Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (4733)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BPhysio(Hon)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4733
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 0101791

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced. 

Commencement year 2017 to 2021 - Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

The Honours program is available to high achieving students in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Honours is a key early step in the pathway to leadership in the profession and opens up the world of research, without taking any longer to complete the degree. Students apply for entry into the Honours program in year 3 of the combined degree. They begin advanced research training in the latter half of year 3. Clinical placements and an honours thesis are completed during the fourth year of the program. The thesis presents research that addresses real physiotherapy problems. This research will be conducted under the supervision of experienced academic researchers.

Study Mode

Four years full-time

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above


The Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) are accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and are approved programs of study by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students


Admission is through direct application to the University – applications are directed to the School of Health Sciences.

Students must have completed 200 credit points in the first two and a half years of the Western Sydney Bachelor of Physiotherapy program and achieved a GPA of 6.0 or greater. Students with a GPA in the range of 5.0-6.0 and a credit average in subjects completed in Bachelor of Physiotherapy Levels 2 and 3 will also be considered (in accordance with the Honours Policy clause 13 and the Graduations Policy clause 53).

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website

For courses that will lead to AHPRA registered careers and students studying Sport and Exercise Science and Speech Pathology, students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening, and 6.5 in Writing and Reading or equivalents, in an acceptable language test.

International Office Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

To enrol in this program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this program, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from the first year of study.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)

Special Requirements Prerequisites

In order to enrol in Second Year Spring subjects, all students must have completed the NSW Health requirements above. In clinical placement subjects, students must wear the Western Sydney physiotherapy uniform, which complies with NSW uniform requirements. Special note: Students in this program are required to participate fully in practical classes. This involves disrobing to shorts and singlet or swim-suit equivalent in mixed gender classes. Students will practice hands-on physiotherapy examination and treatment techniques on both genders, and will personally experience these techniques which will be performed on them by other students and relevant academic staff.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 340 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
NATS 1009 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 10
REHA 1002 Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 1010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 10
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
NATS 1022 Functional Anatomy 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HLTH 2003 Biomechanics 10
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
NATS 2038 Pathophysiology 1 10
HLTH 2024 Research Methods in Health 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
REHA 2001 Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
NATS 3037 Neuroanatomy 10
NATS 2008 Clinical Pharmacology 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
 Credit Points30
Year 3
1H session
REHA 3009 Exercise Rehabilitation 10
REHA 3017 Neurological Physiotherapy 10
REHA 3015 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A 10
 Credit Points30
Autumn session
REHA 3003 Clinical Education (General) 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
REHA 3001 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 10
REHA 3018 Neurological Rehabilitation 10
REHA 3016 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B 10
Evidence in Professional Reasoning (Honours)  
From 2023 HLTH 4002 is replaced by PUBH 4001 10
 Credit Points40
Year 4
1H/2H Sessions  
Students must complete the four subjects Clinical Education A, B, C, D in Year 4 of the program. Due to availability of clinical placements, these subjects are available in both 1H and 2H sessions.  
REHA 3004 Clinical Education A (Acute Care) 10
REHA 4001 Clinical Education B (Rehabilitation) 10
REHA 4002 Clinical Education C (Ambulatory Care) 10
REHA 4003 Clinical Education D (Paediatrics) 10
1H session  
REHA 4014 Paediatric Physiotherapy 10
REHA 4015 Physiotherapy for Chronic Illness and Disease 10
Autumn Session  
REHA 4031 Honours Research 1 20
Spring Session  
REHA 4032 Honours Research 2 20
 Credit Points100
 Total Credit Points340

Equivalent Subjects 

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier. 

BIOS 1015 Functional Anatomy, replace by NATS 1022 Functional Anatomy

BIOS 2029 Pathophysiology 1, replaced by NATS 2038 Pathophysiology 1 

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier. 

HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies, replace by HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 

HLTH 1001 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice, replaced by HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health