BSc single honours Physiotherapy 2020/21

Year of entry

The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy is a full time, three-year single honours programme that integrates theory and clinical practice. The aim is to develop high levels of academic and professional competence, preparing you for working as a physiotherapist fit for the future, contributing to public health and health promotion as well as in co-developing personalised, patient-centred approaches to care and treatment. Promoting interprofessional working is a central concept across the programme and in practice.

The programme aims to develop you as an effective, safe, autonomous health professional, who is able to work flexibly in the changing context of health and social care, applying leadership skills and technology as appropriate.  

You will be encouraged to be proactive and innovative, taking responsibility for your own learning during the three years at the university and your continuing professional development thereafter. Fundamental to your development as an effective practitioner will be your ability to draw on varied sources of evidence and clinical reasoning, skilfully applying the principles that underpin physiotherapy practice and the ability to transfer learning to other practice contexts. Interprofessional experiences will allow you to explore the roles of other health and social care colleagues to understand not just the service users’ journey, and that of carers in different contexts, but also recognising the importance of optimal services/agency integration.  

Physiotherapy is a science based profession which aims to empower individuals to maximise their quality of life by restoring, maintaining and improving function and movement. With service users’ needs at the heart of care, engagement with physical approaches is promoted to optimise health and wellbeing and prevent illness. Physiotherapy is an innovative service and is founded on a strong, evolving evidence base and deploys its skills to meet user needs across all sectors and in all health and social care settings.

Canterbury Christ Church University has a well-respected, long-standing reputation for delivering interprofessional education to support you in developing interprofessional working skills. You will be joining other health professional students which can help you establish a professional network for life. Christ Church has extensive knowledge, understanding and considerable success in health professional education programmes.  We have validated two highly regarded professional programmes in subject areas new to the University over recent years, and you will join past students as pioneers for our new BSc Hons in Physiotherapy programme.

Top reasons to choose this course

As the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists states, 'becoming a physiotherapist means you can play a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. There are many future directions for you as a physiotherapist.'

Our Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered Society of Phsiotherapy (CSP)-approved physiotherapy programme has been developed in collaboration with other internationally recognised institutions.

Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme meets the requirements of the UK HCPC (the Regulatory Body) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (the Professional Body). On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC as a physiotherapist; this is the same for all UK HCPC-registered programmes.

You will study an integrated mix of theory and practice, with academic learning at University and professional practice in a variety of placement settings in Kent and at times other sites in the south east of England. Clinical placement constitutes a minimum of 1000 hours, with increasingly autonomous practice as your knowledge, skills and understanding develop through the programme. During your third year, there may be an opportunity for a 1-2 week international experience, or to experience a completely different health/care/wellbeing setting in the UK.

Physiotherapy practice is evolving and the programme will include an introduction to musculo-skeletal ultrasound scanning and the use and development of assistive technologies.

Christ Church has a national reputation for medical ultrasound imaging and a very successful interprofessional Postgraduate Certificate in Mmusculo-skeletal Uultrasound imaging which you may find a useful for your future studies and practice. We work closely with clinicians who have expertise in assistive technologies and supporting service users in their use.

Year 1

In year one you will engage in 5 campus-based modules and one practice-based work placement. The content of these modules introduce you to the expectations of a health professional’s role, values, and scope of practice, as well as foundation studies relevant to physiotherapy, including anatomy, physiology, human movement, the sources and use of evidence, biopsychosocial aspects of health and wellbeing and appropriate clinical skills. 

Working with fellow students and using clinical simulation learning will help you prepare for clinical placements, allowing you to practise skills and reflect on your learning. Clinical (practice) educators will assess your practice skills on placement and we work closely with these practice educators in supporting your learning.  You will need to pass all modules before you can progress into Year 2 of the programme.

Year 2

Building on Year 1 content, you will have 5 campus-based modules and two practice placements. During the second year you will apply your learning on the physiotherapist’s role in health promotion and overall wellbeing, enhancing assessment skills and applying clinical reasoning, reflect on and begin to evaluate the use of different technologies in practice and develop your leadership skills in practice. You will further refine your knowledge of physiotherapy treatment and practices that aim to benefit and support service users/carers; develop a global understanding of physiotherapy practice that are evidence based and sustainable. Clinical simulation, reflection on practice and learning in practice settings will continue and you will be expected to apply your theoretical learning to practice and have your experiences in practice inform your learning.

Year 3

You will have 5 campus-based modules, and two practice placements.  Module content includes the management of complex conditions, business skills, enterprise and innovation, and developing and writing a research proposal. During Year 3 you may have a 1-2 week international opportunity relevant to practice, or can use this time to experience a different area of practice within the UK which may be close to home or further afield. 

Within Year 3 modules, you will reflect on and apply your learning from Years 1 and 2, and using the research evidence base will build on evaluating, integrating and co-developing therapeutic approaches relevant to individuals or groups, carers, UK health and care services delivery generally, as well as the global contexts of health and wellbeing. Within one module you will be introduced to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging (this does not provide you with a qualification and there is a Postgraduate Certificate route for those who would like to study further). You will continue in Clinical Simulation and in practice to refine your leadership skills and application of your evidence based knowledge for the benefit of individuals, carers and service provision. Your research proposal will be an area you choose in collaboration with your research supervisor and will be focused on an area relevant to contemporary physiotherapy practice.

There are no optional modules in this programme

Physiotherapists’ career pathways include:

  • practice in the NHS, Local Authorities, private practice, industry
  • specialist in sports medicine
  • becoming a University lecturer
  • specialist/Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP)
  • interprofessional services manager in the NHS/private health care provider
  • NHS physiotherapy consultant
  • working for an NGO in UK or abroad


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Overseas students, please note that there is an additional fee of £1,450 per year of study for placement costs. You will also be required to fund your own travel and accommodation costs.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

All students on this course are required to gain student membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The fee for this membership entitles you to a reduced registration fee when you graduate. Find out more at

Practice Placements are an essential part of the programme.  It is highly likely there will be additional costs incurred for travel and accommodation related to attending practice placements.  Students will be expected to budget for these prior to engaging with and throughout the programme. 

Information and estimated cost projections for attending local placements can be found here (please note information is based on estimates taken for the year 2018)

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


You will be taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals including Clinical Simulation. You will need to prepare in advance for teaching sessions as we commonly use a ‘flipped classroom’ approach, which research evidence and our own experience indicates is effective in helping students learn and apply to future working. 

The timetable will be subject to variations.  However, as a guide, this is a full-time programme and campus-based learning will occur on 3 to 4 days a week.  Practice Placements will occur over an averaged 37.5 hour per week working schedule, but these will occur in line with the requirements of the provider responsible for your placement (ie shift working, long days, weekend working).

Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop 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 which you can use to discuss your progress, academic, professional or personal.  

Independent learning

You will need to prepare for your taught sessions in advance and continue expanding your knowledge and skills base through self-study. Typically, this involves using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE, BlackBoard). This will carry materials to guide your studies.

Your studies will 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.

Your module handbooks and module leaders will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities, pre- and/or post-session.

For the Research Proposal in Year 3, you will undertake independent research that is aligned to your particular areas of interest. You will be supervised by a member of the teaching team and will meet with your supervisor regularly. Your elective placement (international or UK), will be organised by you, with support from the teaching staff. This will require you to familiarise yourself with all relevant information to ensure you have a successful placement experience.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 50 hours of directed study and 150 hours independent study for each module, normally 10 hours per week of student effort per 20 credit module. Assessments vary and are directly related to module learning outcomes and these in turn directly align with HCPC education and proficiency standards and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists requirements.

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.

Academic input

The team consists of appropriately qualified academics and practice-based sessional lecturers and all have the necessary range of expertise and experience.

Many of our team members hold a Master’s degree and teaching qualifications and a majority are HCPC-registered practitioners. A number of the staff are research-active. All have experience in delivering research-informed evidence based content. Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the greater majority of lectures and seminars.

You can find out more about the current teaching on our meet the team webpage. Please note that members of the teaching team may change.

The programme's assessments will meet the attainment requirements of the HCPC and Professional Body, enabling you, on successful completion of your programme to be eligible to apply for registration with the UK HCPC as a physiotherapist.

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.

Percentage of the programme determined by campus-based assessment

Campus-based assessment is defined as any work not undertaken as part of your practice placement.

You must achieve a mark of 40% minimum in all components of all modules to pass. Please bear in mind that practice placement is asssessed on a Pass/Fail basis only.

You must pass all components (placement and campus-based assessments) before you can progress to the next year.

Year 1

Practice-based assessment

Practice-based assessment consisting of a single placement opportunity with a Pass/Fail grade awarded by the end of the module

Campus-based assessment

To be comprised of written- and computer-based assessments, practical assessment and written assignments

Year 2

Practice-based assessment

Practice-based assessment consisting of two distinct placement opportunities with a Pass/Fail grade awarded by the end of the module

Campus-based assessment

To be comprised of written- and computer-based assessments, practical assessment and written assignments

Year 3

Practice-based assessment

Practice-based assessment of two distinct placement opportunities with a Pass/Fail grade awarded by the end of the module

Campus-based assessment

To be comprised of written- and computer-based assessments, practical assessment and written assignments


You will receive feedback, either verbal and/or written, on all practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to help you develop your learning, in particular, applying this to your future modules. You are encouraged to discuss with your personal and/or module tutors.

We aim to provide you with feedback on assessments within 15 working days of hand-in, subject to circumstance. Review with your practice educator is at mid and end of your practice learning period. At the mid point of your practice learning period, we provide assessment to help you learn, and at the end of this period, we will provide assessment of your learning.

A strong GCSE background at grade C / new GCSE grade 4 or above is essential, to include English and maths. Level 4 and above in GCSE science is desirable.

A level grades should be ABB, and should include at least one of the following subjects: biology, human biology, anatomy & physiology, sports science. In keeping with widening participation, non-standard applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A strong commitment to undertaking a physiotherapy programme would need to be demonstrated through 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 committment could include voluntary work, workplace shadowing or relevant work experience. 

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.  More information on values can be found here.

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.

For more information about occupational health checks, please click here for FAQs and see here for a full guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance.

For more information about DBS checks, please click here.

You must pass all components of the programme to be eligible to apply to the UK HCPC to register as a physiotherapist and apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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.

Our Clinical  Simulation Suites provide an excellent opportunity to practice a variety of your physiotherapy skills in preparation for practice settings and this will also allow you to explore more complex scenarios in ‘safe’ conditions before applying your learning in the clinical setting.

The introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, a specialist area for Christ Church, will provide you with a useful introduction and can lead into a post graduate physiotherapy specialism, as will the involvement of practice colleagues in technologies relevant to physiotherapy co-production with service users and with assistive technologies.

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

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B160

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2020 (Medway)

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 three equivalent, and should include at least one of the following subjects: biology, human biology, anatomy & physiology, sports science.

    More entry requirement details.




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