Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:3065 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. It is science based, committed to extending applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice. At the core of physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Through partnership and negotiation, physiotherapists work with people to optimise their functional ability and potential.
This four year part time course provides you, on graduation, with an opportunity to access a professional qualification in physiotherapy. It is designed for those that are unable to undertake the more traditional three-year course (or two year route). Our course enables students to become physiotherapists eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee Not specified Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time

Course Content

Prospective students should be encouraged that the modules for this programme are also areas of research and personal interest with our physiotherapy programme team. Our physiotherapy team is made up of physiotherapy professionals who between them have a wealth of experience academically and within the physiotherapy profession.
Our pre-registration programmes have the advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other – an understanding that helps to ensure you have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of their service user needs, and ensures that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard. This means that our teaching team also includes academic professionals from our other inter-professional learning programmes: Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.
For our BSc Physiotherapy, attendance at our University is for two days per week. Clinical placements are on a full-time basis.
Some teaching will be through problem-based learning (PBL) and, for these sessions, you may be working alongside students on the aforementioned programmes to prepare you for multi-disciplinary team working during your placements and upon registration as a physiotherapist.
In addition, our physiotherapy team invite a large number of practising clinicians to contribute to the teaching on this programme.
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

Year 1

Health Well-Being and Interprofessional Practice;
Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Physiotherapy Practice; and
Core Physiotherapy Skills

Year 2

Physiotherapy for the Upper Quadrant;
Physiotherapy for the Lower Quadrant;
Physiotherapy Practice 1;
Neurological Physiotherapy;
Cardiovascular Physiotherapy; and
Physiotherapy Practice 2

Year 3

Research and Evidence for Practice 1;
Complexities in Musculoskeletal Practice;
Context of Physiotherapy Practice;
Physiotherapy Practice 3;
Complexities in Rehabilitation; and
Physiotherapy Practice 4

Year 4

Research and Evidence for Practice 2;
Physiotherapy Practice 5;
Evidencing Practice and Continuing Professional Development; and
Research and Evidence for Practice 3

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6

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Please be aware that we are not able to accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
Our applicants should have:
Two A-Levels: normally CC (to include a biological or sports science, plus at least 1 other appropriate subject), supported by 5 GCSEs (to include Maths, English & Science))
Equivalent level 3 qualification; such as:
BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma, at MPP or above (in a relevant subject eg. Health & Social Care, Health Studies, Health Sciences etc)
Access to HE Diploma (relevant pathway)with at least 18 M/D credits in relevant Biological Science Units
International Baccalaureate (to include Biology at a Grade 4 or higher )
Other level 3 (or higher qualifications) with sufficient biological science content may be considered by the Admissions team
For those students for whom English is not your native language, you would also need to successfully complete the IELTS testing with a score of 7.0 or above, with no element below 6.5
Evidence of recent academic study
You must also have: two satisfactory references (including an academic reference), a satisfactory Occupational health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) – both of these are organised by the University.
Access is supported by the Health Education East of England, consequently the course is only available to: applicants classified as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ students.
NB: All applicants will be classified as either ‘Home/EU’ students or ‘International’ students.
In order to be classified as a Home or EU student you must be:
a) ‘Settled’ in the UK as a UK or EU citizen, or have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ granted by the Home Office. ‘Settled’ means being both ordinarily resident in the UK and without any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK; and
b) ‘Ordinarily resident’ in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the programme.
All other applicants will be classified as International students.
As part of the selection process, students will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a physiotherapist is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values.
Please note: You are also required to supply two satisfactory references preferably one from an academic source, the other from a work-based source. If you are selected for interview, then you will also be required to sit a Literacy & Numeracy test.
Interviews will take place from February 2014 for the September 2014 intake.
We accept a wide range of other qualifications from applicants studying in the UK, EU and other countries. For further details about the qualifications that we accept, please e-mail us with information about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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