Admissions criteria - Physiotherapy
This information applies to the BSc Physiotherapy course.
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. A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.
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.
Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience. If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either email@example.com or +44 (0)29 2087 9999.
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.
We may be able to offer a small number of undergraduate study places on our Physiotherapy programme. This is subject to clinical placement capacity in our partner healthcare institutions. Please contact HCAREAdmissions@cardiff.ac.uk for more information.
Method of application
All applications must be made through the UCAS scheme, details of which can be found at How to apply. All applications received by UCAS by the main cycle closing date, which is 15 January 2019, 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.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the four Cardiff University Open Days.
The multiple mini interview (MMI)
The interviews for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at Cardiff University involve the use of a Multiple Mini Interview procedure 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 six mini interviews in total and each mini interview lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.
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.
We only provide options for interviews to be completed using internet facilities (e.g. skype) for international fee paying students. For all other applicants, an offer for a place on the course will only be made to candidates that have attended in person the MMI interview process.
The MMI 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 the 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.
The stations have been carefully designed to assess the following attributes:
- Motivation to become a physiotherapist
- Everyone counts: Care and Compassion
- Working together using initiative, problem solving and team work
- Respect for privacy and dignity
- Commitment to quality of care
- Reflection on a learning experience
- Promoting and improving quality of life.
Throughout the interview process candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to behave and respond in a professional manner associated with their chosen career.
Offers are made using the total score obtained in the multiple mini interviews.
An offer for a place on the course will only be made to candidates that have attended in person the MMI interview process.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS.
Physiotherapy Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) dates:
- 16, 17, 18 December 2019
- 10, 11, 12, 13 February 2020
- 4 March 2020
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.