Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)

2020-21

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - ABB

BTEC - DDD

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

80

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472561

About the course

Are you fascinated by how our muscles, joints and bones work together to make us move? On our Physiotherapy degree you’ll get the chance to delve into all the science behind the practice and build the skills and understanding you need to work in this hands-on and rewarding profession.

  • You’ll learn in small groups throughout the course, so you can take advantage of the high levels of support on offer.
  • Working in our physiotherapy practical rooms and biomechanics laboratory, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in massage, joint manipulation and hot and cold treatments, as well as electrotherapy, movement analysis and rehabilitation.
  • Our excellent links with local healthcare providers and sports clubs provide opportunities for you to undertake practical placements, where you can apply and build on the skills and knowledge you have learnt.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from Service Users and Carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
  • The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, so you can be confident it has independent approval.

Exploring all aspects of practice from musculoskeletal physiotherapy and health management to neurological conditions and working with vulnerable client groups, you’ll have the opportunity to build a wide knowledge base. As you progress through the course, you’ll study how to assess, advise and treat individuals with a variety of conditions including spinal and joint problems, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, and those recovering from strokes and other chronic conditions, accidents and operations.

“This course has been designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge through a logical approach, from understanding normal anatomy and physiology in the first year, to building on this knowledge over the subsequent years of study. The teaching is dynamic and practical, giving you the opportunity to get hands on practice right from the first week of the course.

“The experienced tutors from a range of clinical backgrounds facilitate your learning, developing your understanding of how pathology can influence the human body and how this can be managed via various physiotherapeutic techniques. The course incorporates 1000 hours of clinical practice which is undertaken in partnership with the National Health Service Trusts in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, alongside private hospitals and charities.”

 

Jackie Malone

Jackie Malone, Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor for Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)

Course detail

Core modules:

Applied Anatomy and Movement Analysis

This module provides you with the theory and skills fundamental to current physiotherapy practice by relating the anatomy and mechanical principles associated with human movement. The module focuses on the theoretical and practical approach to the provision of appropriate physiotherapeutic interventions. You’ll be assessed by practical exams and coursework.

Introduction to Health and Healthcare

In this module you'll explore how physiotherapists are involved in promoting public health and examine health promotion in relation to specific service users. This will be assessed through coursework involving a group presentation. You'll also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of healthcare delivery, as well as practical skills by completing a clinical placement. You'll have a three week physiotherapy placement, which will be continually assessed by a clinical educator.

Physiology in Physiotherapy Practice

In this module you'll have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of clinical and exercise physiology as it relates to physiotherapy through a combination of theory and practical sessions. You’ll have the chance to develop basic clinical skills fundamental to the practice of physiotherapy. You’ll be assessed by practical exams and coursework.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Entry requirements

ABBat A Level including a Biological Science (Biology or Physical Education), but excluding General Studies and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including an A level grade B or above in a Biological Science (Biology or Physical Education), but excluding General Studies and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

DDD in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (must contain at least 40% externally examined assessment) or DDD in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (must contain at least 40% externally examined assessment).

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 45 level 3 credits, 30 of which must be passed at Distinction and must include distinctions in at least 21 credits in Biological Science.

In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

Your Biological Science qualifications must have been gained within the last 4 years.

You must have relevant work experience with vulnerable clients and demonstrate a broad understanding of the physiotherapy profession.

You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.

Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer.

Other suitable experience or qualifications with a minimum of one third Biological Science content will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Katie's story


Watch Katie’s film to hear why she chose to study at Huddersfield and what the course placements involve. Katie also talks about why she recommends studying physiotherapy at the University and what her future career plans are.

Placements


We believe nothing can replace the exhilaration, pace and decision making of actually doing the job. That is why we consider clinical placements an invaluable part of learning and a compulsory element of the course, in order to offer you a range of experience and expertise.

You will undertake 1000 hours of clinical placements across the three years of study. These may be undertaken at sites across the Yorkshire and the Humber region in National Health Service Trusts providing primary and secondary care. In addition, experience can be gained in school settings, private hospitals, charities and sports clubs.

“All my placements were enjoyable and provided the opportunity to gain experience in how to assess and treat patients with a variety of health related issues, as well as work with different teams and learn from experienced physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals.”

Physiotherapy Graduate>

Maariyah Hanif, Graduated Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) in July 2019

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Our graduates have gone on to work as physiotherapists in a number of NHS hospitals and in the private sector. They have specialised in musculoskeletal care, rehabilitation and sport, as well as working in private practice or at sports clubs.**


* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
** Source: Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16, 2016/17 and LinkedIn

 

 

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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