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Entry Requirements - Physiotherapy

Minimum Entry Requirements

Programme-specific entry requirements are summarised below. An offer may differ from the typical offer as it is based on the review of the individual's overall profile.

UCAS Personal Statement
The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this is detailed within the School Selection Procedures.

Standard Entry Requirements
All candidates are required to have 7 GCSEs at grade C or above including English/Welsh language, Maths and a science. Scottish, Irish and International applicants must offer equivalent GCSE qualifications.

In addition to the GCSE requirements applicants are expected to have achieved:

Typical Offer

Typical A-level offer - AAB to include B in Biology (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A2 level).

Welsh Baccalaureate

A in Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma including AB at A-level, including Biology.

BTEC Extended National Diploma

BTEC Science - DDD in Applied Science (Forensic/Medical Science only).

Applied Science will be considered if optional modules 11 and 12 are taken. We currently do not accept combinations of A-levels and BTECs.

Scottish Certificate of Education: Advanced Highers

ABB to include B in Biology.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Standard offer: A1, B3, B3, B3, C3, C3 to include A1 at Higher Level in Biology and C3 in Maths and English at Ordinary level. 

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Access to HE Diplomas must have a strong academic base rather than a practical skills base. Generally we consider that access courses are suitable for adult learners who have been out of education for at least 3 years. The certificate must be issued by the AVA (Authorised Validating Agency) containing the relevant information and recognised logo. Examples of access courses that we accept are: Access to HE Diploma (Allied Health Professions) and Access to HE Diploma (Science).

You will be required to attain a pass of 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at level 3, to include 36 credits with Distinction (with at least 18 in Biology) and 9 credits at Merit. This is additional to GCSE entry requirements.


Applicants that have a relevant 2:1 degree or above achieved in the last three years, with evidence of biology related modules at level 5/6 are encouraged to apply. Graduates that do not have this will be expected to have achieved a 2:1 in their degree and a minimum of a B in A level biology or a pass in the OU Human Biology course (SK 277).

Deferred Entry

The School of Healthcare Sciences has no objection to the possibility of deferred entry providing the year is spent in a positive and worthwhile way. Candidates wishing to apply for a deferred entry must reflect the intended year on entry on their UCAS application. Candidates that have applied for the forthcoming year of entry must be aware that any requests for deferral of their application to the following year will not be considered unless in exceptional circumstances.

International Applicants

The physiotherapy course at Cardiff University regrets that it is unable to accept applications for the 2016/17 intake (including deferred applications to 2017/18) from international fee-status applicants.

For non UK EU students, the majority of applicants offer A level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable. Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The School will consider applicants offering the Diploma and our requirement will be an overall total of 34 points to include 3 higher level subjects, 2 at a minimum at grade 5 or above, and Biology at minimum of grade 6.  

European Baccalaureate Diploma

The School will consider applicants offering the Diploma with 85% overall, to include Biology.

Applicants not meeting Standard Entry Requirements

Applications to the Physiotherapy Programme at Cardiff University are high in number, therefore priority will be awarded to those applicants who meet the required academic standards.  It is therefore recommended that all applicants consider their academic qualifications against the requirements prior to applying. The admissions team would be happy to respond to individual queries regarding qualifications not mentioned in the information provided above.

Open Days

Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the four Cardiff University Open Days. Details can be found via our website.

Further Information

You are expected to have researched the profession and to have an understanding of the diversity of physiotherapy. Whilst work experience in a physiotherapy department is ideal for acquiring this knowledge, not all candidates will have such an opportunity. Therefore, it is recommended that information is obtained from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website, and through reading physiotherapy journals and by speaking with physiotherapists.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Health Checks

All offers given by the School of Healthcare Sciences will be conditional upon a satisfactory health check. A Health Declaration form will be sent to applicants when offers are made. Applicants who have decided to accept offers given by Cardiff University will be sent an 'Occupational Health Questionnaire' which they are required to complete and return to the Occupational Health Department of Cardiff University by 31st July in the year of entry.

Criminal Record Check

Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and criminal record checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant’s attitudes and values are such that he or she can reasonably be admitted to the profession. All offers given to applicants will therefore, include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check. This condition must be satisfied by 30 June. Applicants will be required to complete the University’s own Criminal Record Disclaimer form and also to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (at the "Enhanced" level). DBS Application forms will be sent to all applicants who decide to accept Cardiff University's offer, in their year of entry.

Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until a satisfactory disclosure has been received from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Delay in returning the DBS form may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.

Detailed information will be given to successful applicants with letters offering places. Information on the disclosure process can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.

All information will be treated in absolute confidence and applicants with convictions to declare will be assessed as to their suitability for the programme to be studied.

Resit Candidates

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider resit applicants on an individual basis.

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