BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a rewarding healthcare profession which involves working with people to restore movement and function when someone has an injury, illness or other disability. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages and are involved in the management of people presenting with different health conditions, eg arthritis, stroke, heart disease and sports injuries.

About the Course

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to practise as a registered physiotherapist in the private or public healthcare sector.

In Year One you will gain an understanding of the basic and applied sciences which underpin physiotherapy. In the second and third years you will develop patient management and therapeutic skills. Part of your learning will take place in a variety of real health and social care settings where you will be supported by an experienced, registered physiotherapist. You will work (under supervision) with patients, their carers and/or families and with other health and social care professionals who may be involved in their care. These experiences of practice-based learning are integrated throughout each year of study. Practice-based learning occurs in all levels of the course, and takes place at sites across Scotland, and students are required to cover any associated costs.

In the final year, you will work in small groups to undertake a relevant physiotherapy project. Projects are designed to enhance knowledge and skills which will be valuable in the workplace. All project teams will have a dedicated supervisor to guide the process.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

Course Structure

This is a four year, full-time honours course. You will complete a range of modules (University based and practice-based), as outlined and complete a project in your fourth year

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: AABBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

Required Subjects: Two of Biol, Phys,Chem and Maths at Higher/A Level or equivalent. Scottish and Irish applicants are also required to pass Higher English.

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and /or experience. Other degree and graduate qualifications will be considered.

Advanced Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.


  • A satisfactory criminal records check is required.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.


Year One

Interprofessional Education 1: Teams and team working/ Preparing for physiotherapy practice/  Introduction to Foundations of Health Science/ Progressing Foundations of Health Science/ Contextualising Physiotherapy: Self, Health and Wellbeing

Year Two

Interprofessional Education: Professional Roles and Inter-professional Teamwork/  Physiotherapy Practice 1: Neuromusculoskeletal/ Physiotherapy Practice 2: Cardiorespiratory, Physiotherapy practice 3: neurological physiotherapy, Practice-based Learning – placement 1, Physiotherapy and behaviour change

Year Three

Interprofessional Education 3: Inter-professional working and person-centred care, Advanced clinical management, Public health and health promotion, Practice-based Learning – Placement 2/ Practice-based Learning – Placement 3.

Year Four

Interprofessional Education 4: Political and Social Contexts/ Applied Physiotherapy Research Project/ Personal and Professional Development in Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Physiotherapy Practice/ Practice-based Learning – Placement 4/ Practice-based Learning – Elective Placement.

NB This course has been revalidated since the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018. The modules listed here are the result of the revalidation.


You can work as a physiotherapist in the NHS, both in major hospitals and in the community, in private practice, or in industry. Graduates may also work as sports physiotherapists or pursue research careers.

Quick facts

  • You will be part of a relatively small cohort and have a dedicated personal tutor who will follow your progress and offer guidance throughout all University-based and practice-based learning experiences.
  • This course is approved by the HCPC.

Learning and Teaching

You will spend 10-15 hours per week in a classroom setting in Years One and Two and relatively fewer hours in the final two years where there is more independent learning and placement experience. You will spend two weeks on placement in Year One, six weeks in Year Two, twelve weeks in Year Three and ten weeks in Year Four.

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Professional Registration

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


Placements take place at a variety of sites across Scotland. It may be possible for you to undertake a single, elective, practice-based placement outside the UK.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants:   The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.




Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B160 BSc/Physio

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