Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession where practitioners use their skills to improve and manage a wide range of medical conditions.
Physiotherapists help people affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapists take a ‘whole person’ approach to health and fully involve the patients in their own care through education, awareness and empowerment.
On this course you will study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathology in order to apply these to clinical situations. Your study will include clinical placements in a variety of NHS and private settings to give you a diverse experience to prepare for your future career as a Physiotherapist.
The course benefits from using state-of-the-art facilities including treatment rooms, rehabilitation space, a hospital ward, a skills laboratory, a biomechanics laboratory, three physiology laboratories, a strength and conditioning suite, a fitness suite and a simulated ‘home’ environment.
The course is approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to practice as a registered Physiotherapist.
Methods of teaching and learning will include:
- Lectures & seminars
- Group work & discussions
- Skills practice in a clinical skills laboratory
- Clinical placements at levels 4, 5 and 6
- Reflective logs
- Case-based discussions
- Assessment of competencies
- Self-directed study
Students’ academic year will be split into blocks of taught delivery and blocks of placement activity. Teaching and placement activity will run Monday to Friday throughout the academic year and may require students to undertake placements in other counties within the UK.
You'll study a variety of modules from 'Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics' to 'Leadership and Innovation in Practice'.
Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.
Tariff information for 2020 entry†
AAB at A Level to include a grade B or above in Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education, but excluding general studies, DDD at BTEC when the core subject is science-based, or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the tariff total.
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.
Don’t yet meet these entry requirements? Consider our Health and Social Care CertHE while you work towards this course.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
|UCAS codes available for this subject|
|BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-time||B160|
Physiotherapists are in high demand. Work for the NHS, in private healthcare, education and research, or set up your own business. Physiotherapists may choose to stay general in their clinical careers or specialise in a certain area such as:
- Inpatient hospital care
- GP surgery or A&E
- Elderly care
- Women’s health
- Sports injury
- Community rehabilitation
- Health promotion
- And many more areas.
The University has excellent links with local NHS partners ensuring students have access to a variety of high quality placements throughout their course. In addition, the University acts as an NHS ‘hub’ with some rehabilitation programmes being delivered at the University campus, providing regular placement experience for students.
Associated professional accreditations
On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). Membership of the HCPC is vital to be able to practice as a Physiotherapist in the NHS.
"This course is very practical - I believe students learn best when they have the opportunity to gain experience alongside their studies."
Put theory into practice and get ‘hands-on’ with your learning with a clinical skills laboratory, hospital ward, exercise testing and biomechanics laboratories.
Health promotion and patient self-management
The course is underpinned by firm foundations in exercise and health. We teach students to become experts in advising and supporting individuals to manage their own health and prevent injury and illness.
Developing innovators of future health care
We teach students to act with care and compassion, developing a culture of care whereby all levels of staff have the ability to facilitate service change and help secure a sustainable future for our NHS.