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BSc Physiotherapy

University of Essex
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English

About this program

BSc Physiotherapy

We produce physiotherapists who can be defined as professionals who work in increasingly complex environments and demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills, underpinned by a sound physiotherapy knowledge base and appropriate professional skills. You must possess self-directed learning habits that will enable you to continue as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner maintaining your fitness to practise throughout your career.

Physiotherapy is a science-based health care profession committed to extending applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice. Physiotherapists adopt a ‘whole person’ approach to maximise the potential of a person’s function and movement. Thus, physiotherapists not only help people stay independent for as long possible after illness or injury, but also help maintain health for people of all ages; preventing disease and managing pain.

Patient involvement is at the core of this approach and as such, key attributes a physiotherapist must possess include the ability to empower, relate and educate people to facilitate change in their health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Consequently, central to physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information.

Our BSc Physiotherapy course is studied full-time over three years and is designed as a continuous progression of integrated theory and practice, which puts emphasis on students being proactive partners in their learning experiences.

Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. We are based in the Essex Sport Arena at the Colchester Campus and bring together internationally recognised research, knowledge and placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

There's never been a better time to train as you can now apply for a £5,000 grant that you won't need to pay back! There is also an extra £3,000 funding available depending on your personal circumstances. You can find more information about eligibility and how to apply on the HSC Scholarships and Funding page.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: 6 GCSEs at C/4 or above (to include Mathematics, English Language and Science). Acceptable alternatives to our GCSE Maths and English requirements are listed further down this page.

A-levels: BBB, including a life science (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, P.E, Psychology, Sociology or Sport Science).

BTEC: DDD in a relevant subject.

RQF BTECs we can consider with any combination of optional modules are:

  • Sport and Exercise Science Extended Diploma
  • Sport and Exercise Science Diploma (alongside 1 further A-level or equivalent)
  • Applied Human Biology Extended Certificate (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Health and Social Care Extended Diploma (including Health Studies variant)

RQF BTECs we can consider on a case-by-case basis, depending on the optional modules chosen are:

  • Applied Science Extended Certificate (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Applied Science Foundation Diploma (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Applied Science Diploma (alongside 1 further A-level or equivalent)
  • Applied Science (all variants) Extended Diploma
  • Sport Diploma (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Sport Extended Diploma

QCF BTECs we can consider on a case-by-case basis, depending on the optional modules chosen are:

  • Applied Science (all variants) Subsidiary Diploma (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Applied Science (all variants) 90 Credit Diploma (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Applied Science (all variants) Diploma (alongside 1 further A-level or equivalent)
  • Applied Science (all variants) Extended Diploma
  • Health and Social Care Subsidiary Diploma (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Health and Social Care 90 Credit Diploma (alongside 2 further A-levels or equivalent)
  • Health and Social Care Diploma (alongside 1 further A-level or equivalent)
  • Health and Social Care Extended Diploma
  • Sport and Exercise Science Extended Diploma

Access to HE Diploma: 24 L3 credits at distinction and 21 at merit with at least 12 Distinction credits in relevant Biological Science units.

Access Diplomas will likely be in a Science or Healthcare related field to meet the requirement for Biological Science units. To check your Access includes a minimum of 12 L3 credits of Biological Science please contact your Access provider or check your course materials.

This Access diploma must be supported by level 2 Maths, Science and English Language (either as GCSE or Functional Skills level 2 qualifications), if relevant units not taken as part of the Access diploma.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Physiotherapy Led Assessment
  • Practice-Based Decision Making
  • Understanding Self and Others

Year 2

  • Physiotherapy Practice 1
  • Physiotherapy Practice 2
  • Physiotherapy Practice 3
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Physiotherapy Led Interventions
  • Promoting Health and Activity
  • Research Methods

Final Year

  • Physiotherapy Practice 4
  • Physiotherapy Practice 5
  • Physiotherapy Practice 6
  • Leadership of Self and Others
  • Preparation for Professional Practice
  • Research Project

Program delivery

  • We employ a variety of teaching methods including problem-based learning, technology-enhanced learning, and experiential learning
  • The use of peer support and self-directed learning enables you to take control of the learning experience
  • You undertake placements in six different clinical settings

Tuition

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £17,700

Qualification

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.

Career paths

Successful completion of our BSc Physiotherapy leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), which allows you to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.

About this institute

University of Essex

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