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Please note: due to a high volume of applications we are not currently accepting applications for BSc Physiotherapy. However, this may change when we have had a chance to interview all candidates. To be notified if we re-open for entry in 2023 please register your interest.

Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for one of the following undergraduate degrees. These courses are particularly suitable if you wish to later consider Physiotherapy at master's level (pending meeting the relevant MSc entry requirements):

Individuals affected by injury, illness or disability rely on physiotherapists to help restore their movement and function, and enable a deeper understanding of their problem through education. Begin your career in caring for others at St Mary’s.

  • The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Links with local professionals including doctors & physiotherapists.
  • Facilities include the Performance Education Centre (PEC), physiology and psychology labs, & Simulation Rooms (Intensive Care).
  • Teaching in small groups from a team of dedicated lecturers with strong clinical experience.

Why study Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a broad and continuously evolving profession, having historically achieved greater recognition every year in both NHS and private settings. A physiotherapist is an important part of healthy living across the lifespan from development in childhood and young adults, injuries and illness of physical and mental health in adults, and healthy ageing.

Physiotherapists can also become specialists in specific populations, research, technology and industry. You will find physiotherapists behind the scenes in many different environments.

To become part of the physiotherapy workforce you can study for a BSc in Physiotherapy over three years. It is a demanding course, but one which gives you fulfilment, life skills and a rewarding career

At St Mary's we use a contemporary approach to encourage students to gain an understanding of all areas of physiotherapy through the use of a blended learning approach incorporating technology, tutorials, group work and practice-based learning. Teaching throughout the course is guided by physiotherapists with specialist knowledge and skills in public, private, research and advanced clinical practice,

During the programme, you will have to successfully complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of practice education. You will be allocated to a range of diverse and exciting placements, where you'll gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians. It is anticipated that your clinical practice is fully supported by the integration of theory from the classroom.

We aim to support the NHS in developing students who acknowledge, appreciate and implement NHS core values from the first to the last placement they embark upon. Each placement is focussed towards fulfilling a part of the NHS core values from ‘Respect and Dignity’ to ‘Improving Lives.’

Our Physiotherapy degree is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that upon successful completion of the course you will be able to become a member of the CSP and HCPC and begin practising straight away.

We aspire to enable our students to become independent practitioners and future leaders in physiotherapy.

Why St Mary's?

Part of Vision 2025 here at St Mary’s University is to enable all students to become “independent problem solvers and ethical leaders”. This vision is highly appropriate to our Physiotherapy programme. We envisage that our physiotherapy students will become rounded thinkers and problem solvers. They will provide a worthy and enthusiastic addition to any workforce, whether as a student or a graduate.

You'll be taught by a team of dedicated lecturers with clinical experience, ensuring you're well supported on your journey to becoming a high-calibre physiotherapist. The programme has a contemporary approach with an integration of theory and practical elements. It will enable you to problem-solve about patients independently, from all angles.

We also understand the need for our future physiotherapy workforce to have the skills to become leaders in business, whether within the NHS or outside. We strive to help meet these needs and demands through the development of strong leadership skills.

Our course has undergone the HCPC validation process and has met all conditions.

Course lead

Clare Gibson headshotClare Gibson
Course Lead - Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

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Entry requirements

96-128UCAS points required

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At St Mary's we would like to help you become the best Physiotherapist you can be. We would like to recruit candidates who are caring, well rounded, problem solvers, who can work with others to deliver a compassionate care package.

Ideally, candidates should be reliable, honest and able to communicate clearly with service users. Candidates who apply should have a strong ethical stance on equality, non-discrimination and fairness (based on NHS constitution and core values, 2013).

We are influenced in our selection for the physiotherapy programme by a number of different factors, over and above your academic record. We like to see evidence of your motivation for a career in physiotherapy, and your outside interests are also a pointer to whether you are the sort of person likely to make the most of the degree.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.


Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths, English Language and Science. We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0 (or equivalent).

Further entry requirements

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Course content

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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

Clinical Placements

Practice education modules occur across the last two years of the programme and assessment of your practice education is continuous. This applies to all practical modules across the three years of your degree as well.

Placements vary as to the experience offered; you may work within the hospital environment, in community-based environments such as clinics or schools, and within the independent and voluntary sectors. You may experience a variety of working practices including extended hours and seven-day working.

You will carry out an elective clinical placement to develop learning and experience diversity in practice between your second and third year.

Please note: there may be expenses incurred with travel and/or accommodation on clinical placements which are mandatory elements of the course. 

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Physiotherapy students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The programme takes a blended learning approach for knowledge and skills acquisition and development. These include theory and practical sessions as well as group and seminar work. In addition, there are multiple online resources and students encouraged to do guided learning by using these resources in order to support their learning.

The level 4 (year one) programme begins with an induction in which you work on group activities designed to develop communication, listening and teamwork skills. There is also the opportunity to work together and get to know your peers in a fun setting, whilst practising the skills that are needed throughout the course of the programme.

These themes continue into levels 5 and 6 (years two and three) where clinical placements are included. Surrounding the placements are intensive periods of teaching where the appropriate clinical and academic skills are taught.

One of the key characteristics of this course and the blended learning that follows is that students are part of a small cohort of no more than 35 students making theoretical sessions very direct and students to feel supportive by the lectures and mentors. Also, during practical sessions these number can be split to small groups of four people in order to achieve higher performance of students during practical skills.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 15%
  • Placement/work-based learning: 26%
  • Guided learning: 11%
  • Independent study: 48%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including written theory examinations, vivas, oral presentations and written coursework across all levels.

The practical viva's form a significant part of the assessments due to the clinical nature of the programme. In addition, at level 6 there is an independent research project to complete, as well as a formal clinical examination at the end of the degree.

Further information


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 fees

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: £15,600

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

You will need to buy student physiotherapy uniform - which is navy trousers and a polo shirt from Graham Gardner Ltd - plus black shoes for clinical placement. A stethoscope will also be needed for the cardio-respiratory module and placements. 

You will also need to pay for your own travel expenses to get to and from your placements, which are generally in the Greater London area.

For further information about additional costs please contact


Physiotherapy students are now eligible for a bursary of up to £5,000 per academic year as long as they are currently actively in study and receiving tuition fee or and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company. 

The bursary is paid in instalments throughout the academic year.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Visit the campus

Upcoming open days

Meet current students, explore our green campus, and find out why St Mary’s could be the place for you.

You'll also get a chance to:

Staff from various teams, including the Student’s Union, Student Funding, and Admissions, will also be around to discuss any questions you may have about studying at St Mary’s.

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day. We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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