Undergraduate BSc (Hons)


School of Health and Society





Three year

Four and a half year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

Physiotherapy seeks to optimise human movement and function by using physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

This degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, equips you with the knowledge and skills required by physiotherapists to provide evidence-based health care. Our physiotherapy graduates have excellent problem-solving skills, they are technically proficient, professionally aware and as such, move seamlessly into graduate practice - in short, they are very employable. The course benefits from dedicated and innovative teaching staff operating from purpose-built, state-of-the-art technical and learning facilities. Upon graduation, you are eligible to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and apply to be placed on the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Register of Physiotherapists.

The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.

We're proud to say that in the Complete University Guide 2020 rankings our Physiotherapy course has jumped to 15th place nationally.

We do have a number of places that are funded by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). Read about how John Thompson, a former Nottingham Forest player, graduated from this course with funding from the PFA in 2016, as well as our group of 2017 graduates, including former QPR player Rob Hulse and current Stockport County player Jason Oswell. Find out more about our relationship with the PFA.

This course achieved a 98% overall student satisfaction rate in 2019 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data)

Applications are now closed for September 2019 entry, next available entry is September 2020. 

You will learn:
  • Learn from enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutors including clinical specialists, key physiotherapy textbook authors, physiotherapy researchers and private practitioners
  • Learn theory and practical skills in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Undertake a number of placements to gain hands-on experience

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
Physiotherapy Course Accreditation

This is for you if...


You enjoy solving problems and helping people


You enjoy working as part of a team


You are hard working and dedicated to developing your knowledge and skills


You are interested in how the body moves and heals


You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds


You have excellent communication skills

Course details

All about the course

Year one lays down the foundation skills of clinical reasoning and problem-solving focusing on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and management of upper and lower limb conditions.

In year two, you will explore the neurological, cardio-respiratory and spinal musculoskeletal systems. Research methods are used to investigate health promotion activities and behaviour change.

In your final year, there are greater opportunities for you to direct own your learning and develop independence in managing your professional development.

You will undertake placements throughout the course, see below for further details.

Part time route: 

Year one: 80 credits

Year two: 100 credits

Year three: 100 credits

Year four: 80 credits 

Year one

Assessment and Management Peripheral 1

You will use lectures, practicals and tutorials to learn the anatomy, physiology, pathology and management of lower limb conditions to prepare you for your three week placement. You will be introduced to the concept of evidence based practice by using skills to identify appropriate evidence.

Assessment and Management Peripheral 2

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills learnt in AMP1, and explores upper limb conditions.

Introduction to Professional Collaborative Practice

You have the benefit of learning core professional skills with other health care students to prepare you for effective interdisciplinary working in clinical practice. You will start to build your own portfolio evidencing your professional learning and development.

Principles of Exercise Therapy

This module helps you to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in exercise prescription.

Year two

Spinal Assessment and Management

You will use evidence-based practice skills to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills of assessment, analysis and management of acute and chronic spinal conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Neurological Assessment and Managemen

You will use evidence-based practice skills to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills of assessment, analysis and management of neurological disorders.

Cardo Respiratory Assessment and Management

Develops problem solving skills in the assessment and management of patients with cardio-respiratory disorders, through the integration of knowledge concerning anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Designing and Evaluating Health and Wellbeing Interventions

Applies critical analysis of research methods to the subject of health promotion culminating in the design of an innovative intervention using a team approach.

Year three

Assessment and Management in Complex Physiotherapy Practice

Facilitates your development of higher level reasoning skills in dealing with assessment and management of clients in challenging and unpredictable rehabilitation situations.

Research into Physiotherapy

You will develop skills in evaluating current literature in the context of clinical practice and produce either a research protocol or completed study via a poster or assignment option.

Into Employment

A collaborative module with other health care students at the University, exploring health and social care services in the context of current government policy with profession specific aspects to prepare you for employment in a changing environment.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?


We pride ourselves on providing a high quality teaching and learning environment. Our teaching staff includes clinical specialist physiotherapists, key physiotherapy textbook authors, physiotherapy researchers and successful private practitioners. We also bring in a variety of leading physiotherapy experts to supplement and further enrich the programme.

Reflecting on your own performance as a learning tool is an essential part of learning at the University and on your clinical placements. You will benefit from extensive online resources including a large bank of video footage to help with revision as well as quizzes to assist with identifying your level of knowledge and understanding. You will have your own personal tutor to help with both academic and personal issues. Clinical experience is gained through a wide variety of health care settings.

Specific teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Practical classes
  • Online quizzes
  • Debates
  • Student led presentations
  • Clinical visits
  • Video recordings of all major practical elements within the programme available 24/7
  • Reflecting on your own practice and developing a CPD portfolio
  • Clinical placements


The programme comprises a wide variety of assessment types both to suit a wide range of learning styles as well as reflecting the skills required as a practicing physiotherapist. These include:

  • Online multiple choice exams
  • Practical viva and discussion type exams
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations (individual/group)
  • Conference poster development
  • Placements


Clinical placements vary in their timing for full and part-time programmes.


  • Year one - 1 x 3-week placement
  • Year two - 2 x 6-week placements
  • Year three - 3 x 5-week placements


  • Year one - 1 x 3-week placement
  • Year two - 1 x 6-week placement
  • Year three - 1 x 6-week placement, 1 x 5-week placement
  • Year four - 2 x 5-week placements

Full-time placements occur within semester one and two. The part-time programme utilises semester three i.e. into the summer for some placements. Some flexibility of part-time placements may be negotiated to fit in with employment requirements.

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

We are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.

Clinical Skills Rooms

In our clinical skills rooms you’ll be able to practice new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. The Mary Seacole Building is home to a number of plinth rooms used by physiotherapy and sports students with multi-purpose couches for in-house clinical sessions.

Human Performance Laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct groundbreaking research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Through the programme, you will have developed key employability skills e.g skills of enquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving and reflection. You will leave the programme with an extensive portfolio to demonstrate these skills and your CPD. You will be well prepared for the application process to successfully gain employment in a variety of roles in physiotherapy and other health and well-being related fields and/or further study.

Our graduates have gone onto work in a variety of health and wellbeing related fields. Some examples include the NHS, private sector, social services, industry, the armed forces and sporting organisations. We have seen the return of graduates working in advanced clinical roles to our postgraduate study programmes to further enhance their career development. Some of our graduates work at the highest levels of a professional sport such as rugby (Sale Sharks), football (Manchester City), cricket (Derbyshire CCC) and basketball (New York Knicks). Some have taken the skills they have developed and now work overseas or in physiotherapy-related research and education.

Read about recent graduate Claire George's experience of volunteering in Uganda for a summer during her physiotherapy degree.

A taste of what you could become

A Physiotherapist

Career Links

We have very strong links with industry which you can take advantage of. You will gain wide-ranging experience from placements in NHS hospitals and community-based Trusts, private hospitals, sporting organisations and private practices both locally and beyond the north-west region. On each clinical placement, you will be supported by experienced clinicians and work as part of health care teams.


What you need to know


We are looking for bright, motivated and dedicated applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to becoming a physiotherapist. Having an awareness of the broad range of physiotherapy practice is essential. Coming to see us at one of our Open Day presentations and some work-based shadowing of a physiotherapist will help you to demonstrate this.

You should possess good social and communication skills, have a caring disposition and be team-minded. An ability to be flexible, open-minded and a willingness to take part in interactive, lively sessions will help you to get the most out of your studies with us. Physiotherapy is a ‘hands-on’, skills-based profession, consequently, our practical classes reflect this. Practising techniques on each other in supervised mixed groups is the norm. This does involve some level of undressing to allow a safe practice to occur. There are facilities and systems in place which preserve modesty.

As part of the application process, you may be invited to a half day interview session. During this you will have an introduction by the admissions tutor, an opportunity to meet current students, and have a group and individual interview with lecturers, current students, physiotherapy clinicians and service users.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

Acceptance on the programme is subject to satisfactory Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

The list of qualifications below is not exhaustive. We consider other relevant qualifications of equivalent merit. Further information in this regard can be obtained by talking with representatives of the Physiotherapy team at one of our Open Days or contacting the University of Salford’s Central Admissions Unit Tel: +44(0)161 295 4545, email enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

Applicants for the full-time physiotherapy programme apply via UCAS. Applicants for the part-time programme apply directly to the University. The application form can be downloaded here.

The application deadline for the full-time programme applications is 15 January with interviews being conducted late January through till March. The application deadline for the part-time programme is 31 January with interviews being held in early March.


International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


Five GCSE's at Grade 5/B or above including English Language, Maths and a Science. You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

128 points

A level

128 points from a minimum of three A-levels. including at least one Science, (preferably Biology/Human Biology) . Other acceptable subjects include: Chemistry Physics or PE

BTEC National Diploma

DDM (Science based)

Access to HE

Physiotherapy, health and science subjects. 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3 at distinction grade. The other 15 credits will be level 2 and will not be graded.

Scottish Highers

128 UCAS points from A/ B grades only. C grades and below will not contribute towards tariff requirement. Advanced Highers may be combined with Highers to contribute to 128 tariff point requirement, A/B grade Highers considered only. At least one science subject required (preferably biology/human biology but other acceptable qualifications are chemistry, physics, PE or psychology).

Irish Leaving Certificate

128 UCAS points required, points from H1-H3 grades (A/B grades in the old system) considered only. H4 grade (C grade in the old system) and below will not contribute towards tariff requirement. Must include English, Mathematics and a Science at Higher H6 grade or above (D3 grade in the old system) or Ordinary O4 grade or above (C2 grade in the old system). At least one science subject, preferably biology/human biology, at grade H3 (or B3 in the old system) is required. Applicants without biology/human biology but with other science subjects (physics, chemistry, psychology or PE) will be considered.

International Baccalaureate

32 Points. At least one science subject (biology, human biology, physics, chemistry, psychology or PE) is required but applicants without may be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants must hold English language and mathematics as composite parts of the IBDP.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 65% to include at least 75% in Biology

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course.  As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.  


How Much?

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements.

Optional costs may include approximately £60 for a stethoscope. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £15,960per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £16380per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrollment September 2019, UCAS code B160 Full-time, B160P Part-time, Institution code S03, Frederick Road Campus. 

Three years full-time 

Four and a half years part-time (four years minimum to six years maximum) 


Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B160/B160P

Institution S03