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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)


Full-time Physiotherapy

Qualify as a chartered physiotherapist able to manage a range of health and social care problems.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £14,750 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 128
What is the UCAS code? B160
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 92% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Study core areas of physiotherapy including neurology, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular respiratory.
  • Learn the principles and theory of exercise.
  • Practise the skills needed to teach exercise to individuals and groups.
  • Have the opportunity to gain a level 2 Fitness Instructor award and level 3 Exercise Referral award.

Physiotherapists treat people with physical problems caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing. On this course you study key concepts of professional practice, building therapeutic relationships and models of health, illness and disability in physiotherapy. You're given examples of real-world case studies to develop your understanding of service users' requirements and explore clinical guidelines for best practice.

Student View

Watch student Ben Rowles talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Helen Batty talk about this course.

Physiotherapists are an integral part of a multi-professional team, so you study part of the course alongside students from other health disciplines such as nurses, paramedics, social workers, radiographers and occupational therapists. This allows you to develop team-working skills and understand the contribution of different professionals to patient care.

You will study at Collegiate Campus whilst undertaking academic modules and in a variety of service provider venues on placement.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • practical workshops
  • written assignments
  • group work
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • practical and oral examinations
  • practice-based assessment

Course leaders and tutors

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Helen Batty
Senior Lecturer In Physiotherapy

Helen is a senior lecturer in the Physiotherapy team and the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Course Leader at Sheffield Hallam

Applied learning

Work placements

During the course you undertake 34 weeks of clinical placements within a range of different settings. Your first four week placement takes place at the end of the first year, for which you prepare with an observational visit to an appropriate healthcare setting. In years two and three placements build from six to eight weeks, allowing you to consolidate knowledge and enhance practical physiotherapy experience.

You have further opportunities in year three including an overseas visit, Master's study taster days and faculty-based programmes such as the leadership training scheme. Hallam Students' Union also offers a variety of volunteering opportunities enabling you to develop your skills and gain further experience relevant to health care.

Live projects

Volunteering opportunities during study include becoming a representative for the course, department or Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; peer mentoring; acting as an ambassador at interviews and open days; taking part in sporting events such as the Sheffield half marathon as a student physiotherapist under supervision from qualified staff; and becoming a member of the Sheffield Hallam University Physiotherapy Society Committee, helping to organise events and guest speakers.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in areas such as

  • the NHS
  • education
  • research
  • industry
  • professional sport
  • private practice
  • working overseas


This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Crescent
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

Based in the Department of Allied Health Professions, teaching is undertaken in purpose-built accommodation with state of the art facilities such as virtual reality suites and high tech simulation manikins. Our integrated teaching areas provide an exciting and stimulating working environment for staff and students.

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Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that enrich student learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points


From three A levels including at least 40 points from either Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education or BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. We do not accept AS Levels or general studies. For example:

  • ABB including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s)

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • Access - approved Access to HE Diploma which must have a strong science bias (not social science), such as Access to science/natural science/applied science. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3 of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level. 15 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from biology units.
  • FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS, to commence this programme from year 2 onwards.

If you already hold a first degree with an upper second class honours (2:1) or above, you may be eligible to study our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)



  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***
  • *GCSE Science equivalents

    • OCR Science level 2
    • Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
    • Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
    • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    **GCSE Math's equivalents

    • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    ***GCSE English equivalents

    • Level 2 Literacy
    • Level 2 Key Skills


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

Helping your application succeed


Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of physiotherapists. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the physiotherapy profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a physiotherapy course.

You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions


You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.


You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement. You can contact our disability coordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have.

The Disability Disclosure booklet also provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cvr Physiotherapy Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Developing Professional Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Exercise Therapy Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Msk Physiotherapy Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Neurological Physiotherapy Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Exercise And Physical Activity Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Patient Centred Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Physiotherapy Placement Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Physiotherapy Practice Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Physiotherapy Placement Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Complex Case Management Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Employability Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Physiotherapy Evidence Review Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Promoting Activity And Social Inclusion Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 with an annual placement supplement of £1,500.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Physiotherapy courses (PDF)

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