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.
Please note: this course is not NHS funded.
- 100% overall student satisfaction for Physiotherapy (NSS 2017 and 2018).
- This course is validated by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- Completion of the programme will give you eligibility to apply for registration with the HPCP. Physiotherapy is a protected title which means you must be registered with HPCP to use this title and work in the UK.
- 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 received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)
What qualifications will you need?
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C/4 and above including English Language, Mathematics and Science. University of Worcester GCSE Maths and English equivalency tests are also accepted.
- 120 UCAS tariff points or BBB, 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 welcomed - 60 credits in total, with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 with at least 24 credits at Distinction and the remainder at Merit, with at least 15 of those in Biological Science related subjects. Access to Health and Science preferred. At least 120 UCAS points must be achieved
- International Baccalaureate: Obtain a total of 128 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 International Baccalaureate Higher Level Certificates, to include Biology at H6
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 2013)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0 with no element below 6.5
Work experience and knowledge of the Physiotherapy profession
We are looking for applicants who have a good understanding of the breadth of the profession and the diverse settings where Physiotherapists may work. Work experience shadowing a Physiotherapist is highly recommended, however, we appreciate that this can sometimes be difficult to obtain. Where shadowing experience isn’t possible, knowledge of the profession may be gained through attending University open days or careers events, talking to qualified Physiotherapists, reading professional publications or researching online. The following websites may provide a helpful starting point; the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health and Care Professions Council, and Step into the NHS and NHS Careers.
If your Physiotherapy work experience is still pending when you submit your application, please don’t worry. Tell us what you have planned, demonstrate that you have researched the breadth of the profession in other ways and reflect on any alternative relevant experience you have had so far.
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
We welcome applications from disabled students. More information and guidance on disability and becoming a health and care professional can be found on the Health and Care Professional Council website.
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.
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.
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. The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course will be going through re-approval by the CSP and HCPC in spring 2018. This may result in some changes to course structure and content.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, practical skills sessions and small group seminars. Practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills. Seminars enable discussion, developing your understanding of topics covered in lectures. Approximately 1/3 of classroom activities are shared with the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course, to support your development as a health & social care professional.
You will also complete over 1000 hours of practice learning, working alongside experienced clinicians in a range of areas, locations and specialities. Theory and practice run concurrently throughout year one and two, helping you to apply your knowledge. In year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake 2 x full-time blocks of placement activity.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.
In a typical week you will have around 10-15 contact hours of classroom teaching, not including placement. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules scheduled. In your final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Class contact time will be variable from semester to semester.
In addition, you can expect to spend between 15 – 20 hours per week on placement in semester 2 of year 1 and across both semesters in year 2. Block placements in year 3 equate to 37.5 hours per week.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15 - 20 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, as well as preparing for examinations.
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners. Service users and practicing professionals, who may deliver sessions related to their clinical speciality or health condition and experiences, also support your teaching.
Teaching is based on research and consultancy; all permanent members of the Physiotherapy staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essays, poster presentations, practical exams and unseen written examinations.
A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
- 2 x 2 hour unseen written examinations
- 60 minute Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
- 30 minute practical demonstration and viva
- 2 x essays
- Reflective portfolio
- 2 x essays
- 15 minute group presentation
- 2 x reflective portfolio or oral presentations
- 3 x OSCEs
- Research proposal
- 8-10,000 word independent study
- 2 x reflective portfolio or oral presentations
- 1 x essay
- 30 minute conference poster presentation
- Patchwork assessment
- Oral examination (mock job interview) with written summary
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
Meet the team
Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:
Dr Helen Frank
An international swimmer, Helen competed in the Olympics in 1988. She is the course leader for the physiotherapy course at the University of Worcester. Following a Master’s degree in Learning and Teaching in 2001, she became a lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. Helen remains passionate about student support and development and completed her Doctorate in 2017, carrying out research into the learning experiences of visually impaired physiotherapy students.
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 she teaches at a post-graduate level to practising physiotherapists.
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 her passion for teaching in 2001 and has been developing her 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. Her 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.
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.
Having the opportunity to study Physiotherapy at The University of Worcester has helped me gain skills to develop both in my career and as an individual, especially through the courses emphasis on leadership. As an active learner, the unique structure of the part time placements allowed me to put my learning into practice in a range of settings, from NHS to private.
The inter-professional environment of learning has provided me with invaluable teamwork experience which I have been able to carry over to my work. To make the experience even better, we were given a wonderful opportunity to complete our final placement in Vietnam, which allowed me to enhance my communication and life skills on top of working in a completely new and unconventional setting out of my comfort zone.
I have been able to use all these skills in my current role working for Kings College Hospital NHS foundation trust. Throughout the variety of other rotations I have worked in, my role always involves promoting independence and improving the quality of life of our service users, as well as developing the service itself.
I graduated with a BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) in 2016. I was in the first cohort of Physiotherapists to graduate from the University of Worcester. My route to University began with an Access to HE course at college when I was 28. I am also a single mother to two young children and had been out of education for almost 9 years. Finance, therefore, was a serious implication and I chose Worcester because of its vicinity to my home, the support offered to mature students, the educational support and the brilliant financial support on offer to its students.
At the interview, I could see the passion the lecturers had for the university. Then, during the course, I always felt they went above and beyond to help me as much as they possibly could. Firstpoint were also really helpful and although the cohort were of different ages, every student helped and supported each other throughout the course from our first assignment to graduation.
Since graduating I have completed my band 5 acute rotations, I am a physiotherapist at a local football club and for my oldest son’s football team. I am just commencing a band 6 role specialising in Women’s and Men’s Health. I have achieved so much in the past 5 years I never thought possible. Of course there have been challenges, but, when you have a patient that says a simple ‘thank you’, it makes all those times worth it and helps me to step back and reflect – wow! I am helping people and improving people’s lives – that is best feeling in the world!
The physiotherapy course at the University of Worcester has been a tremendous aspect of my life journey. It didn’t just improve my academic excellence, it played a great part in shaping who I am today. The open door policy promoted support from the amazing lecturers with feedback on strengths as well as areas to improve on.
This course and the brilliant team ensured I was prepared for life beyond the university walls by providing inter-professional learnings, valuable experiences from placements in various settings, enhancing my leadership and employability skills. It advanced my clinical reasoning skills, which I utilise in my workplace to provide holistic treatments adapted to suit individual and group exercise classes.
By incorporating all I’ve learnt from this course, I am able to take positive risks in my role in optimising people's rehab potential as well as injury prevention.
The physiotherapy course brought out the best in me, allowing me to think critically and constantly learn whilst in University and practice placements. However, the best part about this course was the staff, who supported me through the process unbelievably through their own passion for physiotherapy.
I am currently working in adult mental health services and providing physiotherapy for people with severe and enduring mental illness in both inpatient and community settings.
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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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.
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The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.
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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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).
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How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Physiotherapy BSc (Single Honours) B160 BSc/P
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