BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Course details

  • UCAS CodePT19
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 120
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students in clinic

Course Highlights

Approved

by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) & Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

1000

clinical hours on placements throughout the degree 

Focused

programme with a small cohort and strong student-centred approach 

Why choose this course?

Would you like to play a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life? Our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme may be the perfect course for you.

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills required by physiotherapists to:

  • Work with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function.
  • Work with people to promote, maintain and restore physical, social and psychological wellbeing.
  • Diagnose and treat a variety of clinical problems.

Students will:

  • Be taught by skilled staff who are all registered Physiotherapists with specialist clinical interests.
  • Access joint teaching sessions with Occupational Therapy students.
  • Develop excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Develop professionally and personally over the course of study, benefiting from a combination of academic study and 1000 clinical hours on placement.
HCPC logoCSP accredited
Physio & OT students outside

Nursing and Allied Health

Key course features

  • A small intake of students every year.
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is provided for all students, giving access to a huge range of resources and networking opportunities.
  • We have some commissioned places programme, therefore, your tuition fees can be paid and you can be eligible for a one-off annual payment, financial support to cover placement costs and you can apply for a means-tested bursary. (Conditions apply)
  • Health and Care Professions Council approved.
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy approved.
  • The main delivery site for this course is our Wrexham campus. Occasional interprofessional education sessions may be delivered from our St Asaph campus with students from various nursing and allied health courses.
  • On completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for initial registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Studies during the first year lay down the foundation knowledge and skills of problem-solving and clinical reasoning. A three-week placement provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the learning and prepare for Level 5 placement experience.

MODULES

  • Professional Studies & Placement 1: an introduction to what it means to be a health and care professional, developing the role and responsibility of being an autonomous and professional physiotherapist.
  • Research 1– learning to learn: focuses on study skills and an introduction to utilising research evidence in health and social care.
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice One: This module introduces normal physiology and anatomy with a focus on and relevance to musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessment, including communication skills and the individual and social factors that contribute to the concept of health and wellbeing.
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice Two: This module introduces normal anatomy and physiology with a focus on the cardiorespiratory and neurological systems, building on the skills of physiotherapy assessment, health behaviours and the wider public health agenda. 

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Year 2 develops knowledge and skills in greater depth during studies in cardiorespiratory, neurology and the spine and provides two, six-week placements to consolidate the skills and knowledge from year one and two.

MODULES

  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy and rehabilitation: provides the knowledge and skills to apply anatomy, physiology and pathology to develop problem-solving skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of common cardiorespiratory conditions.
  • Neurological Physiotherapy and rehabilitation: provides the knowledge and skills to apply anatomy, physiology and pathology to develop problem-solving skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of common neurological conditions.
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and rehabilitation: provides the knowledge and skills to apply anatomy, physiology and pathology to develop problem-solving skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of common conditions of the spine.
  • Research 2: focuses on building evaluation and research skills with an introduction to utilising research in evidenced-based health and social care.
  • Placement 2: a six-week placement developing skills of clinical practice.
  • Placement 3: a six-week placement developing skills of clinical practice.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Year 3 offers increased opportunities for independent learning and self-reflection in preparation for employment. The complexity of service user presentation will be explored to facilitate critical evaluation and high-level problem-solving.

MODULES

  • Leadership and Innovation in Practice: Prepares students for employment to contribute beyond their clinical skills through an understanding of their role in leadership and innovation and can identify what and how to improve services.
  • Management of the Complex patient: Encourages students to adapt and modify physiotherapy management for service users who present with a spectrum of social and health conditions, reflecting the complexity of contemporary healthcare practice.
  • Research 3 – dissertation: Further consolidation of research skills and completion of a research project.
  • Placement 4: A six-week placement consolidating clinical skills.
  • Placement 5: A seven-week placement consolidating clinical skills.

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 120 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level with a minimum of grade B in Biological Science or Physical Education.

Qualifications equivalent to A Level will be taken into account, including (for example) 120 UCAS tariff points from an Access to HE Diploma or level 3 BTECs (Science or Health Studies).

We will expect applicants to normally have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE passes (A*-C, or 9-4) to include Maths, Biological Science and English/Welsh (First Language).

Applications are considered individually and on merit, however, you must have:

  • Recent (last 5 years) A Level or equivalent study.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points (if you are a school leaver. Other qualifications that do not carry UCAS points can be taken into account for mature applicants).
  • Experience of a health/social care/third sector settings whether in a voluntary or paid role.
  • Attendance at Wrexham Glyndwr University Open day or Glyndwr Physiotherapy taster session.

All post interview offers of a place on this degree will be conditional on a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In addition, any acceptance onto the course is subject to Occupational Health Clearance. 

Teaching & Assessment

Assessments include:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Practical placements
  • Viva presentations
  • Research projects
  • Short written questions 

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Practical Sessions

Practical sessions form an important part of the teaching and learning for physiotherapists, and develop the skills of how to do the job by putting the theory into practice.

Students will usually work in pairs and will be encouraged to work with different student physiotherapists throughout their three years so that the skills and knowledge can be applied to different body types and genders.

Students will take it in turn to be the physiotherapist and the service user. The student that is taking the role of service user will be required to undress down to shorts/underwear so the student that is in the role of physiotherapist can see, feel and move the service user’s body and apply a variety of physiotherapy techniques of assessment and treatment. 

Students will be expected to give feedback to one another during practical sessions.

There is a consent process in place for practical sessions that will be provided at the commencement of study and each year thereafter.

Professionalism in all aspect of the course are extremely important and students will learn about what it is to be a professional early on in the learning and teaching.

Professionalism during practical sessions is pivotal as the clinical environment is being replicated and therefore consideration of themes such as health and safety and infection control will be adhered to. Students will be expected to adhere to uniform policy and for example; wear their hair up, be bare below the elbows and wear their practical uniforms.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for initial registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Graduates will find employment in the NHS, social services and third sectors and will also have the opportunity to explore employment in the private sector, sport and overseas. 

Eligibility to practice as a Physiotherapist

On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register, for more information, please see the HCPC website at www.hcpc-uk.org.

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Students that do not complete the approved programme or exit with any aegrotat do not have eligibility to apply to the HCPC register and cannot practice as a physiotherapist. 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

There are two routes a student can take in respect of funding, the self-funding route or the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme.

Self-Funding

The University will pay for:

  • Your clinical uniform and practical uniform
  • Student membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • DBS

Other costs that may be incurred during the programme of study are travel to and from placements and accommodation whilst students are on accommodation. The location of placements may be across North Wales and into the north of Powys and include Chester and Oswestry. Some students may choose to commute or use the accommodation for the placement duration (3 – 7 weeks) depending on travel times and individual circumstances.

NHS Wales Bursary Scheme

If you agree to work in Wales for two years upon completion of your studies, you are entitled to receive the NHS Wales Bursary. This means that:

  • Your tuition fees are paid.
  • You will receive an annual £1,000 grant payment.
  • You can apply for a means-tested bursary (dependent upon household income).
  • Childcare support, disabled student allowance, dependants allowance, parental learning allowance (eligibility criteria applies).
  • Reduced student loan (eligibility criteria applies).
  • Placement accommodation costs paid in advance.
  • Student membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy paid by the University.
  • Clinical and practical uniforms paid by the University.
  • DBS paid for by the University.

 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section