University of Brighton Physiotherapy

University of Brighton Physiotherapy

As a physiotherapist you will work closely with people of all ages who are affected by illness, injury or disability, and a variety of other conditions affecting health and wellbeing. You will devise and provide individualised treatment programmes with compassion, patience and strong interpersonal skills. Physiotherapists help improve a person’s quality of life through advice, exercise and education. 

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the indivudial’s general lifestyle. At the core is the person’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

Physiotherapists enjoy an exceptional range of career opportunities in the health and private sector, with considerable opportunities to specialise in a chosen area of interest. They may also choose other career paths such as research or teaching. Taught in Eastbourne, the focus on interdisciplinary learning across all our health courses enriches your experience while also preparing you for the reality of professional practice.

This course is professionally accredited. Physiotherapy at Brighton enjoys an excellent reputation for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.

You will spend a total of 30 weeks on placement gaining practical knowledge and skills using fully equipped professional standard equipment.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.

We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.

Applicants should normally possess a strong GCSE profile in a minimum of five subjects at grade C or above including English language, maths and a science.

ABB to include biology, human biology or PE.

BTEC Extended Diploma
DDM, and an A-level in biology or human biology at grade B.

International Baccalaureate
32 points.

Access to HE Diploma
A QAA-recognised Access to Science course which must include biological science. Pass with a total of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level 3 (at least 30 Distinctions and 15 merits), the remaining 15 credits will be at Level 2. Candidates must also have GCSE maths and English grade C or grade 4, or an equivalent qualification.

Foundation degree
Considered on individual merit, but a high standard pass (70%) is required.

Scottish qualifications
Typically three As and two Bs at higher level, which must include biology and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate
Typically three As (A1–A2), three Bs (B1–B2) at the higher level, which must include biology and English.

European Baccalaureate
A mark of 75%. Applicants whose first language is not English will also be required to obtain English at the higher level.

Entry qualifications should be acquired no more than three years before the start of the course.

The following additional requirements apply to this course:

  • evidence of commitment to the profession
  • completion of at least one week of work experience in a physiotherapy setting, preferably in either the NHS or other hospital setting
  • passing of occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • ability to meet travel requirements to attend placements
  • students from outside the UK will be required to provide a police check from their home country.

For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 7.0 overall, no element below 6.5.

If you have an honours degree in biological sciences, behavioural sciences or other health professional education at grade 2:1 or above awarded within the last five years, you may wish to apply for our accelerated Rehabilitation Science Physiotherapy course.

Course structure

Year 1 of the course focuses on the core theory needed to start your career as a physiotherapist such as anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, health psychology, exercise prescription, surgery and orthopaedics before you start your clinical placements in year 2.

Years 2 and 3 are a mixture of clinical practice and university-based studies. On your placements you’ll work with senior physiotherapists and other health professionals such as nurses, doctors and occupational therapists. You could be based in settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centres and patients’ homes.

You’ll share learning with other health professionals, allowing you to benefit from interprofessional collaboration, sharing knowledge and expertise.

Find out more

School of Health Sciences
01273 643772