Taught course

Physiotherapy (Pre Registration)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 classification in a subject related area (such as: Sports Science, Health Science, Physiology, Psychology, or hold a physiotherapy qualification as an overseas trained physiotherapist with qualifications at HE diploma level and a minimum of 1 years clinical experience). Normally, all applicants should provide evidence of previous academic study related to the process of research & research methodologies

Months of entry


Course content

This pre-registration, two year degree has been designed to allow graduates from related subject areas to develop the skills to become competent physiotherapy practitioners. Clinical placements occur in both years and are usually between 2 and 6 weeks' duration. The programme also reflects the Government’s commitment to inter-professional learning in health and social care.

The two year programme allows students to explore the physical, biological and behavioural sciences that underpin physiotherapy practice and develop critical, analytical, reflective and practical skills that can be applied to a wide variety of clinical situations. Previous undergraduate experiences enables student's to engage in practice with a strong enquiry-based approach. Some shared learning with students from other health and social care professions introduces physiotherapy students to 'team' working in the NHS.

Central to the programme is the development of clinical reasoning and the critical appraisal of evidence-based practice particularly with respect to complex health and social care situations utilising a multi-disciplinary focus. Through critical analysis, contemporary legislation on policy, structure and function of health and social care organisations are considered in addition to how these impact on physiotherapy practice. Students complete a research project supported by an experienced academic research supervisor which draws together much of the critical thinking and has strong links to local clinical practice.

All aspects of the programme are learned through an Enquiry-Based Learning approach (EBL), in which students work together and individually to further their comprehension, analysis and application of the material that underpins physiotherapy. Assessments include traditional examinations, poster presentations, group assignments, written assignments, practical assessments and videos.

Graduates find employment in an increasingly diverse range of healthcare settings including the NHS, the private sector, sports clubs and voluntary organisations

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900