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Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (BPTH)

Entry requirements
ATAR 90.00
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Jan
Note: This degree is offered from January 2024. 

Overview

  • Help improve people’s quality of life by becoming a qualified physiotherapist with a degree from UniSQ. Graduate career-ready after completing a variety of industry placements with the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). 
  • Learn about human anatomy, systems and movement from experienced academics, clinicians and industry professionals to develop your critical thinking and practical skills. 
  • During the five placement opportunities, you will gain experience in acute care, rehabilitation and community settings.
  • Learn how to provide much-needed support to regional, rural, First Nations and low-resource communities.
  • Physiotherapy courses explore musculoskeletal health, anatomy and neuroanatomy, cardiorespiratory health, digital health services, neurological physiotherapy, supporting those with acute and chronic health conditions and paediatric physiotherapy. There may also be opportunities to learn about animal physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, chronic pain management and Pilates.
  • This degree aligns with requirements set by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and UniSQ is accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). Graduates may also be eligible for membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).  
  • There is opportunity to complete your honours in one of two ways: 
    • The practice pathway focuses on industry partnerships and addresses everyday practice topics.
    • The research pathway allows you to create an individual research project (this pathway is dependent on GPA).

Further study

If you’re interested in furthering your knowledge, eligible graduates can go on to study a Master of Research or a PhD.  

Professional accreditation

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) you will be recognised by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA) and will be eligible to apply for registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) to practice physiotherapy within Australia. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy program is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Career outcomes

  • As a physiotherapist, you will have the skills to empower individuals impacted by pain, injury, illness, or disability to optimise movement and better participate in the activities they love.  
  • Career opportunities may include working as a physiotherapist in aged care, home-care, community health centres, private practice, public or private hospitals, paediatrics, or the educational sector. You could also work in NDIS, gender health, the sports sector, health promotion, mental health, occupational rehabilitation, research, academia, management, or in government.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 90.00 -

Subject pre-requisites

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • one of Biology, Mathematical Methods, Physical Education, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent. 

Please note: Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) are limited. Quota size is determined by the availability of placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) before applying.

If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

Special entry schemes for admissions may increase your Rank, through the allocation of additional points in certain circumstances, such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed. 

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires an overall score of  IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four skills areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Additional requirements regarding prior education taught and assessed solely in English and prior employment - refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)'s Registration Standard for further information. 

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

Please note that students will need to provide the following documents to enable them to go on clinical placements: 

  • Blue card or Working with Children Check
  • Yellow card (if working with people with disabilities)
  • Australian Federal Police Check Certificate

Students will also need to supply evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B 
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella 
  • Varicella 
  • Pertussis 
  • Influenza 
  • COVID-19 vaccinations as directed by health services

Finally, you will be asked to complete the below:

  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment
  • Mask fit testing for face masks worn in clinical settings  

Find out more about placements at UniSQ.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Admission pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, the pathway options available to you include:

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

This degree is made of 32 units and full-time typically involves completing eight units per year.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Discipline-specific courses  16
Honours course (Research or Practice Pathway)  8
Total  32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

As part of the degree, you will need to complete professional experience placements. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional practice within this degree.

Professional and clinical experience

You will have the opportunity have a wide range of professional and clinical experiences while studying. 

You will complete five clinical placement blocks, each five weeks in duration, to put your theory knowledge into action and learn from working professionals. Placements will be organised by the University and at least one will be in a regional, rural or remote area. Travel and living expenses incurred during placement will need to be paid by the students. Please note that students will need to purchase and wear a clinical uniform during clinical experiences and designated assessments Scholarships of up to $500 are available through Southern Queensland Rural Health and UniSQ’s wellbeing team.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional practice within the degree.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 8948
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26320
Note: Fees for Commonwealth supported places have not yet been determined for 2024.

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Complete your online application via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre).

Mode QTAC Codes
Ipswich 936232

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

Intakes

  • Applications for 2024 are now open.

Please note: Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within this degree are limited by quota. Quota size is determined by the availability of placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

As places are limited in this degree, applications may close early if all places are filled for a specific intake.

Study period  Orientation  Study period start date
Trimester 1, 2024 Monday 15 January Monday 22 January 

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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Why study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)?
At UniSQ you can benefit from exposure to a range of specialty areas within physiotherapy, such as animal physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, chronic pain management and Pilates.     

By studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) you will enhance your key transferrable skills such as communication, responsiveness, ethics, time management, interpersonal and teamwork skills. 
What are the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)?

To study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at UniSQ you need to meet a minimum ATAR, subject pre-requisites and Inherent Requirements.  

For further information, please view the entry requirements section of this page for details.   

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options you can explore: 

What can you do with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)?

A Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) qualification from UniSQ can open up many opportunities for employment in a variety of settings and roles including: 

  • aged care
  • Australian Defence Force 
  • child and adolescent services 
  • community physiotherapist 
  • hospitals 
  • NDIS 
  • private and public health services 
  • private practice 
  • Sports physiotherapist 
  • vocational rehabilitation provider. 
Is a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) right for me?
Are you passionate about making meaningful different and helping people improve their health and wellbeing?  A Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at UniSQ may be the right path for you. 

As an expert in the structure of the human body and movement, physiotherapists provide support to both children and adults to treat a broad range of health conditions. 

A Nursing and Allied Health degree from UniSQ will give you the tools, education and training you need to give high-quality care that makes a real difference in people’s lives. 
Why study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) with UniSQ?

Get a strong start to your career in physiotherapy: 

  • Become recognised by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA) and be eligible to apply for registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) to practice physiotherapy within Australia. 
  • Benefit from our word class research and researchers. According to the latest ERA results, UniSQ is well above world standard for our research in Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Human Movement and Public Health and Health Services. 
  • Benefit from flexible study and learn your subject theory online and gain practical experience with clinical placements.