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Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Physiotherapists have a positive lifelong impact on the way people function physically, socially and psychologically, maintaining and improving quality of life and independence.


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Course overview


Study BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Hear from our physiotherapy staff and students about studying BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Teesside University.

Physiotherapists treat people of all ages who may be affected by or at risk of illness, injury and pain, though rehabilitation, health promotion and education. Rehabilitative techniques include exercise, manual therapy and providing appropriate equipment to support function.

You gain the knowledge and skills to be a safe, autonomous and professional practitioner. Core skills include movement analysis, problem solving, clinical reasoning, therapeutic exercise and communication.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). On completion of your degree, you can apply for chartered membership of the CSP and register with the HCPC.

Top reasons to study this course:

  1. Nationally recognised: Teesside is ranked 1st for graduate prospects for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2023. (46 institutions were ranked,
  2. Graduate success: 100% of BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduates go on to work and/or study 15 months after the course (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020-21,
  3. Bespoke contemporary facilities: learn in our industry-standard labs, simulated ward space, hydrotherapy pool, simulation suite and IT suite, preparing you for the role.
  4. Experienced teaching team: benefit from their wealth of clinical experience in both NHS and private sector settings, and collective passion for education.
  5. Financial support: study this course and you may be eligible for a £5,000 maintenance grant each year from the NHS Business Service Authority. Find out more. You can also apply for our Placement Support Fund if you are experiencing financial difficulties attending your placement. Find out more.

Please note 100% attendance is expected during this programme.

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Course details

In your first year you gain the theoretical underpinning of physiotherapy and clinical practice. You learn about human anatomy and physiology, practising therapeutic handling skills and treatment techniques, and begin to explore evidence-based practice and what it means to be a professional. You undertake a four-week practice placement at the end of Year 1.

In Year 2 you enhance your core knowledge, skills and ability to clinically reason by studying the core areas of physiotherapy (respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological) in greater depth. Further your understanding of the evidence base supporting physiotherapy rehabilitation, helping you formulate and plan your dissertation research question. You also undertake two 5-week practice placements and embark on your four-week elective placement. This opens up a world of possibilities as you can choose which physiotherapy setting this takes place in – home or abroad.

In your final year, you further develop your clinical reasoning skills and knowledge of rehabilitation with more complex cases. Carry out a research project on physiotherapy, and consolidate your knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment. You also undertake two 5-week practice placements.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

An Introduction to Evidence-based Practice for Health Professionals

You examine the role of evidence-based practice and sources of evidence: primary and secondary research, guidelines, audits and evaluations to support clinical decision making. You develop skills in formulating focused questions, developing effective search strategies and literature retrieval.

Foundation Skills for Physiotherapy Practice

We introduce you to the core clinical skills and understanding of treatment principles that underpin practice. You integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, with that of pathology, exercise and rehabilitation. This knowledge is applied to a diverse range of client groups.

Assessment is through a written assignment and a practical examination.

Foundations of Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy Practice

Gain a foundation of functional anatomical knowledge, and the biomechanical principles underpinning movement. You also study the neuromusculoskeletal components of clinical physiotherapy practice.

Introduction to Human Physiology for Healthcare Professionals

This multidisciplinary module introduces basic processes principles and concepts of human physiology required by a range of health professionals, including healing and repair processes.

Professionalism for Healthcare Professionals

Gain a core understanding of professional issues and start preparing for a career in healthcare.


Year 2 core modules

Evidence-based Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

You are introduced to evidence-based exercise and rehabilitation programmes across a range of populations, for example children, older people and working age adults.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

You prepare for clinical practice within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You learn how to assess and offer evidence-based intervention for a range of musculoskeletal disorders using a range of skills with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of care.

Neurological Rehabilitation

You develop the necessary attributes, knowledge, and skills to underpin a person-approach to the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with long term neurological conditions.

Physiotherapy in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Practice

You develop your cardiovascular and respiratory physiotherapy skills for assessment and management of patients, across the age range, with cardiovascular and/or respiratory dysfunction.

Physiotherapy Practice Placement 2a and 2b

There are two placements of five weeks duration in the clinical practice area. Each placement offers a unique and new educational opportunity as the client groups and practice environments differ.


Final-year core modules

Applied Clinical Reasoning

You explore and develop clinical reasoning within physiotherapy assessment, rehabilitation, and management for clients with comorbidities, long-term conditions and complex needs across the lifespan continuum.

Developing Leadership and Service Improvement Skills for the Future Ready Healthcare Professionals

Develop your knowledge and understanding of healthcare, statutory and professional policy. Explore their impact on patient care, professional practice and service delivery. Consider theories and concepts related to continuous professional development such as leadership, human dimension of change and quality improvement. You provide evidence of your personal and professional development using an e-portfolio to demonstrate critical reflection and action planning. This ensures you are prepared for the demands and expectations of your role as future-ready healthcare professional and could seek employment in traditional and non-traditional settings.

Dissertation for Health Professionals

You complete a research study which can be a systematic review, evaluation, or quantitative or qualitative study using primary or secondary data.

Physiotherapy Elective Placement

You have the opportunity to undertake a four-week practice placement of your choice and reflect on this experience.

Physiotherapy Practice Placements 3a and 3b

You undertake two 5-week practice placements.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through taught sessions on campus, including lectures, seminars, group work and practical sessions. You also undertake a range of practice placements and receive constructive feedback to help you develop academically and professionally. To comply with regulations of the CSP you must complete at least 1,000 hours of practice placements, which are built into the course. These give you an opportunity to put your skills into practice in a variety of settings. Except for the elective placement, these are organised by the University to ensure a well-rounded profile of experiences. Placements may require up to one-hour travel from your term-time address and could include out-of-hours and weekend working. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning throughout the course, as well as interprofessional learning opportunities.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations on-campus and at your practice placements.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

A physiotherapy degree can lead to a rewarding, fulfilling and lifelong career with opportunities for progression and development. The need for physiotherapists is growing in the UK and globally, and Teesside has an excellent track record for graduate employment.

Employment opportunities are available within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts. Settings for graduate jobs include NHS and private hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry, rehabilitation centres, the military, sports clubs and in the community including in peoples’ homes and care homes. You could also consider a career working in clinical research, leadership or teaching, in the UK or overseas.


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Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for chartered membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


Entry to 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B160 BSc/P
  • Start date: September
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