BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

How does a father walk his daughter down the aisle if he struggles to balance? Help him to find his feet.

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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.

Our three-year course incorporates the core values of the NHS constitution to help prepare you for the challenges of working as a physiotherapist in contemporary healthcare.

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

  • Approved course- Our physiotherapy course has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

  • Full membership- When you graduate, you can apply for registration with the HCPC and, once registered, you can apply for full membership of the CSP and Chartered Physiotherapist status.

  • On-site Physiotherapy clinic- There is an on-site physiotherapy and acupuncture clinic (The Manchester Movement Unit) which is open to the public and offers the opportunity for staff and students to access a variety of treatments.

  • Student satisfaction- 98% of BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students say that they are satisfied with the quality of the course. (NSS, 2017)

  • Employment- 100% of Physiotherapy graduates go straight into employment and/or further study. (DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.)

  • Real-world experience- You’ll spend a minimum of 1,000 hours on physiotherapy placements in a clinical setting and you can spend your final four-week placement abroad.

“Physiotherapy students generally have one thing in common; we want to help people. I would recommend learning as much as you can from the lecturers at Manchester Met. They’re extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and know how to teach and encourage in a way to get the best out of students.” Rob Hannah, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"After a guest lecture from Antony La Mola (Clinical Lead at Brain Wave), I was able to gain some work experience with him. I am now working at Brain Wave part-time with the provision to go full-time once I have qualified"

Candiss Amber Warder, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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, in the community and care 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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of Physiotherapy students said that the course provided them with opportunities to apply what they learnt.*

*NSS 2019

Entry requirements

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Grades ABB at A-level, must include a biological science (Biology, Human Biology, Sports Science or Physical Education are acceptable).  

A-level Reforms - From September 2015, applicants undertaking A-levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics will be expected to pass the Science Practical assessment.

We do not accept Extended Project or A-level General Studies.

DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma in any of the following: Sport and Exercise Science, Applied Science, Applied Science (Medical Science), Health and Social Care (Health Studies), Health and Social Care (Health Sciences).

We do not accept the following:- Sport, Sports Therapy Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness, Performance & Excellence.

Please note that we do not accept Applied Science as a single BTEC Award as it does not contain sufficient Biological content for this course.

Specific GCSE requirements

5 GCSEs Grade C/4 to include English Language, Mathematics and Science, excluding Physics and Chemistry .

*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. 

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject will be considered with at least 45 credits at Level 3, preferably in Sciences/Health Professions but would consider Health & Social Care. We require a minimum of 36 credits at Distinction and 9 in a Merit

International Baccalaureate points

29 IB Diploma Points

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

An interview is required for entry on to this course.

We look for commitment to physiotherapy and it is helpful to have undertaken some work experience or shadowing. It is important that you have a clear and realistic idea of the work of a physiotherapist so that you are able to make an informed choice of career.

All candidates must have evidence of study at Level 3 or equivalent within the 3 years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university prior to enrolment.

Manchester Movement Unit

The Manchester Movement Unit is a physiotherapy clinic based in the Brooks building. Even though the clinic is based in the university, we’re open to everyone.

If you chose to study for an extra sports massage qualification alongside your degree, you may have the opportunity to work at events such as the Manchester 10k and the Manchester Marathon.

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Course details

Our aim is to help you become a confident and independent physiotherapist. We want you to make informed decisions about the best way to care for your patients.

You’ll be based in our contemporary Brooks building, with access to our real-world clinical equipment and facilities.

Day-to-day, you’ll be taught using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, group work and practical classes. You’ll practice your skills and techniques during simulated patient scenarios in our physiotherapy practice rooms. We have seven dedicated practice rooms which are available for you to book out, giving you a safe space to develop your expertise in a supportive environment.

It takes practical as well as academic training to gain the skills you need to become a physiotherapist. And nothing beats hands-on experience in a clinic – that’s why you’ll spend one third of this course on placements, completing them in each year of study.

In year one, 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 one, 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

Foundations 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.

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.

Year two 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 three, you’ll study four units, with one placement unit (two 5-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 three 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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

A three-year degree qualification typically consists of 360 credits, and you’ll usually study 120 credits per year. As a guide to study time, 10 credits equates to 100 hours of study. This includes a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. The structure of your study time and assessments for this course vary depending upon the options you choose and your style of learning, but it could be:


Year 1: 100% coursework
Year 2: 100% coursework
Year 3: 75% coursework; 25% examination


Year 1: 40% lectures, seminars or similar; 60% independent study
Year 2: 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% placement; 30% independent study
Year 3: 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 30% placement; 55% independent study

Additional information about this course

Health Checks

To study on our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme, you are required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment.

This is to make sure that your health isn’t a barrier to achieving the programme learning outcomes or your eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body.

This requires the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Appointments are held within the Greater Manchester area and the University does not cover travel costs.

Professional Suitability

When you study for a degree course leading to professional qualifications at Manchester Met, we require you to follow professional standards and codes of practice during your studies.

We’ll brief you on the requirements of professional standards and codes of practice at the start of your studies.

If you fail to follow these standards and codes of practice, we may exclude you from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. 

Course Specific Regulations

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely.

Therefore, there are some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example, limitations on exam resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placement options

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.

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.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £4,800 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.

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per 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.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

0 to £100 depending on whether you already have suitable footwear and clothing for practice and skills sessions, and how much you want to spend.

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. You may also need to print your 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.

Uniforms: Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences.

If you wish to replace any item of uniform or secure additional items of uniform throughout the course (e.g. because it has been damaged or no longer fits) then they must order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the student becomes pregnant. These are detailed in the faculty uniform policy. You can choose to purchase non-standard items such as fleeces directly from the supplier.

You will need to purchase suitable footwear for practice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given on what to purchase. There is a loose dress code for practical skills sessions (trainers, t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms) which should be purchased at minimal cost (e.g. there is no need for designer brand trainers).

We strongly recommend that you purchase a number of items at the start of term which you will find useful on the course (e.g. a stethoscope, tape measure, scissors and goniometer) but it is not mandatory. These can be purchased at the book fair in Freshers Week at reasonable prices (£20 - £30 in total).

Placement Costs

2 to £12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably)

You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement which could be up to 80 kilometres from the University. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.

Professional Costs

0 to £135 depending on your status.

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10.

If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must, where this is possible, obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this.

Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy student membership costs £117 for a three year programme of study. Details are available here.

Other Costs

The course uses Moodle and each unit of study has a dedicated area. The programme team post resources/links to resources on Moodle and you are at liberty to print the resources in hard copy should you wish to. If printing is done using the university print services, the costs of a single sheet (black and white) is 5p (at the time of going to press).

The course allows you to arrange your final placement (Placement 3) overseas if you wish. Costs associated with overseas study are variable but will include flights and other miscellaneous travel, insurance (travel and, in some cases, additional clinical liability insurance) and subsistence (food, shelter). There are companies (such as Work the World OR Projects Abroad, who undertake to arrange physiotherapy placements overseas.

Costs incurred during Placement 3 are not supported by Manchester Met and the you must meet all costs. There will be many opportunities for extra-curricular activity (including community engagement) and travel to and from venues/parking at venues will be funded by you. Other qualifications (sports massage, sports taping, pitchside first aid) are periodically available but are optional, not mandatory. If you wish to gain these additional qualifications there will be additional cost.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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