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BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: B160 Full-time, B160P Part-time

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four and a half years part-time (four years minimum to six years maximum)


UK - £9,250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £15,960 per year

In Brief:

  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutors including clinical specialists, key physiotherapy textbook authors, physiotherapy researchers and private practitioners
  • Learn theory and practical skills in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Receive excellent feedback, guidance and support to help you learn and develop your professional role
  • An interview will be required for admission onto this course
  • Part-time study option
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Physiotherapy seeks to optimise human movement and function by using physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

This degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, equips you with the knowledge and skills required by physiotherapists to provide evidence-based health care. Our physiotherapy graduates have excellent problem-solving skills, they are technically proficient, professionally aware and as such, move seamlessly into graduate practice - in short, they are very employable. The course benefits from dedicated and innovative teaching staff operating from purpose built, state-of- the-art technical and learning facilities. Upon graduation you are eligible to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and apply to be placed on the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Register of Physiotherapists.

The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.

We're proud to say that in the Complete University Guide 2019 rankings our Physiotherapy course has jumped to 14th place nationally. 

We do have a number of places that are funded by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).. Read about how John Thompson, a former Nottingham Forest player, graduated from this course with funding from the PFA in 2016, as well as our group of 2017 graduates, including former QPR player Rob Hulse and current Stockport County player Jason Oswell. Find out more about our relationship with the PFA.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - 2018/2019 ENTRY: Due to a high level of demand and the outstanding calibre of applicants, we have now reached our maximum number of international students for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. As a result, we have now closed applications for 2018/19 intake. This is a testament to the high quality of Physiotherapy at the University of Salford. Applicants may wish to look at alternative courses such as BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation and BSc (Hons) Sports Science which also offer an excellent learning experience, with  state-of-the-art lab facilities and a wide range of possible career paths. The facilities include our unique Human Performance Lab and Strength and Conditional suite. For more information contact

“Practical seminars and lectures provided a mixture of learning environments. This combination made learning an enjoyable experience with days of clinical experience offered at local trusts. This variety made engaging with the course easy. Projects I have worked on have involved working in groups, which has allowed me to establish strong friendships with my peers, making my time at Salford amazing! I have made friendships at Salford that I will take with me for life!”

Anna Coleman, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduate, 2015

Awards and Accreditation

Course Structure

Full and part-time programmes comprise exactly the same modules, sessions and assessments. For the part-time programme the modules are spread over a four year period which reflects the different attendance pattern (see below for more details). The structure in the next section relates to the full-time programme.

Year 1 lays down the foundation skills of clinical reasoning and problem-solving focusing on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and management of upper and lower limb conditions. A three week introductory placement consolidates this learning.

Year 2 explores the Neurological, Cardio-respiratory and Spinal Musculo-skeletal systems. Research methods are used to investigate Health Promotion activities and behaviour change. The year also incorporates two six-week placements.

During year 3, there are greater opportunities for you to direct own your learning and develop independence in managing your professional development. By examining complex rehabilitation needs and involvement in research based projects and assignments you are able to develop critical analysis and problem solving skills required for employment. Over the three year period you will be developing a portfolio to evidence your experience and skills. In your final year, this is directed towards optimising your employment planning on graduation. A further three placements are undertaken this year.


Clinical placements vary in their timing for full and part-time programmes.


  • Year 1 - 1 x 3 week placement
  • Year 2 - 2 x 6 week placements
  • Year 3 - 3 x 5 week placements


  • Year 1 - 1 x 3 week placement
  • Year 2 - 1 x 6 week placement
  • Year 3 - 1 x 6 week placement, 1 x 5 week placement
  • Year 4 - 2 x 5 week placements

Full-time placements occur within semester 1 and 2. The part-time programme utilises semester 3 i.e. into the summer for some placements. Some flexibility of part-time placements may be negotiated to fit in with employment requirements.

Year 1        

You will use lectures, practicals and tutorials to learn the anatomy, physiology, pathology and management of lower limb conditions to prepare you for your 3 week placement. You will be introduced to the concept of evidence based practice by using skills to identify appropriate evidence.            
This module builds upon the knowledge and skills learnt in AMP1, and explores upper limb conditions.            
You have the benefit of learning core professional skills with other health care students to prepare you for effective interdisciplinary working in clinical practice. You will start to build your own portfolio evidencing your professional learning and development.            
This module helps you to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in exercise prescription.            

Year 2        

Uses evidence-based practice skills to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills of assessment, analysis and management of acute and chronic spinal conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.            
Uses evidence-based practice skills to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills of assessment, analysis and management of neurological disorders.            
Develops problem solving skills in the assessment and management of patients with cardio-respiratory disorders, through the integration of knowledge concerning anatomy, physiology, and pathology.            
Applies critical analysis of research methods to the subject of Health Promotion culminating in the design of an innovative intervention using a team approach.            

Year 3        

Facilitates your development of higher level reasoning skills in dealing with assessment and management of clients in challenging and unpredictable rehabilitation situations.            
You will develop skills in evaluating current literature in the context of Clinical Practice and produce either a research protocol or completed study via a poster or assignment option.            
A collaborative module with Health care students within the School, exploring Health and Social Care Services in the context of current government policy with profession specific aspects to prepare you for employment in a changing environment.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE Physiotherapy, health and science subjects. 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3 at distinction grade. The other 15 credits will be level 2 and will not be graded.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Five GCSE subjects at grade B or above including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 5 will be required.
UCAS tariff points 128 points
GCE A level Three A2s grades ABB with (at least one Science subject required (preferably Biology/ Human Biology but other acceptable qualifications are Chemistry, Physics, PE or Psychology).
BTEC National Diploma DDM (Science based)
Scottish Highers 128 UCAS points from A/B grades only. C grades and below will not contribute towards tariff requirement. Advanced Highers may be combined with Highers to contribute to 128 tariff point requirement, A/B grade Highers considered only. At least one science subject required (preferably biology/human biology but other acceptable qualifications are chemistry, physics, PE or psychology).
Irish Leaving Certificate 128 UCAS points required, points from H1-H3 grades (A/B grades in old system) considered only. H4 grade (C grade in old system) and below will not contribute towards tariff requirement. Must include English, mathematics and a science at Higher H6 grade or above (D3 grade in old system) or Ordinary O4 grade or above (C2 grade in old system). At least one science subject, preferably biology/human biology, at grade H3 (or B3 in old system) is required. Applicants without biology/human biology but with other science subjects (physics, chemistry, psychology or PE) will be considered.
International Baccalaureate 32 Points. At least one science subject (biology, human biology, physics, chemistry, psychology or PE) is required but applicants without may be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants must hold English language and mathematics as composite parts of the IBDP.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course.  As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

Interview process

As part of the application process, you may be invited to a half day interview session. During this you will have an introduction by the admissions tutor, an opportunity to meet current students, and have a group and individual interview with lecturers, current students, physiotherapy clinicians and service users.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

We are looking for bright, motivated and dedicated applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to becoming a Physiotherapist. Having an awareness of the broad range of Physiotherapy practice is essential. Coming to see us at one of our Open Day presentations and some work-based shadowing of a physiotherapist will help you to demonstrate this.

You should possess good social and communication skills, have a caring disposition and be team-minded. An ability to be flexible, open-minded and a willingness to take part in interactive, lively sessions will help you to get the most out of your studies with us. Physiotherapy is a ‘hands-on’, skills-based profession, consequently our practical classes reflect this. Practicing techniques on each other in supervised mixed groups is the norm. This does involve some level of undressing to allow safe practice to occur. There are facilities and systems in place which preserve modesty.

Acceptance on the programme is subject to satisfactory Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

The above list of qualifications is not exhaustive. We consider other relevant qualifications of equivalent merit. Further information in this regard can be obtained by talking with representatives of the Physiotherapy team at one of our Open Days or contacting the University of Salford’s Central Admissions Unit tel: +44(0)161 295 4545, email

Applicants for the full-time Physiotherapy programme apply via UCAS. Applicants for the part-time programme apply direct to the University. The application form can be downloaded here.

The application deadline for the full-time programme applications is 15 January with interviews being conducted late January through till March. The application deadline for the part-time programme is 31 January with interviews being held in early March.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £15,960 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £15,480 per year

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements.

Optional costs may include approximately £60 for a stethoscope. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, there have been changes to the funding of fees and a bursary will no longer be available. Please see more information on the changes here.

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.


"I have had an amazing time studying Physiotherapy here. It comes with its challenges, but as an international student it was important for me to be in a place that felt like home. That is exactly what Salford has now become – my second home."

Onyinye Lydia Mgbemena, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduate

We pride ourselves on providing a high quality teaching and learning environment. Our teaching staff includes clinical specialist physiotherapists, key physiotherapy textbook authors, physiotherapy researchers and successful private practitioners. We also bring in a variety of leading physiotherapy experts to supplement and further enrich the programme.

Reflecting on your own performance as a learning tool is an essential part of learning at the University and on your clinical placements. You will benefit from extensive online resources including a large bank of video footage to help with revision as well as quizzes to assist with identifying your level of knowledge and understanding. You will have your own personal tutor to help with both academic and personal issues. Clinical experience is gained through a wide variety of health care settings.

Specific teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Practical classes
  • Online quizzes
  • Debates
  • Student led presentations
  • Clinical visits
  • Video recordings of all major practical elements within the programme available 24/7
  • Reflecting on your own practice and developing a CPD portfolio
  • Clinical placements


The programme comprises a wide variety of assessment types both to suit a wide range of learning styles as well as reflecting the skills required as a practicing physiotherapist. These include:

  • Online multiple choice exams
  • Practical viva and discussion type exams
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations (individual/group)
  • Conference poster development
  • Placements


"I hold the programme delivered at Salford and the team who deliver it in high regard. Their students are able to problem solve and rationalise treatment to a high level. These characteristics together with good treatment skills and an ability to be flexible workers particularly describe Salford Physiotherapy students. I have employed many graduates from Salford as a result."

Linda Atherton (Physiotherapy Manager, Ashton, Leigh & Wigan PCT)

Career Prospects

Through the programme you will have developed key employability skills e.g skills of enquiry, critical thinking, problem solving and reflection. You will leave the programme with an extensive portfolio to demonstrate these skills and your CPD. You will be well prepared for the application process to successfully gain employment in a variety of roles in physiotherapy and other health and well-being related fields and/or further study.

Our graduates have gone onto work in a variety of health and wellbeing related fields. Some examples include the NHS, private sector, social services, industry, the armed forces and sporting organisations. We have seen the return of graduates working in advanced clinical roles to our post graduate study programmes to further enhance their career development. Some of our graduates work at the highest levels of professional sport such as rugby (Sale Sharks), football (Manchester City), cricket (Derbyshire CCC) and basketball (New York Knicks). Some have taken the skills they have developed and now work overseas or in physiotherapy-related research and education.

Read about recent graduate Claire George's experience of volunteering in Uganda for a summer during her Physiotherapy degree.

According to the 2014-15 Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey, 99% of our Physiotherapy students who graduated in 2013 or 2014 and are available for work or study are either working, studying or due to start a job.

Find out about how the Professional Football Association has supported its members throughout their studies, helping to increase their employment opportunities following their sports career.

Links with Industry

We have very strong links with industry which you can take advantage of. You will gain wide-ranging experience from placements in NHS hospitals and community-based Trusts, private hospitals, sporting organisations and private practices both locally and beyond the North West region. On each clinical placement you will be supported by experienced clinicians and work as part of health care teams.

Further Study


Clinical skills rooms

In our clinical skills rooms you’ll be able to practice new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. The Mary Seacole Building is home to a number of plinth rooms used by physiotherapy and sports students with multi-purpose couches for in-house clinical sessions.

Human performance laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct groundbreaking research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

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