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Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

If you’re seeking a rewarding career helping others maximise their physical wellbeing regardless of age, injury, illness or disability, UniSC’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) may be your perfect fit. In this program, you will learn how to work with people to optimise their movement and function, prevent injury and encourage healthy exercise to enhance their health and mobility.

Completion of this program will open doors to a rewarding career helping others achieve their health-related goals through clinical practice. Through the Honours degree, you may also choose to pursue a research and academic career to inform and drive change, innovation and improvements in health care and education.

In this program you will:

  • Undertake 1000+ hours of hands-on, work-integrated learning/clinical placement with industry partners
  • Obtain valuable experience as a sports trainer and allied health assistant early in your training, and graduate work-ready for a range of work settings and roles, such as in private practice, hospital, aged care, disability, sports and community health.
  • Our curriculum is new, evidence-based, practical, and unique with its focus on employability and interprofessional learning and collaboration

UniSC is currently seeking accreditation from the Australian Physiotherapy Council for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Program, and once accredited graduates will be able to apply to register to practice physiotherapy in Australia.


Entry threshold



4 years 4 years Full-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

QTAC code



  • Semester 1

Full-time only. Program to be rolled out. 1st year 2025, 2nd year 2026, 3rd year 2027, 4th year 2028.

  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
4 years 4 years
UniSC program code
Program structure
Introductory courses (8) 96 units

HLT140 Think Health
HLT150 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
LFS112 Human Physiology
LFS122 Human Anatomy
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology A
PTY100 Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice A
PTY101 Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice B

Developing courses (8) 96 units

BIM263 Introduction to Pharmacology
HLT205 Health Research and Evidence
HLT221 Human Pathophysiology
PTY200 Core Physiotherapy Skills A #
PTY201 Core Physiotherapy Skills B #
SPX201 Functional Anatomy
SPX202 Biomechanics I
SPX211 Exercise Physiology I

Graduate courses (8) 96 units

HLT304 Health Care in Regional, Rural and Remote Areas #
PTY300 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy #
PTY301 Neurological Physiotherapy #
PTY302 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A #
PTY303 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B #
PTY304 Paediatric Physiotherapy #
PTY305 Physiotherapy for Aging and Disability #
PTY406 Physiotherapy for Complex Cases and Special Populations #

Pathway (8) 96 units

Select 1 pathway from:

Physiotherapy Research Pathway

Physiotherapy Clinical Pathway

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.


Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast TBA

Post admission requirements

Fit for Placement Requirements

To maintain their enrolment in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and to be able to access mandatory clinical placements, physiotherapy students will need to meet “Fit for Placement” requirements by the end of first year and maintain currency throughout their study. Associated documentation needs to uploaded to SONIA to enable enrolment into PTY200 Core Physiotherapy Skills A in the first semester of second year.

Fit for Placement requirements include:

1. National Police Check from the Australian Federal Police (as well as International Police Check in country of residence for International Students) (lasts 3 years)

2. Combined Working with Children Check (Blue Card) and NDIS Worker Screening Card (Yellow Card) (or else separate Blue Card and NDIS Worker Screening Card)

3. Completion of the Mental Health First Aid Course

4. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Provide First Aid certificate (HLTAID011) in year 1 of physiotherapy [Note CPR certificate needs to remain valid throughout program - HLTAID009 needs to be undertaken each year after completion of HLTAID011]

5. Level 1 Sports Trainer Certificate (nationally recognised SISSS00118 is preferred)

6. Mandatory immunisation and health record requirements including vaccination against:

Hepatitis B (full schedule)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis-Whooping Cough (dTpa)
Chicken pox/varicella COVID 19 – minimum 2 doses
Completion of QHealth Tuberculosis Risk Assessment for Students
Respirator/mask fit testing prior to first clinical placement

Additional entry information

Regional health workforce scheme
A limited number of places in this program may be set aside for applicants who reside in a local area. Refer to the Regional Health Workforce Scheme to check eligibility.

English language requirements
Non-standard English language requirements apply.

International applicants and applicants who have not undertaken at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary study in the English language in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, or United States of America within the last five years will need to demonstrate the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests:

1. IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the 4 components (listening, reading, writing, speaking)

2. OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)

3. PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking)

4. TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test (24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, 23 for speaking).

Please note, English language test scores need to be achieved in one test sitting within the last 2 years, and there should be no more than 2 test sittings in a 6 month period.


English (Units 3/4, C)

Recommended prior study
General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3/4, C); At least one of the sciences: Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Program requirements

To graduate from BH001 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), a student is required to 

  • successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • complete a clinical or research pathway

Physiotherapy Clinical Pathway and Research Pathway

At the end of second year of physiotherapy study at UniSC, high achieving students (with a minimum GPA of 5.0) will have the option of applying to transfer into the research pathway within the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and undertake a supervised individualised honours project over years 3 and 4.

Honours Classification calculation

Physiotherapy graduates on the research pathway will be eligible to receive a classified honours qualification calculated on the marks achieved across research dissertation courses.

The determination of the class of honours received is based on the following: 

  • Class I: overall grade in the range 80% - 100% 
  • Class IIA: overall grade in the range 70% - 79% 
  • Class IIB: overall grade in the range 60% - 69% 

If the final thesis, however, is less than the average percentage score across the 4 research dissertation courses, the class of honours will be determined by the thesis/dissertation mark. Graduates in the research pathway who score less than 60% across research dissertation courses, and graduates in the clinical pathway will receive an unclassified honours award. This means that physiotherapy graduates who undertake the research pathway may be eligible for direct entry into a Doctor of Philosophy program (AQF10), while all other students would be eligible for entry into Masters of Philosophy research program (or similar) (AQF9).


Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to UniSC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 014022
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