BSc Physiotherapy (Hons)

Key features

First year

Modules are centred on the practice of physiotherapy with the relevant theoretical aspects underpinning these. Practical skills are developed through practice on your peer group. Exploration of various topics relevant to your development as a health professional, such as study skills, professional codes of conduct, cultural competence, ethics and research, will be shared with students on the Bachelor of Nursing programme. A four-week block of clinical experience will take place mid-way through the year, helping to integrate theory and practice.

Second year

This year introduces you to social aspects of health and illness, and continues your studies in professional development.  You will build upon your first year modules, developing knowledge and skills in cardio-respiratory, neurological and musculo-skeletal physiotherapy. Three six-week clinical modules towards the end of the year enhance your clinical reasoning skills.

Third year

Your third year focuses on issues related to the context of health care. Research skills are refined in your dissertation.. Academic modules surround the two six-week clinical modules. 

A wide variety of teaching methods are used to facilitate learning, such as small group teaching sessions, tutorials, practical and seminar work. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning through identification of your learning needs and development of self-directed study skills through enquiry-based learning.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.

You will be seconded to a range of diverse and exciting placements throughout the programme, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians.

Placements

Practice education modules occur across all three years of the programme and assessment of your practice education is continuous.

Learning within the clinical arena is an important and compulsory part of the course. All students have to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education during the programme.

Placements vary as to the experience offered; you may work within the hospital environment, in community-based environments such as clinics or schools, and within the independent and voluntary sectors. You may experience a variety of working practices including extended hours and seven-day working. 

Assessment of learning uses treatment toolkits, seminars, practical demonstrations, practice placement assessments, essays, case studies, research reports, portfolio development, dissertation, written and practical examinations.

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done.

Entry requirements

Please contact the University directly for current entry requirements.

Contact Information:
The Student Recruitment Team
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8327
Email: physio-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications for degree courses are processed by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications may be made from mid-September of the year prior to the intended year of entry. Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com.