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Train to be a physiotherapist and help empower individuals to achieve their maximal quality of life by restoring, maintaining and improving function and movement.

Our course will prepare you to become an effective, safe physiotherapist. You will be able to work flexibly in the changing contexts of health and social care, applying leadership and technology skills that you have learnt with us and our practice and community partners.

You will have several opportunities to take your learning into practice, initially in our practical and simulation facilities and then on practice placement. You will be encouraged to understand the journey of service users, their carers, family and friends.

Why Study Physiotherapy?

Our Physiotherapy programme will develop your theoretical, practical knowledge and skills from the start, to develop through your experiences and knowledge to be confident to become a competent, compassionate and sustainable practitioner.

You'll be immersed in physiotherapy practice right through the course and supported by academics and professionals with vast experience. From developing your practical skills in our simulation suites to working in real healthcare environments, you'll be exposed to many different situations and will support people with varying needs.

Entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics, at grade C/new grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

A typical offer would be ABB at A2 Level or level 3 equivalent, and should include at least one of the following subjects: biology, human biology, anatomy & physiology, sports science.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

Throughout the course, you'll gain skills to assess and care for people who have a wide variety of healthcare needs and learn about the importance of person-centred care. You'll also develop the qualities you need to become a leader in the physiotherapy profession and to contribute to service improvement.

You'll learn from a variety of sources including guidelines, research evidence, clinical reasoning, and the skills, values and professional behaviours that underpin physiotherapy practice.

You will explore areas including:

  • body structure and function
  • health and wellbeing assessment and promotion
  • clinical reasoning and decision making
  • therapeutic intervention and exercise prescription
  • innovation and entrepreneurship.

As well as your time spent studying in the University, you'll complete a minimum of 1000 hours in practice placements where you'll be supported by professionals who will help you become a confident and capable physiotherapist able to work in different situations and settings. 

As you progress through the course and develop your skills and knowledge, you'll become increasingly autonomous. During your third year, you'll have the opportunity to complete a two-week international physiotherapy experience, or to experience physiotherapy in a different healthcare or wellbeing setting in the UK.

Physiotherapy practice is evolving and our course includes an introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning and the use and development of assistive technologies. We work closely with clinicians who have expertise in assistive technologies and supporting service users in their use.

Although the course is primarily based at our Medway campus, you will also use the new Anatomy Learning Centre at the Canterbury campus.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

Teaching is based on a combination of theory and practice, with academic learning taking place at the University and professional practice in a variety of placement settings in Kent and other sites in the south east of England.

In University, you'll be taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions including clinical simulation. You will need to prepare in advance for teaching sessions as we commonly use a ‘flipped classroom’ approach.

Physiotherapy, like many healthcare professions, is a highly practical and skills-based profession. Therefore, you will be expected, where possible, to partake in practical sessions both to develop your own safe and effective handling and technical skills, and to enable others to develop theirs. This will often involve, following an informed consent process, observing, palpating and moving regional anatomical structures on each other in simulated assessments and interventions.

During seminars, you'll be discussing and developing your understanding of topics covered in lectures and reflections in practice. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor formally once a semester; this is an opportunity for you to discuss your academic, professional or personal progress.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

You'll be expected to undertake independent learning to support your academic modules and practice experience. This can include reading journal articles, textbooks and some specific works, undertaking online searches or spending time researching in the library, working on group or individual projects and preparing for module assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

In Year 3, you will undertake independent research that is aligned to your particular areas of interest. You'll be supervised by a member of the teaching team, who you will meet regularly.

Throughout the course, you'll gain significant experience in practice placements where you'll be supervised and assessed on your competency to practice. The degree of supervision will depend on your stage of learning and will allow you time to advance your skills at your own pace, while maintaining the safety of patients.

Placements are varied to ensure you gain a wide range of experience. During placements you are required to work the shift patterns, for example, weekends, bank holidays and night duty, of your practice area. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. While on placement, you must conform to the rules of appearance and conduct as set out by your placement provider/organisation.

You will undertake an elective placement, organised by you with support from the teaching team. This will give you the opportunity to arrange an experience closely matched to your specific areas of interest where you can enhance your practice learning.


The timetable will be subject to variations, however, as a guide, this is a full-time course and campus-based learning will occur on 3 to 4 days a week. Practice placements will average 37.5 hour per week and the hours will be in line with the requirements of the provider responsible for your placement (ie shift working, long days, weekend working).

Your overall workload will typically consist of 50 hours of directed study and 150 hours of independent study for each module. 

The practice modules will meet professional body requirement of a minimum of 1000 clinical hours. You will need to allow time to reflect on each day’s learning in practice and review the relevant evidence base for practice: this will average two hours per practice day.



You will be taught by academics with experience in delivering research-informed evidence-based content.

The majority of the teaching team are HCPC registered practitioners.

We will support you to develop your career and hope this will be the beginning of long association with the University.

Mark DysonActing Programme Director, Physiotherapy

How you’ll be assessed

The assessments will meet the attainment requirements of the HCPC and Professional Body. There are formative opportunities for you to test your knowledge and understanding of subject matter and assessment requirements before completing the formal assessments where marks count towards your final module mark. You will normally receive feedback, verbal or written, depending on the assessment, from your tutor on formative work.

Assessment formats vary according to the module requirements, but will allow you to demonstrate you can meet the module learning outcomes. These assessments will include written and computer-based assessments, practical examinations, written assignments and presentations either undertaken individually or in groups.

Assessment in practice is continuous; your practice educators (PE) will observe your progress and provide both informal and formal feedback in your practice learning document. If there are concerns about your progress, a member of the team will hold a meeting at the practice placement that will include you and your PE, to negotiate next steps for your practice development. You are required to pass all elements of the programme, including practice, to be eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the UK HCPC.

Your future career

Physiotherapists’ career pathways include:

  • practice in the NHS, Local Authorities, private practice, industry
  • specialising in sports medicine
  • interprofessional services manager in the NHS/private health care provider
  • NHS physiotherapy consultant
  • working for an NGO in UK or abroad
  • becoming a University lecturer
  • specialising in research roles.

Canterbury Christ Church University has a national reputation for medical ultrasound imaging and a very successful interprofessional Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging which you may find a useful for your future studies and practice.


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time £9,250 £14,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

Further entry requirements

A level subjects should include at least one of the following subjects: biology, human biology, anatomy and physiology, sports science. Non-standard applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A strong commitment to undertaking a physiotherapy degree would need to be demonstrated through either or both of the following:

• Evidenced time spent in a relevant professional health and wellbeing setting with a physiotherapy presence, for example: community service, hospital, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), private practice or sports clinic. Examples of such commitment could include voluntary work, workplace shadowing or relevant work experience.

• Evidence of significant research into the role, daily work and profession of physiotherapy through self-directed research, extended projects specific to physiotherapy related subjects, engaging with professional documentation and other media and observation of practice.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview and are subject to satisfactory health clearance (occupational health check) and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Industry links

We work closely with NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and private providers of health and care services.

Professional accreditation

The BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy is accredited and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) respectively. Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Professional Foundation Year

We will consider your application for the main three-year professional programme. However, applicants may also be considered for a four-year option – i.e. the Health and Social Care Professional Programme with Foundation Year. The decision about your suitability will be made as part of the admissions process and if you are chosen to be interviewed for the Foundation Year option, this will be clearly stated in your Interview Offer Letter. Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

Find out more about the Professional Foundation Year

Please note the Professional Foundation Year is now closed for September 2020 entry.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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