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BSc (Hons) - Physiotherapy

You’re driven to help others and improve their quality of life. You'd like to use scientific knowledge to maximise peoples ability to move and function. You want to become a physiotherapist who provides effective physical, psychological and social care.

Our course is designed to equip you with the skills and professional qualifications required for you to become a practising physiotherapist accredited by the CSP and registered with the HCPC.

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Accredited by:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy & approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

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Course Overview

Working alongside qualified expert physiotherapists, you will learn profession-specific skills which meet the needs of your future employers. You'll complete 1000 hours of work-based practice, taking advantage of our exceptional industry links. You have the opportunity to take part in a flexible self-directed placement in Year 2 that allows you to explore areas of your specific interest.

Our industry-experienced tutors provide you with theoretical backing and hands-on opportunities in our physiotherapy and simulation suites. Whilst learning, you will be able to work with other Institute of Health students, as you would in a professional role.

On completion of this degree, you will be eligible to apply for membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This will open up a variety of employment opportunities in the NHS, private and sporting sectors.

On this course you will...

  • Develop your skills and prepare for clinical environments with practical sessions facilitated by experienced staff in a range of simulated clinical environments.
  • Learn the practical skills needed in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological conditions.
  • Complete a range of practice placements within various settings allowing you to experience the nature of the profession and the different specialisms which it covers.
  • Get to know your classmates well and receive close tuition, support and guidance from our friendly lecturing team.
  • Be able to apply for membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council upon graduation, allowing you to become an autonomous practitioner.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

This programme will equip you with the skills you need to practice whether you choose to work in the NHS or the independent sector. You will have the opportunity to experience physiotherapy in a variety of practice placements.

First-year modules will give you the foundation for future study by focusing on the core knowledge and skills that are fundamental to physiotherapy practice.

In your second year, you will build on previous learning to apply your knowledge and skills to a variety of scenarios both in the classroom and within practice.

Your final year prepares you for the start of your career as a graduate physiotherapist. You will learn to integrate previous learning into more complex scenarios and develop management and leadership skills. The emphasis is on developing as an independent, lifelong learner culminating in undertaking a project.

Year one

Focus on the core knowledge and skills that are fundamental to physiotherapy practice including anatomy and the human body, health and ill health, Physiotherapy examination and treatment, research and evidence-based practice and professional practice.

  • Applied Human Science
    Develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human Neuro-musculoskeletal (NMSK) system and the inter-relationship between structure and function in health and ill-health.
  • Contemporary Issues in Health
    Develop an understanding of the factors affecting contemporary health and wellbeing.
  • Physiotherapy Examination and Assessment
    An introduction to the core physiotherapy skills of examination and assessment.
  • Physiotherapy Treatment and Management
    An introduction to the core areas of physiotherapy treatment and management. Learn how to plan, prescribe and carry out physiotherapy treatments.
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing
    An introduction to the use of physical activity and therapeutic exercise as a means of health promotion, with consideration of the biopsychosocial factors that can influence health and wellbeing.
  • Exploring Evidence in Practice
    Develop an awareness of the relevance of investigation to academic, professional and clinical development.
  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice
    First practice placement of the programme.
Year two

You will concentrate on the application of knowledge and skills both in the classroom and within practice. You will deepen your knowledge and develop your skills in key areas of physiotherapy practice and research.

  • Neuro-Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
    Study the examination, assessment, treatment and management of people presenting with Neuro-Musculoskeletal (N-MSK) disorders.
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
    Develop the knowledge and skills needed for the physiotherapy management of people with conditions that affect the brain and nervous system.
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation
    Further develop a practical and applied understanding of the anatomical, pathophysiological, examination, assessment and management techniques introduced in year one.
  • Physiotherapy Practice 1
    Develop a breadth of clinical experience reflecting the wide range of physiotherapy practice that will be encountered post-graduation.
  • Physiotherapy Practice 2
    Develop a breadth of clinical experience reflecting the wide range of physiotherapy practice that will be encountered post-graduation.
  • Collaborative Project Proposal
    You will produce a fully developed proposal and ethics application for a piece of research or investigative work.
  • Physiotherapy Self-guided Practice
    1000 hours of supervised clinical practice
Year three

You will prepare for the start of your career as a graduate physiotherapist. You will learn to integrate previous learning into more complex cases and develop management and leadership skills, including undertaking a research project. The emphasis is on you graduating as an independent, lifelong learner ready to take on the role of a registered physiotherapist.

  • People with Complex Conditions
    Explore issues related to the long-term management of people across the lifespan with complex and enduring health conditions.
  • Enhancing Employability
    Equip yourself for entry into employment, challenging yourself to consider current and future healthcare care trends and service needs.
  • The Graduate Physiotherapist
    You will critique your ability to lead, manage and implement change, and promote yourself as an ambassador for the Physiotherapy profession.
  • Physiotherapy Practice 3
    Develop a breadth of clinical experience reflecting the wide range of physiotherapy practice that will be encountered post-graduation.
  • Physiotherapy Practice 4
    Develop a breadth of clinical experience reflecting the wide range of physiotherapy practice that will be encountered post-graduation.
  • Collaborative Project
    You will produce a fully developed proposal and ethics application for a piece of research or investigative work.

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