Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

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Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download Physiotherapy 2021 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.

View the Access Requirements Physiotherapy pdf. 

A level requirementsAAB including Biology or PE or Sport Science and the Active Leisure Industry.

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

Plus 6 GCSE subjects grade A*-B/Level 6 including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Core Science, Additional Science and Dual Science. (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

General Studies is not considered for this course.

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

- 6 GCSE’s at grades A*-B/Level 6, 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 National Extended DiplomaBTEC nationals are considered in addition to 6 GCSEs grades A* - B or level 6, which must include English Language, Maths and two Science subjects from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Core Science, Additional Science and Dual Science Award. Please note that Applied GCSEs will not be considered.

We will only accept one BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at a minimum of Distinction. This must be accompanied by two A-Levels at grade A and B. The A-level subjects must include Biology, PE or Sport Science and the Active Leisure Industry. In total between the two types of qualification, 3 separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (120 credits) in ‘Sport and Exercise Science’ will be considered at grade DD plus one additional A Level at a minimum of Grade A. We will consider a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (120 credits) in ‘Health and Social Care’ at DD if a module on Anatomy and Physiology has been undertaken as part of the qualification. This must also be accompanied by one additional A Level at a minimum of Grade A.

Across the two types of qualifications, two separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (180 credits) in Health and Social Care or Sport and Exercise Science will be considered at grade DDD.
International Baccalaureate32 points including three Higher Level subjects at a minimum of grades 6,6,5. Biology or ‘Sport, Exercise and Health Science’ must be offered at Higher level.
Irish Leaving CertificateLeaving Certificate: 6 Higher Level subjects to be gained at a single sitting including English and Maths. 2 subjects at H1 grade to include either Biology or PE. Plus 3 subjects at H2 grade and one subject at H3 grade.
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAdvanced Highers: ABB to include Biology or PE.


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


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 AdvancedAdvanced Welsh Baccalaureate: Grades AA at A level including Biology or PE plus an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered at Grades D3, D3, M1. Must include Biology or PE.
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered
Graduate applicationWe welcome applications from students holding a 2:1 Honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical, or Health Science subject. Students with a 2:1 Honours degree in a non-science based or un-related subject will be asked for Biology or PE A level at grade B (or the OU SK299 at Pass Grade 2). Applicants must have five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Level 5) to include Maths, English language and Science.
Access60 Credits at Level 3 in Health or Science pathway (all should be new learning, ie GCSE awards cannot be APL'd against the Diploma). 39 Level 3 Credits must be gained from graded academic (GA) modules within the pathway, and passed at Distinction and 6 to be passed at Merit. Plus, 5 GCSE subjects graded A* - C or Level 5 to include English Language, Mathematics and Science in either Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
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International entry for this course

More information on International Applications available.

We accept international students through UCAS. However, we also 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.


Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to standard equivalent to average academic Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with component lower then 6.5. 

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

Alternative entry requirements

Contextual offers pilot

For 2021 entry, we are piloting the use of contextual offers for applicants offering a 2-grade reduction* from the standard offer for the following under-represented groups:

  • Students from English neighbourhoods with historically low participation in Higher Education (known as POLAR 4 Quintile 1 postcodes, after the dataset used by the Office for Students to track this metric)
  • UK Care Experienced students (ie qualifying students who have spent any amount of time in Local Authority care and meet associated eligibility criteria used nationally)

*Please note, programmes in Medicine and Dentistry are currently excluded from this pilot.

For more informatiom see our information on the 2021 Contextual Admissions Pilot.