Health and Criminal Records screening

All applicants are required to undertake health screening by Occupational Health, and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before they can commence the course.  

Any offer made is subject to an Occupational Health assessment. This ensures we can implement any reasonable adjustments if recommended, supporting you to engage with your clinical placements. 

During the admissions process, all students are required to disclose any criminal convictions as part of our Fitness to Practice assessments. We will consider each conviction on a case-by-case basis as part of the application process.  

Personal statement

As part of your application, you will need to write a personal statement that will then be assessed against the entrance criteria.     


Once you have applied, if successful you will be offered an interview which is a mandatory requirement of our professional and regulatory body requirements.  

Minimum age requirement 

We will not consider your application if you will be under 17 years and 9 months on the 1 September of the year you start your course. 

Your way into higher education

We recognise the potential of talented students from all backgrounds by making contextual offers to students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college. These offers are usually one grade lower than the standard entry requirements. To qualify for a contextual offer, you must have a Home/UK fee status and meet the university’s contextual offer admissions criteria. 

If you do not meet the above criteria, you will need to meet two of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • First in the family to enter higher education
  • Be a carer
  • Have disadvantaging circumstances which the exam board(s) has not already taken into consideration

For more information and to check your eligibility, take a look at the Contextual Offer policy page.

Alternative progression route into physiotherapy

Our Health Sciences with a Foundation Year provides an alternative route onto our degree if you do not meet the entry requirements for Physiotherapy BSc.

This one-year foundation programme will help you develop your academic reading, writing, critical thinking, communication and scientific skills to prepare you for the next level of study.

After successfully completing the foundation year, you'll receive a Foundation Certificate in Health Sciences (FCert). This will support your application to study healthcare at degree level, at the University of Nottingham or elsewhere.

Please note: If you meet the entry requirements for our Physiotherapy BSc course, you are not eligible to apply for this foundation course.

Elite athletes and sports scholarships

As well as a reputation for academic excellence, the University of Nottingham has a history of sporting success. We are passionate about supporting promising athletes during their time at Nottingham and can make contextual offers to support promising athletes in their application. Further details on our flexible admissions policy, can be found here. We also have a range of sports scholarships, aimed at providing an unrivalled level of academic support to the brightest and best talents in the sporting world. To be considered you will need to complete a expression of interest form. 

Mature students 

We have a valuable community of mature students, and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature student's webpage.  

Previous applicants

We will not consider a second application from applicants who have been unsuccessful in a Physiotherapy interview with us previously. 

Part-time working alongside university studies

As a student on a full-time professional training course, it is expected that your primary focus would be your full-time university studies. If you're considering part-time paid employment alongside your university studies, it is advised that you discuss your position with your personal tutor before committing. 

Unlocking your potential

Dean’s Internship

The Dean’s Internship is an exciting opportunity for students at the end of year two to spend a year exploring an academic career pathway. During this paid placement, students will deliver teaching and be involved in the delivery of one of the school’s funded research projects.  

Dean’s interns are a bridge between staff and students so they will also be involved in a student experience project and will input strategically into the operation of the school. This opportunity allows students to gain a teaching qualification and publication experience alongside enhancing their leadership, criticality and strategic skills. 

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award is the university's free employability scheme that helps you prepare for the job market and formally recognises your extracurricular activities. You'll have the opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people and boost your career prospects. 

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