Undergraduate course

Physiotherapy BHSc (Hons)

Gain the clinical skills required to be a professional Physiotherapist on this practical and student-centered course.

Physiotherapists are professionals who use clinical and reasoning skills and knowledge to aid in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with acute and chronic conditions at all ages. Physiotherapy at York St John University offers the advantage of studying in a small cohort within a student-centered environment. This programme aims to produce high calibre, successful Physiotherapy graduates who are fit for purpose and practice.

94% 94% of Graduates from Physiotherapy course were in professional/managerial jobs or further study after six months - DLHE 2017

  • UCAS Code – B160
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

You will adopt a problem-led approach using a blend of traditional and innovative teaching methods delivered by research-active lecturers with a wealth of clinical experience in a variety of settings. Graduates will be competent, reflective, critical thinking practitioners who are able to take responsibility for their own professional development and implement the delivery of safe, ethical and effective physiotherapy services in a wide variety of inter-professional and multicultural contexts appropriate to the changing needs of the service user and emerging professional roles.


Physiotherapy interventions include manual therapy, therapeutic and electro-therapeutic modalities which are used to maximise the function and potential of individuals. You will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice, during which you will be supervised by experienced physiotherapists. Your placements will be in a variety of clinical locations to ensure that you gain wide-ranging experience across the physiotherapy profession. During Year 2 there are opportunities for international placements.

Methods of assessment may include presentations, assignments and case studies. Practical assessments allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for professional practice. A research project will be undertaken in Year 3.

As a qualified physiotherapist you could find employment within a range of settings, including the NHS, GP practices, schools, hospices, charitable organisations, sports clubs, within industry settings and private organisations. On successful completion of the programme graduates will be able to meet the requirements for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Course structure

Level 1


  • Foundations of Physiotherapy - Practice 1: introduces you to basic physiological, anatomical and psychological theory and musculoskeletal physiotherapeutic interventions.
  • Exercise, Rehabilitation & Health Promotion: introduces you to the concepts related to exercise and will take a client centred, enquiry based approach to individual group work and health promotion.
  • Professional Development: is designed to introduce you to the principals of evidence based practice and to provide you with knowledge of the research methods used in health and social care and to introduce you to developing the professional attitudes, values and beliefs required for professional practice. (30 credits)
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy - Practice 2: provides you with an introduction to human sciences with a focus on cardiovascular respiratory and neurological anatomy and physiology and contemporary physiotherapeutic interventions.
  • Physiotherapy Professional - Practice Level 1: provides the opportunity to practice, under supervision, patient assessment, clinical management and handling skills, decision making and participation in general patient care in primary and secondary care environments.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 2


  • Evidence Based Neurological Practice: allows you to explore the neuro-anatomy, neuro-physiology and neuro-pathology the human body. It facilitates the learning of practical skills for assessment and treatments of patients with neurological impairments and the evidence that underpins it.
  • Evidence Based Cardiovascular & Respiratory Practice: is a problem-led module exploring the impact of CVR disease on physical and psychological function and the research evidence.
  • Evidence Based Musculoskeletal Practice: aims to integrate your knowledge of applied anatomy and biomechanics with pathology and dysfunction of the spine and extremities, considering a variety of common pathologies across a range of ages and research evidence.
  • Physiotherapy Professional - Practice Level 2: three consecutive five week placements in semester 2 will provide the opportunity to practice, under supervision, patient assessment, clinical management and handling skills, decision making and participation in general physiotherapy management. There is the potential for students to undertake an international placement during this semester.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 3


  • Advancing Practice: builds upon learning at levels 1 and 2 to enable you to integrate the relevant aspects of previous modules together with practice experiments to achieve a comprehensive view of physiotherapy practice.
  • Dissertation: provides you with an opportunity to critically explore a topic in depth by working independently on a project. (40 credits)
  • Employability & Service Development: provides you with the ability to market yourself effectively in a changing career market and to promote quality and service improvement in health care.
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Level 3: two consecutive 5 week placements will give you the opportunity to participate in addressing complex clinical problems in relevant speciality areas. (40 credits)

The clinical practice placements allow you to work with real patients under the close supervision of qualified clinicians in a range of contemporary therapeutic settings.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Teaching & Assessment

Central to this physiotherapy course is the development of clinical reasoning and critical appraisal of evidence-based practice particularly with respect to complex health and social care situations utilising an inter-disciplinary focus. These skills will be further developed through professional practice placements in contemporary settings. Students will focus on developing a knowledge base in physiotherapy, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.


Central to our approach is enquiry-based learning (EBL). This approach to learning is intended to challenge and engage students.  EBL enables students to take increasing control of their own learning as they progress through their degree programme. Moreover, it encourages students to acquire essential skills which are highly valued in graduates namely: creativity, independence, team-working, goal-setting and problem-solving.

Contact hours

Typically University classroom based activities will compromise of approximately 15 to 20 hours of face to face contact per week. This decreases in year 3 as students become more autonomous learners responsible for their own dissertation projects. All placements are full time.

Self-study time

Outside of taught sessions, you will be expected to undertake further reading around the subjects you are studying and complete coursework assessments that include preparing for placement, reading published journal articles, scientific writing and preparing posters or presentations for assessment.

We have hard-copy and electronic textbooks as part of the reading list for modules that you can access from the Information Learning Services website from anywhere, and academic staff will also direct you to relevant sources to support your learning.


All the physiotherapy teaching staff are HCPC registered physiotherapists with extensive clinical expertise in a wide variety of settings. Some staff have very recently joined us from clinical practice so the team consists of experienced academics alongside those who can bring contemporary insight into programme delivery to ensure students graduate fit for purpose in today’s ever changing healthcare environment. Staff are also research active, and the team is complimented by visiting lecturers and service users throughout the programme.

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The professional practice element of learning is integral to the programme and an essential component of professional development. Professional practice facilitates the transition from student to competent therapist by providing scope for reasoning and reflection in the practice environment that complements and extends their academic studies.

Placements are sought within the current geographical region of the Yorkshire and the Humber. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours professional practice education to fulfil the statutory and professional requirements. Placements will last 5 weeks. A variety of placement opportunities will be experienced by students to ensure competence in a range of health and social care settings. There may be opportunities at level two for students to undertake an international placement.

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy for Physiotherapy has been carefully designed to allow the demonstration of skills and abilities using a wide variety of assessment types. Assessment methods range from practical case study presentations, written evidence based reports, assignments, poster presentations and vivas.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • ABB from A2 subjects to include Grade B or above in Biology or PE (but excluding General Studies)
  • DDM from BTEC Extended Diploma in a related subject. The Health & Social Care Extended Diploma is accepted to cover the Biology requirement.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science
  • Please note, we do not accept Adult Numeracy or Key Skills in lieu of GCSE Maths
  • Access Diplomas to include 45 credits at Level 3, including a minimum of three modules at Level 3 in Biology, with Distinction and Merit grades that exceed 128 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Work-shadowing experience
  • Satisfactory medical report
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check

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Personal statements

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate a strong knowledge in the subject. Candidates must have relevant experience, which, ideally may include time spent in physiotherapy work places or alternatively extensive research into the breadth and diversity of physiotherapy. Applicants must then show reflection/ learning/ insight on this experience.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Students will be expected to deliver care, compassion and commitment with excellent communication skills promoting values based practice. Examples to support these values could include:

  • Experience of caring for a friend/relative
  • Mentoring at school
  • Working at a summer camp
  • Volunteering for the Riding for the Disabled Association
  • Completing Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • Experience of coaching
  • Work experience with other professionals in the health and/or social care sector
  • Showing evidence of self-awareness by talking about yourself and not just your achievements
  • Understanding the range of work possibilities within the Physiotherapy profession


All applications are reviewed against the entry criteria and personal statement. Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to interview everyone. Therefore, all applications that are deemed to be outstanding will be invited for interview with the remaining places being filled through random selection (using a random numbers integer) from among those applications that are rated as very good.

If you have any questions about the interview process please contact Toni Bailey, Subject Director of Physiotherapy: T.Bailey@yorksj.ac.uk or T: 01904 876420.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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