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The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree is underpinned by a person-centred approach to health and wellbeing, with a commitment to respecting equality and diversity.

Our goal is to produce physiotherapists who are creative, motivated, flexible, resilient and sensitive to the needs and wishes of each individual you work with. Throughout the programme you will develop understanding of how movement, function and physical activity contributes to health and wellbeing from an individual, family, community and population level.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of university-based and practice-based opportunities that seek to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding. Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and technologically enhanced learning opportunities provide opportunities to reflect on practice-based experience and develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating physiotherapy theory and practice. Enquiry-based approaches encourage students to be active participants in their learning. Research-rich learning will also be utilised to encourage you to engage critically with research publications enabling you to make links to the significance of informing practice with a range of research and evidence.

What is a Physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function. This involves understanding anatomy, physiology and human movement, response to injury, illness and recovery, how to promote and preserve health and wellbeing, and importantly how to work in partnership with people to ensure individual needs and preferences are met.

How will this Physiotherapy degree prepare me for work?

The BSc (Hons) programme is designed to prepare you for the varied and evolving role of the physiotherapist in contemporary health care. During this BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree you will complete six practice placements. The placements are split across the 3 years of study and can involve working in practice settings at any of our key learning partner locations and will prepare you for the clinical, research, education and leadership aspects of physiotherapy practice.

 

Why choose Northumbria to study BSc Physiotherapy?

  • Top University - Our University has been highly acclaimed in recent years, with our Physiotherapy course being ranked 5th in the UK (Times Good University Guide, Subject League Table 2023).
  • A Positive Future – At Northumbria, our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy is ranked Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects in the Guardian University League Table 2023. This is because 98% of our graduates are in highly skilled employment or study 15 months after graduation.
  • Excellent Connections – Our Physiotherapy practice placements take place through partnerships with local healthcare organisations. For example, many placements take place at local NHS trusts including Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, both rated CQC Outstanding and providing a range of opportunities across specialist hospital centres and community services. We also work with other NHS providers across the North East as well as private providers, sports organisations and voluntary orgaisations across a broad range of physiotherpy specialisms.
  • A Research Powerhouse - Northumbria’s research in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation is ranked 5th in the UK for research power (REF, 2021), meaning our department is developing some of the best research in the country.
  • Accredited Degree - The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
B165

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2023

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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

Grade C in A-level Science or Health related subject, or a recognised equivalent.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language and a Science at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

For further admissions guidance and requirements, please visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/admissionsguidance Please review this information before submitting your application.

Fees and Funding 2023/24 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £17,500

International Fee in Year 1: £17,500


Scholarships for 23/24 are currently being announced.  Please see the main Funding Pages for more information




ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will be required to purchase suitable footwear for use in placement, which will cost approximately £50. You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services. If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PT4000 -

MSK anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the anatomy, physiology and key pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus upon normal structure and function. This knowledge forms the foundation knowledge is required to assist in recognising normal anatomical presentation and helps assist in assessment and diagnosis for conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical and functional anatomy skills such as palpation and observation to help identify clinically important structures. The module takes a regional anatomy approach and considers the gross structure and function of the lower limb, upper limb, spine and pelvis.

Teaching will be delivered via full day workshops, where you will be expected to practice handling and palpation techniques alongside other students. Occasional lecture-based teaching will be included to help introduce new topics. This will be supported by directed and independent study. The module is assessed by practical exam, where you will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology of a given joint.

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PT4001 -

Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (20 Credits)

This module develops the skills that are keystones of Physiotherapy practice providing you with the opportunity to develop safe, effective rehabilitative handling skills and foundation therapeutic skills specific to physiotherapy practice. It provides a unique opportunity for students to learn fundamental skills from the outset of the programme, that can be applied in placement immediately. From the first session, students are encouraged to develop behaviours and values that underpin the Health and Caring Professions Council codes of conduct. Teaching sessions are conducted with an emphasis on simulating clinical practice and students are encouraged to focus upon the application of theoretical skills to the practice environment. The module explores underpinning theories of movement and you will learn about how normal movement occurs, what it looks like and how to analyse it. You will then go on to learn how this knowledge relates to the assessment of individuals with a variety of conditions. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in physically handling patients and helping them to maximise their movement potential. This will include learning how to use therapeutic exercise, manage wheelchairs and a variety of walking aids and how to teach individuals to use these safely and effectively. You will practise working with simulated patients who are newly post-surgery and those who have returned home and require ongoing rehabilitation, developing a good grounding in skills that are fundamental to the safe and effective practice of Physiotherapy for a range of patients and environments. Areas of study provide skills that are integral to every area of Physiotherapy practice and, therefore, will underpin all other modules and placement experiences. Overall, the module develops a skillset that allows the student to practice foundation Physiotherapy skills, effectively in a clinical environment from the very beginning of the programme.

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PT4002 -

Physiotherapy Placement 1 (20 Credits)

This module provides your first experience in clinical practice. The university-based components of the module therefore focus on the core skills required for safe and effective practice on those early placements. With a particular focus on physiotherapy assessment, you will explore the physical, psychological and social influences on a person’s health and wellbeing. This will require understanding of person centred, holistic approaches to physiotherapy and how therapeutic communication and assessment skills are fundamental to achieving this.

You will learn about subjective physiotherapy assessment, the process by which we gather a range of information from and about our patient, in order to appreciate how this informs subsequent intervention and management. Effective physiotherapy assessment requires excellent communication and a respect for the autonomy of the people we work with. To ensure you are well prepared to respect the rights, dignity and values of service users you will meet on placement, you will also explore issues relating to culture, equality and diversity and consider their relevance in a healthcare context.

You will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment on practice placement, with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

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PT4003 -

Cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about applied cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology, common pathologies and clinical features which will help you to develop an entry level appreciation for the principles of physiotherapy in cardiorespiratory care. The module builds on the physiotherapy module ‘foundations of physiotherapy practice’ to provide an introduction to the discipline of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice and the fundamental knowledge and skills underpinning clinical practice within this core area of physiotherapy.

You will learn about the bony structures, musculature and the physiological concepts that are required for a healthy cardiovascular and respiratory system. You will then explore the effect of pathological changes on this, and the impact for the patient in terms of clinical features. You will be introduced to vital observations and cardiorespiratory assessment methods as vehicle to help develop links between anatomy, physiology and the clinical features of cardiorespiratory pathologies. You will be introduced to aspects of the role and purpose of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice through acute assessment and outpatient/community assessment, developing knowledge, professional skills and values required to provide safe and effective person-centred care. You will be encouraged to consider relevant personal life experience of cardiopulmonary health to provide a foundation for the development of your professional role. You will be encouraged to develop autonomous and reflective thinking applying knowledge, skills, values and behaviours relevant to person-centred care in relation to cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.

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PT4004 -

Neurological anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the role and purpose of neurological physiotherapy. You will build on your knowledge of movement developed in the ‘foundation skills for physiotherapy practice’ and ‘Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology’ modules to understand common presentations of movement dysfunction seen in people with neurological conditions.

You will explore the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system to understand key topics such as movement control, sensation, vision and co-ordination. The module will introduce common neurological conditions in both adulthood and childhood that are commonly seen in physiotherapy practice. You will be encouraged to consider the impact on the individual of living with that condition through the inclusion of service user perspectives.

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SP4000 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the Academic and Professional Skills module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to university graduates which will help you to successfully complete your degree programme. Both formal and informal techniques will be used to assess your development in key areas such as written communication, critical analysis and self-reflection. You will develop a range of general transferable skills useful for other modules throughout your programme, including knowing how to find appropriate literature to support your ideas and how to develop balanced arguments. The information you will learn will be linked to topics of interest to those working in the areas of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, giving you insight into these fields as potential career paths in addition to more general employability skills such as communication, digital fluency and time management.

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PT5000 -

Acute and Early Management (20 Credits)

This module explores the physiotherapy role in the early management of patients presenting with an acute episode of ill health with a particular emphasis on assessment and intervention in the acute hospital setting. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to provide therapeutic interventions safely and to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team to provide collaborative care throughout a patient’s early management. We will explore the role of the physiotherapist in the management of patients presenting with acute respiratory, cardiovascular, medical and neurological ill health and consider the impact of an episode of ill health on longer term recovery.

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PT5001 -

Assessment and management of movement and function (20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with disordered movement and function.

You will explore aspects of assessment, planning and prioritising of physiotherapy management strategies. This will include the principles underpinning the safe and effective assessment and management of clients, to justify and use physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function, according to the individual needs of clients.

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PT5002 -

Physiotherapy Placement 2 (20 Credits)

This module focuses upon the skills, behaviours, values and beliefs that underpin safe and effective Physiotherapy practice. You will further develop your skills in effective, personal and clinical communication and professionalism, and will explore how these skills are fundamental to the core standards of the profession. You will be guided to become a life-long learner and a reflective practitioner which involves understanding the importance of ongoing self-awareness and a critical approach to your own practice. You will learn about the context of Physiotherapy practice and through this explore your role as both a professional in your own right but also as part of a wider healthcare team. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

PT5003 -

Assessment and management of long-term conditions (20 Credits)

This module explores the physiotherapy role in the management of long-term conditions with a particular emphasis on supporting self-management. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to help people to take greater control over their health. An increasingly large proportion of the population are living with at least one long term condition. We will explore the application of behaviour change theory to those living with long term conditions through supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to manage their condition in the most effective way possible.

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SP5026 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to apply the systematic-scientific method to address problems of relevance to your discipline. The module will guide you through designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your own research findings and prepare you for carrying out an independent research project. The module will provide both a theoretical and practical perspective on the research process, with a focus towards understanding the usefulness and limitations of research-generated information.

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SP5035 -

Physical Activity & Health (20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the factors that contribute to health status and health management, the role of physical activity in public health and how health promotion strategies are applied in practice. The module will give you an insight to the public health strategies and the social, cultural and economic impact on the management of health and well-being. In this module you will also learn about the role of physical activity in promoting health and well-being, including how individual, social, cultural and economic factors influence uptake and adherence of physical activity. The module will also give you insight into health promotion initiatives and the role of physical activity in health promotion. The module will draw upon expertise to provide you with up-to-date information on research both within the department and further afield.

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PT6000 -

Physiotherapy Placement 3 (20 Credits)

This module focuses upon the skills, behaviours, values and beliefs that are required as you transition from student to qualified physiotherapist. You will extend your professional development by considering the transferable skills you have developed up to this point in the programme and apply these to more complex clinical scenarios. You will have the opportunity to develop more advanced clinical skills and critically reflect on how these prepare you for autonomous practice on completion of the programme. As in Practice Placement 1 and 2, you will consider the HCPC and CSP standards and use reflective skills to identify your learning needs for this final year of study. You will be aware of the complex and evolving contexts of Physiotherapy practice and through this module you will demonstrate your developing confidence, initiative and resilience in adapting your practice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

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PT6001 -

Physiotherapy Across the Life Course (20 Credits)

In this module you will explore how physiotherapy can support changing needs across the life course to promote health and well-being. The life course approach to health encourages us to consider not only what is impacting on a person at a particular point in time, but also the need to consider past experience and plan for future needs. The focus will be on inclusive, person centred practice and our role in advocating for the people we work with. You will consider specific phases of the life course in relation to health and well-being. Person centred care is central to contemporary health policy and in this module, you will critically consider how we achieve this in different contexts. You will be encouraged to engage with theoretical frameworks of person centred, life course approach to health and consider their application to physiotherapy. We will explore specific areas of physiotherapy practice, including mental health, learning disability, paediatrics and care of older adults to provide context to these theoretical frameworks.

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PT6002 -

Clinical reasoning in Physiotherapy (20 Credits)

The overall purpose of this module is to explore factors influencing clinical decision making and to develop your understanding of the processes involved through considering physiotherapy to support people with movement problems.

The module will help you develop your understanding of the internal and external influences on clinical reasoning. You will explore the cause and impact of movement difficulties and the prescription, delivery and evaluation of an appropriate package of physiotherapy for people with different health conditions.

You will explore and discuss how your own personal knowledge, research evidence, Government policy, pathways of care, professional guidelines and the perspective of service users and carers relate to clinical reasoning and decision making in rehabilitation.

The module explores theories, which explain and illustrate the way that clinicians approach reasoning and decision making. Research examining how physiotherapists use subjective and objective information from a variety of sources to support decisions made in practice will be introduced. You will have the opportunity to further develop your observational and therapeutic skills in movement analysis and use these to design and implement programmes to address specific features of movement and function for people with a range of conditions.

The module also explores working as a physiotherapist within a multi-professional team and the importance of providing a person-centred approach, which includes the opinions and goals of the people with different conditions and their family.

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PT6003 -

Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life (20 Credits)

In this module you will explore leadership and change and extend previous skills and knowledge to prepare you for working life and beyond.
You will be provided with the opportunity to explore leadership and change theory and identify and explore contemporary issues within physiotherapy. You will develop skills to enable employability and prepare you for working life. Reflection on your own learning and development will be engaged through the development of a self-selected project. The module will ‘bookend’ the programme to complete learning and development from a position of identifiable transferrable skills to that of the contextual insights required to be proficient at an entry level as a registered physiotherapist.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on the decision-making, communication, interpersonal and CPD skills developed across the programme along with the integration of core areas of physiotherapy practice to consider:

Leadership and management of change
Autonomous practice, learning and development
Employment and employability
Contemporary and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and delivery
Service/quality improvement
Contemporary Health and Social Care Policy
Innovation and entrepreneurialism

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SP6035 -

SER UG Project (Core,40 Credits)

The module aims to develop your skills of independent working by engaging with a topic of your own choosing. You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research or clinical problem of contemporary relevance to the industry/profession. You will learn aspects of research such as literature searching, filtering and quality assessment, project design considerations, ethical implications and data analysis methods. You will develop skills such as time management, contingency planning and critical thinking to produce a well-planned, coherent and ethical project.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PT4000 -

MSK anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the anatomy, physiology and key pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus upon normal structure and function. This knowledge forms the foundation knowledge is required to assist in recognising normal anatomical presentation and helps assist in assessment and diagnosis for conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical and functional anatomy skills such as palpation and observation to help identify clinically important structures. The module takes a regional anatomy approach and considers the gross structure and function of the lower limb, upper limb, spine and pelvis.

Teaching will be delivered via full day workshops, where you will be expected to practice handling and palpation techniques alongside other students. Occasional lecture-based teaching will be included to help introduce new topics. This will be supported by directed and independent study. The module is assessed by practical exam, where you will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology of a given joint.

More information

PT4001 -

Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (20 Credits)

This module develops the skills that are keystones of Physiotherapy practice providing you with the opportunity to develop safe, effective rehabilitative handling skills and foundation therapeutic skills specific to physiotherapy practice. It provides a unique opportunity for students to learn fundamental skills from the outset of the programme, that can be applied in placement immediately. From the first session, students are encouraged to develop behaviours and values that underpin the Health and Caring Professions Council codes of conduct. Teaching sessions are conducted with an emphasis on simulating clinical practice and students are encouraged to focus upon the application of theoretical skills to the practice environment. The module explores underpinning theories of movement and you will learn about how normal movement occurs, what it looks like and how to analyse it. You will then go on to learn how this knowledge relates to the assessment of individuals with a variety of conditions. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in physically handling patients and helping them to maximise their movement potential. This will include learning how to use therapeutic exercise, manage wheelchairs and a variety of walking aids and how to teach individuals to use these safely and effectively. You will practise working with simulated patients who are newly post-surgery and those who have returned home and require ongoing rehabilitation, developing a good grounding in skills that are fundamental to the safe and effective practice of Physiotherapy for a range of patients and environments. Areas of study provide skills that are integral to every area of Physiotherapy practice and, therefore, will underpin all other modules and placement experiences. Overall, the module develops a skillset that allows the student to practice foundation Physiotherapy skills, effectively in a clinical environment from the very beginning of the programme.

More information

PT4002 -

Physiotherapy Placement 1 (20 Credits)

This module provides your first experience in clinical practice. The university-based components of the module therefore focus on the core skills required for safe and effective practice on those early placements. With a particular focus on physiotherapy assessment, you will explore the physical, psychological and social influences on a person’s health and wellbeing. This will require understanding of person centred, holistic approaches to physiotherapy and how therapeutic communication and assessment skills are fundamental to achieving this.

You will learn about subjective physiotherapy assessment, the process by which we gather a range of information from and about our patient, in order to appreciate how this informs subsequent intervention and management. Effective physiotherapy assessment requires excellent communication and a respect for the autonomy of the people we work with. To ensure you are well prepared to respect the rights, dignity and values of service users you will meet on placement, you will also explore issues relating to culture, equality and diversity and consider their relevance in a healthcare context.

You will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment on practice placement, with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

PT4003 -

Cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about applied cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology, common pathologies and clinical features which will help you to develop an entry level appreciation for the principles of physiotherapy in cardiorespiratory care. The module builds on the physiotherapy module ‘foundations of physiotherapy practice’ to provide an introduction to the discipline of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice and the fundamental knowledge and skills underpinning clinical practice within this core area of physiotherapy.

You will learn about the bony structures, musculature and the physiological concepts that are required for a healthy cardiovascular and respiratory system. You will then explore the effect of pathological changes on this, and the impact for the patient in terms of clinical features. You will be introduced to vital observations and cardiorespiratory assessment methods as vehicle to help develop links between anatomy, physiology and the clinical features of cardiorespiratory pathologies. You will be introduced to aspects of the role and purpose of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice through acute assessment and outpatient/community assessment, developing knowledge, professional skills and values required to provide safe and effective person-centred care. You will be encouraged to consider relevant personal life experience of cardiopulmonary health to provide a foundation for the development of your professional role. You will be encouraged to develop autonomous and reflective thinking applying knowledge, skills, values and behaviours relevant to person-centred care in relation to cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.

More information

PT4004 -

Neurological anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the role and purpose of neurological physiotherapy. You will build on your knowledge of movement developed in the ‘foundation skills for physiotherapy practice’ and ‘Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology’ modules to understand common presentations of movement dysfunction seen in people with neurological conditions.

You will explore the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system to understand key topics such as movement control, sensation, vision and co-ordination. The module will introduce common neurological conditions in both adulthood and childhood that are commonly seen in physiotherapy practice. You will be encouraged to consider the impact on the individual of living with that condition through the inclusion of service user perspectives.

More information

SP4000 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the Academic and Professional Skills module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to university graduates which will help you to successfully complete your degree programme. Both formal and informal techniques will be used to assess your development in key areas such as written communication, critical analysis and self-reflection. You will develop a range of general transferable skills useful for other modules throughout your programme, including knowing how to find appropriate literature to support your ideas and how to develop balanced arguments. The information you will learn will be linked to topics of interest to those working in the areas of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, giving you insight into these fields as potential career paths in addition to more general employability skills such as communication, digital fluency and time management.

More information

PT5000 -

Acute and Early Management (20 Credits)

This module explores the physiotherapy role in the early management of patients presenting with an acute episode of ill health with a particular emphasis on assessment and intervention in the acute hospital setting. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to provide therapeutic interventions safely and to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team to provide collaborative care throughout a patient’s early management. We will explore the role of the physiotherapist in the management of patients presenting with acute respiratory, cardiovascular, medical and neurological ill health and consider the impact of an episode of ill health on longer term recovery.

More information

PT5001 -

Assessment and management of movement and function (20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with disordered movement and function.

You will explore aspects of assessment, planning and prioritising of physiotherapy management strategies. This will include the principles underpinning the safe and effective assessment and management of clients, to justify and use physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function, according to the individual needs of clients.

More information

PT5002 -

Physiotherapy Placement 2 (20 Credits)

This module focuses upon the skills, behaviours, values and beliefs that underpin safe and effective Physiotherapy practice. You will further develop your skills in effective, personal and clinical communication and professionalism, and will explore how these skills are fundamental to the core standards of the profession. You will be guided to become a life-long learner and a reflective practitioner which involves understanding the importance of ongoing self-awareness and a critical approach to your own practice. You will learn about the context of Physiotherapy practice and through this explore your role as both a professional in your own right but also as part of a wider healthcare team. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

PT5003 -

Assessment and management of long-term conditions (20 Credits)

This module explores the physiotherapy role in the management of long-term conditions with a particular emphasis on supporting self-management. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to help people to take greater control over their health. An increasingly large proportion of the population are living with at least one long term condition. We will explore the application of behaviour change theory to those living with long term conditions through supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to manage their condition in the most effective way possible.

More information

SP5026 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to apply the systematic-scientific method to address problems of relevance to your discipline. The module will guide you through designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your own research findings and prepare you for carrying out an independent research project. The module will provide both a theoretical and practical perspective on the research process, with a focus towards understanding the usefulness and limitations of research-generated information.

More information

SP5035 -

Physical Activity & Health (20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the factors that contribute to health status and health management, the role of physical activity in public health and how health promotion strategies are applied in practice. The module will give you an insight to the public health strategies and the social, cultural and economic impact on the management of health and well-being. In this module you will also learn about the role of physical activity in promoting health and well-being, including how individual, social, cultural and economic factors influence uptake and adherence of physical activity. The module will also give you insight into health promotion initiatives and the role of physical activity in health promotion. The module will draw upon expertise to provide you with up-to-date information on research both within the department and further afield.

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PT6000 -

Physiotherapy Placement 3 (20 Credits)

This module focuses upon the skills, behaviours, values and beliefs that are required as you transition from student to qualified physiotherapist. You will extend your professional development by considering the transferable skills you have developed up to this point in the programme and apply these to more complex clinical scenarios. You will have the opportunity to develop more advanced clinical skills and critically reflect on how these prepare you for autonomous practice on completion of the programme. As in Practice Placement 1 and 2, you will consider the HCPC and CSP standards and use reflective skills to identify your learning needs for this final year of study. You will be aware of the complex and evolving contexts of Physiotherapy practice and through this module you will demonstrate your developing confidence, initiative and resilience in adapting your practice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

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PT6001 -

Physiotherapy Across the Life Course (20 Credits)

In this module you will explore how physiotherapy can support changing needs across the life course to promote health and well-being. The life course approach to health encourages us to consider not only what is impacting on a person at a particular point in time, but also the need to consider past experience and plan for future needs. The focus will be on inclusive, person centred practice and our role in advocating for the people we work with. You will consider specific phases of the life course in relation to health and well-being. Person centred care is central to contemporary health policy and in this module, you will critically consider how we achieve this in different contexts. You will be encouraged to engage with theoretical frameworks of person centred, life course approach to health and consider their application to physiotherapy. We will explore specific areas of physiotherapy practice, including mental health, learning disability, paediatrics and care of older adults to provide context to these theoretical frameworks.

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PT6002 -

Clinical reasoning in Physiotherapy (20 Credits)

The overall purpose of this module is to explore factors influencing clinical decision making and to develop your understanding of the processes involved through considering physiotherapy to support people with movement problems.

The module will help you develop your understanding of the internal and external influences on clinical reasoning. You will explore the cause and impact of movement difficulties and the prescription, delivery and evaluation of an appropriate package of physiotherapy for people with different health conditions.

You will explore and discuss how your own personal knowledge, research evidence, Government policy, pathways of care, professional guidelines and the perspective of service users and carers relate to clinical reasoning and decision making in rehabilitation.

The module explores theories, which explain and illustrate the way that clinicians approach reasoning and decision making. Research examining how physiotherapists use subjective and objective information from a variety of sources to support decisions made in practice will be introduced. You will have the opportunity to further develop your observational and therapeutic skills in movement analysis and use these to design and implement programmes to address specific features of movement and function for people with a range of conditions.

The module also explores working as a physiotherapist within a multi-professional team and the importance of providing a person-centred approach, which includes the opinions and goals of the people with different conditions and their family.

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PT6003 -

Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life (20 Credits)

In this module you will explore leadership and change and extend previous skills and knowledge to prepare you for working life and beyond.
You will be provided with the opportunity to explore leadership and change theory and identify and explore contemporary issues within physiotherapy. You will develop skills to enable employability and prepare you for working life. Reflection on your own learning and development will be engaged through the development of a self-selected project. The module will ‘bookend’ the programme to complete learning and development from a position of identifiable transferrable skills to that of the contextual insights required to be proficient at an entry level as a registered physiotherapist.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on the decision-making, communication, interpersonal and CPD skills developed across the programme along with the integration of core areas of physiotherapy practice to consider:

Leadership and management of change
Autonomous practice, learning and development
Employment and employability
Contemporary and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and delivery
Service/quality improvement
Contemporary Health and Social Care Policy
Innovation and entrepreneurialism

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SP6035 -

SER UG Project (Core,40 Credits)

The module aims to develop your skills of independent working by engaging with a topic of your own choosing. You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research or clinical problem of contemporary relevance to the industry/profession. You will learn aspects of research such as literature searching, filtering and quality assessment, project design considerations, ethical implications and data analysis methods. You will develop skills such as time management, contingency planning and critical thinking to produce a well-planned, coherent and ethical project.

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