Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)
What makes Physiotherapy at Worcester special?
Physiotherapists enjoy a challenging and rewarding career, working with patients in a variety of settings, from intensive care to community care, helping those affected by injury, illness or disability to fulfil their potential and rebuild their life. Physiotherapy also plays an important role in injury prevention and health and wellbeing.
In addition to the knowledge and expertise you will need to be a first rate physiotherapist, at Worcester you will study leadership throughout that will enhance your degree and help you develop your career. With our commitment to inter-professional learning, you will also gain experience working alongside Occupational Therapy and Nursing students, invaluable teamwork experience for anyone hoping to work in the modern inter-disciplinary health sector.
- This course is validated by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Excellent links with physiotherapists throughout the region, ensuring the course content is professionally relevant, and placements are varied and well-supported
- Develop your clinical skills through work-based learning and our excellent on-site facilities, including simulation suites and a student led clinic in the McClelland Centre
- This course is not NHS funded
What qualifications will you need?
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
- 120-136 UCAS tariff points, to include A2 Grade B minimum in Biology / Human Biology / PE (General Studies not accepted). 120 points must be achieved in A2 subjects or equivalent
- BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport & Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) DDD. Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with AS or A2 Biology / Human Biology / PE at grade B
- Irish Leaving Certificate: 3A and 3B grades in 6 Higher Level papers at one sitting, including 2 science subjects of which one should be Biology
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: obtain 120 UCAS tariff points, with at least 30 credits at Merit or Distinction, with 12 of those in Science which must include biology related subjects. Access to Health Science and Science preferred.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching, and Fitness) may be considered where Mandatory units 1, 2 and 4 receive a Distinction grade and Optional Units 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 are chosen and receive a Distinction grade. AS Human / Biology or PE at grade B can be offered in addition where these units are not offered.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) may be considered where Mandatory units 1, 2, 4 and 17 receive a Distinction grade and Optional Units 14, 15, 18 are chosen and receive a Distinction grade. AS Human / Biology or PE at grade B can be offered in addition where these units are not offered.
We will consider the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Distinction if 3 of the following optional modules are chosen: 15 - Sports Injuries, & 7 Exercise, Health and Lifestyle, 6 Sports Biomechanics in Action, and 8 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, or 9 Fitness Training and Programming.
We will ONLY consider the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science with an AS in PE or Biology at grade B or above.
We will not be accepting the new Extended Certificate in Sport (taught from 2016).
Other additional qualifications may be considered where an applicant does not have the necessary Biology or PE qualifications. Students should normally have been in education within 3 years of commencing a place on the course. Please contact Admissions Team C for information: firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5. (HCPC 2012)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0 with no element below 6.5
The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.
Work experience and knowledge of the Physiotherapy profession
Applicants must gain some work experience, shadowing a Physiotherapist and have thoroughly researched the breadth of the physiotherapy profession. They must be aware of the core areas of practice and where Physiotherapists work, within and outside of the NHS. The diversity of the profession cannot be understood from one workplace visit and further research will be needed. Applicants should access information about the profession from the following websites, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health and Care Professions Council, and http://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/ and http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/ .
Applicants should ensure that their personal statements are focused on a clear interest and motivation for becoming a Physiotherapist. Applicants should also:
- Be able to reflect on their work experiences in relation to their future studies and their career
- Demonstrate team-working and leadership skills; for example in your work, hobbies or sports
- Show clear awareness of the qualities and values that are needed to become a healthcare professional
- Demonstrate strong verbal and inter-personal communication and listening skills
- Be able to work with a wide variety of different people as individuals, and provide examples of this
- Have strong and creative problem solving and thinking skills
- Have clear motivation for a career in Physiotherapy, and have made a reasoned career choice
- Be able to articulate clearly why they are interested in a career in Physiotherapy
All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.
No offers will be made without Interview. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the course. For full details please see the UCAS website.
The University strongly recommends that all students join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements. Not becoming a member may affect your opportunities to experience the widest range of placements.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
You will learn how to:
The physiotherapy course at the University of Worcester is a new three year Honours degree course designed to develop your practical and professional knowledge and skills alongside underpinning theoretical concepts, preparing you for your future career as a physiotherapist. Consequently, the theory and practice elements will be closely integrated in order to develop you as a competent professional.
Theory and practice run concurrently throughout Level 4 (year one) and Level 5 (year two) to fully support the theory and practice links necessary of the graduate physiotherapist.
Upon graduation and completion of all of the elements of the course you are eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as a professional member.
- Small class size (currently 16-30 students) encourages interactive and engaging practical seminars
- Supportive academic and practice education tutors facilitate collaborative learning
- Online and independent learning methods, aim to develop and enhance individual students skills
- Continuous and fulltime workplace learning through practice education in a range of practice settings
- Simulated practice in practical classes, role plays and skills development
- Group work and peer learning, to encourage team working skills and communication necessary for physiotherapy practice
- Guest lecturers and visiting speakers with specialist skills and expertise in physiotherapy practice
- Opportunities for involvement in research projects under supervision
Meet the team
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Being a Physiotherapist was the only thing Helen ever wanted to be. Before embarking on her career Helen was an international swimmer in Leeds, and competed in the Olympics in 1988. After this she successfully gained a place at Leeds to train while she studied. Helen graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1993 and moved to Birmingham after an inspirational elective placement at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and rotated through a variety of specialties, enjoying them all, finally specialising in musculo-skeletal paediatric physiotherapy.
Gordon Smith joined the University of Worcester in June 2013 to take up his first undergraduate lecturing post.
Gordon has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical physiotherapist. He has worked in a variety of locations including the USA and New Zealand.
He has been a Physiotherapy Team Leader working in the NHS in Worcestershire for over 10 years. Gordon is also a Fellow of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine.
Samantha is a highly motivated person and loves to learn. She discovered herpassion for teaching in 2001 and has been developing my ability to facilitating learning ever since. Samantha joined the Physiotherapy team here at University of Worcester in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy.
Samantha has been a Physiotherapist for over 24 years and has worked across the country in different NHS Hospitals. My specialist clinical area is Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy. She has a particular passion to motivated women to regain their posture, strength and fitness postpartum through physiotherapy.
David joined the university in 2012 after graduating from the Sports Therapy programme. He works as a sessional lecturer on the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programmes and leads modules in Healthy Lifestyle and Human Biology. David also works within the McClelland Health and Wellbeing Centre, providing placement opportunities for Physiotherapy students within student led clinics and exercise classes.
Rachel joined the University in 2013 after working clinically for 13 years as a physiotherapist. She has worked predominantly in the NHS with patients with musculoskeletal disorders, but has also worked in private practice, overseas and in industrial and occupational health settings. Her other main area of academic interest is acupuncture, which I teach at a post-graduate level to practising physiotherapists.
Becky qualified as Physiotherapist from Kings College London in 2003. In her first job she rotated through a range of specialities and very quickly realised she preferred working within the acute inpatient setting. Becky completed extended rotations within acute inpatient specialities such as neuro, respiratory and elderly care. It was then that she specialised into cardiovascular respiratory resulting in experience across a range of specialities within cardiovascular respiratory physiotherapy over the years, such as critical care and surgery.
Katharine joined the University of Worcester in 2013 to take up her first undergraduate lecturing post. She has worked predominately in the NHS but has left to establish a charity that specialises in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions. Alongside lecturing she also works part-time as a clinician treating a range of individuals with neurological diagnoses. Kat leads the student led clinic at the McClelland Centre on City Campus.
Where could it take you?
You will be qualified to work in a variety of roles within the NHS, industry, community settings, sport and the private, independent and voluntary sectors. In addition, there are opportunities to work in education, research, service management and overseas.
Praise for Student-Led Physiotherapy Clinic
A student-led physiotherapy clinic, run at the University of Worcester is changing lives, according to its users.
“This service is just amazing and has had such a positive impact on my life, said Anne Conry.
The clinic is run three times a week at the University’s McClelland Centre, based at its City Campus, and provides a safe environment for people living with long-term neurological conditions to pursue gentle exercise and activities that help to keep them mobile.
“I have been using the service for about six months now,” said Jimmy Glennon. “I have really seen an improvement in my health as a result; it’s been a great benefit to me. It’s a really excellent resource. The students and staff are great.”
The clinic is run by students on the University’s popular Physiotherapy degree, under the careful guidance of well-qualified staff, who are themselves practitioners.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
As part of the course you will need to travel to placements and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances.
We pay for a clinical uniform for you, but will need practical kit for physiotherapy sessions such as shorts, jogging bottoms and polo shirts. There is the option to buy a University practical kit. You are strongly encouraged to become student members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Physiotherapy BSc (Single Honours) B160 BSc/P
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
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