Physiotherapy BSc, 3 years

Start date:

2019

Physios help people get back on their feet, treating patients from all walks of life – with all kinds of conditions. Sound rewarding? We think so too. In this degree, you’ll learn what it takes to become a physiotherapist and start changing lives for the better.

Course description

Course description

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which sees human movement as central to the health and wellbeing of individuals of all ages. The physiotherapists’ expertise helps to identify and maximise movement potential through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation.

This course prepares you to be a physiotherapist and exceeds the minimum of 1,000 clinical practice hours you need to qualify. The course provides observational experience of professional practice in Year 1 then 12 weeks of hands-on practice education in Year 2 and 17 weeks in Year 3, all supervised by trained physiotherapy clinical educators. Our developmental curriculum is designed to empower and teach you how to assess and treat patients and to communicate with both patients and other members of the multi-professional team professionally and effectively.

The course is delivered by a cohesive team of lecturer-practitioner staff who are all experts in their chosen clinical fields of physiotherapy practice. All practical skills teaching is undertaken in small student classes in newly refurbished specialist teaching accommodation which includes state-of-the-art clinical skills labs using high fidelity simulation manikins, our 360-degree immersive simulation facility and access to the Medical School anatomy dissection room. Our course has excellent links with our practice placement colleagues who work in a wide variety of clinical settings including NHS wards, outpatients units and clinics, a specialist Brain injury Unit, adult and paediatric palliative care units, private, independent and charitable facilities and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club. During both university-based teaching and clinical placement you will have the opportunity to work and study inter-professionally with other health and social care students.

All rooms are fitted with AppleTVs to facilitate digital learning and you will be given an iPad when you start which you will use daily in lectures, seminars and group work.

Our course has a strong focus on professional and lifelong learning skills, evidence informed physiotherapy practice and research skills.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB including Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education. General Studies, Critical Thinking and the EPQ are not accepted.
  • GCSE: Six subjects including grade B/6 in English Language and Maths plus grade C/4 in four other subjects including Combined or Single Science subjects
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Must include 15 credits in topics relating to human biology/anatomy/physiology
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 30 points with a minimum of 16 at HL including grade 6 in Biology. Minimum of 4 in HL Maths or 5 in SL Mathematics, or 6 in Maths Studies required if grade B/6 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 5 in English Language required if grade B/6 not held at GCSE. Minimum grade 3 required in at least three other subjects if not held at grade C/4 at GCSE. 
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDD in Applied Science/Medical Science/Forensic Science. Any other BTEC subject must be taken with an A-level grade B in Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education.
  • Foundation Year for Health Care Professions courses: 120 credits with at least 30 in relevant subject and an average of 70%.
  • Graduate applicants: 2:1 or better. If your degree is in a related subject (such as Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Anatomy or Sport) you do not need to meet all the entry requirements above. However, if your degree is in an unrelated subject, you will need at least Grade B in A-level Biology.

Health Requirements

You must be in good health and should be up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire (Word) and must be prepared to undergo an occupational health examination. If your vaccinations are not up to date, boosters will be provided by our Occupational Health department at no cost to you. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please let us know when you apply.

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Candidates with specific learning difficulties or disabilities are welcome to apply and will be considered according to the University’s Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Strategy. The Physiotherapy course may be able to make reasonable adjustments for such candidates, including at interview. However, it must ensure that all candidates will be able meet the core learning outcomes and competencies of the course, and in addition be able to practise as a physiotherapist on completion of the course. Initial scoring of the UCAS form and interview will be undertaken separately to any subsequent Occupational Health assessment. If you have a declared additional learning need or disability please inform the physiotherapy admissions team as soon as possible when you receive your interview invitation so that we can discuss reasonable adjustments. However, a satisfactory Occupational Health assessment may be a conditional part of any subsequent offer to determine if reasonable adjustment can be made.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Additional costs

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate which costs £62. We will provide you with details of how to apply for a DBS check. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

You will also need to purchase a stethoscope for around £60-£80.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £20,590 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Additional costs

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate which costs £62. We will provide you with details of how to apply for a DBS check. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

You will also need to purchase a stethoscope for around £60-£80.

Accreditation

Accreditation

This course has been formally approved by the HCPC and CSP.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

After successful completion of your undergraduate course you will receive your BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Once you have graduated and qualified you can use the protected title of Physiotherapist and practice physiotherapy as an autonomous practitioner. Graduate physiotherapists are in high demand and can chose from a number of career pathways. Many of our graduates go into employment as Band 5 Physiotherapists in the NHS to consolidate their knowledge and skills as they undertake clinical rotations which encompass all key areas of physiotherapy. Others have used their physiotherapy qualification to travel and work abroad either for VSO or embedded in the local health provision or private practice. Several of our graduates have been able to follow their dream of working in professional sport either full-time or on a part-time basis combined with work within the NHS or private practice.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In the first year the majority of study occurs in the university setting introducing the necessary theoretical background to support clinical education. The final week provides an opportunity to observe clinical practice and to contextualise knowledge and skills introduced thus far. In the practice environment you will work alongside and be supported not only by physiotherapy practitioners and fellow students, but also by a range of colleagues from other health and social care disciplines. This inter-professional collaboration continues into Years 2 and 3 as you develop towards professional autonomy.

Within the university, you will study the science of normal body systems to promote an understanding of their structure, function and inter-relationships, before moving on to altered and abnormal function and the role of assessment and rehabilitation. You will explore issues of personal and professional development, health and well-being in order to further prepare for learning in the practice environment. An awareness of the evidence base for health care professions and the research process is a fundamental and ongoing theme, promoted throughout the course.

  • Clinical Skills: Appendicular Anatomy
  • Clinical Skills: Pathophysiology 1
  • Clinical Skills: Introducing Practice 1
  • Professional Development 1
  • Clinical Skills: Axial Anatomy
  • Clinical Skills: Pathophysiology 2
  • Clinical Skills: Introducing Practice 2
  • Evidence Based Practice 1

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

The second year develops your knowledge and skills, relating these to the scientific and therapeutic bases of physiotherapy in 20 weeks of university-based activity and 12 weeks of clinical practice. Opportunities for consolidation of learning and application of theory to practice are an integral part of the course. Within both practice and university settings, the learning environment enables you to safely and effectively determine and implement comprehensive and integrated programmes of care for patients. You will be able to justify the selection of interventions, accurately assess patient outcomes and progress/end treatment or refer back for re-assessment by an appropriate qualified practitioner, whether that is a physiotherapist or a colleague from another health discipline.

  • Clinical Skills 2: MSK
  • Clinical Skills 2: Cardiorespiratory
  • Clinical Skills 2: Neurology
  • Placement Education 1
  • Evidence Based Practice 2
  • Professional Development 2
  • Placement Education 2

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

The third year and final academic year further develops clinical practice by enhancing your ability to function as a practitioner, partner and leader in 16 weeks of university-based activity and 17 weeks of clinical practice. The learning environment will enable you to build upon what you learned in Year 2 and once again you will have the opportunity to work with a range of professional colleagues. Inter-professional learning continues across the modules in both university and practice settings. Within both university and practice settings you will progress to be able to safely and effectively carry out a diagnostic assessment and manage patients with more complex needs. You will develop the capacity to lead and manage a physiotherapy/multidisciplinary team and exhibit awareness of the context of practice by exploring and identifying improvements to the service which will improve patient satisfaction and outcomes, and promote equality of care.

  • Placement Education 3
  • Clinical Skills 3: Enhancing Practice
  • Professional Development 3
  • Evidence Based Practice 3: Dissertation
  • Placement Education 4
  • Placement Education 5

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Graduates from this course are highly employable and there is great demand for newly qualified physiotherapists in the NHS, sport and leisure industry, private and charitable sectors both in the UK and abroad.

We have a vibrant student community led by the Physiotherapy Society who organise academic, sporting, charity and social events throughout the year, and are also a source of peer support.

You will have a wide variety of clinical opportunities through our many clinical partnerships with healthcare providers in the East Midlands region.

Teaching and learning

To mirror the work of a qualified physiotherapist this course is very hands-on and you will be taught to embrace a vision of patient-centred care within contemporary health and social care environments. Following an initial period of underpinning theoretical teaching in the University, you will embark on a series of six-week clinical practice placements. After each practice placement experience you will return to the University for a period of reflection to facilitate development of knowledge and skills, informing performance in your subsequent clinical placement.

In University-based teaching there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical skills teaching and group work. In each academic year there is an opportunity to learn alongside other healthcare students supported by experienced academic lecturer-practitioners and clinically qualified staff. Your iPad will support your learning throughout. 

In Years 2 and 3 you will be working with trained physiotherapy clinical educators in hospitals, in the community and in a variety of private, independent and charitable clinical placements. For each placement you will be given clear learning outcomes defining what you should be able to do by the close of each clinical placement.

Physiotherapy is a vocational course requiring a commitment to lifelong learning. Throughout the course you should be prepared to reflect on your skills and organise your own self-directed study.

Application process

In line with Health Education England’s Values-based Recruitment Framework, the aim of the Physiotherapy admissions team is to have a selection process that is open, objective and fair in order to select students with the ability, character and values to become caring, competent, effective and safe physiotherapists.

Stage 1: UCAS form

Your UCAS application will be reviewed and your application will be assigned a score based on your GCSE grades, confirmed (not predicted) A/AS-levels or other academic qualifications, actual/predicted degree (where appropriate) and the quality and appropriateness of your personal statement and reference. Applications are then ranked and the highest scoring candidates invited for interview.

Stage 2: Interview

If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to attend either a morning or afternoon event in the Physiotherapy facilities at the University of Leicester. There will be some group and individual activities including a brief presentation, followed by an interview with two members of the physiotherapy student recruitment team. We will then decide whether to make an offer (which may be unconditional or conditional) and this will be communicated to you via UCAS. If you narrowly fail to meet the terms of a firm conditional offer, we may still consider you and might admit you to the course if there are unfilled places.

Student Learning Contract

As part of the offer for a place on the BSc Physiotherapy course at the University of Leicester all students are required to agree to abide by the conditions of a Student Learning Contract (PDF) which you will be asked to sign during the induction week at the beginning of the course. This learning contract will apply to the entire duration of the course and the signed copy will be stored as a PDF on your University electronic record.

All students are subject to contractual regulations of University of Leicester, the Physiotherapy Course and of the Practice Education Organisation at which they are placed.

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