BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (Foundation Year)

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The Foundation year route is only available to Home/EU students and not currently open to applications from international students.

Part of the medical team helping a mother to regain movement after a stroke. Getting an athlete back on the pitch after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. Easing a four-year-old’s long-term breathing problems, caused by cystic fibrosis.

All of these scenarios have one thing in common; a physiotherapist.

Amongst a team of skilled healthcare professionals – including doctors and nurses – physiotherapists independently identify, assess and analyse physical problems caused by injury, illness or ageing and treat them by taking a holistic approach using skills such as manual therapy, exercise or electrotherapy.

This four-year degree incorporates the core values of the NHS constitution to help prepare you for the challenges of working as a physiotherapist in a modern practice. 

You’ll learn to assess what people need, and identify their problems. We’ll help you to understand how to set treatment goals and determine approaches that provide the maximum benefit for your patient.

To teach you essential clinical reasoning skills we use real patient case studies. This will give you the opportunity to try out your practical skills such as joint mobilisations and massage on people in your class and on patient simulators.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Graduates from our course usually begin their physiotherapy careers by working as Band 5 physiotherapists, on rotation positions in NHS hospitals. Some of our recent graduates are working for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

However, as a chartered physiotherapist, you could work in the NHS or the private sector. The organisations you might work at include hospitals, sports clubs, nursing homes, and schools.

You may also decide to refine your skills and specialise in a particular area, such as musculoskeletal, neurological or cardiorespiratory, or focus on women’s health or mental health. To specialise, you’ll need to complete a postgraduate qualification, such as our MSc Advanced Physiotherapy course.

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Entry requirements

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

80 from A2 or equivalent e.g. BTEC

80 UCAS Tariff points from A-levels (not AS) or equivalent qualifications, e.g. BTED Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma, CACHE Level 3 Diploma.  Other vocational qualifications at Level 3 may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

Specific GCSE requirements

Foundation year admission require students to have GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, English Language and a Science subject.

*For GCSE English or Maths qualifications awarded by schools or colleges in England in 2017, a grade 4 must be achieved.  For all GCSEs awarded by schools or colleges in England from 2018, a grade 4 must be achieved. 

IELTS 6.5 with no element less than 6.0

IELTS score required for international students

IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

All applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process, which assists in determining that the applicant has a good command of spoken English.

Course details

Year one of this four year course is a Foundation Year and you will be studying with both physiotherapy and speech and language therapy students. You will study three shared units: Academic skills, Foundations in Human Sciences and Foundation Data Analysis as well as a physiotherapy unit: Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body. Successful completion of assessments with a pass grade for these units will lead to progression onto the first year of the three year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course. 

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Core Units

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help you develop the skills required to be successful in your academic career and covers topics such as:

  • Academic Skills: HE terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations
  • Research Skills: conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data
  • Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning
  • Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic and mental calculations.
Foundation Data Analysis

This unit helps you to develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills you'll need on your linked degree.

It usually covers areas such as:

  • descriptive statistics
  • probability
  • statistical inference
  • critical thinking
  • visual representation of data
  • algebra
 Foundations in Human Sciences

The unit aims to enable you to understand basic / general aspects of human biology and physiology. You will be introduced to different psychological perspectives / approaches and how they can be used when studying health.

We will introduce core knowledge of cellular structure and function (e.g. homeostatic mechanisms that operate in the maintenance of an internal environment) and the organization of the body as a whole. You will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, focusing on the basic systems of the human body (Nervous, Cardio/Respiratory, Skeletal/ Muscular) and investigate the application of psychological perspectives to develop understanding of the development of the individuals and the contribution of psychological perspectives to the understanding of specific behaviours.

Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body

This unit provides an outline of the structure and function of the human body and reviews the ageing process from birth to end of life. It also explores the response of the human body to physical activity/exercise and examines lifestyle choices.
Students will be introduced to the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular/respiratory and neurological systems and gain knowledge and understanding of the different stages of development and ageing throughout life. Successful completion of this unit will provide students with an understanding of how the body reacts to the onset and continuation of physical activity/exercise. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to assess individual lifestyle choice and provide advice on lifestyle improvements.

In year two, you’ll build a strong foundation of professional practice skills. Your introductory units will cover Musculoskeletal, Cardiorespiratory, and Neurology in detail, along with a practice placement to observe and participate in the management of patients.

At the end of year two, you’ll attend a short observational placement in a clinical area of your choice. You’ll shadow a registered physiotherapist and see the theory you’ve learnt in the classroom put into practice.

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Core Units

Physiotherapy Management: Neurology 1

Through this unit, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to undertake evidence based physiotherapy assessment and treatment of patients with selected neurological impairments, including stroke rehab.

It aims to develop your attitude, skills and knowledge related to the physiotherapy assessment and management of the patient with the neurological deficits we consider during the unit.

Practice Placement 0

You’ll have the opportunity to observe and participate in the physiotherapy management of patients in a location of your choice.

During this placement, you’re not expected to be solely responsible for the assessment, physiotherapy management or evaluation of the effectiveness of physiotherapy management for a patient caseload.

A physiotherapist whose name appears on the register maintained by the HCPC must supervise you during your placement.

It may be possible for this placement to take place in an institution outside of the United Kingdom. In all circumstances, the placements must be deemed to be suitable and meet minimum standards relating to Health and Safety at Work and Equal Opportunities legislation.

 Foundation in Health, Social Care and Professional Practice

In this unit, we aim to develop skills that are essential for lifelong learning and engagement in professional practice.It’s an introduction to how approaches to practice can be modified to meet the needs of individuals from diverse communities and in a variety of clinical contexts.

Physiotherapy Management: Musculoskeletal 1

In this unit, some of the topics you’ll cover are:

Upper/lower limb structure and function
Upper limb pathophysiology, related physiotherapy assessment and management
The use of validated outcome measures to evaluate effectiveness
The use of evidence to facilitate clinical reasoning and patient choice

Physiotherapy Management: Cardiorespiratory 1

This unit covers areas such as the development of cognitive and psychomotor skills for assessment and treatment of selected cardiorespiratory conditions in various healthcare settings. It includes relevant physiology, anatomy, pathology and physiotherapy assessment and management.

Year three has two units of study, the first delivered on campus, and the second a placement unit. You’ll build on and integrate, the knowledge from year one, focusing on patient management skills. You’ll also undertake three practice placements, supervised by highly qualified clinicians and supported by our academic staff.

When you go into your second and third years, you’ll complete clinical placements – and you’ll have your own patient caseload.

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Core Units

Physiotherapy Management 2

Physiotherapy Management 2 has three core themes:

  • Musculoskeletal (lower quadrant)
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Neurology

This unit builds on the topics you studied in year one, and you’ll consider more complex and less predictable pathologies.

Practice Placements 1

For Practice Placement 1, you’ll complete three 200-hour work-based placements.

Your clinical placements last for five weeks and run back-to-back so that you have many opportunities to carry over learning from one placement to the next.

Although you’ll practice under the supervision of a registered physiotherapist, you’ll have your own patient caseloads during your placements.

In year four, you’ll study four units, with one placement unit (two five-week placements) and three academic units.

Focusing on evidence-based practice, the transition to professional practice as a new graduate, and research and critical thinking skills. You’ll have the opportunity to select options and use your research knowledge and skills to develop a research proposal. The final unit in year four is a practice placement, that is organised by yourself. This gives you the opportunity to choose a specific area of interest or take a placement overseas.

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Core Units

Practice Placements 2

You’ll go on a work-based placement where you will apply physiotherapy theory and practice. You’ll work in a variety of practice areas under the supervision of a qualified colleague.

The patients you’ll treat will have more complex and less predictable pathophysiology than those you treated in year two.  

Transition to Professional Practice

In Transition to Professional Practice, you’ll learn about reflective practice and clinical reasoning.

You’ll then explore the transition to graduate employment and your first post in physiotherapy as an autonomous practitioner.

Evidence Based Practice

In this unit, you’ll explore the evidence base of selected current topics in physiotherapy in greater detail.

Critical Thinking and Enquiry

This unit provides you with the opportunity to apply research skills, and to develop an ethical and feasible research proposal that has the potential to enhance the evidence base for physiotherapy practice.

Placement options

We have a dedicated placements team to manage and negotiate our placement partnerships. This means that, as a physiotherapy student at Manchester Met, you have access to relevant, motivating and professional placements.

Placements we arrange take place mainly within NHS institutions and there are a few placements within private healthcare settings.

Your physiotherapy placements help you to apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom to a real-world setting.

Year 2

You’ll go on your first placement in year two. You’ll arrange this placement yourself and you’ll observe and participate in physiotherapy management of patients.

For this clinical observation placement, most of our students go to a physiotherapy practice in the UK.

Year 3

In year three, you’ll go on three clinical physiotherapy placements. These are organised by Manchester Met and start in the spring term, ending in the summer.

Each placement lasts for five weeks and you’ll work under supervision but with your own patient caseload.

To help develop your physiotherapy skills, your placements during year three run back-to-back. This means that you can use the knowledge you gain each week, and it helps to build your confidence as a physiotherapy student.

Year 4

In the autumn term of year four, you’ll complete two five-week clinical physiotherapy placements, both organised by our placements team.

Once you’ve finished your exams in the summer term, you’ll go on a final placement for four weeks. You choose the location of this final four-week placement.

Some of our physiotherapy students go abroad, while some of our students choose an area or NHS Trust in the UK that they can see themselves working in, once they’re qualified.

We also have links with a hospital and university in India, and in 2017, six students chose to go on a work placement in India.

Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff


Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

The Foundation year route is only available to Home/EU students and not currently open to applications from International students.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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