that we can discuss reasonable adjustments. However, a satisfactory Occupational Health assessment may be a conditional part of any subsequent offer to determine if reasonable adjustment can be made.
  • Read our DBS policy (PDF, 148kb)

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • In the first year the majority of study occurs in the university setting introducing the necessary theoretical background to support clinical education. The final week provides an opportunity to observe clinical practice and to contextualise knowledge and skills introduced thus far. In the practice environment you will work alongside and be supported not only by physiotherapy practitioners and fellow students, but also by a range of colleagues from other health and social care disciplines. This inter-professional collaboration continues into Years 2 and 3 as you develop towards professional autonomy.
  • Within the university, you will study the science of normal body systems to promote an understanding of their structure, function and inter-relationships, before moving on to altered and abnormal function and the role of assessment and rehabilitation. You will explore issues of personal and professional development, health and well-being in order to further prepare for learning in the practice environment. An awareness of the evidence base for health care professions and the research process is a fundamental and ongoing theme, promoted throughout the course.
  • Clinical Skills: Appendicular Anatomy
  • Clinical Skills: Pathophysiology 1
  • Clinical Skills: Introducing Practice 1
  • Professional Development 1
  • Clinical Skills: Axial Anatomy
  • Clinical Skills: Pathophysiology 2
  • Clinical Skills Introducing Practice 2
  • Evidence Based Practice 1

Year 2

  • The second year develops your knowledge and skills, relating these to the scientific and therapeutic bases of physiotherapy in 20 weeks of university-based activity and 12 weeks of clinical practice. Opportunities for consolidation of learning and application of theory to practice are an integral part of the course.
  • Within both practice and university settings, the learning environment enables you to safely and effectively determine and implement comprehensive and integrated programmes of care for patients. You will be able to justify the selection of interventions, accurately assess patient outcomes and progress/end treatment or refer back for re-assessment by an appropriate qualified practitioner, whether that is a physiotherapist or a colleague from another health discipline.
  • Clinical Skills 2: Developing MSK Professional Practice
  • Clinical Skills 2: Developing Cardio-Respiratory Practice
  • Clinical Skills 2: Developing Neurological Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice 2
  • Professional Development 2
  • Practice Education 1
  • Practice Education 2

Year 3

  • The third year and final academic year further develops clinical practice by enhancing your ability to function as an autonomous practitioner, partner and leader in 16 weeks of university-based activity and 17 weeks of clinical practice. The learning environment will enable you to build upon what you learned in Year 2 and once again you will have the opportunity to work with a range of professional colleagues. Inter-professional learning continues across the modules in both university and practice settings. 
  • Within both university and practice settings you will progress to be able to safely and effectively carry out a diagnostic assessment and manage patients with more complex needs. You will develop the capacity to lead and manage a physiotherapy/multidisciplinary team and exhibit awareness of the context of practice by exploring and identifying improvements to the service which will improve patient satisfaction and outcomes, and promote equality of care.
  • Clinical Skills 3: Enhancing Practice
  • Professional Development 3
  • Evidence Based Practice 3
  • Practice Education 3
  • Practice Education 4
  • Practice Education 5
  • UK and EU Students Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. You may be eligible for support from the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Authority. From September 2020, the LSF has been extended to include a non-repayable £5,000 per year bursary for new and existing students.

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