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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:B160

About the course

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) predicts the UK will need another 6,700 physiotherapists by 2025 as demand grows due to an ageing population and an increase in people living with long-term conditions. Our CSP-accredited course gives you the skills you need for a successful career in this expanding field.

With this course, you graduate as a professional, able to work collaboratively alongside members of the NHS and with other clinical exercise and musculoskeletal therapists operating beyond the NHS. It teaches you the core skills you need to assess and diagnose patients’ problems – whether caused by accident, illness or ageing - then to formulate and implement treatment plans involving exercise, physical activity and therapy.

Teaching is informed by research and delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. You take part in debates, student-led presentations and workshops alongside periods on clinical practice placements.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and its comprehensive curriculum is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Why choose this course?
  • Put your knowledge into practice on placements and in real-life simulations using our high-spec facilities and equipment
  • Complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of work-based learning during the course
  • Train alongside other health professionals, preparing you to work collaboratively in health settings across public, private, voluntary and independent sectors
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team with expertise across a range of fields including physiotherapy, other musculoskeletal therapies, occupational therapy, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology as well as research
  • Study a course which trains you to work in a range of contexts and settings, opening up a variety of career paths within the NHS and in other health and fitness settings
  • Gain an accredited qualification in a sector where qualified professionals are in high demand
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Academic Skills For Therapists (PTH002-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Therapeutic Relationships (PTH005-1) Compulsory
  • Holistic Physiotherapy Assessment And Intervention (PTH006-1) Compulsory
  • Holistic Therapy In Practice (PTH004-1) Compulsory
  • Human Structure, Function And Exercise (PTH003-1) Compulsory
  • Professional Identity (PTH001-1) Compulsory
  • Collaboration In Therapy Practice (PTH005-2) Compulsory
  • Collaborative Therapies (PTH004-2) Compulsory
  • Enabling Therapy In Practice (PTH001-2) Compulsory
  • Evidence Informed Therapy (PTH003-2) Compulsory
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (PTH006-2) Compulsory
  • Physiotherapeutic Acute Care And Disease Management (PTH002-2) Compulsory
  • Complexity In Therapy (PTH002-3) Compulsory
  • Growth And Leadership In Therapies (PTH005-3) Compulsory
  • Managing Complexity In Physiotherapy (PTH001-3) Compulsory
  • Physiotherapy Project (PTH003-3) Compulsory
  • Quality In Therapy Practice (PTH004-3) Compulsory

Assessment is on-going throughout the course, and takes place towards the end of each term, although assessment points may also be staggered throughout the year to spread the load. You will be assessed in their theoretical knowledge through essays, oral examinations (discussions with lecturers and mentors), presentations (individual and group presentations), unseen short and long-answer written examinations, multiple choice examinations, OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations) and report writing.

You will also be assessed in practice by your clinical educators on a regular basis against learning outcomes specific to their place in the course.

Assessments will be made alongside a range of themes that test your ability to make clinical judgements, act in accordance with the standards of behaviour expected of a professional, communicate and work in partnership with service users and other health professionals. Self-assessment is expected at each point of assessment - for both theory and practice assessments, and formative assessments that you will also build into every practice based assessments, and some theory assessments (e.g. mock examinations; formative essay and opportunity for submission of essay plans at the beginning of the course).

Why study in the School of Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in simulation labs for real life scenarios

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C if taken before 2016) or above, including English language or literature and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from:
    -3 GCE/VCE A Levels to include at least one science subject (preferably Biology/Human Biology, but other acceptable qualifications are Chemistry, Physics,PE or Psychology) OR BTEC level 3 QCF qualifications, and other qualifications in the UCAS tariff
    - Access to HE Diploma for a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course achieving grades: 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 12 credits should be graded at distinction level and at least 12 credits at merit, equating to the aforementioned credits
    -Diploma in Higher Education or BSc degree
    -Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or International Baccalaureate
  • International English Test Score (IELTS) Grade 7 overall and scores no lower than 6.5 in the sub sections of the test.

    It is strongly recommended that prospective students have experience or exposure of their chosen profession prior to application. Whilst this is not essential, a thorough and clear demonstration of your understanding of the role is, of which may only be possible through lived experience.

Physiotherapy offers you many different and flexible employment options. Once you have qualified and gained some clinical experience you could go on to be employed as:

  • A physiotherapist working in the NHS, social care, a private company or cooperation, charitable organisation, education provider
  • A consultant physiotherapist in any of the health provision services described above
  • A physiotherapy services manager or healthcare services manager
  • A physiotherapist running their own private practice
  • A physiotherapist to a sporting team
  • A physiotherapy researcher
  • A physiotherapy lecturer in a university
  • A physiotherapy adviser in industry or business

As with other Bachelor’s Degrees, this degree also offers you access to other graduate employment beyond the realms of Physiotherapy and also access to Postgraduate training including MSc, MRES and PhD studies.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing and equipment.

  • Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (£20-£60) Stethoscope/Pinard stethoscope (£5-£100)
  • Fob watch (£5-£20) Smart clothes for community placement (£50-£100) Practical kit for practice sessions (£60-£100) (Consisting of tracksuits trousers, suitable P.E. types shorts, aertex t-shirt and trainers).DBS:
  • You will need to pay up to £55 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.
  • Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

Please note: This course is not open to international applicants.

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

Please note: This course is not open to international applicants.

Additional information

The Department of Health and Social Care in England has announced that all NHS Staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to work in roles that involve face-to-face contact with service users. This rule comes into effect from 1st April 2022 and includes healthcare students.

All applicants need to provide evidence to our Occupational Health provider that they have received a full course of Covid-19 vaccination prior to commencing the course. If the applicant is exempt on medical grounds or because they have been involved in a clinical trial, or are under the age of 18 years of age, their ability to complete the course may be compromised. These cases will be reviewed by our Occupational Health provider to determine if reasonable adjustments to placement allocations can be made.

If reasonable adjustments are not possible due to the ruling, or if an applicant declines to being vaccinated, they will be unable to meet the NMC/HCPC proficiencies for the course as they will be unable to complete placements in Care Quality Commission regulated settings, for example, the NHS or care homes.