Whilst the majority of applicants offer traditional qualifications we are happy to consider non-traditional qualifications on an individual basis. These must be taken in relevant subjects and passed at an equivalent standard.
For individual advice, please send us an email.
Minimum requirements for the most common applicant profiles are shown below.
- Minimum of six subjects at A or B grades to include maths, English language and either biology or integrated/combined sciences.
Plus one of the following:
- A levels
- or BTEC National or Higher National Diploma
- AAB in three A2 levels, one of which must be in biology or physical education, or acceptable biological science, i.e. human biology. Applicants are also required to pass the practical element of assessment in science subjects. General studies is not accepted.
BTEC Higher National Diploma:
- 16 units, majority in biology and the life sciences (please contact the division for guidance on acceptable HND qualifications)
- Merit > distinction profile (DDM)
BTEC National Diploma:
- Sport and exercise science pathway only
- 18 units, distinction profile (DDD)
- Other BTEC diplomas are accepted at (DD profile) if accompanied by ALevel biology or physical education at grade B
Irish Leaving Certificate:
- Five papers at Higher Level, taken at one sitting
- Minimum of AAABB
- to include maths, English and biology
- AA to include biology/PE
- plus AABBB at Highers
- 34 points, with 6 in biology
- Minimum of three subjects at Higher level, including biology
Qualifications for applicants considering a career change or return to academic study
Applicants who have had a break from education or are looking at a change in career are welcomed. Academic requirements are as follows:
- 2:1 in a relevant subject within the last three years (if in a non-relevant subject, or outside the three-year limit, contact us for advice).
Other previous academic suitability:
- Applicants who have not studied for three or more years but who would otherwise have been considered academically suitable must show evidence of recent study, usually one A2 level. This should be biology or physical education, unless previously achieved in which case we recommend sociology or psychology.
No previous academic suitability:
Applicants who have no relevant academic qualifications, or failed to achieve the required grades are expected to have a GCSE grade B in maths and English language or equivalent, plus one of the following:
- AS/A2 levels: two academic A2 levels (to include biology or physical education) at B grades.
- Access Diploma: science or health based; with a minimum of 24 credits in biology. Total of 60 credits are required with 45 passed at level 3. A minimum of 30 level 3 credits must be at distinction. For further information please contact the division.
- Open University qualifications: 30 points at Level 2, accrued within one year at Pass Grade 2. SK277 Human Biology is usually the accepted module. For further information please contact the division.
We offer a limited number of international places each year. Please contact us for further information.
The NHS-commissioned places are apportioned to us by the Trent Multi-Professional Workforce Deanery. We are unable to consider students who would not be eligible for an NHS-funded place. This ruling affects non-EU students. Applicants should confirm their eligibility using the Department of Health website.
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students are eligible to apply and can be offered commissioned places (ie treated as home students) providing that they can supply a copy of their award letter from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man governments.
Physiotherapy students need to be fluent in the English language in order to both understand and complete the course and to communicate effectively with patients and members of the multidisciplinary team. For students whose first language is not English we require an IELTS score of 7.5 with no less than 7 in any element. Please note that a pass at GCSE English language with a B or above will normally be regarded as meeting this requirement.
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
Completing a UCAS form
All applications must be made through UCAS.
We do not normally consider late applications, after the mid-January deadline.
An excellent UCAS form includes:
- a strong academic profile with either traditional or non-traditional qualifications on offer
- a highly supportive reference (normally an academic reference)
- a personal statement which tells us all about the applicant.
The personal statement is paramount in deciding who will be chosen to go forward for interview. We look for the applicant who knows what the profession involves in terms of actual work and the traits and characteristics necessary in a physiotherapist, and could go on to complete the course and become a credit to the profession.
Physiotherapy is a vocational degree and applicants need to be enthusiastic about the profession and sure in their own minds that they really want to be a physiotherapist. We require you to undertake as much physiotherapy work experience as possible primarily within the NHS hospital and community settings before applying. Experience in other areas, such as special schools, private practice, sports clinics, and centres for the elderly will strengthen your application. It is important to note that without work experience it is likely that your application will be rejected.
Health and Criminal Records screening
All applicants are subject to satisfactory health screening, by Occupational Health, and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before they can commence the course.
We welcome applications from students wishing to take a gap year and encourage them to use the year creatively. Gap year students form 10-15% of each cohort.