Physiotherapy BHSc (Hons)

At York St John, you will be taught by a dynamic teaching team of health professionals with a diverse range of expertise and interests. Our students have a host of different past experiences which they are encouraged to reflect upon as part of their learning. You will complete a number of practice placements throughout the programme, allowing you to work with patients in real settings under the close supervision of qualified clinicians.

Course fees
2016 - 2017: Home & EU students: £9,000 per annum, International (non EU) students: £11,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Third year students may undertake a placement abroad

Course overview

Studying Physiotherapy at York St John offers the advantage of studying in a small cohort, in a student-centred environment in the heart of the beautiful city of York. This programme aims to produce high calibre, successful Physiotherapy graduates who are fit for purpose and practice. The programme will adopt a problem-led approach utilising a range of case studies. Graduates will be competent, reflective, critical thinking practitioners who are able to take responsibility for their own professional development and able to 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to York St John University.

Toni Bailey - Subject Director, Physiotherapy

Course structure

BHSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme Specification (PDF, 0.4MB)

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Physiotherapists are professionals working in the NHS, private and charitable organisations using their clinical and reasoning skills and knowledge to aid in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Physiotherapy interventions include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy, which are used to maximise the function and potential of individuals.

On completion of the programme you 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).

The Physiotherapy pre programme work (LINK) »

The Physiotherapy degree is made up of modules, all of which are credit rated. You need to achieve 120 credits at each level of study to pass your degree.

Level 1

  • Foundations of Physiotherapy 1: introduces basic physiological, anatomical and psychological theory and 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.
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 2: provides an introduction to human sciences with a focus on central anatomy and physiology and provides an introduction to risk assessments in the workplace and strategies to reduce risk.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 grades DDM
  • Work-shadowing experience
  • Satisfactory medical report
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check

Personal statement

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 includes time spent in physiotherapy work places and preferably within an NHS setting (e.g. out-patient and ward settings). 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.


UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2016 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,000 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Current members of the Professional Football Association may be eligible for Professional Football Association funding. Please contact Jill Wickham for further details. or 01904 876992.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2016 entry to UG Health Programme degrees is £11,500 per year for international students.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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