BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Key features

What you study:  This programme consists of a combination of university based and physiotherapy practice based modules. On university based modules you will cover a range of areas of contemporary physiotherapy practice as well as the clinical and behavioural sciences that underpin practice. Development of your competence and transferable skills is emphasised. You will study the research process, learning how to apply current evidence to your practice. You will develop skills in reflection and critical appraisal.

Subjects studied at each level include:-

Level 4 (Year 1)

Anatomy, human movement and biomechanics (practical focus)

Human Physiology

Introduction to research methods

Professional practice (including team working, ethics, personal development planning, professional frameworks)

Physiotherapy skills (practical focus)

Level 5 (Year 2)

Health promotion and public health (delivered in conjunction with an International partner University in Finland)

Physiotherapy clinical reasoning (including application of anatomy, physiology and physiotherapy skills, to pathological processes and diseases using a problem based learning approach)

Research methods in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy practice (placement modules, including collaborative working, evidence based practice, portfolio development)

Level 6 (Year 3)

Physiotherapy practice (placement modules, including service improvement, service evaluation, portfolio development)

Exercise Referral and Physical Activity and Health

Clinical leadership, business skills and employability

Independent study - Application of research

Students have the opportunity to choose the subject for their independent study in level 6


How you learn:  Students will share their learning between on Campus sessions and practice placement learning. On campus teaching will be a mixture of classroom lectures, tutorials, small group discussions and practical classes, with approximately 50% of time in University spent learning practically in small groups.

There is a requirement for self-directed learning, and students will be expected to spend time outside of the classroom preparing for sessions and reading around subjects. Students practice skills on each other in the classroom before going out into contemporary physiotherapy practice and using these skills on clients.

Increasing amounts of time will be spent in the practice environment across the three years of the programme. There are opportunities for students to undertake some of their clinical placement learning abroad with our partner Universities in Europe, and the possibility of an International experiences through the UCLan Advantage.

How you are assessed:  Learning is facilitated through practical examinations, viva examinations, OSCE’s, presentations, assignments and clinical practice based assessment. There is a strong commitment to providing timely and constructive feedback for all assessments.

For further information contact: Admissions Office Division of Allied Health Professions University of Central Lancashire Faculty of Health Preston PR1 2HE 01772 894561


Entry requirements

Please contact the University directly for current entry requirements.

How to apply

Applications are through UCAS, University code C30, course code B160. There are approximately 26 NHS funded places available for 2012 entry.