Course overview

Launch your rewarding healthcare career with confidence as we prepare you in key areas of practice to work as a newly qualified physiotherapist.

You'll make a difference to a patient's quality of life as you learn to promote, restore and maintain movement and function, whether this has been affected by injury, disability or illness. In practice your work will have real-world impact, improving patients' physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Our evidence-based approach to practice, will enable you to adapt your skills to meet the needs of individuals across a variety of clinical setting including hospitals and private clinics.

You will benefit from a mix of teaching in a supportive and nurturing environment. Our practical skills-based teaching uses a range of methods, including movement analysis and exercise-based equipment (for example, gym balls, weights and balance equipment) and manikins for respiratory teaching to enhance your learning experience. These methods and your clinical placements will allow you to apply your skills in real-life contexts and succeed as a physiotherapist.

Please note this course is currently being updated after going through re-accreditation. This means that the course structure and modules will be different for 2023 entry. Please keep checking our website for the latest details of the course before you apply.

Why choose this course?

5th in the UK

Our BSc Physiotherapy degree programme is ranked 5th in the UK in The Guardian Best UK universities for health professions 2022

Strong support network

Be part of a small division with a strong support network of staff and students

Diverse placements

Broaden your experience of the profession with the opportunity to undertake diverse placements across the East Midlands region

Collaborative learning

Develop your professional skills in collaborative learning opportunities with health care students across the University

Overseas placement

Widen your perspective of the profession with the option to undertake an international placement

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAB

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

A levels must include biology or physical education, or an acceptable biological science (for example human biology).

A pass is required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately. However, we will make allowances where covid has been the reason for practical test results being unavailable. General studies is not accepted.

Plus a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-5 (A*-B), taken in one sitting, which include maths, English language and either biology or integrated/combined sciences.

Please note: you must have achieved the GCSEs at the point of application and not at the point of entry.

IB score 34 (minimum of three subjects at Higher Level, including 6 in biology at Higher Level)


Please note that an interview is a mandatory requirement in line with our professional and regulatory body requirements.

Work experience

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 usually 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 desirable to gain work experience prior to applying, to demonstrate that you understand the role of a physiotherapist and the demands and challenges of working in a NHS environment.

Please note, we are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2023 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned. 

Health and Criminal Records screening

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

Minimum age requirement

We do 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.

Elite Athletes

We can make a contextual offer if you're an athlete competing at a high level and are offered a Sports Scholarship. We recommend that you complete the expression of interest form as soon as possible so that your elite athlete status can be confirmed prior to an offer being made. More information and how to apply can be found on the UoN Sport pages.

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.

Previous applicants

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

Foundation progression options

If you don't meet the requirements for this course and you are a UK or EU student, you might want to consider our one-year Health Sciences with Foundation course.

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, 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 students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Case-based learning
  • Clinical relevance sessions
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • eLearning
  • Lectures
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Problem-based learning
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Formative assessments
  • Lab reports
  • Objective structured clinical exams
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical exams
  • Presentation
  • Workplace-based assessment

Contact time and study hours

You can expect between 12 to 24 hours of contact time per week, with 12 to 24 hours of independent self-guided study each week.

You will also complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice throughout your degree, in order to comply with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's requirements. For each week that you are on placement, you'll work for approximately 36 hours, although the times for each placement may vary slightly. Some placements may require you to work longer days or weekends but you will be notified of this in advance.


In years two and three you will undertake placements to gain a variety of practical experience. You will complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice throughout your degree, in order to comply with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's requirements.

These are designed to reinforce what you have learned on the course, meaning that you will be well-prepared for practice in the workplace with a whole range of skills that you have developed.

We work with a number of hospital trusts offering expertise across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

Placement locations and areas of practice could include:

  • musculoskeletal outpatients (clinic or gym based)
  • neurology (may include stroke rehabilitation)
  • cardiorespiratory (experience in intensive or high dependency units, community cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation)
  • paediatrics
  • oncology
  • community
  • health care of the older person
  • trauma and orthopaedics (either elective, trauma, or spinal)
  • clinical research
  • project-based placements
  • sports clubs/clinic

We have a clinical placements team who organise all placements. A member of our academic staff will provide support for you while you're on placement. 


Our course is currently being updated after going through re-accreditation. Keep checking this page to see the modules we will be running for 2023 entry.

Our course is currently being updated after going through re-accreditation. Keep checking this page to see the modules we will be running for 2023 entry.

Our course is currently being updated after going through re-accreditation. Keep checking this page to see the modules we will be running for 2023 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2022*
Keep checking back for more information

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. This includes around £30 for skeleton hire (please note skeleton hire is optional) and the costs of purchasing suitable sport clothing, such as trainers and swimwear, for practical sessions. You are provided with a uniform to wear in practice placements however you may wish to purchase additional items. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.

You will need to pay £38 for an enhanced DBS check, and you may wish to subscribe to the DBS update service for £13 per year.

Travel to your placements is self-funded and costs will vary depending on location. However, you may be eligible to reimburse some of your travel and accommodation costs while on placement.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

As an allied health student, you'll receive an additional payment of at least £5,000 a year of government funding, which you will not need to pay back. Full information can be found here.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international applicants who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Sports Scholarships

Full details of these can be found here.


By the end of the course you will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of physiotherapy and will have extensive experience of relating theories to practice in your clinical placements. You will have developed skills in research, and spent considerable time on personal development.

In the UK, most physiotherapists work within the wide variety of specialities offered by the NHS, including:

  • burns and plastics
  • healthcare of the older person
  • maternity and obstetrics
  • mental health
  • neurology
  • orthopaedics
  • out-patients
  • paediatrics
  • respiratory
  • pelvic health

There are many other settings open to you including research and academia, charitable organisations, industry, special schools, sports centres, the armed forces, social services and veterinary practices.


Average starting salary and career progression

A newly qualified physiotherapist working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a minimum salary of £24,214.*

*Latest figures from (January 2020)

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Health and Care Professions Council and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

This course is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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" The whole course is challenging but fun! I particularly have fond memories of placement working in learning disabilities. It also helps that the department has a helpful culture whereby students are treated like colleagues and this results in us as students becoming our best selves but we are also well supported on that journey. "
David Williams, BSc Physiotherapy

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Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.