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School Selection Procedures - Physiotherapy

Method of Application

All applications must be made through the UCAS scheme, details of which can be found at All applications received by UCAS by the main cycle clsoing date, which is 15 January 2015, will receive equal consideration.


Applicants will be advised of decisions by UCAS.

School Selection Criteria

In order to achieve the aims of the programmes the School of Healthcare Sciences is seeking to admit students from all backgrounds who can demonstrate the following aptitudes and qualities. 

  • evidence of and potential for high academic achievement
  • an understanding of the physiotherapy profession
  • a caring and committed attitude towards people
  • the ability to communicate effectively
  • a willingness to accept responsibility
  • evidence of a broad spectrum of interests and personal achievements

Attitudes and Values

The School of Healthcare Sciences expects, and seeks to admit, students who will show exemplary behaviour and courtesy towards patients, teaching staff, other members of the healthcare team and members of the general public. The School also places particular emphasis on the duties and responsibilities students will have as future healthcare professionals.

It is important for us to consider personal attributes and skills that will contribute towards becoming a successful physiotherapist, therefore we expect candidates to be able to demonstrate examples of these during the application process.

Selection for Interview

In order to establish applicant potential to cope with the academic requirements of the programme, the initial assessment consists of prioritising applications based on meeting the minimum academic criteria and predicted grades. The UCAS forms are then reviewed for non-academic criteria and referee information.

Within the personal statement it should be evident that applicants have researched the profession and have an understanding of the diversity of physiotherapy. Whilst work experience in a physiotherapy department is ideal for acquiring this knowledge, we appreciate that not all applicants will have such an opportunity. Therefore, it is recommended that information is obtained from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) website, through reading physiotherapy journals and by speaking with physiotherapists directly. Further information can be gained through attendance at University Open Days. In addition to this it is not the amount of experience that is important for an applicant but an ability to show insight into the profession, in terms of personal and professional attributes that make a successful physiotherapist. It is also expected that applicants demonstrate an insight into the course itself, with particular focus on the strategies a student may need to employ to negotiate their direction of study.

All aspects of the application are taken into account when selections for interview are made. No offers are made to applicants without an interview.

Use of Contextual Data

We give consideration to Contextual Data in our selection processes. For details of University policy, please click here.

Deferred Entry

The School of Healthcare Sciences has no objection to the possibility of deferred entry providing the intervening year is spent in a positive and worthwhile way. UCAS applications for a deferred entry must reflect the intended year of entry.

Selection Interviews

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)


The interviews for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at Cardiff University involve the use of a Multi Mini Interview procedure which is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination format that is commonly used by Health Sciences programmes to evaluate clinical competence.

The interview process is an opportunity to assess interviewees in person and assess information such as personal qualities, which is not readily forthcoming from traditional application processes.

Interview dates for the physiotherapy programme will be offered during the weeks commencing 15 December 2014 and 2 February 2015.

The MMIs are made up of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations which provide information about applicants' ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, communicate ideas, and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues that are important to the physiotherapy profession. There are eight mini interviews in total. Each mini interview lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.

The stations assess the ability to apply general knowledge to issues relevant to the culture and society in which students will be practicing should they be successful in gaining admission to (and ultimately graduating from) the School of Healthcare Sciences. Equally important will be an assessment of the ability to communicate and articulate personal opinions. It is important to know that there are no right answers for many of the MMI scenarios and that it is not intended to test the amount of prior knowledge in these domains.

Making Offers

Offers are made using the total applications score (i.e. personal statement and interview scores).

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS.

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