Cardiff University
Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)
Cardiff University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Physiotherapy

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Physiotherapy at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £25500 £29000
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £25000 £24000 - £27000 £27000 - £32000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Physiotherapy

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £24708 £28144
25-75 percentile range £24500 - £25030 £21984 - £27263 £23821 - £31232

Course 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 programme 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. A career in physiotherapy opens up opportunities for you to work closely with public health organisations, exploring innovative ideas around health promotion. Physiotherapy offers you the chance to work in 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. That’s why 97% of our physiotherapy students are in employment or further study after 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS 2018). Distinctive Features Here are some of the key features of why we think our programme will make you the best physiotherapist you can be: · Our programme is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). · For Home/EU students you have the option to choose a fully funded place on the programme or receive a full NHS bursary for Tuition fees providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after qualifying. · Throughout the 3 years there is opportunity for you to undertake a global learning experience, either within the UK or overseas. · You’ll be studying at a Russell Group University which supports a strong research profile. Our programme is one of the few physiotherapy courses where you complete a full dissertation project opening up careers in research. · We have well-equipped skills laboratories which enable you to learn in simulations relating to your profession. Lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise before going out into placement. · Placement learning across Wales is an essential part of the programme and with unrivalled access to clinical settings throughout Wales means we can offer you a range of practice-based learning opportunities to ensure your experience is competitive in the UK employment market. · There are opportunities to participate in professional body activities, such as becoming a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Student Representative, and to take part in ‘Community Engagement’ projects.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) at Cardiff University

97% Therapy professionals
2% Animal care and control services

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Including Biology or Human Biology.

Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.

Welsh domiciled students studying/having successfully completed certain Access to Higher Education Diplomas related to Healthcare may be eligible for a guaranteed interview on application. Please contact the Healthcare admissions team for specific details: [email protected]

For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.

34-32 overall or 666-665 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Biology.

Accepted subjects: Applied Science, Medical Science.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

You must also supply a personal statement that is relevant to the profession. If you are applying to more than one professional programme, you should email a bespoke personal statement for each programme to [email protected] at the same time as submitting your application via UCAS. In your personal statement, you should demonstrate that you understand the profession, have an insight into the course itself, and describe any relevant work experience. Only one personal statement may be submitted for each programme. We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects. We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements at Level 2 (typically GCSE) and Level 3 (typically A-level) in order to be eligible for consideration for selection. If you meet the minimum entry requirements your personal statement will be reviewed and given a numerical score. Eligible applicants will be ranked according to this score and the top ranking applicants will be made an offer.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • MBA

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

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at for further information.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Ireland £9000 year 1
England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £10500 year 1
EU £22200 year 1
International £22200 year 1

Additional fee information

Students from the UK:

Fees stated are for the 2022/23 academic year. The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of October in the year preceding your start date of your programme.

Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete to the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Students from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland:

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2022/23 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. You can check whether you are eligible for UK Home fee status on the UKCISA website:

Students from the rest of the world international:

Fees stated are for 2022/23 entry and are fixed for the duration of the programme, excluding Medicine and Dentistry programmes. Please note that during the pre-clinical element of Medicine and Dentistry programmes the fee rate will be fixed, after which the clinical fee rate will be charged. Further details are available on the university website at:

Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of October in the year preceding your start date of your programme.

Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Cardiff University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Cardiff University in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #3 
    • #18 
    Health Professions
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #14 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 33 university rankings of Cardiff University

About Cardiff University

Established in 1883, Cardiff University is located in the urban setting of the city of Cardiff, Wales. Some of the university’s most obvious advantages include world-leading research, a knowledgeable and proactive career services office, and the central location. Cardiff is a vibrant, modern city with a young and diverse population known for accepting people from all walks of life.

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