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 five placements of six consecutive weeks, except for two placement which are four-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

Anatomy and Examination 1 and 2, Biomechanics and Physical Activity, Fundamentals of Human Physiology and Health Perspectives in Physiotherapy Practice.

Year 2

Neuromusculoskeletal Management, Cardiac and Respiratory Practice, Neurorehabilitation, Individuals, Teams and Communities, Methodology & Research for Effective Practice and Practice Education Placement.

Year 3

Practice Education Placements, Understanding Professional Teams and Leadership, Complex Care 1.

Year 4

Honours Project, Complex Care 2, Practice Education Placements.

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

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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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

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

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.

We understand that face-to-face work experiences are exceptionally limited at present. In place of face-to-face work/shadowing experience, try to be creative about what you can do to strengthen your statement.

For example, this could include tutoring, volunteering, chatting to a health professional or researching the roles of physiotherapy.

We want you to demonstrate that you understand the skills that a physiotherapist is required to have and to demonstrate how you have been developing these skills.

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 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.


This course is currently only open to applications from international students.

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?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) 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

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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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 or uniforms. 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 £16 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 £325
- 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


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 undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

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.