Course Comparison

Course
MPhysio (Hons) Physiotherapy MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)
Award
Master of Physiotherapy - MPhysio (Hons) Master of Science - MSc
Duration
4 years 2 years
Assessment breakdown
- -
Course type
Full-time Full-time
Placement
(with placements) (with placements)
Location
Plymouth Plymouth
Provider
School of Health Professions School of Health Professions
Entry requirements
UCAS tariff
136 points, usually with a minimum of 40 points in a biological science. These may be obtained from a range of qualifications, potentially in combination, to be assessed on individual applications. The below list of examples is not exhaustive:
GCSE profile
A strong GCSE profile is expected. This is normally at least 5 GCSEs grade B/5 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science and usually obtained in one sitting. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications may be considered, but usually if part of other qualifications/study.
A level
Typically AAB, which must include Biology, Human Biology, PE or Applied Science. Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. AS levels are not normally accepted.
International Baccalaureate
34 overall with Higher Level Grade 6 in Biology or Sports, Exercise and Health Science.
GCSE equivalence: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5 in Maths, English, and Science.
If overseas and not studying English within the IB, applicants must have IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all elements.
Access courses
Pass Access (e.g. science, health, nursing, or combined science) with 45 credits at level 3, 36 at Distinction and to include 15 level 3 credits biological sciences. Remaining credits at level 3 must be at Merit.
T level
Accepted – preference pathways would be Health and Science. Typical offer will be confirmed once an application is received.
BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/ QCF Extended Diploma
BTEC National Extended Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are considered on an individual basis, depending on the units that are studied. They may be considered on their own or alongside A level biology, human biology, PE, or applied science, subject to the biological content of the BTEC units studied, which will be assessed on application.
Other qualifications
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, such as relevant Open University courses (e.g. SK299 Human Biology) if other academic points requirements are met, but not in an appropriate biological science.
Applications from recent graduates
Applications are welcome from graduates who have successfully completed, a degree, or foundation degree, have normally studied within the last 5 years and hold (or will hold) a minimum of a 2:2 classification in a relevant area. A degree in an unrelated area would still be welcome if combined with an additional biological science-based qualification, such as an A level or OU SK299.
Applicants who have not completed their studies in the English language:
IELTS: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all elements.
For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
Extended entry requirements
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated above.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • Students must be 18 years old or over at the start date of this programme.
Further information
Deferred entry
Unfortunately, we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.
  • Bachelor (honours) degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant subject area. Relevant subject areas include biological sciences, behavioural sciences, sport and exercise sciences, sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, and nursing.
  • GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in Mathematics and English. Consideration may be given to Functional Skills Level 2 in Mathematics. Please note we do not accept Functional Skills Level 2 in English, or Key Skills in Maths or English, or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. If you are unsure whether you meet this criteria, or you have qualifications not listed here, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of recent academic study is required, however, there is no restricted timeframe.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further. Applicants should demonstrate evidence of their interest in Physiotherapy and the seeking of work experience in Physiotherapy is encouraged.
  • We will require an academic reference as part of the application process.
  • Attend an interview.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C/4 or above you will have to achieve an IELTS (or equivalent qualification) at the grade of at least 7.0 (at least 6.5 in all elements sections). International students – English language requirements.

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please contact the admissions team who will be able to explain the application process in more detail at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.