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  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B160
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 32 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy 2018 Academic & Clinical Entry Criteria

NHS Values will be assessed in all areas of an application including UCAS Personal Statement and at interview. For more details, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.

A level offerAAB including Biology or PE.

OR ABB at A level plus Grade A in an EPQ.

Plus 6 GCSE subjects grade A*-B including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Core Science, Additional Science and Dual Science.
Subject requirements- For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.

- Applied Science A2 level must be accompanied by a further Science A level, not Applied.

- 6 GCSE’s at grades A*-B, to include English Language, Maths and 2 Science subjects will be needed for A level, BTEC and Cambridge Pre-U students.

- Standalone English Literature is not accepted in lieu of English or English Language at grade B (GSCE).

- Applied GCSEs will not be considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended DiplomaThe BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma and National Diploma must be from course specifications commencing from September 2016 onwards.

Pearson BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 Credits) in either Health and Social Care or Sport and Exercise Science D*D*D*.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National diploma (120 Credits) in either Health and Social Care or Sport and Exercise Science D*D* required
PLUS 1 additional A Level at a minimum of Grade A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (60 Credits) D* required PLUS 2 A Levels at Grades A and B. NB The A2 subjects must include Biology or PE. In total between the two types of qualification, three separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
(in addition to the above GCSE requirement)
We will only accept one Subsidiary Diploma at a minimum of Distinction. This must be accompanied by two A2 Levels at Grade A and B. The A2 subjects must include Biology, Human Biology or PE. In total between the two qualifications, three separate subjects must be taken.
International Baccalaureate32 points including 3 Higher Level subjects – 2 at minimum of Grade 5, or above, and Biology at minimum of Grade 6, or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate6 Higher Level subjects to be gained at a single sitting. 2 subjects at H1 grade, to include Biology or PE. Plus 4 subjects at H2, to include Maths and English.
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAdvanced Highers: ABB to include Biology or PE.

OR

Highers: AAABB to include Biology or PE at Grade A.

OR

Mixed: Advanced Highers at AB, plus Highers at AB. A mixed presentation must include Biology or PE at either Higher Level (Grade A required) or Advanced Higher Level (Grade B required).
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedGrade AA at A level, to include Biology or PE, plus Skills Challenge Certificate at Grade A.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered at Grades D3, D3, M1. Must include Biology or PE.
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered
EU applicants

Residents of ‘European Union’ countries, educated under a non-British system should present with quali-fications which have a strong biological science component and which would admit them to a degree course at a University in their own country.


Translations of all educational certificates must be provided.


Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.

EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
Graduate applicationWe welcome applications from graduates with a 2:1 classification. Applicants presenting with a non-science-based degree will be asked for Biology at A level or the OU SK299. Must have five GCSEs at Grade C or above, to include Maths, English Language and Science.
AccessWe consider Access Courses to be suitable for adult learners who should generally have been out of education for at least 3 years and have had no access to higher education.

We do not consider Access Courses to be appropriate for students who have failed to achieve the necessary A2 Level grades.

Access courses via distance learning are not acceptable for entry on to this programme.

For details of full Access Course requirements please download Access Course requirements for Physiotherapy.
International entry informationYour country
International entry for this course

We do not accept international students through UCAS. However, we do accept International students who successfully complete  the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (Health and Medicine) programme at the Liverpool International College. Success at interview is also required.

Academic referenceAn academic reference must be included within the UCAS application. If the applicant is a graduate and has been working since graduating (within three years), an employer reference is acceptable.
Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

Candidates must show evidence, in their UCAS Personal Statement, of a good understanding of the scope of physiotherapy practice, preferably indicated by observation experience of Chartered Physiotherapists working in a variety of clinical areas.

It is recommended that prospective applicants contact the Physiotherapy Departments at their local hospitals, clinics, day centres and special schools, etc. in order to arrange a visit.

Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity working with the general public, children, elderly or people with special needs will also help to strengthen an application.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the NHS Core Values as outlined in the NHS constitution.

Declaration of criminal background

As a Health Science student, you may be asked to treat children and other vulnerable patients. Consequently, during the application process, you will be asked to complete the Declaration of Criminal Background form, which may later be checked by the police.

Health screening

The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University's Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests.

Disability information

If you have, or think you have dyslexia or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon your studies and/or your Fitness to Practice duty, you are encouraged to disclose this information on your UCAS application.

Important information

Please note that the criteria stated above are the minimum criteria required. Both academic and non-academic criteria influence our selection process. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee an interview, as competition for places is high. In addition, the threshold for progression through the selection process may vary from year to year, depending on the quality and quantity of applications, and the Directorate of Physiotherapy reserves the right to vary the offer conditions, depending on a candidate’s application.

The academic profile, reference and personal statement of each candidate are given equal consideration. Due to the large number of applications it is advised that candidates ensure that they present with the strongest possible application.

Candidates should be advised to make early applications to observe physiotherapists working in a variety of clinical settings in order to discuss their experience in the personal statement section of the UCAS form.

Additional essential requirements

Additional requirements include:

  • Knowledge/understanding of the profession
  • Evidence of care/compassion for others
  • Evidence of teamwork and personal achievement
  • Evidence of verbal/written communication skills
Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science