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Our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course is challenging yet hugely rewarding, giving you the knowledge and skills to become a highly competent and compassionate physiotherapist able to work with a variety of patient groups.
Led by academics with extensive clinical experience and guest lecturers who are experienced clinicians, you will also benefit from our close links with NHS and Primary Care Trusts across Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.
Why study this course?
Physiotherapy has a large and growing demand across a range of settings such as primary care, community settings, sport and private practice. As a profession, demand for Physiotherapy will be further increased as our population ages. It’s a great and rewarding career, with plenty of opportunities to thrive no matter what your passions or experiences are.
As a Physiotherapist you are at the core of physical wellbeing and treatment. This can be applied in a range of settings both medically and within the sports world. It’s an exciting and varied profession that will see you treating all sorts of injuries. No day will be the same and everyday will involve you providing seriously needed help and support to people.
At the core is encouraging the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. You can benefit from Physiotherapy at any time in your life, as Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our programme will help you gain the training and qualifications to pursue an exciting career in Physiotherapy. Led by academic staff and clinicians at the forefront of their subjects, you will benefit from our innovative new facilities for teaching pre-clinical and clinical skills at our High Wycombe Campus.
Our Physiotherapy course is unique in its ability to equip you with skills in evidence-based practice, research, and leadership. A variety of assessment methods will be employed to test your skills in practical or clinical contexts with the purpose of making sure you are genuinely prepared to go straight into a career in Physiotherapy after university.
We focus on learning vocationally, by doing and living through work related experiences. Our lecturers are passionate about both teaching and Physiotherapy and can relate the theory in the classroom to your practice in the clinic.
In addition to the great course benefits that come with studying at BNU, you are also able to access other great perks like our big deal, which offers you free societies, trips and extracurricular activities to attend. The university campus is only 35 minutes by train from London, so it’s an ideal location to explore the city while staying in a countryside town. Its also easy to commute to if you wanted to study from home.
As part of this programme, you will attend placements in a variety of clinical settings, including but not limited to an acute hospital, primary and community stations, and out-patient clinics. This wide range of placements will help give you the experience and knowledge you need to propel you into a successful career as a Physiotherapist.
What facilities can I use?
At our High Wycombe Campus, we have purpose-built facilities, including well-equipped simulation clinics and rehabilitation teaching rooms, where you will be taught throughout your course. Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments, and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.
We will also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment, which means you will have access to lots of online resources wherever you are!
What will I study?
Your course is accredited by the CSP and is HCPC approved. By studying this course, you will gain a specialist qualification that will help you develop into a highly skilled, evidence-based clinician. The course has been designed to train you in the guidelines, skills and requirements set out in these standards.
Teaching will utilise our specialist teaching equipment and learning spaces to undertake clinical skills training. Professional competence and clinical skills will be addressed during the programme through practical skills sessions, workshops, and problem-based learning, with online resources to support reflection. In some modules, service users will be utilised to give their perspectives on the work environment.
This will be further supported by online content and clinical placement hours during the second year of study. These clinical hours will take place in a range of settings with a variety of physiotherapists/staff to reflect the changing nature of the role and the variety of settings in which you may work.
Membership of the CSP is highly recommended for all students, and this programme is designed to help you become a chartered physiotherapist, able to work to a high level within the UK and internationally.
How will I be taught and assessed?
On this course you'll focus on clinical skills and problem-based learning. These activities are further supported by lectures, e-learning, practical sessions, tutorials, online and face-to-face seminars.
Our programme and other learning activities experienced on the course will prepare you well for initial practice and will promote continued learning, enabling you to adapt to the opportunities you will face during your career journey.
Each module has at least two forms of assessments in the following formats:
- objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE)
- viva (oral examination)
- oral presentations
- written examinations
- clinical case studies.
These assessments will support the development of practical, clinical and communication skills that you'll need for success not only on this degree programme but for your lifelong learning.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136
Applicants will need to be able to provide evidence of having achieved one or more of the following:
- A-Levels - Biology and one other natural science is required
- BTECs - Must be from courses in Science or Health subject areas
- International Baccalaureates - 1 HL subject at grade 5 or above and 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above – to include a natural science. The remaining points come from a combination of HL, SL, and Core subjects.
In addition, applicants will also be required to have attained 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English language or literature, mathematics, and a science subject.
Students without the required 112 - 136 UCAS points (but have studied relevant subjects) may still be invited to attend the selection event.
Candidates are required to have practical experience relating to Physiotherapy, such as shadowing, work placement, or healthcare work experience, as explained below.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognised that not everyone would have work experience. Hence, it will not factor in the 2022 selection. However, we recommend that you have some experience if it is safe to do so.
Examples of work experience include:
- Work experience (paid or unpaid/ voluntary), e.g., in the private, sporting, or military setting or experience in health/social care in acute, primary, or community care environments.
- Non-accredited courses, e.g., in-house training, hobbies
- Life experience
- Family/friends who are physiotherapy service users
- Reading and Research
- Experience to be documented in table format and include location, speciality, and duration of experience – a contact detail for each work experience must be provided for verification if necessary. We recommend a minimum of 20 hours in two settings or 30 hours in one setting.
There is a requirement for students whose first language is not English to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Application and selection process
In your personal statement, don’t forget to cover:
- Why you wish to study Physiotherapy
- Why you wish to study at Buckinghamshire New University
- Why you’re a suitable candidate for the course; what are your experience and skills
We require two references as part of the application. The referees should outline your academic and practical suitability for the course.
The criteria for selection considers your ability to study this subject and the professional accrediting bodies' requirements. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed online by a panel consisting of an academic staff member and a clinical Physiotherapist or a service user. They will take it in turn to ask questions. Each interview will last approximately 20 minutes. The interview questions will be based on the NHS values and explore your understanding of Physiotherapy.
The links below may be useful in helping you prepare for the day.
Following the selection day, applicants will be made formal offers, placed on a reserve list, or told that they have been unsuccessful. All offers are subject to satisfactory checks.
Occupational health checks
The admissions team will send a medical questionnaire alongside an offer letter. The questionnaire would be completed by students and returned to the admission team, who then forward all the forms to an external occupational health adviser who will contact the student for further screening if indicated.
Specifically, all prospective physiotherapy students will require immunisation or evidence of immunity for the following:
- Hepatitis B - You are advised to have at least two doses of hepatitis B vaccine before admission to the University
- Tuberculosis (TB) - You should have evidence of ‘Bacillus Calmette-Guérin’ (BCG) vaccination either by a visible BCG scar or documented proof of vaccination
- Mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) - Satisfactory evidence of protection would include documentation of having received two doses of MMR or having had positive antibody tests for measles and rubella
- History of vaccination for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Polio
- Varicella history for those born and raised the UK, and Non-UK varicella screening
The above lists are based on the immunisation and infection control standards required for new NHS healthcare workers and students, from the Green Book 2013. View the online version of the book.
All students will need to show evidence of completed vaccination for Hepatitis B, BCG, Varicella, and Influenza, where applicable, prior to starting the programme's placement component. These vaccinations can be received from most GP surgeries in England. There is up-to-date information on the NHS Choices on how to obtain these vaccinations.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Research and study skills
Applied Anatomy and Assessment of the Neuromusculoskeletal System
Neuromusculoskeletal Management and Intervention
Neurological and Long-term Conditions Management and Intervention
Cardio-Respiratory and Pulmonary Conditions Management and Intervention
Year 2 Modules
Physiotherapy Professional Practice 1
Research Methods and Evidence informed practice
Practice Placement 1, 2 and 3
Physiotherapy Practice through the Life Cycle
Physiotherapy Practice in Public Health
Year 3 Modules
Leadership and management
Professional Practice 2
Practice Placement 4 and 5
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£16,000 per year
NHS Learning Support Fund
To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide adult nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund.
What are my career prospects?
We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, and we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career and life beyond university. We will help you develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable, and good business leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages.
Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge and key personal skills and attitudes necessary to pursue a successful professional career as a physiotherapist in any setting.
Physiotherapists work in different areas of healthcare, including acute hospitals, primary care settings, community, and out-patient clinics. They also work in professional sport, health clubs, the commercial sector. You may also choose to set up your own practice. This degree gives you a variety of options and helps set you up for your future career.