PhysiotherapySch. of Health and Population Sciences - Uni. of Birmingham
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- Bachelor's degree
This popular programme is modular and comprises both University- and clinically-based modules. Throughout all three years you will study certain aspects of the programme with students from the Bachelor of Nursing programme. This shared learning will facilitate your ability to work collaboratively with other professionals in clinical settings.
The Physiotherapy and Nursing section is part of the School of Health and Population Sciences within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. Undergraduate and postgraduate education is provided through taught and research routes to a variety of home and overseas students.
Modules are centred on the practice of physiotherapy with the relevant theoretical aspects underpinning these. Practical skills are developed through practice on your peer group. Exploration of various topics relevant to your development as a health professional, such as study skills, professional codes of conduct, cultural competence, ethics and research, will be shared with students on the Bachelor of Nursing programme. A four-week block of clinical experience will take place mid-way through the year, helping to integrate theory and practice.
This year introduces you to social aspects of health and illness, and continues your studies in clinical sciences. Three six-week clinical modules towards the end of the year enhance your clinical reasoning skills.
Your third year focuses on issues related to the context of health care. Research skills are refined in your dissertation. One module offers a choice of topics such as sports medicine, acupuncture and physiotherapy with children. Academic modules surround the two six-week clinical modules.
Teaching and assessment
A wide variety of teaching methods are used to facilitate learning and encourage the development of self-directed study skills through problem-based learning. Assessment of learning utilises seminars, practical demonstrations, practice placement assessments, essays, case studies, research reports, portfolio development, dissertation and examinations.
Physiotherapists are key members of most health care teams and work in public and private sectors at home and abroad, although some countries do require further proof of competence to practise. There are opportunities to develop your practice clinically as a clinical specialist or consultant physiotherapist, or you may choose to enter the fields of education or research.
BSc Physiotherapy - Entry Requirements
- 320 UCAS tariff points (ABB offer)
3 A Levels (excluding general studies) to include biology/human
biology grade B.
Sports Studies/PE are not acceptable in place of biology
- Minimum of 7 GCSEs predominantly at grade A*, A or B, which must include Biology (or Integrated Science), English Language and Mathematics.
- International Baccalaureate (34 points including Biology at HL).
- Edexcel/BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science or Health Studies: Minimum level of DDM
- Access to Higher Education (Health or Science preferred): Minimum 45 credits at level 3 (to include study of Physiology/Biology) and 15 credits at level 2. Physiology/Biology units will be required at Merit or Distinction. If you do not hold Maths and English at GCSE grade A–C you will need 12 credits at level 2 in both Maths and English in order to meet minimum university requirements.
- To ensure informed decision making regarding choice of programme, applicants are advised to gain an insight into the work of the physiotherapist prior to application. This may include shadowing (observing) a physiotherapist, and visiting websites related to physiotherapy such as those of the CSP, HPC and NHS. The University open days also provide opportunity to explore the scope of physiotherapy practice and an outline of the physiotherapy degree programme.
If you are shortlisted, you will be expected to attend for an interview.
We are influenced in our selection for the physiotherapy programme by a number of different factors, over and above your academic record. We like, for example to see evidence of your motivation for a career in physiotherapy, and your outside interests too are a pointer to whether you are the sort of person likely to make the most of the degree.
A satisfactory health declaration, including evidence of appropriate immunisations, and a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau check (enhanced level), are required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme. All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practice
Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.
Supporting students with disabilities
If you have a disability which you think may affect your studies or student life, please talk to us. University staff will make every effort under the Disability Discrimination Act to work with you to help you study effectively. We liaise closely with the University Disability and Learning Support Service which works with all disabilities including specific learning difficulties, mental health problems, physical and sensory disabilities.