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Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description


Studying physiotherapy at Cardiff means you will be studying at one of the top 3 physiotherapy courses in the UK as ranked by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Our physiotherapy program will result in you being eligible to apply to the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) for registration which means you will be licenced to practice as a qualified physiotherapist after graduating.

Physiotherapy is an exciting and ever-evolving professional career concerned with supporting individuals to live fulfilling and active lives. You will develop the skills to act as an autonomous practitioner providing holistic care with the person at the centre.

A career in physiotherapy opens up opportunities for you to work closely with public health organisations, exploring innovative ideas around health promotion and being at the forefront of delivery of healthcare. Physiotherapy offers you the chance to work in a stimulating, sociable and supportive environments working closely with other professions as part of multi-disciplinary teams, patients and their families.

Our hands-on course offers you the chance to study through both academic and placement learning. Meaning you get to take what you’ve learnt in theory and put it into real practice when you’re out on placement.

You will study areas such as movement and exercise, manual therapies, electrotherapies, education and advice, and behavioural and psychological therapies. Your academic learning will be supported by researchers and academics. You will have a designated personal tutor to support your learning throughout your studies with us. Practical teaching takes place in specially designed labs and simulation suites.

Your placement learning takes place across Wales and takes up about one third of the course. Placements are an essential part of the course and they will give you the confidence and skills to practice physiotherapy professionally in real-life situations with qualified professionals supervising and supporting you. Placement learning also helps you gain insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification.

We constantly try to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities such as physiotherapy-related support with the annual Cardiff Half Marathon.

Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them. Our program aims to develop your knowledge, skills (intellectual, discipline specific and transferrable), professional behaviours and values (Knowledge and Skills Framework CSP, 2013) which enhance employability and provide you with the opportunity of securing rewarding and satisfying employment. That’s why 97% of our physiotherapy students are in employment or further study after 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS 2018).

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB including a B in Biology or Human Biology.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • Apply core physiotherapy knowledge and skills associated with the safe and effective best practice of physiotherapy with due regard to the ethical, social, political and legal aspects of care.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Systematically evaluate research evidence including healthcare guidelines and integrate with individuals’ needs and personal/professional experience to provide effective management.
  • Contribute positively to the development of ethical research within the healthcare setting with ability to evaluate research questions, methodologies and research findings and integrate into their professional practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • Act as autonomous and independent practitioners who critically evaluate and reflect on their practice while adhering to the HPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics (2016), with an acute awareness of the scope and limits of physiotherapy practice.
  • Work as members of a multi-professional team to provide healthcare with the individuals’ values at its heart, ensuring a humanistic approach to the management of patients of all ages and cultures.
  • Demonstrate a wide range of effective communication skills, including verbal, visual and written, using a critical approach to adapt these skills to ensure a collaborative approach to giving and receiving of information to a diverse range of audiences.

Transferable/Key Skills:

  • Adapt to the changing role, responsibilities, working practices and environments and demonstrate resilience, leadership and innovation to advance physiotherapy practice.
  • Utilise effective educational and mentoring skills to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health.

Continuing studies

Our graduates have also gone on to complete further study including an MSc in Physiotherapy or MSc in Sports and Exercise, Phds roles as research assistants or train as an equine, canine or veterinary physiotherapist.

Career opportunities

Becoming a physiotherapist means you can play a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

97% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (UNISTATS 2019). Our programs offer a considerable amount of time on practice-based learning opportunities which help develop confidence, abilities and employability as a healthcare professional.

Once you have a physiotherapy degree you are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can also join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a qualified member and enjoy the chartered status which may provide an advantage in the jobs market.

Physiotherapy offers you many different and flexible employment options. Once you have qualified and gained some clinical experience you could go on to work within:

  • Health boards and NHS trusts,
  • Community health services,
  • Local government social service departments,
  • International health services,
  • Higher education institutions
  • Private practice
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Professional Sports.

Our graduates have also gone on to complete further study including an MSc in Physiotherapy or MSc in Sports and Exercise, Phds roles as research assistants or train as an equine, canine or veterinary physiotherapist.

Graduate careers

  • Physiotherapist

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