University of East Anglia Bsc Physiotherapy

By | 19th May 2017

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University of East Anglia Bsc Physiotherapy

University of East Anglia Bsc Physiotherapy

BSc Physiotherapy

Join the best course in the country for Physiotherapy. We are currently ranked 1st for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide, 2017. We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.

Whether you’re interested in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, treating long-term conditions or acquired injuries, our Physiotherapy programme will provide you with the clinical skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified Physiotherapist in your chosen field.

When you choose UEA, you will be joining a supportive community of like-minded health students, working together to gain first-hand experience and deliver first-class care to help those affected by injury, illness or disability maintain physical independence as much as possible.

We will support you to become the very best Physiotherapist you can be.


By choosing to study the BSc Physiotherapy at UEA you are taking the necessary steps toward entering into an incredibly rewarding career. It is a vital caring profession which has at its heart a deep desire to improve the quality of people’s lives and help them maintain physical independence as much as possible.

Why choose Physiotherapy at UEA?

Our course recently achieved Top ranking in Physiotherapy with the Complete University Guide – making our programme the best in the UK.

You will receive strong academic training and be challenged every step of the way. We ensure that you experience early patient contact and we provide you with enquiry and problem based interrogative learning. The elective placement opportunities mean you can put into practice what you have learned in the environment of your choice.

This Physiotherapy Degree course is fully approved by and prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What skills will I need?

It is a highly competitive discipline. You will need to be dedicated, single-minded and have good communication skills. Motivation and patience are also essential, as many cases will require long-term treatment. You have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience, solving problems and putting into practice treatments for a whole range of physical problems.

Once qualified, you will have a huge range of exciting career choices. Physiotherapists are highly sought after and you can work in a diverse variety of environments such as hospitals, sports medicine, schools and the armed forces.

As part of our recruitment process, the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Course Structure

This three year degree programme is carefully designed to teach students all of the essential theory, methodology and technique necessary to enter into a career as a physiotherapist. It is made up of compulsory modules and substantial learning placements.

Year 1
Your first year of study is made up of core theory and practice covering a range of topics, including Physiology, Anatomy and the values underpinning health and social care. You will also undertake a two week placement to introduce you to the workplace and a four week placement to establish theory practice links.

Year 2
The second year continues to develop your awareness and knowledge, as you explore wider areas of health practice, alongside biological, psycho-social and spiritual perspectives of health. Evidence based practice and research are covered in group work, whilst a further 14 week placement helps to continue to build your practice profile.

Year 3
Your final year of study has a strong emphasis on autonomy, including implementing theory and practice using creative media. You will also have the opportunity to complete a structured literature review with the individual guidance of a tutor supervisor. The second 14 week practice placement includes an eight week elective placement, with the opportunity to plan and undertake a placement of your choice.


The programme offers an integrative approach to its assessment strategy, which is based mainly upon coursework. Course work assessment methods include essays, case reports, posters and practice educator assessment. The assessment strategy of each module is designed to reflect its particular teaching aims and outcomes, and to support the students’ progression through the course. Development of problem solving and analytical skills will be monitored throughout all of your modules, which encompasses both theoretical and practice based elements.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


HSC-4024Y 40


HSC-4025Y 0


HSC-4029Y 40


HSC-4028Y 20


HSC-4027Y 20


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or P.E.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL 6 in three subjects including Biology
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Biology, Human Biology or P.E.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Biology, Human Biology or P.E, or 4 subjects at H1 and 2 subjects at H2, including Biology, Human Biology or PE
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 36 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 Credits at Level 3 including 12 Credits in Biology or Human Biology
  • BTEC DDD – see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 80% including Biology at 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade B or grade 5 including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Accepted BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (18 unit) subjects:

Applied Science, Applied Science (Forensic Science), Applied Science (Medical Science)

Sport & Exercise Science

Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)

Sport (Performance and Excellence)


Health and Social Care (Health Studies or Health Sciences pathways only)

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate 5 GCSEs at grade B or grade 5 including English Language and Mathematics.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People’s Workforce or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) Not accepted
Science Foundation Year in a Biology based subject 75% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Foundation Degree in a Biology based subject 70% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Open University Module SK277 or SK299 55% (grade 3) accepted in lieu of A level Biology only
Certificate of Higher Education in a Biology based subject 65% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Diploma of Higher Education in a Biology based subject 65% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Bachelor Degree (Hons) in a Biology based subject 2:2 (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care of Science subject Pass with Distinction in 36 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 Credits at Level 3 including 12 Credits in Biology/Human Biology

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Graduates may wish to consider our accelerated Masters programmes.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme and interview.

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2


Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview ‘stations’ to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant’s suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.


The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.