BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Whether working in a hospital, the community, industry, schools, sport, public or private health settings, physiotherapists help people overcome physical difficulties by restoring movement and function to as near normal as possible. Physiotherapists are key members of the health care team working in a challenging and rewarding profession.

Our aim is to develop graduates with the values and skills to become innovative and problem solving practitioners. You will develop a scientific outlook and deal with patients in a variety of settings; from neuro rehabilitation to musculoskeletal to respiratory care and industry.

To develop the skills required in physiotherapy, you will practise on other students in your class. Your learning is also supported by visiting the clinical simulation lab, field trips, practice education placements and e-learning. You will also gain experience in an elective placement in the UK or abroad.

Students undertake at least 1000 hours of supervised practice placement experience throughout the programme. This comprises seven placements of 4 consecutive weeks, except for the first placement which is 3 weeks in duration.

All placements are undertaken within Scotland and are dependent on placement availability. Students usually travel daily to and from placement, however in some cases accommodation is required.

Year 1

Human Movement: Anatomy & Examination/Biomechanics and Physical Activity, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations of Inter-professional Practice and Health Perspectives in Physiotherapy Practice.

Year 2

Neuromusculoskeletal Management, Cardiopulmonary Practice, Neurorehabilitation, Working in Inter-professional Teams, Methodology & Research for Effective Practice, Applied Physiology for Physiotherapy, Practice Education Placement.

Year 3

Practice Education Placements, Elective Placement, Lifespan, Activity, Fitness & Health, Enhancing Physiotherapy Practice and Teams in Inter-professional Practice.

Year 4

Honours Project, Leadership in Inter-professional Teams, Practice Education Placements.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: AABBB (incl English and two Sciences) a third Science at Nat 5: B
Minimum entry requirement*: ABBBC (incl English and two Sciences) a third Science at Nat 5: B
A level: AAB (incl one Science) GCSE: B/6 (English and two further Sciences)
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl English at ILC Honours level and three Sciences with at least two being at ILC Honours level)
IB Diploma: 30 points overall (incl 6 points in Biology; a second Science is required)
BTEC: DDD Ext Dip (Applied Science/Pure Science) GCSE: B/6 (English and a Science)
College HND: Sports Therapy/Applied Sports and Exercise Science/Sports Science/Science-based HND - graded units AA Scottish Higher: C (English and a Science)
SWAP: Access to Health and Biological Sciences - BBB

English language IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent)

Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the course and have relevant work/shadowing experience.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional requirements

All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend GCU for a half day selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the BSc Hons Physiotherapy programme being made.

You will be welcomed by the Programme Leader on arrival and introduced to the course. Current students will be available to take you on a tour of our excellent City Centre campus, School facilities and Caledonian Court accommodation. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have relating to student life. It is vital that you not only meet the academic requirements but also demonstrate the personal attributes required for a career in physiotherapy. The selection process includes a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) which will evaluate your professional suitability, communication and team working skills.

The aim of an MMI is to assess your interpersonal skills, your knowledge of the profession and your ability to work as part of a team. You should aim to demonstrate your motivation to study physiotherapy and your positive personal attributes. This is in line with Values Based Interviews which take place within the Health Services to determine whether you are ideally suited to a career in physiotherapy. You will undertake an individual interview with a member of academic staff a practising physiotherapist, a current student and a service user. While you are with us on campus you will have the chance to find out more about studying here at GCU, the support services available and student finance.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs for all students

Students are expected to meet the costs of accommodation and travel involved in undertaking practice education placements. If you are eligible for SAAS support then you may also apply for travel and accommodation expenses for placement.

Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks and uniforms. However, while on practice education placements, you will need to meet any additional costs for accommodation and travel. You may be able to apply to SAAS for additional expense support to help meet these costs. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms.

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £220.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

On completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.