Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Part-Time Physiotherapy

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2023


In a nutshell

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a "whole person" approach to health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness, and/or disability to maximize their potential to return to or maintain function(s). To do this, we use approaches such as movement/exercise, manual therapy/handling, technologies, education, and behavior change techniques.

This degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, equips you with the knowledge and skills required by physiotherapists to provide evidence-based healthcare. 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 healthcare professionals.

We're proud to say that in the Complete University Guide 2023 rankings, our Physiotherapy course was within the top 20 in the country (15th) and third in the North-West. In The Guardian University Guide 2023, we are ranked within the top 20 in the UK (15th) and number 1 in the North-West.

This course received a 100% overall student satisfaction rate in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2022 data).


You will:

  • Benefit from passionate and expert teaching staff including clinical specialists, physiotherapy researchers and private practitioners
  • Develop theoretical and practical skills in our cutting-edge facilities
  • Undertake a range of hands-on placement opportunities which reflect the breadth of Physiotherapy provision

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You enjoy solving problems and helping people


You are interested in how the body moves and heals


You are hard working and dedicated to developing your knowledge and skills


You enjoy working as part of a team


You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds


You have excellent communication skills

Course details

All about the course

The course is, on average, 4-years long, consisting of 80 credits in years 1 and 4, and 100 credits in years 2 and 3. University-based sessions are delivered on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 7.30pm.

In year one, the course lays down the foundation skills of working as a communication practitioner, focusing on practice-based reasoning, problem-solving, and the anatomy, physiology, pathology, and management of lower limb conditions. Additionally, designing exercise programs is covered.

Year two covers the anatomy, physiology, pathology, and management of the upper limb and cardio-respiratory systems. It also includes research methods in the context of health promotion activities and behavior change.

Moving on to year three, you will delve into the anatomy, physiology, pathology, and management of the spinal and neurological systems. Building upon research methods, you will have the opportunity to specialize in an area of your choice.

In your final year, there are greater opportunities for you to take charge of your own learning and develop independence in managing your professional development. This is achieved through a deeper understanding and application of research methods, as well as exploring the transition to becoming a qualified physiotherapist and critically analyzing the complexities of practice-based reasoning.

Throughout the course, you will also undertake placements. Please refer to the information below for further details.

Year one

Assessment & Management Peripheral 1

Develops problem solving skills in the assessment and management of patients with lower limb conditions, through the integration of knowledge concerning anatomy, physiology, and pathology. You will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based practice by using skills to identify appropriate evidence.

Principles of Exercise Therapy

This module helps you to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in exercise prescription for individuals and/or communities. You will build on your understanding of evidence-based practice to support your exercise choices.

Introduction to Collaborative Professional Practice

This module helps you prepare for and includes a 3-week practice-based placement. This is achieved by teaching you key skills needed to work in these environments.

Year two

Assessment & Management Peripheral 2

Develops problem solving skills in the assessment and management of patients with upper limb conditions, through the integration of knowledge concerning anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Designing & Evaluating Health & Wellbeing Interventions

In this module, you will develop problem-solving skills in the assessment and management of patients with upper limb conditions, through the integration of knowledge concerning anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Cardio-Respiratory Assessment & Management

You will develop problem-solving skills in the assessment and management of patients with cardio-respiratory disorders, through the integration of knowledge concerning anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Practice Based Learning 1

This is a 6-week practice-based learning module. 

Year three

Spinal Assessment & Management

You will use 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.

Neurological Assessment & Management

You will use evidence-based practice skills to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills of assessment, analysis and management of neurological disorders.

Research in Physiotherapy Practice

You will develop skills in evaluating current literature in the context of practice-based practice. You will be taught how to produce either a research protocol, or completed study, via a poster or assignment option.

Practice Based Learning 2

This is a 6-week practice-based learning module. 

Practice Based Learning 3

This is a 6-week practice-based learning module. 

Year four

Assessment and Management in Complex Physiotherapy Practice

This module will facilitates your development of higher-level reasoning skills in dealing with assessment and management of clients in challenging and unpredictable rehabilitation situations. Further practice-based learning is an option as part of this module.

Into Employment

A collaborative module with other healthcare students at the University of Salford, 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.

Practice Based Learning 4

This is a 6-week practice-based learning module. 

Please note, to keep content current, some module content may vary.

What Will I Be Doing?


We pride ourselves on providing a high-quality teaching and learning environment.  Our teaching staff includes practice-based 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 course.

You will typically have around 10 contact hours per week, during university-based modules. This will consist of teaching methods such as:

  • Practical classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Debates
  • Simulation-based learning
  • Student led presentations
  • Clinical visits
  • Reflecting on your own practice and developing a CPD portfolio


When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through directed learning or self-study. We advise you should engage with approximately 10 hours of independent study per week using technology enhanced learning available through our virtual learning environment, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing written assignments, presentations and examinations. 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. Your learning is supported by a range of excellent university facilities, including the library, the learning zones, and access to plinth rooms/ equipment.

You will have a personalised academic support tutor to help with both academic and personal issues throughout the course.


The course 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 assessments
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations (individual/group)
  • Posters


  • Year 1 - 1 x 3-week placement
  • Year 2 - 1 x 6-week placement
  • Year 3 - 2 x 6-week placements
  • Year 4 - 1 x 6-week placement (plus option for 1 more 6-week block, if necessary or requested)

Note: We utilise semester three, i.e., into the summer, for some placements and there is a commitment to full time block practice-based placements. Placements can be deferred if you are unable to complete them at the designated time, but at least one placement per year must be completed.

In addition to block placements students may enhance their professional experience through simulation and more flexible practice activity in areas such as research, education, or leadership.

Our Facilities

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 & Allerton Buildings are home to a number of plinth rooms used by physiotherapy and sports students with multi-purpose couches (plinths) for in-house practice-based 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.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various practice-based signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

Take a 360 tour of the facilities here



Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Through the programme, you will have developed key employability skills e.g. skills of enquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication. You will leave the course 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 practice-based roles to our postgraduate study programmes to further enhance their career development. Some of our graduates work at the highest levels of a 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

A taste of what you could become

A Physiotherapist

Career Links

We have very strong links with industry which you can take advantage of. You will gain wide-ranging experience from placements in NHS hospitals, community-based Trusts, private hospitals, sporting organisations, and/ or private practices, as well as some opportunities working alongside Physiotherapists who work in other roles such as leadership and research, both locally and beyond the North-West region. On each practice-based placement, you will be supported by experienced Physiotherapists and work as part of professional teams.


What You Need To Know


We are looking for bright, motivated, and dedicated applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to becoming a physiotherapist. We would expect applicants to understand the scope of physiotherapy practice and the settings in which physiotherapists work. To gain this understanding you could visit the CSP website, join us at one of our Open Days or gain some work-based shadowing of a Physiotherapist.

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. Practising techniques on each other in supervised mixed groups is the norm. This does involve some level of undressing to allow a safe practice to occur. There are facilities and systems in place which preserve modesty.

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an online interview - if this is the case, we will contact you with further details and guidance. Acceptance on the programme is subject to satisfactory Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

The list of qualifications below 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 enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

Applicants for the part-time programme need to apply directly to the University via our online application form. Visit our guidance page for details of how to use the online application form.

Standard entry requirements


Five GCSE's at Grade 5/B or above including English Language, Maths and a Science. You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

128 points - must include a minimum of grade B in a science subject.

A Levels

128 points from a minimum of three A-levels. including at least one Science, (preferably Biology/Human Biology). Other acceptable subjects include: Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or PE.

BTEC National Diploma

DDM (Science based).


If applying to start from September 2024, you will need T-Level - Science - Laboratory Science specialism - Distinction  T-Level - Healthcare Science - Assisting with Healthcare Science specialism - Distinction.

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.

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 the old system) considered only. H4 grade (C grade in the 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 the old system) or Ordinary O4 grade or above (C2 grade in the old system). At least one science subject, preferably biology/human biology, at grade H3 (or B3 in the 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.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 65% to include at least 75% in Biology

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

The Accreditation of Prior learning (APL) process is available to enable students who work with physiotherapists (such as Physiotherapy assistants) to make their work and life experience count. APL allows us to consider applicants who may not have the traditional entry criteria but do have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. Assessment may consider employer references, previous coursework/examinations or a portfolio of your work. If you are made an offer, you’ll be notified about what you need to do next to proceed with this route.

Further information can be found here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/salford-alternative-entry-scheme

How Much?

The NHS Learning Support Fund is available to students studying the following courses:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Occupational Therapy (including pre-registration Master's)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry (including pre-registration Master's)
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work; including pre-registration Master's)

Visit the NHSBSA website for further information. 

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2023/24 £6,938per year

Additional costs

For more information about uniforms, DBS, Occupational Health clearance, and immunisations, visit our page of: Information for Students.

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.

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UCAS code B160P Part-time, Institution code S03, Frederick Road Campus. 

Enrolment dates

September 2023

September 2024

UCAS information

Course ID B160P

Institution S03