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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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There are many reasons why this course boasts extremely high student satisfaction rates (96%) and sees 100% of graduates employed or in further study within six months of finishing. First of all, we like to keep our class sizes small; approximately 30 students per year. This lecturer-to-student ratio means more support, education and resources are available to you throughout your three years.

Many of our lecturers are still actively practising, so their fingers remain firmly on the pulse of the profession. We offer state-of-the-art learning facilities and equipment, high-quality placement and volunteering opportunities, and the degree is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

As a trainee physiotherapist you’ll treat people of all ages, with a range of problems, and discover ways to help maximise each patient’s potential through your knowledge of human movement and function. You’ll also gain healthcare techniques to manage patients’ physical, psychological and social wellbeing, and because practical experience is central to this course, you’ll gain real world experience in a diverse array of settings. In your final year you’ll present an innovation project at a student conference, integrated to help to boost your career prospects. 

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*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements


Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Required subjects:

Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 136 - 144 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM plus 40 points from an A-level in a required subject. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

You can view information on our facilities and take a 360 tour of our simulation suites here.

Year 1

Core units

  • Skills for Therapy Practice: Good personal and interpersonal communications are central to collaboration, the efficiency of group working and the resulting quality of care. In this unit you’ll develop communication skills and explore aspects of professional working.
  • Science for Physiotherapy: You'll establish core knowledge of human and behavioural sciences needed for therapeutic practice.
  • Physiotherapy Management of the Inpatient: The aim of this unit is to prepare you to work within the inpatient setting. This unit covers assessment processes and basic management approaches including working with elderly patients and in respiratory and orthopaedic environments.
  • Exercise, Movement and Rehabilitation: Here you’ll develop knowledge of normal human movement, biomechanics and movement analysis. This knowledge will be applied to the use of exercise therapy across a variety of rehabilitation areas.
  • Physiotherapy Portfolio Units - Orientation 1: These practice placements cover Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the use of critical reflective practice.

Year 2

Core units

  • Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence and you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how different forms of evidence can guide practice.
  • Acute Rehabilitation: In this unit you will acquire the skills necessary for the management of patients in the acute setting. This includes formulating respiratory and neurology management plans and using appropriate physiotherapy skills.
  • Community Rehabilitation: In this unit you will learn to manage patients within the community setting with a variety of problems; including cardiorespiratory, neurological and long term conditions. A problem-solving approach will help you investigate the implications for patients and the required holistic approach to their conditions.
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation: The aim of this unit is to develop your reasoning skills of neuromusculoskeletal assessment and management. It will build on the knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology. It will provide you with the skills to deliver safe and effective neuromusculoskeletal treatments.
  • Physiotherapy Portfolio Units 2 and 3: These units contain your two placements where your practice skills are developed. The unit also progresses your use of critical reflection to develop important lifelong learning skills.

Year 3

Core units

  • Service Improvement Project: The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake interprofessional project work and develop your skills in team working. Collaborative working is considered an essential skill in physiotherapy practice.
  • Progressing Physiotherapy Practice: The aim of this unit is for you to revise, build upon and integrate physiotherapy knowledge and skills in order to manage complex case scenarios in a variety of settings.
  • Research for Physiotherapy Practice: This unit develops understanding of the research process and ability to undertake a critical literature review. The format of this unit will primarily be through independent study in which you will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a professional practice topic of your choice.
  • Innovations in Physiotherapy: In this unit you will explore the complexity of physiotherapy practice and develop your use of evidence informed practice and leadership skills. Innovative examples of physiotherapy practice will be explored and applied to UK and international practice.
  • Physiotherapy Portfolio Units 4 and 5: These practical units aim to facilitate your progression towards qualifying as a confident and proficient professional, capable of high-quality, autonomous practice within the interprofessional provision of care.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

In addition to the scheduled teaching and learning activities you will spend 1000 hours undertaking clinical placements where you gain the practical skills necessary to work as a physiotherapist. Your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignment, and group work.

Year 1 – 24% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 489 hours
  • Independent learning: 448 hours
  • Placement: 263 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 20 hours

Year 2 – 22% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 328 hours
  • Independent learning: 422 hours
  • Placement: 450
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 25 hours

Year 3 - 14% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 176 hours
  • Independent learning: 611 hours
  • Placement: 413 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 46 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 50% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

Placements are designed to develop your competence and physiotherapy skills.

How long are the placements?

In the first year you will experience an introductory placement, followed by the first six-week clinical placement. There are two six-week placements in the second year and two six-week placements in the third year to ensure you gain a minimum of 1,000 hours practice experience. You'll be supported by practice placement educator (PPE) throughout your practice placements.

Placements and travel costs

Although your term time address and method of transport are taken into consideration when allocating your placements there is an expectation that all students will have to travel up to 40 miles to reach their placements. Due to the more rural nature of some of the placements you may be required to travel further. When on placement you will experience shift patterns that might include 12-13 hour shifts and weekends.

Your placement travel expenses will be reimbursed from the Department of Health and Student Finance England.

Placement locations

Each of our NHS-funded training courses contains a significant amount of placement experience, with this often being undertaken in outlying areas rather than solely in towns/cities. You need to consider this when making your application and be clear about what you will be undertaking. If your placement locality is to be assigned for the full length of the course, i.e. for Nursing, Midwifery and ODP, you will need to consider the realities of training within that geographical area and be specific about which would be suitable for you – whilst being flexible may in some circumstances increase your chances of success, being unrealistic will lead to problems. Don't forget to ensure that you take note of the locality you have been assigned when you receive your offer letter and arrange your accommodation accordingly.

You can find out more about our placement locations here.

Your application

Background and experience

Students on this course will typically have an enthusiasm for and insight into the role of a Physiotherapist. Ideally applicants would have some experience shadowing Physiotherapists (PT’s). This could be in a variety of environments such as hospital wards, physiotherapy departments, community settings, domiciliary care, schools or private practices. We want you to learn from your work experience, so it doesn’t matter how long it was. Use your UCAS application to tell us what you learnt about the role of the PT, their attributes, how the PT gets patients to follow exercise plans, your understanding of the diversity of the job.

If you’re struggling to achieve the above we also consider experience in a healthcare environment e.g. nursing home, elderly care home, HCA, special needs school, voluntary work as a support worker with individuals with disabilities.

For Physiotherapy, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in Physiotherapy as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have insight into the role of a Physiotherapist in the health & social care setting from independent research of the profession or relevant work experience
  • Have an appreciation of the diversity of the profession
  • Are caring, empathetic and friendly
  • Can work in a team
  • Have developed independent learning and study skills.

Physiotherapists work with people all the time and must therefore have excellent communication skills to be able to interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds in different situations. Good written communication skills are very important for completing course work, creating patient records, sharing information with other professionals and developing an on-going record of professional development. You should be able to be comprehensive yet succinct, use correct grammar and present work neatly.

Our courses are built around the NHS’ constitution values, and when assessing your application we will take these values into consideration:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.

Selection methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Because we need you to have practical and applicable skills in this particular subject, we’ll then invite the very best students for an interview. These interviews are designed to demonstrate that you have the necessary insight into Physiotherapy, as well as the motivation and commitment to become a Physiotherapist.

What to expect at interview

The day will start at 08.45am and should last no longer than 4 hours. The interview session includes an individual interview of approximately 10 minutes, tour of our facilities, introductory talk and group discussions. 

You can find further information about interviews with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences here.

Additional reference

In addition to the reference on your UCAS form, once we’ve received your application we will contact you to ask for a second reference; this can be a different teacher/lecturer, employer or person who knows you in a professional capacity.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 136 - 144 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and 40 points from an A level in a required subject. 

Required subjects: Biology/Human biology or Physical Education

Excluded subjects: General Studies

GCSEs: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. 

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.

If English is not your first language: you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component or equivalent. This is a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirement.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 134-144 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades including a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in a required subject.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points) and 40 points from an A-level in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 136 - 144 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects, including 40 points in a required subject.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points) and 40 points from an A-level in a required subject
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied with 40 points from an A level in a required subject
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 33-34 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects including grade H6 in a required subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher: 136-144 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, including 40 points in a required subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have Biology/Human biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK299. If you do not currently have any academic qualifications you will need to complete 90 credits from the SK299- Human Biology (30 credits) unit AND the K101 - Health and Social Care (60 credits) unit. Offers will specify a specific pass rate from Open University units.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring the Future Students Enquiry Team on 01202 961916 or email us for further information and advice.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

Non-academic requirements

Occupational Health (OH) Checks

This course is physically and mentally demanding and you will  need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions  need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy,  back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition  to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.

You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record  for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.

Refusing Immunisations

The University has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme.  This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course  will require. Occasionally some vaccinations  are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. OH will advise the University in these cases.The University will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)

All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.

International entry requirements

From September 2017 we will be welcoming international students to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.


If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed. 


The aim of this course is to give you all the skills you need to work as an autonomous physiotherapist once you graduate. The employment prospects are excellent with 100%* of our student working or in further study within six months of finishing their degree, all of which are in professional or managerial roles, earning an average of £22,000 a year. This qualification will allow you to work all over the world, as well as in the UK.

On graduating, you can feel confident to apply for jobs in the NHS or the private sector, or may choose to move into education rather than practice. Among the roles you can apply for are:

  • Basic grade – band 5
  • Specialisation – band 6
  • Specialist practitioner – band 7
  • Consultant therapist – band 8
  • Lecturer – practitioner.

On successful graduation, you can apply to become a registered physiotherapist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and you can become a professional member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). These accreditations can be vital when it comes to securing work as a physiotherapist overseas.

Industries worked in

  • Healthcare
  • Sport
  • Education
  • Therapy.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your lecturers

Dr Jonathan Williams

Dr Williams received training both in the UK and Australia and has emerged as a prominent researcher in the field of Physiotherapy and Biomechanics. He enjoys the challenge of experimental measurement and is passionate about the fusion of Physiotherapy with Engineering. Jon has a keen interest in the use of engineering principles to solve biomechanical and clinical problems. This has been applied to create novel measurement solutions for motion analysis which has been applied to many body regions. Such methods have also been applied to investigate the mechanisms behind movement alterations evident in low back pain sufferers, with a special focus on pain. This work has led to international conference presentations, publications and being commissioned by an engineering company to work on novel clinical applications for their technology.

Dr Clare Killingback

Dr Clare Killingback graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham in 1999 and completed her MSc in Continuing Professional Development in 2012. Clare's work has taken her to the far flung corners of the world such as Nepal, East Timor, Afghanistan, Egypt and Iraq. After returning to the UK, she worked as a community physiotherapist on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. It was this work which sparked her interest and enthusiasm in helping older people remain active with the view of adding health to years, not just life.

Dr Judith Chapman

Dr Judith Chapman's area of interest is education and she have conducted studies in undergraduate learning and client education, particularly readability of health education literature.

Judith graduated from Kings College Hospital, London and worked there for two years before moving to Canada. There she worked in Barrie, Ontario and Toronto followed by 18 years at McMaster University Health Science Centre, Hamilton specialising in the management of Rheumatological conditions. Judith undertook an MSc at McMaster University researching the Effectiveness of a Patient Education Programme for Clients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RCT) and subsequently joined the academic staff in the Undergraduate BSc programme.

Louise Fazakarley

Louise joined BU in November 2006. Prior to that she worked at the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Southampton. Louise's research experience is varied and spans over several years. Her most recent experience was working on an RCT testing a Physiotherapy intervention with people with PD who fall.

Louise is currently undertaking PhD research, looking at home based physiotherapist led intervention using the Nintendo Wii to facilitate people with early stage Multiple Sclerosis to exercise. The focus of this work has been the development and testing of this intervention in a pilot/feasibly study. The study uses a mixed methods design as well as service user input.

Susanna Bentman

Susanna's areas of interest and expertise are musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Out patients and Rheumatology. She graduated from Coventry University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy and then worked for two years as a Physiotherapist in Warwickshire. Susanna then completed a MSc in Manipulative Therapy, at Coventry University and then moved to Dorset where she has worked in the area of Musculoskeletal Outpatients within the NHS, MOD and private sector. Susanna then joined the academic team at Bournemouth University in 2010 and is currently working towards my doctorate as well as teaching on the undergraduate Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) programme.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Uniforms
  • Professional body accreditation of the course
  • Disclosure & Barring Service Check
  • Occupational Health Check

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
28/04/17 Slight amendment to the learning outcomes in year 1 'Skills For Therapy Practice' unit. Programme specification



Changed to: 136 - 144 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject

Key Information and 2018 Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 120-128 tariff points from 3 A-levels. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.


Changed to: GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

2018 Entry Requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

20/12/2017 Entry requirements for BTEC Extended Diploma now Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points) and 40 points from an A-level in a required subject 2018 Entry requirements

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (144 tariff points) and 40 points from an A-level in a required subject. 

What our graduates think

Tracy Sherwood

Bournemouth University allowed me to learn in a supported environment, while giving me the freedom to develop and become the autonomous practitioner I am today.

What our graduates think

Jo Ponting

One of the massive benefits of the BSc Physiotherapy at Bournemouth was the expertise of tutors, not only were they leaders in their fields but also truly passionate towards teaching and very approachable.

Additional information

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