Taught course


Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Please note - we are unable to reconsider unsuccessful applicants in the same application cycle, however you can reapply in the future and you will be required to meet the criteria as if you were a first time applicant. Applicants should normally have: an honours degree (at least 2.1) in an appropriate related discipline evidence of study within the last three years You must also be eligible for a Department of Health bursary (more information on the NHS Student Bursaries website). Admission to the course is dependent upon completion of the following selection processes: academic entry requirements being met satisfactory application form successful interviews (in individual and group settings) satisfactory references completed work-based risk assessment process receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. You will be assessed at interview on your ability to demonstrate: awareness of the qualities and skills of a physiotherapist clear articulation of values in line with the NHS Constitution (Department of Health 2013) awareness of academic skills including prior experience communication skills in individual and group settings appreciation of healthcare issues from a patient perspective, incorporating NHS values During the course and on completion you will be required to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration. If you are successful in shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following: evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations - please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here a satisfactory DBS check -please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course satisfactory references. Please note that until steps 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

Months of entry


Course content

As a physiotherapist, you can make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapy aims to make the most of an individual's abilities through health promotion, preventive healthcare and rehabilitation. Through this course you build on your prior learning to develop a critical understanding of contemporary physiotherapy practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, reflective, autonomous, professional practitioner able to manage clients across their lifespan in a variety of settings. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and functional movement analysis. Appropriate intervention is underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and problem solving within the context of evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share aspects of learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to healthcare. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

What you study

In stage 1, you study the core sciences underpinning physiotherapy practice. You are introduced to a range of physiotherapy interventions which are responsive to client need and underpinned by evidence-based approaches to practice. You also explore professional issues in health and social care. During this stage you complete three clinical placements where you assess and treat your own patients under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. You may be allocated placements within paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you should be prepared to travel for some placements.

In stage 2 you complete three more clinical placements. You must complete 1,000 hours of satisfactory clinical practice to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You also develop your knowledge of the sciences underpinning physiotherapy and further explore the professional development of the physiotherapist and research methods.

In stage 3 you complete the dissertation module.

How you learn

Various learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course and include keynote lectures, seminars and small-group work as well as practical laboratory sessions. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning to prepare for practical sessions and seminars.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully. Essential competencies for this course include:

  • conducting assessment and treatment procedures safely and effectively
  • demonstrating high-level clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrating satisfactory skills in communication and team working
  • evidence of appropriate selection and appraisal of methods of critical enquiry.

Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.

Career opportunities

Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


full time
21 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment47
Professional practice20
Dissertation33 (6000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384110