Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This course is subject to validation and approval.

This course is for 2020 entry.

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
B160
Fees (Home/EU)
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This course is for 2020 entry. Applications for this course can only be made via UCAS. 


Overview

Helping patients recover from surgery, people with disabilities or long term illness or those recovering from accidents, sports injuries and strokes, 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 use to diagnose and rehabilitate across a range of conditions affecting the body systems. You will also learn how to prevent illness and disease through promoting health living and education, and apply a wealth of knowledge to complex situations to ensure safe and effective practice, building on the anatomical knowledge you will gain.  

Where can this degree take you? 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 a UK university. These include our purpose-built Health Hub and strength and conditioning suite at our new Moss House building (open 2019). This will enable you to practise and hone your physiotherapy skills in a real-life environment.

There will also be other exciting opportunities, including the chance to develop, advertise, manage and lead a ‘pop up’ physiotherapy practice 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.

UCB is working towards accreditation by the Health Care Professions Council.

Why should I choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities – purpose-built Health Hub, and strength and conditioning suite
  • Expert teaching - lectures and practical lessons are delivered by experienced UCB and guest lecturers who have clinical expertise in a variety of areas
  • Range of compulsory, assessed work placements in a broad range of settings, maximising exposure to the broad range of skills required of a successful physiotherapist
  • Teaching in small groups, with excellent support from academic lecturers, and personal tutors throughout your degree
  • Chance to develop transferrable skills such as leadership and management and become equipped to be innovative and creative to respond to challenges in the future of healthcare

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 practicing 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.

Individual study

You are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Canvas, UCB’s e-learning platform, gives students 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, OSCEs, written MCQs 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, health and social care, sports and exercise science. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 128 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 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

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

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 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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Modules (NV)

Modules

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology Academic Development Health across the Lifespan Neurological Studies Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies Musculoskeletal Studies

Year 2

Musculoskeletal Studies II Neurological Studies II Cardiovascular and Respiratory Studies II Research Skills *Placement

Year 3

Transition to Physiotherapy Physiotherapy – The Future Physiotherapy Project
  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 2019/20. 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.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

Placements are arranged in 5–6 week blocks, and undertaken in your second and third year. This will require you to be flexible and to travel to a range of placements throughout the West Midlands and surrounding areas. You will be placed in a range of settings to gain a wealth of experience and your performance in each placement will be assessed. This hands-on education is not only essential for the course, but enables you to experience the exciting and dynamic areas where a physiotherapist may work.

Attendance in your placement is essential, and you must commit to being on placement for 30 hours a week. You must spend at least 1,000 hours on practice placement throughout the degree. Failure to achieve 1,000 hours will result in being unable to apply for registration with the HCPC, and you will be unable to practise under the title physiotherapist. 

Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

Employability (NV)

Employability

This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career working in physiotherapy in a range of settings, including the NHS, private practice, in charities and hospices, schools and community settings.

Graduates who wish to continue their studies can progress to postgraduate level courses available at UCB, the University of Birmingham or elsewhere.

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

 
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