The Physiotherapy BSc at Newcastle is a popular modular programme that offers both classroom and clinical-based experience. 

Our programme  covers theoretical disciplines including human anatomy and physiology; therapeutics; cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy; psycho-social aspects of health care, as well as professional codes of conduct; cultural competence, ethics, research and study skills.

Practical skills for professional practice are taught and assessed throughout the course. You will take your first placement in Year 1 and undertake an additional five placements throughout the programme, completing a minimum of 1,000 hours.

Physiotherapists play a significant part in most health care teams, being involved in the maintenance and/or restoration of movement and function in a range of client groups.

Why Study this Course?

There are plenty of reasons to study Physiotherapy BSc at Newcastle:

  • 1st for Physiotherapy – We are ranked first in the UK for Physiotherapy in The Complete University Guide 2019.
  • Placements – Students complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of placements throughout their programme, including placements in the first year (we are the only university to do this).
  • Pitch-side assistance training – students have the unique opportunity to be selected and trained to provide bronze level pitch-side first aid for the University’s elite sporting teams which contain many international-level athletes.
  • Accreditation – on successful completion of the course, students are eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • We have strong and effective relationships with the NHS across the West Midlands region.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

First year

Modules are centred on the practice of physiotherapy with the relevant theoretical aspects underpinning these. Practical skills are developed through practice on your peer group. Exploration of various topics relevant to your development as a health professional, such as; practical and study skills, professional codes of conduct, cultural competence, psychosocial basis of patient-centred care, will be taught in the first year. A four-week block of clinical experience will take place mid-way through the year, helping to integrate theory and practice. 

Terms are longer during your first and second years due to clinical placements.


Year 1

The following must be taken: 

  • Foundations of Physiology and Pathology for Practice (20 credits)
  • Functional Anatomy and Movement (20 credits)
  • Physical Activity and Exercise (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice into the Workplace (20 credits)
  • Psychosocial Basis of Patient-centred Care (20 credits)
  • Therapeutic Practice (20 credits)


Second year

This year introduces you to social aspects of health and illness, and continues your studies in professional development.  You will build upon your first year modules, developing knowledge and skills in cardio-respiratory, neurological, musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and research in practice. Two six-week clinical modules during the year enhance your clinical reasoning skills.

Terms are longer during your first and second years due to clinical placements.

Year 2

  • Managing the Patient with Cardiorespiratory Problems  (20 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal Reasoning and Practice  (20 credits)
  • Neurological rehabilitation   (20 credits)
  • Integrated Studies   (20 credits)
  • Sociology in Practice  (20 credits)
  • Research in Practice  (20 credits)

Third year

Your third year focuses on issues related to the context of health care. Research skills are refined in your project. Modules in this year will expand your knowledge of wider practice and complex integrated care. Three clinical placements, ranging from 4 weeks to 8 weeks in duration, take place in year three.

There are some opportunities available for students to complete the programme in six years through flexible route; contact admissions for further details.


Year 3

  • Complex Integrated Care (20 credits)
  • Professional and Service Development (20 credits)
  • Wider Perspectives in Practice (20 credits)
  • Practice Placement 6 – The Emerging Graduate Physiotherapist (20 credits)
  • Project (40 credits)

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a US university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements,. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. 


USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

95.9% graduate employability rate 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE)

Physiotherapists are key members of most health care teams and work in public and private sectors at home and abroad, although some countries do require further proof of competence to practise. There are opportunities to develop your practice clinically as a clinical specialist or consultant physiotherapist, or you may choose to enter the fields of education, research or industry.

Have a look at our Physiotherapy careers page to see what our students go on to do after completing their BSc Physiotherapy programme.

Your Newcastle degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


Careers Network

Careers Network, our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you.  Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.


Professional Accreditation

You are eligible to apply to register with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Care Professions Council on successful completion of the programme.