Physiotherapy (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:ABB or A*BC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University – main campus
Subject Area: Health and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Course Overview

Learn how to promote, maintain and restore an individual’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing through our popular course.

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in health and social care and provides a range of career paths from practice through to leadership and management roles. Keele will help you develop high levels of academic and professional competence, seeing you study current content and contemporary practice, learning alongside other professions to promote an awareness of present and future demands in health and social care. Our course embraces a vision of patient-centred care within health and social care settings and you’ll gain invaluable experience using a range of quality local clinical bases. You’ll study in a supportive environment, encouraging reflection and enriched by research awareness.

Single Honours

The programme is studied full time over three years and the teaching is delivered via individual modules relating to the five strands across each year:
• Clinical Practice
• Therapies
• Health and Wellbeing
• Professional Practice
• Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation

Each year is arranged into two units called semesters (Autumn and Spring) which vary in length.

In each academic year time is spent in both the university and clinical settings.

For more details on the structure of the programme for Physiotherapy please see the Course Information Document.

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

The figures below are an example of activities that a student may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are calculated based on a standard measure of 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students on degree courses.

Year 1

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 34%
Guided Independent Study - 63%
Placements - 3%

Year 2

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 26%
Guided Independent Study - 47%
Placements - 27%

Year 3

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 20%
Guided Independent Study - 46%
Placements - 34%

Skills and Careers

A Physiotherapy degree from Keele will develop your attributes as a competent practitioner, flexible to the changing demands of health and social care. You will have the skills to practice as an autonomous professional across a range of practice environments that may include the NHS, private sector or performance sport.

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Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, part-time and Foundation courses available:


Physiotherapy: B160 
Physiotherapy with Health Foundation Year: 

This four-year degree is for students who wish to study 
Physiotherapy but lack the necessary 
background qualifications.


 Applications for the part-time route should be made by contacting the School directly.  All entry requirements and selection criteria remain the same.  The closing date for applications is 31st March 2015.

Entry requirements

A wide range of qualifications are considered – see website for details or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor. A-level candidates require grades ABB (2012), to include Biology, Human Biology or PE.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Applicants offered a place on this degree programme will also be required to apply, through the University, for an Enhanced Disclosure with barring lists from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  The School of Health and Rehabilitation will meet the costs of this. The University follows the DBS Code of Practice in these issues (click here for further information) and can provide a copy of this Code on request. The University also has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. It should be noted that having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining a place on this programme. Applicants from outside the UK will be instructed on how to acquire the equivalent documentation from their own authorities.

Occupational Health

To be admitted to the Physiotherapy programme, the School requires all students  - holding a firm offer - to be assessed by the Occupational Health Department at Keele University by means of a questionnaire. Applicants who have accepted an offer from Keele will be required to complete a pre-acceptance health questionnaire.

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Physiotherapy : B160 View KIS Stats
Physiotherapy with Foundation Year: B1B9 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at (opens new window)

Study abroad

Study Abroad is not currently available to Physiotherapy students.


This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Clinical Placement 1
  • Professional Practice 1a
  • Therapies 1a
  • Professional Practice 1b
  • Therapies 1b
  • Clincal Placement 2
  • Health and Wellbeing 1
  • Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation 1

Second year

  • Clinical Placement 3
  • Therapies 2a
  • Therapies 2b
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Clincal Placement 4
  • Health and Wellbeing 2
  • Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation 2a
  • Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation 2b

Third year

  • Clinical Placement 5
  • Therapies 3
  • Clinical Placement 6
  • Professional Practice 3
  • Health and Wellbeing 3
  • Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation 3
  • Clinical placement 7

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available
Liam Doyle

Liam Doyle

"The things you will learn throughout your time here can genuinely change lives. Becoming a physiotherapist is a truly fulfilling role in which Keele can help you to excel"

May 2016

Aniksha Dhamelia

Aniksha Dhamelia

"My placement in South Africa has enhanced my clinical skills and will contribute towards me becoming an autonomous qualified physiotherapist"

May 2016

Jenni Picken

Jenni Picken

"I'm looking forward to graduating in 2017. As a mature student changing career and returning to learning has been quite a challenge... but rewarding too."

April 2016

Chloe Stephens

Chloe Stephens

"Throughout my time at Keele I always felt supported, with my personal Tutor on hand to help me out with anything I needed. "

Summer 2015

Georgios Christopoulos

Georgios Christopoulos

"I believe that the Physiotherapy programme at Keele University has a perfect coordination of theory, hands on learning, of skills, and individual research into the science of Physiotherapy"

Summer Graduate 2014

Yi Ting Siaw

Yi Ting Siaw

"Keele University may be a relatively quiet campus compared to big cities, but to me it definitely offers a great study environment"

BSc Physiotherapy Keele University 2012-2015

Simon Davies

Simon Davies

"Many of my peers including myself landed jobs with the NHS before we even graduated, and many more just after...thanks Keele"

Summer Graduation 2014

Colleen Murphy and Chloe Stephens

Colleen Murphy and Chloe Stephens

"Overall I had a once in a lifetime experience taking part in a clinical placement in India, one which will stay with me forever"

India placement Summer 2014

Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson

"Keele offers a wide range of elective placements, presenting students with great opportunities to experience different clinical environments around the world."

South Africa placement

Siobhan Harding

Siobhan Harding

"For me, it was four weeks of "firsts" and I came home with confidence, resourcefulness and a few key Spanish phrases!"

BSc Physiotherapy Keele University 2010-2013 (International Elective)

Siobhan Harding

Siobhan Harding

"My time associated with Keele, both as an undergraduate and from their support as part of their alumni, really has been a pleasure and has made the transition from student to physiotherapist very easy"

BSc Physiotherapy Keele University 2010-2013 (Graduate story)

Mona Lim Wai Szee

Mona Lim Wai Szee

"There are lot of practical classes to prepare the students so that the students able to master the skills"

B.Sc. Physiotherapy Student

Rebecca Holden

Rebecca Holden

"Orphanage opens after 2 ½ years of fundraising"

BSc Physiotherapy Keele University 2012

Kevin Mulholland

Kevin Mulholland

"Each of my clinical placements provided me with vital learning experiences which have helped to shape my clinical reasoning and treatment skills"

BSc Physiotherapy Keele University 2008 – 2011