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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:B160
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This Physiotherapy course has been developed to provide you with the key skills you will need to embark on a successful career in physiotherapy, either within the NHS or in other health and fitness settings. When you successfully complete the course you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), to allow you to work as a physiotherapist in the UK.

You’ll learn through a combination of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, presentations and reflection – as well spending some periods on clinical practice placements. You’ll also learn through real-life simulations and by exposure to state-of-the-art equipment. The comprehensive curriculum that you’ll study has been approved by the HCPC, and you’ll gain the core skills needed to assess and diagnose patients’ problems caused by accident, illness or ageing, and to formulate treatment plans and implement exercise, physical activity and therapeutic treatments.

Studying this course will give you the skills needed to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and alongside other clinical therapists – with the NHS or beyond – in a range of settings.

This programme is underpinned by the definition described by The World Federation of Physical Therapists (WCPT) and the core values stated by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. WFPT describes Physiotherapy profession as: is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising physical potential. It is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. Described by the CSP, Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

The values at the heart of physiotherapy practice are: Accountability for decision making and actions; Advocacy; Altruism; Commitment to excellence; Compassion and caring; Fulfilment of duty of care and social responsibility; Honesty and integrity (CSP 2019).

Physiotherapy core values are central to the curriculum and emphasis is placed on the unique and individual client-centred assessment and management informing the content and configuration of the curriculum (rather than bio-medical and service-led patterns). The programme adopts a Spiral curriculum design that emphasises building on prior knowledge. This means concepts are re-visited with increasing complexity in learning continuing throughout the programme. It is divided into themes that require further depth as students progress through the course.

These themes are :

  • Physiotherapy: Philosophy, Values and Professional Role
  • Thinking Critically and Practicing Evidence-Informed Physiotherapy
  • Concepts, Theory and Knowledge underpinning Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy in Practice

You’ll be trained alongside other Allied Health professionals, helping to prepare you to work collaboratively in health settings across public, private, voluntary and independent sectors, giving you access to a variety of career options once qualified.

Choose BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and:

  • Learn from academic experts and technical practitioners with expertise in physiotherapy, other musculoskeletal therapies, occupational therapy, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology, as well as research.
  • Study a course which will train you to work in a range of contexts and settings, opening up a variety of career paths.
  • Develop the skills which will enable you to develop a satisfying and challenging career working with people in a range of settings; helping to meet the growing needs of a population where people are living longer, often with long-term conditions.
  • Gain a qualification which will enable you to practice as a physiotherapist in the UK, giving you access to employment prospects in a sector where qualified professionals are in high demand.
  • Explore a range of career options within the NHS and in other health and fitness settings.
  • Challenge yourself to put your knowledge into practice through simulations and clinical placements.

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).

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 2020/21 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

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

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

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

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

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

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


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

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.

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here

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

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student