BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Key features

What you study:

The course is divided into three levels which combine and integrate theory with clinical practice. The first year is essentially University based with a five week introductory clinical placement at the end of the first year. The second and third years consist of alternate periods within the University and the clinical environment. The importance attached to interprofessional education is underlined by the inclusion of two modules, one each at Levels 2 and 3, which stress the value of an integrated, holistic approach to patient/client management.
Practical sessions involve the practice of professional skills, using fellow students as models, to ensure you are prepared for the first professional practice component of the degree, at the end of the year.

  • Year 1 Skills of interprofessional communication, clinical reasoning and critical appraisal are developed through the study of social science, anatomy, biomechanics, clinical sciences and practical skills.
  • Year 2 Three five week professional practice placements are interspersed between periods in the University to prepare you for different clinical areas.
  • Year 3 Two further opportunities to undertake clinical practice are provided to allow further integration of practice and theory studied in the University.

Research is also integrated into the teaching of the course. During the final year students have the opportunity to undertake a research project or a literature review.

How you learn:

The course aims to:

  • Provide a high standard of education in professional and health related studies.
  • Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of physiotherapeutic practice.
  • Develop critical thinking and research skills.
  • Facilitate an interprofessional approach to physiotherapeutic and health related studies and practice.
  • Provide an insight into current themes and issues in contemporary physiotherapy and health care.
  • Provide physiotherapists who are autonomous practitioners able to implement safe and effective assessment, examination and treatment.

Computer skills are vital for your academic studies and future employment. At UWE computing is an integral part of your course - many lecturers make lecture notes and materials available via computers, and some modules will require you to use Information Technology (IT) to help you undertake and present your work. IT facilities are available on all campuses. At the main Frenchay Campus there is 24 hour access to computing facilities, and the University offers help and support throughout your course.
Professional practice experience accounts for approximately one third of the degree, with students gaining experience in a variety of placements within the local region.

You will complete a personal professional practice portfolio which ensures the required outcomes are met and  allows your learning experience to be monitored and tailored to the professional needs of the individual.
The practice part of the course is provided by National Health Service (NHS) Trusts, Primary Care Trusts (PCT's) in the Strategic Health Authority region. Placements within the Independent sector and Charity sector have been recently developed.

How you are assessed:

Modules are assessed by a wide range of methods including coursework, professional practice assessment, presentations, practical and written examinations.

Careful consideration has been given to the overall assessment load placed upon you as you progress through the course.