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Being a physiotherapist can be a highly rewarding and varied career. You could be treating people in hospital or at home, working across different teams in the community or in a specialist practice, helping everyone from athletes to office workers.
At Oxford Brookes, we see physiotherapy as a combination of the physical and psychological in promoting health and wellbeing. On our course, you’ll gain up to 1000 hours of practice-based learning in different clinical settings. This could be in an NHS hospital, a research lab, a community setting or even a sports club.
You will gain experience of various scenarios with service users and actors in a simulation environment. Clinical partners and service users are involved in the design and teaching of our programmes throughout the course.
With high employability rates normally over 90%, our course gives you excellent opportunities to find an opening in your chosen field when you graduate.
If you already have a relevant bachelor's degree but would like to pursue physiotherapy, we offer a pre-registration master's course.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Gain practical experience with 6-week placements in clinical, research, leadership or education settings.
Vibrant research hub
Benefit from being at the centre of a group of internationally recognised hospitals and research. See how discovery and innovation play a direct role in helping patients.
Enhance your learning with our virtual simulation equipment. You can practise your skills and develop your competence in a realistic but safe learning environment.
- External validation
High employability rates
Benefit from being fully prepared to step straight into a range of healthcare environments and choose your specialism.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
Throughout the course, you’ll explore the core concepts of physiotherapy practice such as clinical reasoning, integrated community working and managing long-term conditions.
In Year 1, you’ll follow a set of compulsory modules on musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological systems. But we encourage you to go beyond the traditional boundaries and use an enquiry-based approach.
You’ll also consider the values and professionalism of the role, so that you treat any patient as an individual. While the skills for health informatics module will show you the best ways to collate and appraise digital information.
Over Years 2 and 3, you’ll complete 5 placements in different clinical settings from hospitals to community-based environments. You'll undertake a leadership module and choose mini modules studying specialised content for example in psychological interventions, women's health or sports and trauma physiotherapy. Plus, you’ll choose a dissertation topic based around your own interests, which the earlier research methods module will prepare you for.
Learning and teaching
Your course modules are all compulsory and credit bearing. We use an enquiry based approach. This means you will link knowledge from different fields in a clinical scenario and develop your independent learning.
Our modules involve:
- peer-group presentations
- online learning
- clinical simulation.
You will have your own academic adviser and link lecturer while on placement. They will help you with your academic, professional and clinical development.
Assessment methods include:
- assessment of clinical practice
- practical viva voces.
Assignments may include:
- critical reviews of practice
- individual and group presentations.
Our formative assessments and feedback help prepare you for your final assessments. You will develop professional skills through key self-assessment and reflection accounts.
Our graduates go on to many different branches of physiotherapy. You could pursue a career in:
- respiratory care
- musculoskeletal conditions
- care of the elderly
Or you may decide to take up opportunities in sport, industry or private practice.
Many physiotherapists move into more specialist areas of practice such as research, teaching, health promotion or management. Some will take up consultant posts within the NHS, while others may become sports specialists or ergonomic advisers in industry.
As our course is professionally accredited, once you’ve completed your studies, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Please note that HCPC and CSP approval of this course is subject to regular reviews and can be withdrawn.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all components) is required where English is not the main language. Equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Work experience during the COVID-19 pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic traditional work experience placements in physiotherapy are unlikely to have been available since March 2020. However, you should still show at application and interview an understanding of a career in physiotherapy and the wider health care environment. Alternative ways of developing your insight and NHS values could be:
Involvement with a group offering care or support in your local community, face to face or virtually.
Showing an interest around key health issues in the media and reflecting on what this means for physiotherapists. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy here is a good source of information.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible Physiotherapy students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).