Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This course is subject to validation and approval.

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
B160
Fees (Home/EU)
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Overview

From helping patients recover from surgery, sports injuries, accidents or strokes to supporting people with disabilities or long-term illness, the role of a physiotherapist cannot be underestimated. With a physiotherapy degree from UCB, you will receive the advanced training you need to kick-start your career in this rewarding, science-led field. Crucially, on graduation, you can apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

This course will give you the empowering skills you need to diagnose and rehabilitate across a range of conditions affecting the body systems. You will also learn how to prevent illness and disease, manage long-term conditions and apply a wealth of knowledge to complex situations to ensure safe and effective practice, building on the anatomical knowledge you will gain. 

You will find physiotherapists working in a whole host of dynamic health and social settings, including in the NHS and independent healthcare sector. Graduates also go on to work in education, service development and research, in the UK and overseas.

By choosing UCB to study your physiotherapy degree, you have use of some of the most cutting-edge training facilities at any UK university. These include our purpose-built Health Hub and strength and conditioning suite at our new Moss House building (opening 2020). This will enable you to practise and hone your physiotherapy skills in a real-life environment. You will receive outstanding support throughout your studies from your lecturers, practice educators and wider support services that are available for you at UCB.

Getting out into industry is also crucial and, thanks to our network of contacts, you will be able to undertake invaluable placements in a range of settings. There will also be other exciting opportunities, including the chance to develop, advertise, manage and lead a ‘pop-up’ physiotherapy practice at UCB.

UCB is working towards accreditation by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Why choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities – We have a range of clinical teaching areas hosting state-of-the-art simulation facilities to support your learning, including our purpose-built Health Hub and our strength and conditioning suite
  • Work placements – You will undertake a range of compulsory, assessed work placements in a broad range of settings, maximising your exposure to the broad range of skills required of a successful physiotherapist
  • Develop your knowledge - You will be taught in small groups, with excellent support from academic lecturers and personal tutors throughout your degree
  • Expert teaching – Lectures and practical lessons are delivered by experienced UCB and guest lecturers who have clinical expertise in a variety of areas
  • Employment edge – You will have the chance to develop transferable skills such as leadership and management, as well as becoming innovative and creative to respond to challenges in the future of healthcare

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by highly-experienced and qualified teachers including registered physiotherapists.  Some may be practising clinicians who are guest lecturers, and some lessons are delivered in a multi-professional context.       

Learning strategies include:

  • Practical lessons held in specialised rooms with a range of equipment
  • Small seminars to allow discussion, peer working and academic discourse
  • Self-directed study – students are expected to commit to supporting their studies through their own work, in their own time
  • Placement learning opportunities – this rich learning environment will allow you to develop and achieve your own goals, as well as those set out by the course

Students are expected to attend all their timetabled education in UCB, and are expected to attend all of their placement hours.

Individual study

You are expected to commit to self-directed learning, in preparation for teaching sessions. Your practical and classroom-based lessons will require you to contribute actively throughout. You will have access to a wide range of resources to support your individual study, including our e-learning platform Canvas, which provides access to learning and support material 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out throughout and at the end of each module. A variety of assessment formats will be used, including practical exams, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), written multiple choice questions and written assignments. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

A-level: Grade profile of BBB, including grade B in biology or physical education.

BTEC: Grade profile of DDM from one of the following subjects: applied science, applied human biology, sports and exercise science (must include anatomy and physiology unit). This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

If you are not studying an Extended Diploma in one of the related course subjects above, we will also consider 6, 9 or 12 Unit BTECs in the courses already stated providing you are also additionally studying an AS or A-level in biology or physical education at grade B.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entry and a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points will be required from a vocationally relevant subject matter. To find out if your qualifications are suitable to apply to UCB, please contact our Admissions team on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 128 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction in one of the following subjects: health science, health professional, biomedical science, biosciences, science, science for health practitioners.

GCSEs: GCSE/IGCSE maths, English language and science grades A*-C/9-4. GCSE equivalencies are not accepted for entrance.

Students must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Graduate Entry: A 2:1 or above in a related area will also be considered.

Interview

The Admissions team will use the entrance criteria, as well as your personal statement, reference and work experience information, to shortlist candidates for interview. All interviews will take place after the UCAS equal consideration deadline on 15 January.

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview which will comprise of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). You will be assessed on your motivation and understanding of the role of a physiotherapist. You will also complete a series of case scenarios and tasks while being assessed on your performance by different assessors, who may include members of the health teaching team, patients, practice educators and experienced clinicians. This will give a fair insight into your abilities, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate more than just your academic ability. Further details of the process will be sent to you if you are shortlisted.

Non-academic entry requirements

It is expected that applicants gain voluntary work or work experience shadowing a physiotherapist in order to have a good, clear understanding of what the profession entails. It might be that you have work experience organised, but haven’t undertaken it yet. If so, please don’t let this stop you from applying – we just need to know what your plans are to demonstrate your commitment to and passion for the profession.

We do understand, however, that this is not always easy to obtain and if this is the case, we would encourage applicants to gain knowledge in other ways. You could speak with qualified physiotherapists, read industry publications or do some research online. Useful websites include the The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and NHS Health Careers.

EU/International students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk

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Qualification Grade Points
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Modules (NV)

Modules

Year 1

Human Anatomy and Physiology Academic and Professional Development Musculoskeletal Studies Health across the Lifespan Placements 1 and 2

Year 2

Neurological Studies Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies Musculoskeletal Studies II Research Skills Placements 3 and 4

Year 3

Neurological Studies II Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies II Physiotherapy Project Placements 5 and 6
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

You must complete and pass all modules, achieving all credits in order to complete your degree. You must also complete 1,000 hours of practice education. You will then be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration and the ability to work under the title ‘Physiotherapist’.

Placements (NV)

Work placement

Attendance on your placement is essential, and you must commit to being on placement. You must spend at least 1,000 hours on practice placement throughout the degree. Failure to achieve 1,000 hours will result in you being unable to apply for registration with the HCPC.

What our employers say

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our practice placement team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

Employability (NV)

Graduate Careers

This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career working in physiotherapy in a range of settings, including:

  • The NHS
  • Private practice
  • Charities and hospices
  • Schools
  • Community settings

hired@UCB

hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

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