Undergraduate study
  • Note: this course is for 2019 entry onwards

Course overview

As a physiotherapist, you make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically, using therapeutic intervention to optimise their abilities. This is achieved through health promotion, preventative healthcare and rehabilitation.

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills so that on completion, you can apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and register with the Health and Care Professions Council.As with all healthcare professionals, the public place high levels of expectations and trust in their physiotherapist. To work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.

You learn to apply your knowledge and understanding of contemporary physiotherapy practice, and you gain the skills to be a safe, autonomous and professional practitioner. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, movement analysis and electrotherapy. Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends.This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Please note 100% attendance is expected during this programme.

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Course details

In your first year you gain a real understanding of what underpins physiotherapy practice. This includes anatomy, physiology, practical skills and handling techniques which prepare you to work with a broad spectrum of client groups. Professional regulations, governance and ethics of practice are also explored. You will undertake a three-week assessed clinical placement at the end of Year 1.

In Year 2 you enhance your core knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in contemporary physiotherapy practice. Learning also takes place in the clinical environment with the allocation of two five-week assessed clinical placements, which allow you to develop the links between theory and practice. You undertake a research methods module to help you formulate a question for your dissertation.

In your final year you carry out a research project based on physiotherapy-related issues. You further develop and consolidate your knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment as a contemporary physiotherapy practitioner. There are a further three assessed clinical placements in a variety of settings and with a range of client groups, which may include paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

An introduction to Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice, including a foundation placement

You develop your professional identity and understand the role of the physiotherapist in the delivery of health and social care in context. You develop skills in effective appraisal of evidence, development of professional behaviour and communication and compilation of a CPD portfolio.

Assessment is through written assignment and a practical examination.

Foundation Skills for Physiotherapy Practice

We introduce you to the core clinical skills and understanding of treatment principles that underpin practice. You integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, with that of pathology, exercise and rehabilitation. This knowledge is applied to a diverse range of client groups.

Assessment is through a written assignment and a practical examination.

Foundations of Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy Practice

You develop the functional anatomical knowledge and biomechanical principles, which underpin normal movement and the neuromusculoskeletal components of clinical practice. Structural anatomy is related to common movement tasks incorporating a problem solving approach.

Assessment is through a written assignment and a practical examination.

Introduction to Physiology for Physiotherapists

You cover the basic physiology needed by physiotherapists through weekly lectures and practical sessions. You are introduced to the underpinning physiology of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems, and explore physiological concepts in our well-equipped physiology laboratories. Threaded through this is the physiology of the healing process for soft tissues and bone, and the consequences when healing is prevented. The assessment for the module is a written exam, taken in June, with an informal exam earlier in the year in February.


Year 2 core modules

Applied Concepts of Health and Wellbeing

You develop knowledge and understanding of psycho-social and behavioural science theories which underpin the promotion of health and rehabilitation in physiotherapy practice. Learning for this module takes place in the university environment and on a practice placement with blocks of study timetabled around the placement.

Assessment is through written assignment.

Dissertation Preparation for Physiotherapy

You develop the knowledge and understanding of the research process giving you a sound understanding of differing research methods you to engage in the development of a dissertation proposal.

Assessment is through a written research proposal.

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Established and Long-term Conditions

This 20-week long module, focuses on the skills and attributes necessary to manage patients with established health needs. You look at an integrated approach to management, based on clinical problem-solving and an exploration of the related evidence base underpinning practice is used to develop an holistic approach to clinical decision-making. You develop core physiotherapeutic skills such as therapeutic handling, manual therapies, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy, which you apply to a variety of clinical conditions reflecting contemporary physiotherapy practice, such as work and lifestyle related pathologies, the older person, long-term conditions, neurology and paediatrics.

Physiotherapy Practice Placement 2a and 2b

There are two placements of five weeks duration in the clinical practice area. Each placement offers a unique and new educational opportunity as the client groups and practice environments differ.

The Role of Physiotherapy in the Early Phase of Rehabilitation

You build on your first-year knowledge and skills, allowing you to contribute to the physiotherapy management of service users on the acute to subacute, or early phases of rehabilitation across the physiotherapy disciplines.

You explore the impact of acute and early onset problems on the various systems and an individual’s functional ability in disease and dysfunction.


Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Physiotherapy Practice

We help prepare you for the demands and expectations of current healthcare practice. You explore health and social care policy alongside statutory and professional policy, to give the student an understanding of how they impact upon service delivery.

Assessment is through written critical commentary and evidence from professional development portfolio.


We enable you to plan, implement, analyse and disseminate a live research project. You build on clinical and research related knowledge and skills developed during the programme and focus your application to a specific research question relevant to contemporary practice or education; which has been developed by you.

The main learning strategy throughout the module will be self-directed. This will be supported with a short series of lectures and seminars. You build on skills developed at Levels 4 and 5 of time management, data handling and interpretation and critical review. Specific support and guidance will be provided by an individual Academic Supervisor. Learning materials will be available via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), e-learning@tees; which can also be used to communicate both with peers and academic staff.

Formative assessment will occur mid-way through the module, at which point you will be expected to critically reflect on the research process, evaluate current progress and make recommendations for the next stage of your research.

Summative assessment of the module will be in two components:

Component 1: A 500-word abstract (30%)

Component 2: A 30-minute viva supported by a conference poster of 1,200 words (70%)

All materials will normally be submitted in Week 13 of the module. Where possible, service users will be invited to the summative viva.

Evidence of appropriate Research Ethics Committee approval must be included with the work submitted for assessment. If this is not included with the assessment, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Integrated Management of Clients with Complex Needs

This module will enable the student to critically assess issues surrounding vulnerable groups of people. It aims to encourage students to look beyond the disease approach to health and rehabilitation to broader issues incorporating psychological, spiritual and social needs.

Assessment is through a poster presentation and oral discussion.

Physiotherapy Practice Placements 3a, 3b, 4a and 4b

There are four placements of five weeks duration in the clinical practice area. Each placement offers a unique and new educational opportunity as the client groups and practice environments differ.

Physiotherapy Research and Dissemination


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

There is a range of diverse learning and teaching methods used throughout the course which includes keynote lectures, seminars, small group work as well as practical skills sessions. You are given constructive feedback to enhance your learning opportunities. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning throughout the duration of the course. You must complete at least 1,000 hours of clinical practice successfully to comply with the regulations of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Clinical placements enable you to assess and treat clients with varied clinical conditions, in a range of hospital and community settings. During placements you are supervised by experienced clinicians and receive visits from University tutors. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you will be required to travel for some placements.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully to demonstrate:

  • conducting assessment and treatment procedures safely and effectively
  • satisfactory clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • satisfactory skills in communication and team working
  • evidence of appropriate selection and appraisal of methods of critical enquiry.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 128-144 tariff points from three A levels to include 40 points from a science or social science-based subject and five GCSEs grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent, to include English language, maths and a science (or equivalent). For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.

The selection process includes shortlisting of your application which if successful you will be invited for an interview.

International applicants
International applicants can apply for this course.

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 100/120 before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can choose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost).
  • If you cannot attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

Shortlisting criteria
Your application will be measured against the following criteria:

  • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
  • the level of all qualifications and grades are specified
  • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
  • evidence of successful level 3 academic study over the last three years
  • personal statement that is supportive of your chosen programme and demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the role of the professional
  • a satisfactory reference

If you are invited to interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course - but it is important that you contact the Admissions Office immediately.

Interview criteria
At interview you will be measured against the following criteria, mapped against the NHS Constitution:

  • knowledge of chosen profession/career
  • an appreciation of the demands of the programme and chosen profession
  • enthusiasm for the programme/profession
  • ability to communicate effectively verbally and non verbally
  • attitude towards equity of care

If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:

  1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications.
  2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations - please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
  3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course.
  4. satisfactory references.

Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

Please note: If you have at least a 2.1 degree in a physiotherapy-related subject and are considering applying for an undergraduate course you may wish to apply for a master's degree in physiotherapy.

For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Career opportunities

Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.


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Entry to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B160 BSc/P
  • Typical offer: 128-144 tariff points and interview

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