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BSc (Hons) - single

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

This highly popular full-time Physiotherapy course emphasises the use of physical approaches in the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health and wellbeing. Throughout the course you will benefit from an inter-professional approach to learning, with some modules shared with other health and social care students. There are strong links with physiotherapy services users who are involved in the teaching and selection of students. This will help to prepare you for work in the current health care environment. The National Health Service (NHS) values are woven into the course and the recruitment process. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a caring and compassionate nature together with respect for others. They will also need to have excellent communication and teamwork skills.

The course welcomes UK, EU and international applicants. If you already have a relevant bachelor's degree but would like to pursue physiotherapy as a career, we are pleased to offer a pre-registration master's course.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 136 - preferably including Biology or Human Biology with 40 points. *Please note due to the competitive nature of this course, meeting the tariff alone does not guarantee shortlisting to interview as applications are assess holistically.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Recent NSS Student Satisfaction ratings 94% and over.
  • High graduate employability over 90%.
  • Student, Clinical Partners and Service Users input in to the recruitment, curriculum design and teaching.
  • You will undertake the 1,000 hours of clinical practice required for you to qualify as a chartered physiotherapist.
  • Many of the clinical and community settings you will be learning in have national and international reputations.

The curriculum focuses on the development of professional knowledge and skills and the development of insight, personal resilience and empathy. Modules in Year 1 introduce the student to the core areas of physiotherapy practice with inter-linking themes. Values and professionalism is also the focus in one of the Year 1 modules. Students will engage and reflect on a volunteer opportunity. Collaborative practice education runs alongside the core physiotherapy modules, whereby Physiotherapy students will work alongside other health care students on a module introducing health informatics and data management providing foundation for their research literacy and digital information literacies.

In Year 2 the physiotherapy modules broaden to embrace current health drivers for example, the public health agenda, health promotion and integrated community working. Collaborative practice education continues with an inter-professional module which has a focus on team working. There is a shared learning research methods module preparing students for their final year dissertation module. Students begin upon their clinical year in semester 2.

In Year 3, the students complete their clinical year returning in semester 2 to complete their dissertation. There is a final physiotherapy module on specialist Physiotherapy practice. In the final year collaborative practice education focuses on key concepts of leadership and quality management and facilitates the students’ transition from student to graduate. 

Study modules

As course content is reviewed regularly, the modules you take may differ from those shown below.

Year 1

Skills for Health Informatics

This module introduces key principles and skills for selecting, collating and managing digital information in both the delivery of healthcare and the contemporary management of health conditions. It will provide opportunities to work alongside other health and social care students.

Human Movement and Dysfunction

This module aims to enable you to develop and utilise the knowledge and skills required for the effective physiotherapy assessment and management of musculoskeletal dysfunction, utilising a biopsychosocial basis. Specifically, you will acquire the essential anatomical and biomedical knowledge of the upper and lower quadrants required to apply physiotherapeutic techniques to people with a range of musculoskeletal disorders. You will be introduced to therapeutic exercise and the pathophysiology of common and acute long term musculoskeletal conditions.

Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

You will develop and utilise the knowledge and skills required for the effective physiotherapy assessment and management of people with cardiovascular and respiratory system dysfunction.  This module aims to develop your understanding of the pathophysiology of the dysfunctional cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will be required to apply techniques to improve and optimise cardiovascular and respiratory function in a variety of acute and community settings.

Neurological Movement Control and Dysfunction

You will develop and utilise the knowledge and skills required for the effective management of common acute neurological conditions. You will acquire knowledge of the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological basis of normal human motor control and apply it to the assessment and treatment of neurological dysfunction.

Developing Values Based Professionalism

You will develop professional identity, enabling you to develop a way of being and relating in the health and social care context.  Through reflective opportunities and enquiry based learning you will examine professionalism, the professional domains of concerns, codes of practice and examine the reasoning process required to practice sound judgement throughout their professional career.

Years 2 and 3

Collaborative Practices in Health Care

This module aims to give you the opportunity to engage in a series of enquiry based learning activities focused on practice based scenarios designed to simulate interdisciplinary practice experiences. You will work alongside other health and social care colleagues, such as Occupational Therapists.

Health, Wellbeing and Exercise

You will gain an understanding of the impact that a physically active lifestyle has on health and well-being. During the module, you will have the opportunity to learn about and explore the evidence for achieving appropriate physical activity across a range of populations and conditions. You will develop an understanding of the underlying physiology of physical activity.

Research Methods and Analysis

This module will teach you the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. This module focuses in the techniques and skills for data collection and analysis in quantitative and qualitative research designs. It provides you with more advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for evidence based practice.

Integrated Physiotherapy Practice

This module aims to enable you to develop their skills of the application of physiotherapy with a range of complex conditions that require a holistic, interdisciplinary approach and a synthesis of physiotherapy interventions. It is positioned prior to the first of their 5 placements and therefore also provides an opportunity to acquire essential mandatory skills and where possible, you will be able to work with service users, carers and other experts to develop a client focused perspective.

Physiotherapy Management of Long-Term Conditions

This module aims to develop your understanding of the changing healthcare needs facing society and prepare students to work collaboratively with people with complex long term conditions across the lifespan. You will acquire the ability to use patient-centred clinical reasoning and multi-disciplinary care planning approaches to maintain and maximise independence, function and quality of life.

Practice Experience I and II

These two single modules are the first and second in a series of five practice modules where you will undertake a consolidated period of clinical practice. You are a fully integrated member of a clinical department or team. The placement locations and clinical content of each single module are individual to the student. You will have the opportunity to integrate, apply and develop the knowledge and skills introduced in university-based modules. Students will develop their clinical and interpersonal skills.

Practice Experience III, IV and V

In the third module the student remains a fully integrated member of the clinical department or team. You will be expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of competent physiotherapy practice. All students have the opportunity to develop their practice across a variety of clinical areas and contexts and to negotiate for those educational and clinical experiences which are necessary to achieve the professional and statutory requirements.

The fourth module continues the development of the student's practice education. In this module, you will be expected to demonstrate higher levels of knowledge and clinical reasoning to enable you to manage a clinical case load.

The fifth module provides students with the opportunity to consolidate their practice. In this final module, you will be expected to manage a clinical caseload consistent with the expectations of a newly qualified physiotherapist, with minimum support.

Dissertation/Project in Physiotherapy

This double module aims to develop your ability to perform a sustained and independent period of study involving critical investigation of a topic or issue, selected by the student and of relevance to their practice as a physiotherapist.

Specialist Physiotherapy Practice

This module will offer you a number of masterclasses which you can select to construct your own bespoke specialist practice portfolio. The module aims to enable the students to develop comprehensive understanding of the knowledge base of selected contemporary specialties pertinent to global health care and relevant to their own particular interests.

Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

You will learn the skills, knowledge and strategies to promote and develop effective leadership qualities to work in partnership with diverse teams/agencies across professional and organisational boundaries. This modules will develop critical insight and evaluation of individual professional development needs as a preparation for continuing professional development and future employment opportunities both national and international.

Work placements

Your studies will take place within the University and in diverse clinical practice settings ranging for hospitals to community based environments. Clinical education is an important part of the Physiotherapy course, taking place within years 2 and 3. During this period you will undertake the required 1,000 hours of clinical practice. You will focus on developing clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills, taking a critically evaluative approach to practice while also developing a body of sound theoretical knowledge.

We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all its pre-qualifying courses.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Former Physiotherapy Students have been on exchange to Italy in their final year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional Costs

Placement costs

There are costs that need to be paid for by students in travelling to and from practice placement and/or potential accommodation costs (a minority of students require additional accommodation for placement(s) during the course). Currently these can be as much as £1,000 per placement  for accommodation and/or travel but will depend on location and type of placement. Home students may be able to claim reimbursement of these additional placement costs. Currently, the average travel cost per placement is £300 and for placements that require accommodation the average cost per placement is £600. There are 5 placements during the course (but more may be required if students are obliged to re-take with potential resulting additional costs).


Other costs

Books and electronic resources - approx £150

Diagnostic tools such as stethoscope - approx £35

Use of anatomy resources - £10

Shoes for practice to be worn with uniform - approx £35

Suitable clothing for the Labs - approx £30.


Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

The programme is linear and modular and all the modules are compulsory and credit bearing. There is an enquiry based approach, whereby students will work on a clinical scenario linking knowledge from different specialisms and developing their independent learning. Various teaching and learning methods are used to support different types of learning. such as peer-group presentations, lectures, seminars, online learning and clinical simulation.

Each student has their own academic adviser and a link lecturer when on placement to guide them through their academic, professional and clinical development.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 35%65%0%
2 22%53%25%
3 7%43%50%

Approach to assessment

Assessment strategies include examinations, practical viva voces, coursework and assessment of clinical practice. Assignments range from essays and critical reviews of practice to individual and group presentations. There is formative assessment and feedback to prepare students for final assessments. Self-assessment and reflection accounts will form a key component to help develop professional skills.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 15%50%35%
2 13%41%46%
3 13%50%38%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

International - full time: 2018/19: £15,100 2019/20: £15,400

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 136 - preferably including Biology or Human Biology with 40 points. *Please note due to the competitive nature of this course, meeting the tariff alone does not guarantee shortlisting to interview as applications are assess holistically.

A-Level: AAB or equivalent, including Biology or Human Biology, and excluding General Studies

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 34 points - Biology must be included at higher level with 6 points or above

BTEC: Extended diplomas: if Biology is a core subject - DDD. For Sport and Exercise Science and Health Studies - DDM + AS Level in Biology or DD with A-Level Biology at grade B/Human Biology at grade B

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 3 subjects at Advanced Higher level at grades BBC, must include Biology
  • Pass the Access course with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3 which should include 12 credits in Biology/Human Biology. Of the level 3 credits, at least 9 should be passed at merit or above and 36 at distinction level. English and maths level 2 credits will no longer be accepted as GCSE equivalencies. In addition to access 5 GCSE at grade C or above to and must include maths, English language and a science subject. Applicants applying with access are expected to have additional life experience and to have been out of education for at least 3 years prior to taking the access qualification.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 5 subjects at Honours level at grades AAABB (must include Biology/Human Biology)
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall with 80% in Biology/Human Biology
  • Retake candidates: normally considered.

Deferred entries may be accepted.

Degree applicants

Graduates: Normally a 2:1 Honours degree. Applicants with a 2:1 degree which does not include Biological Sciences will also require A-Level Biology or Human Biology at grade B or 75% in OU Human Biology (SK299)

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: grades AAB or equivalent, including Biology or Human Biology, and excluding General Studies

GCSE: 7 GCSEs at Grade 5 (B) to include Mathematics, English Language and 2 Sciences (Or Double Science)

Applicants are expected to show evidence of recent academic study over the last 2 years (or 5 years for degree applicants)

Work experience in Physiotherapy

At the time of application you will be expected to demonstrate some work or observational experience in physiotherapy at the time of application. You should include a reflection of this work/observational experience in your personal statement on your UCAS form.

The reflective statement should be sufficiently explicit to demonstrate your commitment to Physiotherapy and show that you have an understanding of the depth and breadth of the profession. For further advice on work experience and other areas of physiotherapy as a career, please consult the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Caring and Helping Others

Applicants should be able to demonstrate on their UCAS form a sustained period of experience of caring and helping others in a health or social care environment. This could be paid or voluntary work Examples of this could be working in a care home, volunteering to help with sports classes for people with disabilities or working as a physiotherapy assistant.

Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible. If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

Applicants will be assessed on their academic ability, work experience, insight into caring and helping others and their ability to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • working with others
  • a caring and respectful attitude to others
  • reliability, honesty and trustworthiness
  • problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the strength of their UCAS application.



Q. Will I have an offer if I do not have an A-level in Biology/Human Biology?

A. It is very unlikely that applicants will be given an offer if the entry requirements are not met.

Access Diploma

Q. Will I have an offer if I am doing less than the required credits at Level 3, plus more credits at Level 2?

A. An offer is unlikely.


Q. What is the timetable commitment for a full-time course?

A. Being a full-time student means all-day availability from Monday to Friday, to attend lectures, seminars and practicals or undertake self-directed study.

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.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

If you are an international applicant, you will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if you are offered a place.

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

International applicants

International applications

Oxford Brookes has a long history of welcoming international students. We are pleased to offer a number of Physiotherapy places to international applicants.

Please refer to the sections above for specific entry requirements, typical offers, English language requirements and tuition fees.

Support for international students

A network of support services has been developed to provide a wide range of assistance and guidance to international students at Oxford Brookes. You will be allocated an academic adviser, and the International Student Advisory Team provides welfare support, visa and employment advice.

Once you have accepted your offer to study here you will be sent a pre-arrival guide which contains information about living and studying in the UK. You are also provided with details on the planned international welcome activities. As an international student you will be given priority accommodation in student halls in your first year, as long as the application deadline is met.

We provide a range of free courses, support classes and tutorials to help you develop your use of academic English.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Many of the clinical and community settings you will be learning in have national and international reputations, exposing you to up-to-the-minute practice in patient care, support and research.

Support for students studying Physiotherapy

All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as a lifelong learner. There is a range of support mechanisms for students. Academic advisers facilitate your academic and professional development.  Our student support co-ordinators provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare. While on placement, you will be supported by a clinical educator and a link lecturer from the university.

The University’s support services include 'Upgrade' which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research and preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths.

There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.

Specialist facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including classrooms, a 280-seat lecture theatre, dedicated clinical skills suites and fully networked computer rooms. Our extensive simulation resources include a very well-equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins and an extensive range of anatomy models. We also have excellent library resources, accessible through the web or at a range of locally based facilities on University and NHS sites.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

Upon successful completion of the physiotherapy course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and may apply for membership of the professional body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Please note that HCPC and CSP approval of this course is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

Career prospects

Physiotherapists may work in units in neurology, respiratory care, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal conditions, care of the elderly and paediatrics. There are also opportunities in sport, industry and private practice. Many physiotherapists move into more specialist areas of practice, research, teaching, health promotion or management.

Some physiotherapists go on to consultant posts within the NHS. Others may become sports specialists or ergonomic advisers in industry. The range of career opportunities is very wide.

Further study

Physiotherapists are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD).  A number of graduates go on to take postgraduate courses such as an MSc degree in a related field.