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.
Human Movement: Anatomy & Examination/Biomechanics and Physical Activity, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations of Inter-professional Practice and Health Perspectives in Physiotherapy Practice.
Neuromusculoskeletal Management, Cardiopulmonary Practice, Neurorehabilitation, Working in Inter-professional Teams, Methodology & Research for Effective Practice, Applied Physiology for Physiotherapy, Practice Education Placement.
Practice Education Placements, Elective Placement, Lifespan, Activity, Fitness & Health, Enhancing Physiotherapy Practice and Teams in Inter-professional Practice.
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.
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.
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Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: AABBB including English and two Sciences. A third science must be achieved at a minimum of B at National 5.
A level: AAB including one Science. English and two further Sciences must be achieved at a minimum of either B in GCSE, BB in GCSE Dual Award or B at AS Level. Please note General Studies is not accepted.
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H2 H3 H3 including English at ILC Honours level and 3 Sciences with at least 2 being at ILC Honours level.
IB Diploma: A score of 30 points overall with 6 points in Biology. A second Science is required.
BTEC: Level 3 Extended DiplomaApplied Science or Pure Science DDD, plus GCSE English and a science at B.
College HND: Sports Therapy, Sports and Exercise Science or Science-based HND with AA in graded units. This must be supported with 2 Higher at C, including English and a Science.
SWAP: Access to Health and Biological Sciences at Clyde College with BBB. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the course and have relevant work/shadowing experience.
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
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 take part in group exercises with your peers and service users. An individual interview with a member of academic and a practising physiotherapist will complete the visit. 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.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
English languageApplicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.
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.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
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.
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 fee paying students
Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.
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 £2.5 million per year.
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.