Cardiff University Physiotherapy

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Cardiff University Physiotherapy

The BSc Physiotherapy course aims to equip you with all the skills you need to work as a formally registered physiotherapist. You will be comprehensively prepared for the demands of evidence-based practice and become adaptable to the evolving world of contemporary health and social care.

Our course offers the chance to learn through theoretical and practical skills. ‘Hands-on’ application is a major component. Placement learning is also essential, as it directly contributes to your preparation for post-registration careers.

We aim to give you opportunities to develop your knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and personal skills: all of which are necessary for safe and effective physiotherapy.

Validated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), this degree offers excellent career opportunities. Typically you will spend at least 1,000 hours on clinical placements throughout Wales and in certain circumstances beyond, applying your skills alongside practising professionals.

During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

  • The Complete University Guide 2015 ranked physiotherapy at Cardiff University first in the UK, based on student satisfaction, entry standards, student-staff ratios and graduate prospects.
  • During the taught element of the course, you will complete the following compulsory, certified courses:
    – All Wales Manual Handling Passport
    – Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • There are opportunities to participate in professional body activities, such as becoming CSP Rep and being Student Reps, and to take part in ‘Community Engagement’ projects. These can expand upon many of your skills and clinical experiences from the BSc course. Previous opportunities involved the ‘Inspire’ project, which aimed to support Paralympic athletes training for the 2012 Games, the Urdd Eisteddfod and physiotherapy-related support for sporting events such as the 2016 World Half Marathon held in Cardiff.
  • The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.

The wide variety of practical and theoretical work means each day is different! It could range from massage, dissection and electrotherapy to hydrotherapy, body paint…and so much more! The lecturers are committed to helping you not only gain a degree but deliver the best possible care to patients

Lizzie Russell, physiotherapy student

Key facts

UCAS Code B160
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Accreditations “Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)”
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Typical places available The course typically has approximately 120 places available.
Typical applications received The course typically receives approximately 1100 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAB (to include Biology or Human Biology).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above) excluding Biology or Human Biology.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer Overall points score of 34 with 3 Higher Level subjects 6, 6, 5 to include a minimum of Biology Grade 6.
Other requirements BTEC Science – DDD is a typical offer. Combinations of A-levels and BTECs may also be considered. All BTEC students should contact us before submitting an application.