BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Induction Information 2019 - stage 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our courses are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. 

As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. 

These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen programme, introduce you to the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city centre university campus and also signpost some of the support services available to you.

Sara Demain, Head of School - Health Professions

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Induction timetable

Tuesday 17 September - All today's sessions are at the Peninisula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) 

10:30–11:00: Welcome from the Heads of School and the Dean of the Faculty - LT1
11:00–13:00: Introduction to Physiotherapy and Q&A (Sian Goddard)  - SF35 and FF24
13.00-14.00: Lunch Break
14.00-15.00: Administration session and Card collection*** See below.  (GF23) 
15:00–16:30: Transition to University, Health and Wellbeing, Study Support and ABC's (Kath Donohue and Christie Robinson) - GF23
Wednesday 18 September - All today's sessions are on Drake Circus     

09:30–11:00: Personal Tutor Introduction (Kath Donohue and Christie Robinson) - Babbage 406
11:00–12;30: Uniforms** - MANDATORY - See below - Portland Square C1, C2 and C4
12:30–15:00: Meet and Greet Years 2 and 3 - Student 'buddies' from years 2 and 3 introduce themselves and discuss the course/answer questions, before the rest of the group are invited along before socialising - Davy Building Main Hall
Thursday 19 September - All today's sessions are on Drake Circus
13:00–15:30: Placement Fair - Sherwell Foyer
15:30–16:30: International students welcome - Babbage Building 410

Friday 20 September - All today's sessions are on Drake Circus
11:00–14:00: Year reps and introduction to the CSP - Babbage Building 410
14:00–14:30: Lunch break
14:30–16:00: Occupational health appointments* - MANDATORY - Please see below. Babbage Building 403, 413, 415 and 417

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Today's events

* Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on:

  • Friday 20 September 2019

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and course in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

** Uniform fittings

It is compulsory that you attend this session so that your uniform fits properly and is ordered in time for your placement.

*** Card collection

We cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport. Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.

If you are currently a student on a different programme and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo, please email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your course:

  • Enrol online by 16 September 2019 - this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 16 September 2019 - this allows your registration card to be printed

Passport checking during 17 September 2019

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card, which you will need to access the University of Plymouth Library, Students' Union and free bus service between the University of Plymouth and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre.

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Suggested Reading List


Drake, R.L. Vogl, A.W. & Mitchell, A.W.M. (2019) Gray's Anatomy for Students. 4th edition. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone


Soames, R. and Palastanga, N. (2018) Anatomy and Human Movement. 7th edition. Oxford: Elsevier


Lundy-Eckman, L. (2018) Neuroscience: Fundamentals for Rehabilitation. 5th edition. St Louis: Saunders

Petty, N. J. and Ryder, D. (Eds.) (2017) Musculoskeletal Examination And Assessment – Volume 1: A Handbook For Therapists. 4th edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier

Main, E. & Denehy, L. (Eds.) (2016) Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy: Adults and Paediatrics. 5th edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier

Lennon, S. Ramdharry, G. & Verheyden, G. (Eds.) (2018) Physical Management for Neurological Conditions. 4th Edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier


Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.