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Entry Requirements - Physiotherapy

Minimum Entry Requirements

Programme-specific entry requirements are summarised below.

UCAS Personal Statement
The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this may have implications on the conditions set for entry.

Standard Entry Requirements
All candidates are required to have a GCSE in Maths at grade B or above, plus four other GCSEs at grade C or above including English/Welsh 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:

General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A2 level.

Typical Offer

AAB in GCE A-level to include Biology or Human Biology.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades AA from 2 A-levels, to include Biology or Human Biology.

BTEC Extended National Diploma

BTEC Science - DDD.

Applicants offering BTEC Sports Science will need to supplement this with AS level Biology and final overall grades required will be DDM plus GCE AS level Biology grade B or above.

Scottish Certificate of Education: Advanced Highers

ABB to include Biology or Human Biology.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Six Higher level subjects at grade B3 or above are required in one sitting to include Biology, Maths and English PLUS either Chemistry or Physics PLUS two other subjects.

Please note, these are 'typical offers' and may vary. An offer may differ from the typical offer as it is based on the review of the individual's overall profile.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Access to HE Diplomas must have a strong academic base rather than a practical skills base. Students who are pursuing a QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) approved science based Access to HE Diploma e.g. Access to Science, will be considered on an individual basis. The certificate must be issued by the AVA (Authorised Validating Agency) containing the relevant information and recognised logo.

You will be required to attain a pass of 60 credits, to comprise a minimum of 33 credits at level 3 at Distinction and 12 credits at level 3 at Merit in relevant areas; this requirement is under continual review and would be at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

The credits should comprise the following topic areas:

Biological e.g. Anatomy, Physiology (Systems/ Organs/ Cells)
Physics or Chemistry e.g. Biomechanics, Organic/ Inorganic
Sociological / Psychological e.g. Health, Ethics, Environmental
Transferable Skills e.g. I.T., Communication, Maths, Essay writing skills, presentations/group work.

International Applicants

Applications through UCAS from international students are welcomed. While the majority of applicants offer A-Level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable.

International applicants who have not been educated in the UK and for whom English is not their first language are required to offer an internationally recognised English Language qualification which must include reading, writing, speaking and listening skills:

Acceptable qualifications include:

  • British Council/UCLES IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0 or above with no element below 6.5.
  • TOEFL iBT (with Tests of Spoken and Written English) with a minimum score of 90.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

The School will consider applicants offering the Diploma and our requirement will be an overall total of 37 points. Biology must be offered at Higher Level Grade 6. In addition, Biology, Maths and English must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE Level.

European Baccalaureate Diploma

The School will consider applicants offering the Diploma with a final overall mark of at least 80%.

Applicants not meeting Standard Entry Requirements

All applicants are considered individually and on merit. If not meeting any of the standard entry requirements applicants must provide evidence of an ability to study at the level of higher education. It is strongly recommended that applicants pursue a GCE A2 level in Biology or Human Biology and to obtain a grade B.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of suitable learning when applying for the programme, e.g. successful completion of educational qualifications not listed above or through submission of a personal portfolio of achievement. Consideration will be given to the level and recency of the qualification(s).

Graduates will have, or will be expected to achieve a minimum of a Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area. Graduates with a degree in an unrelated area will be considered with a 2:1 classification.

Masters and PhD graduates are encouraged to apply (post-graduate teaching and research will be considered).

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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