BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy is a continuously evolving profession that strives to make a difference to people’s lives by helping patients manage their recovery from illness or injury, manage long-term and life-long conditions or work to promote positive movement and physical activity behaviours. It will also endeavour to promote public health and wellbeing by encouraging people to maintain optimal health throughout their lifespan.

The physiotherapy part-time degree at USW is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to flourish as an innovative and autonomous professional across an expansive range of settings within various practice settings. It also recognises the ever-changing face of healthcare and the integration of technology; therefore, this unique course provides opportunities to learn with other healthcare professionals as well as using state-of-the-art modern technology to complement and enhance your skills.

The course will comprise of 4 years of part-time learning, with placement learning embedded as a critical element to enhance the theory and practical skills you will develop. There will be 9 placements in total, spanning a variety of clinical specialities, for you to grow into an accomplished, autonomous individual.

Physiotherapy is an applied health discipline that supports the participation of people from all backgrounds and abilities in the occupations that help define them and their quality of life.

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Entry Requirements

The entry criteria below reflect our standard entry requirements for the course. However, all applications received by the University are reviewed holistically and individually.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

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We do not accept deferred applications.

Additional requirements include:

A satisfactory reference uploaded with your application.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service (no offences are considered spent).

Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.


Subject to HCPC Approval and USW Validation

The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course is a part-time degree course, delivered over four years. Each academic level will be delivered over a 16-month period, with each timetabled week consisting of 23 hours of learning, using a blended learning approach with both online and face-to-face learning opportunities. Face-to-face learning will be used to synthesise and apply asynchronous online learning, and develop team-working, critical thinking and practical skills. 

Note: this course is more condensed than the normal study duration for a part-time course.

Year 1

  • Number of credits assessed: 80 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: No placements

Year 2

  • Number of credits assessed: 100 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: Three x 4-week part-time (18.75 hrs) various specialties

Year 3

  • Number of credits assessed: 80 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: Three x 4-week full-time (37.5 hrs.)  various specialties

Year 4

  • Number of credits assessed: 100 credits
  • Practice Based Placements: Three x 4-week full-time (37.5 hrs.)  various specialties

Year 1 Modules

  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bio-psycho-social Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice.
  • Physiotherapy Assessment

Year 2 Modules

  • Developing Confidence in Physiotherapy Practice
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Short-term Conditions
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Physiotherapy
  • Informed Decision-Making in Practice: The Physiotherapist as a skilled practitioner
  • Research Methods
  • Long-term Conditions

Year 4 Modules

  • Managing patient treatment – Synthesis and Integration of Profession Specific Learning
  • Life-long Conditions
  • Becoming an Autonomous Physiotherapist
  • Evidence and Research Based Practice: Initiating and managing evidence-based change and compassionate leadership in Physiotherapy practice

All modules on this course are core, this means that every module must be taken and passed in order to be awarded the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. No other modules can be used to compensate or replace the modules on this course. 


The course is delivered part time, with each level of study (16 months) equivalent to one full-time year. You will undertake timetabled university and placement activities over 2-3 days per week depending on the year of study and will be expected to devote an additional 12.5 hours of individual study per week.

The course is designed using a blended approach to enable a flexible approach to learning whilst maintaining a sense of belonging within the cohort population. The delivery schedule will be designed to bring students face-to-face for workshops, seminars and some group and tutorial study, however where possible, students will be facilitated to adopt adaptable approaches to time, place and mode of study, utilising technologies to enable remote learning and in turn build the students’ digital fluency.

Practical sessions will take place in our simulation and practical teaching areas, which are extensively equipped to replicate the facilities and situations encountered in a range of real-world practice locations.

For elements of your course, you will be taught alongside other USW courses such as Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Operating Department Practitioners and will benefit from the holistic understanding this brings. This focus on interprofessional education will continue with shared elements taught alongside a broad range of USW courses these opportunities facilitate student learning and enrich the physiotherapy student lifecycle and learning journey.

Practice Based Learning

Practice-based learning is an integral part of the Physiotherapy course at the University of South Wales. Through practice-based learning, students have the opportunity to experience a variety of settings to apply and practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a safe environment.

Practice-based learning is fully embedded within the course across 9 different placements, enabling students to integrate theory and practice in a logical progression, from assessment and planning at level 4 to evaluation, service improvement and compassionate leadership level 6. On successful completion of the course students will have passed a minimum of 1000 hours of assessed practice-based learning, leading to eligibility for the application of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Students will, on successful completion of the course, be practicing as autonomous Physiotherapists ready for transition into the workplace. 


The assessment schedule has been designed to build your skills across a range of academic, practical, and digital capabilities. All assessments have been designed to replicate the real-world (practice and research). The design of assessments and transparency of transferable skills to the workplace, are designed to motivate you and develop partnership working with our practice partners.

Assessments can include such formats as essays, reports, presentations, digital posters, case studies and care plans, and practical assessments of clinical skills (known as OSCE). You will also have the opportunity to work on a research-based project to improve or enhance an aspect of service delivery. The assessments are designed to develop reflective practice and professional skills for transition into the workplace or if you choose to follow a research pathway.



The course benefits from an extensive clinical simulation suite and a community flat simulation area in which a range of practical skills are taught, practised and examined. The fully functional hospital ward and intensive care environments based within the simulation centre will allow for truly immersive and simulated based learning opportunities to occur, allowing knowledge to be transferred to real life scenarios. The University has an extensive range of partner organisations, including and extending beyond health and social care partners, to deliver a high-quality placement programme.

USW benefits from having additional state-of the art sports facilities based at the Sport Park site in Treforest. This incredible sports complex will provide a further increasing range of learning and teaching environments for our students.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands. 

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


This course is designed to produce graduates who are eligible to apply for accreditation with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (subject to HCPC and CSP approval), and as such prepare graduates to work as a Physiotherapist.

Physiotherapists work in a wide range of health and social care delivery settings, and fields of practice include rehabilitation from acute injuries, management of long term respiratory, neurological and paediatric conditions, and return to fitness or activities, plus many more as roles are emerging across a wide range of health, social care and educational settings.

Most graduates will enter the NHS and benefit from a clear career structure with opportunities to develop as advanced practitioners who contribute to specialist services, right up to Consultant Physiotherapists. However, graduates can also apply their skills in a range of social care and educational settings, work for sports clubs and in sports facilities, in private practice, and in industry.

Graduates will possess a range of transferable skills that will range from the ability to communicate via various means with patients and colleagues, an understanding of health promotion, quality improvement, team working, interprofessional and multi-disciplinary practice and ethics, which are all eminently transferable.


Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!


You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.


You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.


You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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