To mirror the work of a qualified physiotherapist, our 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 theoretical teaching in the classroom, you will embark on a series of six-week practice placements. After each practice placement you will return to the University for a period of reflection, which will develop your knowledge and skills further, and inform performance in your subsequent practice placements.
For classroom-based teaching, there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical skills teaching, blended learning and group work. In each academic year there is an opportunity to learn alongside other health and social care students supported by our academic lecturer-practitioners and clinically qualified staff. All our students are provided with free iPads at the beginning of the course. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads, meaning content can be rapidly revised and updated, and you can annotate it during teaching sessions.
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, fully preparing you for your career in Physiotherapy.
An essential element to this course, we offer a fantastic range of practice placements that allow you to develop your hands-on skills in the diverse areas that physiotherapists work. Crucially, you will exceed the minimum of 1,000 clinical practice hours you need to qualify as a professional physiotherapist.
Three large NHS teaching hospitals in Leicester
Mental health placements
Palliative care, both adult and paediatric
Charity-run therapy centres
A young disabled unit
High level sport (with Leicester Tigers)
Specialist head injury facility
Sports injury facilities
We are also about to start working with the injured military services personnel in the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre.
You will start with observational experience of professional practice in Year 1. In Year 2 there is 12 weeks of hands-on practice education. In Year 3 there is 17 weeks of hands-on practice education. Each placement is supervised by trained physiotherapy clinical educators, and you will be given clear learning outcomes defining what you should be able to do by the end of each one.
Whilst on placement you will have the opportunity to work and study with other health and social care students, reflecting the real-world professional environment.
Our assessments are integrated to help you to consider all aspects of the course when tackling a clinical problem.
You will have regular opportunities for formative (informal) assessments throughout the course. These gives you an opportunity to test your learning and get feedback.
We will also give you feedback on the summative (formal) assessments that you must pass to progress to the next stage.
We use a variety of assessment techniques to test your ability to apply your knowledge and skills to clinical problems and patient management. These align to the type of subject they are in and the very practical requirements of a physiotherapist’s role.
In the practice placements you will receive formative feedback from your clinical educator as well as support from a tutor from the University. At the end of each placement, you will be formally assessed based on your performance throughout the placement period, and there is a separate assessment of your clinical reasoning ability. This helps you develop into an excellent therapist.