BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Key features

What do you study:

The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy is a three year degree programme that will provide students with a secure foundation of knowledge, sound clinical skills of assessment and treatment, and communication and interpersonal skills. There are a number of academic and professional skills that will be developed over the three years of the programme.  These skills are essential to become a modern and autonomous practitioner who is fit for practice.  These skills include the ability to research and appraise evidence; the ability to work effectively and collaboratively within an Inter-professional environment; demonstration of a high degree of clinical reasoning; the ability to reflect on practice and theory; the ability to educate patients on their condition and the ability to promote the importance of health and well-being. 

How do you learn:

This is a full time programme which uses a pattern of interspersing university-based education with clinical education placements throughout the three years of the course. The programme utilises lectures, tutorials, practical skills classes and guided independent study. As the evidence-base underpinning physiotherapy is constantly evolving graduates will be equipped to cultivate new knowledge and understanding through critical reflection, evaluation and research. The programme aims to ensure the curriculum and teaching and learning approaches are research-informed and provide our students with the learning opportunities which will enable them to become lifelong inquirers and researchers. Evidence based practice and the use of a critical, evaluative approach are viewed as key components of the course, and central aspects of the learning and development process. This is strengthened through staff being research active and the embedding of research informed teaching into the curriculum.

The underpinning philosopy of the programme is based on the ‘Problem Based Learning’ (PBL) approach. PBL uses a range of problem-based clinical case scenarios which have been developed in collaboration with our stakeholders, and reflect common conditions that physiotherapists manage and treat.  Each scenario has been written to reflect current and contemporary, practice issues relevant to the case, and to facilitate student development and progression across the three years of the course.  PBL develops and enhances problem solving, self-directed learning, collaborative working and facilitation skills.

How are you assessed:

The University Mission Statement emphasises the importance of providing teaching of international repute (this includes assessment) and the University Teaching and Learning Strategy recognises the need for well-designed assignments.  The range of assessments on this programme reflects the diverse nature of the profession. Variety in assessment allows a range of learning outcomes to be appropriately assessed.   Appropriate design and selection of assessments also contributes to achievement of an inclusive and equitable assessment strategy. Examples of assessment include: coursework (e.g. essay, reflective account; poster) practical exams and viva of students’ knowledge and clinical reasoning; written exams; presentations and assessment on clinical practice.

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