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BSc (Hons)

Typical offer for 2024
UCAS code

Suitable for applications.

The chance to go out on placement and work in the clinic here on campus has been really valuable - it's a great way to gain hands-on experience. I've worked in different areas gaining experience in a lot of the core areas, including musculoskeletal, neuro, cardiovascular and respiratory. For my elective placement I worked with patients at Pinderfields Hospital suffering from acute stroke, because this is an area that I'm particularly interested in. Chloe, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy student

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 136 UCAS tariff points.


A levels

AAB from three full A levels to include a minimum grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Sport Science or PE. General Studies is not accepted.

Please note that where a science A level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

T levels

Distinction in Health and Social Care with an Anatomy/Physiology module passed.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD in a relevant Health, Science or Sport subject. Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma applicants will require a minimum of one Biology unit at Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes

136 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science. At least 12 credits in Biology must be at minimum grade Distinction.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

136 UCAS tariff points from 3 HL subjects at 7,6,5 to include HL Biology at grade 6. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. 

Plus minimum of

GCSEs with grade C or grade 4, to include English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 equivalencies are accepted.

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

Additional entry requirements

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

Applicants with Criminal Convictions

Once you accept your offer, you will be asked to declare any criminal convictions you hold (including spent convictions). Having a criminal conviction does not mean that you cannot enrol on the course, you will need to go through a criminal convictions panel process.

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

CIFS entry requirement

If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies (CIFS)

80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus Maths and Biology or Combined Science qualifications equivalent to GCSE Grade C.

UKVI approved IELTS of 5.5 overall with no sub-test less than 5.5.

In addition applicants will need to succeed in the selection/interview process for the degree programme.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Foundation in Human Biology

And ONE additional module from the following:

  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Transferring from another university

Applications to transfer into year 2 or 3 will not be considered for this programme.

Placement Year

You will undertake 1000 hours of clinical placements in year two and three. Prior to commencing placements in year two, there are ‘preparation for practice’ sessions to ensure that students are as well prepared as possible with regard to the expectations of work based learning. There is a debrief session back in the University at the end of the placement to support your integration of theory and practice learning.

Your first placement is ‘formative’, which means it is not credit rated but is marked on a pass/fail basis. This placement will give you experience of working in health and care settings and allow you to practice the professional and communication skills required to work in such environments before embarking on credit-rated placements later in the second year.

Placement locations are sourced for you by the Faculty. The variety of placements may entail some degree of travel and/or accommodation costs which is typical of physiotherapy education in the UK. However, we expect to be able to source many of our placements in the Bradford/Airedale and Leeds areas.

‘You will have access to the University's Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic, and the majority of students will complete one of their clinical placements in this setting.’

Placement experience allows you to:

  • experience professional clinical environments
  • problem solve with real people and situations
  • integrate theory into practice
  • learn and improve practical skills
  • consolidate learning from modules
  • begin to use reflection in and on action
  • experience multi-professional working
  • develop your professional identity and communication skills

Placement experiences will reflect the diverse nature of the profession and also enable you to work with diverse populations and differing multi-disciplinary teams. You can expect to work in any environment in which you would find a physiotherapist. You must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of placement learning over the three years of the programme.

Placements are assessed with marks contributing to your overall degree classification.

Learning and assessment

A major focus of the course is on problem solving and clinical reasoning. Some large group teaching utilises the concept of team-based learning (TBL) whereby some knowledge-based content is studied out of class and is then assessed by answering multiple choice questions individually then as a small group or ‘team’.

Lectures are supplemented with small group tutorials and practical sessions to facilitate an active and collaborative approach to learning. Case-based scenarios are used to facilitate the development of clinical reasoning skills. Reflection is embedded at all levels. These skills are ultimately evidenced in the practice setting.

The programme uses a diverse range of assessment strategies that accommodate different learning styles. These include:

  • some continuous assessment of competence-based clinical skills
  • practical assessments that are designed to mirror the clinical environment
  • assessments that require you to demonstrate academic writing skills
  • a common assessment tool for practice placements, used collaboratively with three universities in the region
  • group and individual presentation tasks

Our facilities

The Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic is open to the general public, allowing you to get invaluable hands-on experience with real patients.

What our students say

Study support

The Faculty of Health Studies has a dedicated student support office. MyBradford, based in our main Richmond Building, can also provide advice on course fees and maintenance grants/loans from the Student Loans Company.

As a student at the Faculty of Health Studies, you are also able to access the University’s other student support facilities, including the Academic Skills Advice Service, the Counselling Service and the Disability Service.


There is a growing research base within the Faculty of Health Studies. Many of those who will teach on the programme are research active, publishing and presenting internationally.

There are opportunities for students to engage with this research. The research modules are specifically designed for students to work alongside academic staff to develop vocationally relevant research that has the potential to influence and develop practice in the field, and places students at the forefront of knowledge discovery.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.