School of Health Professions

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Learn to work in diverse practice settings, including neurological, sports and respiratory, in a variety of healthcare locations including hospitals, specialist rehabilitation centres as well as patients’ homes. Our innovative, problem-based learning approach means that you learn from ‘real-life’ clinical scenarios that reflect conditions that physiotherapists treat. This course is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

You will benefit from extracurricular experience in providing supervised physiotherapy support with the Plymouth University Raiders Basketball Team and at events such as the Plymouth Half Marathon and Plymouth 10K. You will graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments. You could find yourself working in hospitals, health centres, the local community, with the elderly, the disabled or for charitable organisations both in the UK or abroad.

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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Tom Rogers:

"Physiotherapy in football is a small world so get your name out there in whichever way you can and impress somebody, either through voluntary or even part time work which football academies are always recruiting for. This is a great way to get experience and get your name in the mixer.

Be prepared to work at all levels: be that academy or within the professional ranks of a very demanding, anti-social job that involves travelling, and weekend and evening work. However, on the bright side, be prepared for the best work environment you will ever work in. If you’re lucky enough, you will get to have great working relationships with athletes and a range of medical professionals in a team environment."

Read more from Tom in his case study.

Key features

  • Complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in varied clinical settings alongside theory and practical skills.
  • Learn to study independently and in small groups with our problem based learning curriculum.
  • Become autonomous practitioners with highly developed problem solving skills.
  • Work with a physiotherapy team engaged in research at an international level.
  • Benefit from research informed teaching.
  • Benefit from extracurricular experience in providing supervised physiotherapy support with the Plymouth University Raiders Basketball Team and at events such as the Plymouth Half Marathon and Plymouth 10K.
  • Graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments. You could find yourself working in hospitals, health centres, the local community, with the elderly, the disabled or for charitable organisations both in the UK or abroad.
  • On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.  As a successful graduate you’ll be able to progress from student to full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Semester dates

Our semester dates are different from many other university courses, for details of the dates for the next academic session, please refer to the semester dates page.

Please note: In order to successfully complete your course and be eligible to apply for a professional registration you must complete a specified number of practice placement hours along with your theoretical study. This is a requirement of the HCPC. You will only be able to take personal holidays during the specified leave periods for your course. This includes induction week where it is vital you attend ALL sessions.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, shared learning with students from other healthcare disciplines will give you an insight into what it is to be a ‘professional’. You will enjoy physiotherapy modules relating to anatomy and physiology as well as the importance of health promotion and exercise. You will learn how to manage patients with a variety of conditions. During the second half of the year you will embark on a rewarding clinical placement.

    Core modules
    • PHY111 Inspiring Health and Exercise

      This module introduces students to the principles of exercise physiology and prescription in promoting health as well as the concepts of health behaviour and the influence of psychological and societal factors. Students will also gain knowledge of key health drivers that influence public health policy.

    • PHY112 Neuro-musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

      This module introduces the students to physiotherapy practice in the area of neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Simulated case scenarios will facilitate the students' learning of physiotherapy practice related to specific conditions in these areas.

    • PHY113 Applied Movement Science

      This module introduces students to understanding and assessing the biomechanics of human movement and builds on the basics of anatomy and physiology. Using a mixture of learning and teaching methods, further areas of movement science and functional anatomy are explored, including kinematics, kinetics, posture, proprioception, neuromuscular control and gait in relation to common functional and postural deficits.

    • PHY114 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 1

      This module introduces students to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice. Simulated case scenarios will facilitate the students' learning of physiotherapy related to specific patient problems encountered in this area of physiotherapy practice e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

    • PHY115 Clinical Education Placement Year 1

      This is the first clinical education placement. The students will be in direct contact with patients under the supervision and guidance of a clinical educator. This module includes pre-placement preparatory workshops.

    • SOHP401 Preparation for Practice

      This inter-professional module will introduce students to professional practice and the inherent standards expected of them. The characteristics and identity of allied health professionals, as evidence based practitioners, will underpin learning.

    • SOHP403 Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology

      This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology relevant to professional practice for Podiatrists and Physiotherapists.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll learn about the management of patients with cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. You will take increased responsibility in practice, utilising your theoretical knowledge and developing the confidence and personal skills required to be an autonomous physiotherapist.

    Core modules
    • PHY216 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2

      This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in year one. The module covers further areas of theory and practice in the aetiology, assessment, differential diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders in the upper quadrant, cervical and thoracic spine.

    • PHY217 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 2

      This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy in year one and covers further areas of practice in cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular rehabilitation. Simulated case scenarios will facilitate the students' learning of physiotherapy related to specific patient impairments. Students will analyse the impact of these on activity and participation restrictions.

    • PHY218 Neurological Physiotherapy

      This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in neurological physiotherapy in year one and covers further areas of practice in neurological rehabilitation. Simulated case scenarios will facilitate the students' learning of physiotherapy related to specific patient impairments. Students will analyse the impact of these on activity and participation restrictions.

    • PHY219 Clinical Education Placements Year 2

      This module consists of two elements which are the students' second and third five week placement education experiences. The students will be in direct contact with patients under the supervision and guidance of a placement educator. The module includes pre-placement briefing and post-placement debriefing.

    • PHY220 Ageing and Independence

      This module encourages students to consider elements of the aging process from a biological, psychological, social and environmental perspective; how these elements relate to the assessment process; and how to effectively utilize this knowledge in working with older adults. The role of physiotherapy in promoting independence and the provision of person centred rehabilitation strategies will be examined.

    • SOHP501 Project Studies

      This module develops knowledge and skills related to evidence-based practice and lifelong learning. The content is designed to enable the students to understand different research designs, to evaluate the research literature and to prepare them to undertake research at undergraduate level. Meets all or part of HPC Standards of Proficiency: 2b.1, 3a.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you will study more complex case scenarios in the key areas of physiotherapy practice. You will have the opportunity to undertake a supervised project in an area of your choice. During your placements, emphasis is on the levels of professional mastery and fitness for practice that you will require for registration and employment.

    Core modules
    • PHY321 Clinical Education Placements Year 3

      This module consists of two elements which are the students' fourth and fifth five week placement education experiences. The students will be in direct contact with patients under the supervision and guidance of a placement educator. This placement includes in pre-placement preparatory workshops and post-placement debriefs.

    • PHY322 Complex Case Management

      This module develops students' critical evaluation of physiotherapy management within inter-professional teams across an array of patient pathways and settings (acute to community) building on knowledge from previous cardiorespiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal modules. Wider community and social reintegration aspects of complex case management will be explored and critically evaluated.

    • PHY323 Enhancing Physical Activity

      This module is designed to critically evaluate the strategies and management techniques for enhancing physical activity. Building on the students' previous learning and experience, it will enable students to apply their knowledge to specific populations (for example, people with long term conditions or elite athletes), through a range of teaching and learning activities.

    • PHY324 Clinical Education Placement: Consolidation of Professional Practice

      This module is the final five week placement, and will focus on the students' ability to work as a safe and effective practitioner in preparation for qualification. The students will be in direct contact with patients under the supervision and guidance of a clinical educator.

    • SOHP601 Project

      Students will undertake and complete a short piece of research developed from the level 5 protocol which involves the collection and interpretation of a small amount of data. Findings will be presented in the format of a professional journal article and conference style presentation.

    • SOHP602 Inter-professional Working in Health and Social Care

      Students will explore, in depth, areas of inter-professional working to include quality enhancement of service provision and the patient experience.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Physiotherapy Programme Specification 6138

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

136

AAB including biology/human biology/applied science. Excluding general studies.

GCSES
5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution will also accept Functional Skills Level 2 (Numeracy) as an equivalent qualification to the GCSE Mathematics qualification. Plus one of the following level 3 qualifications listed below. (Note: equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk).

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

IB
33 overall to include 6 at Higher Level in biology /human biology. English accepted within - if Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B) - if Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B) - if overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS at 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements.

Access courses
Pass Access (e.g. science, health, nursing, and combined science) with 45 credits at level 3, 36 at distinctions to include 15 level 3 credits biology. Remaining credits at level 3 must be at merit. Will need GCSE English and mathematics at grade C / 4 if not already held.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DDD must be science/biology/applied biology/sport and exercise. All BTECs must always have an A level grade B or above alongside preferably biology.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THEIR STUDIES IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

IELTs

7.0 overall with 6.5 in all elements. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 in all elements  (if you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course).
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
Further information

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £12,250 £13,000
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

As from 2014-15 academic year, all NHS funded professional courses are required to select and interview their applicants using a ‘values based’ approach. As part of this process, your UCAS personal statement will now also require this additional information, which will demonstrate insight into your understanding of the importance of NHS values in your chosen professional discipline.

Watch our short film to find out about physiotherapy at Plymouth

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English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

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Ruthy Pritchard - graduate profile

"Plymouth equipped me with skills beyond the clinical training:

  • it prepared me to be an effective problem solver
  • it taught me to evaluate the learning process, to be part of a team and to accept differences of opinion
  • it taught me to recognise strengths and weakness in a positive, constructive way
  • it taught me about learning from failure, and learning from success.

"Studying at Plymouth definitely changed how I see myself, it gave me confidence and direction. It taught me how to enjoy and appreciate long life learning." 

Learn how Ruthy became a respiratory specialist physiotherapist

Careers insight - Kiah Rosenstein

I want to help others achieve their physical potential and be the best they can be. This has been a very rewarding career and given me great personal satisfaction.
Kia tells us more

Careers insight - Tom Rogers

Since graduating in 2009, Tom Rogers has gone on to work as a physiotherapist at Swansea City Football Club.
Tom tells us more

Student insight - Hayley Ranachan

Placement is probably the best part of the whole course. We have to complete 1000 hours (30 weeks) on placement, which is split into six placements of five weeks long.

Hayley tells us more

Student insight - Matthew Freeman

I like how the size of the cohort is quite small compared with other courses. Everyone knows each other and we are all really close.

Matthew tells us more

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