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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

A physiotherapist can make a lifelong difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically, using therapeutic intervention to optimise their abilities through health promotion, preventative healthcare and rehabilitation.

 
 

Course overview

Accredited

You gain knowledge, skills and practise to be a safe, autonomous and professional practitioner. Physiotherapy core skills include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, movement analysis and electrotherapy. As part of your placement experience you participate in a shift pattern rota or work.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. On completion of your degree, you can apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In addition to physiotherapy journals, databases such as TURIST and TUPACK for MRI, x-ray, CT and Ultrasound images aid your learning and familiarise you with the software used in the NHS.

Extracurricular opportunities open to you include the Elite Athlete Internship scheme, mentoring programmes or working as a research assistant.

Top reasons to study this course
> Physiotherapy is an internationally recognised profession offering global career opportunities.
> Bespoke contemporary physiotherapy facilities including labs, simulated ward space, hydrotherapy pool, simulation suite and IT suite.
> Opportunities to undertake an elective placement home or abroad.
> International exchange programme to explore international health care.
>Teaching team collectively have a wealth of experience so you benefit from their practical and academic expertise.

Please note 100% attendance is expected during this programme.

From September 2020 all new and continuing students on this course will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year if they’re eligible. They will not need to pay it back.
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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 Evidence-based Practice for Health Professionals

You examine the role of evidence-based practice and sources of evidence: primary and secondary research, guidelines, audits and evaluations to support clinical decision making. You develop skills in formulating focused questions, developing effective search strategies and literature retrieval.

Anatomy and Human Movement for Physiotherapists

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.

Introduction to Human Physiology for Healthcare Professionals

This multidisciplinary module introduces basic processes principles and concepts of human physiology required by a range of health professionals, including healing and repair processes.

Professionalism for Healthcare Professionals

 

Year 2 core modules

Evidence-based Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

You are introduced to evidence-based exercise and rehabilitation programmes across a range of populations, for example children, older people and working age adults.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

You prepare for clinical practice within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You learn how to assess and offer evidence-based intervention for a range of musculoskeletal disorders using a range of skills with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of care.

Neurological Rehabilitation

You develop the necessary attributes, knowledge, and skills to underpin a person-approach to the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with long term neurological conditions.

Physiotherapy in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Practice

You develop your cardiovascular and respiratory physiotherapy skills for assessment and management of patients, across the age range, with cardiovascular and/or respiratory dysfunction.

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.

 

Final-year core modules

Applied Clinical Reasoning

You explore and develop clinical reasoning within physiotherapy assessment, rehabilitation, and management for clients with comorbidities, long-term conditions and complex needs across the lifespan continuum.

Developing Leadership and Service Improvement Skills for the Future Ready Practitioner

You develop a knowledge and understanding of healthcare policy, statutory and professional policy and explore the impact of these policies with respect to patient care, professional practice and service delivery. There is a strong emphasis on personal and professional development with an exploration of the theories and concepts underpinning continuous professional development, leadership, human dimension of change and quality improvement. You are required to provide evidence of your personal and professional development using an e-portfolio, to demonstrate critical reflection and action planning to ensure you are prepared for the demands and expectations of your role as a future-ready healthcare professional in both traditional and non- traditional settings.

Dissertation for Healthcare Professionals

Physiotherapy Elective Placement

Physiotherapy Practice Placements 3a and 3b

 

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, often alongside other healthcare professional students. 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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

A physiotherapy degree can lead to a lifelong career with opportunities for progression and development. The need for physiotherapists is growing globally, so job opportunities are likely to increase.

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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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.

Full-time

Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£14,000 a year

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  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B160 BSc/P
  • Start date: September
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