Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

B160

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 5959

 

admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

 

Overview

Becoming a physiotherapist will allow you to play a vital role in enabling people to maximise their health, wellbeing and quality of life through movement, exercise, manual therapy and education.

This course aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to be safe, effective physiotherapists that will make a difference to individuals and also societies across the lifespan and in a variety of healthcare contexts.

Our BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy degree provides you with an academic qualification. As the course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), after completing this course you will have a professional status.

A distinctive feature of our course is that your skills development and essential learning takes place in your first year prior to clinical placement. This foundational learning occurs in our state-of-the-art facilities, allowing the use of authentic simulation experiences to put your learning into context in a supportive environment prior to your first placement. We are regularly informed that clinicians enjoy having Coventry students because they are so well prepared for placement and can optimise the experience.

A degree in physiotherapy enables you to enter a challenging, rewarding and well respected career. The Graduate Prospects for Physiotherapy students is impressively highy with a degree from Coventry University; ranked 4th for Graduate Prospects and 10th overall in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), allowing you to apply for membership* with the CSP on completion of the course.

The University’s accreditation with CSP shall be up for renewal in September 2024 Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Application for membership with the CSP is subject to registration and membership fees which are payable to the HCPC and CSP.


Health and Care Professions Council

This course has been approved by and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which conveys a licence allowing you to use the title of physiotherapist and to practise physiotherapy in the UK on graduation.

Our Facilities

Mock Operating Theatre

Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

What our students say

“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.”

Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current third year student in 2016/17

Course information

Our physiotherapy programme aims to develop safe and effective physiotherapists who have the skills of problem solving, enterprise and resourcefulness to respond to the changing needs of future healthcare.

Your learning experience will help you to adopt the professional values and behaviours expected of a physiotherapist; working respectfully within a multidisciplinary team, providing healthcare underpinned by current evidence and placing the clients in the centre of the therapeutic process.

It is acknowledged that working as a allied health professional requires emotional intelligence, resilience and a dedication to lifelong learning. Throughout the course you will be supported in your personal and professional development in order to meet these demands; allowing you to develop strategies to protect your own personal health and wellbeing as well as identify opportunities to flourish in your career.

98%

of students agreed staff were good at explaining things

NSS 2018

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

This preclinical phase of the course is where you will be prepared to enter physiotherapy clinical education. You will be taught the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to assess and treat a variety of client groups within diverse healthcare settings. Simulation, service-user involvement, interprofessional activities and innovative pedagogies will enable you to apply this learning and gain feedback in a supportive environment facilitating a smooth transition into the clinical environment.

Modules

  • Pathophysiology

  • Anatomy of the Upper Quadrant

  • Anatomy of the Lower Quadrant

  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Assessment

  • Physiotherapy Intervention and Management

  • Movement Analysis, Physical Activity and Exercise

  • Health and Wellbeing in the Community

  • Research and Study Skills

Overview

The course provides a total of 30 weeks practice-based education, well in excess of the minimum required by the CSP. During your second year, you will complete 3 out of 5 clinical placements offering you a wide range of educational and professional transformative learning opportunities. We visit all of our students whislt out on placement to ensure they are meeting their learning objectives and support them and our clinical colleagues in the exciting process of transferring theory into practice. We have strong partnerships with practice to ensure placement quality and capacity. These partnerships are within both NHS and private settings, ensuring you a wide range of clinical experience representative of our diverse professional practice.

The CSP requires that placements should make progressively greater demands on students and this is reflected in the learning outcomes and assessment of the placement modules. Placements are positioned within the programme calendar to allow for blocks of university-based study that support your advancement through these placement modules to support you in becoming an autonomous qualified practitioner.

Modules

  • Decision Making in Physiotherapy

  • Entering Practice (Placement 1)

  • Clinical Reasoning for Physiotherapists

  • Exploring Values Based Physiotherapy in Practice

  • Becoming a Researcher

  • Progressing Practice (Placement 2)

  • Developing towards Autonomous Practice (Placement 3)

Overview

Employment and your future career will be at the forefront of your mind as you approach the end of your course. The final year modules facilitate students’ preparation for entry into the physiotherapy profession. A dedicated module exploring employability, enterprise and entrepreneurism will help to equip you with the skills to secure your first job and flourish professionally within public, private or third-tier organisations. Another module aims to support the development of the leadership behaviours and management skills required to function effectively as a newly qualified healthcare professional within a multi-disciplinary team delivering high quality care. In addition, you will complete your last two clinical placements, culminating with the final placement which provides the opportunity to perfom in a supervised environment at the level of a newly qualified physiotherapist.

You will also undertake a detailed research project, conducting an investigation in an area of interest. Past students, for example, have conducted experiments in physical activities, such as breathing or jumping, to analyse electromyography (EMG) activity of muscles. Others have focused on qualitative research, conducting focus groups with footballers or current students, for instance, to understand different attitudes to treating people with a muscle injury or communication difficulties. We are proud that a number of students have disseminated their research at large physiotherapy conferences. There are a suite of research modules throughout the course that will prepare you to engage in your own research and you will have a dedicated supervisor to assist you in the process.

Modules

  • Engaging in Quality Practice (Placement 4)

  • Entrepreneurialism in the Workplace

  • Advancing Research Skills

  • Exploring Physiotherapy Practice

  • Transition to Autonomous Practice (Placement 5)

  • Dissertation

  • Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Coventry University is ranked 10th for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Outstanding graduate employability with 100% of graduates in work or study after six months (HESA 2016/17)
  • High levels of student satisfaction of 98% (NSS 2019)
  • Eligibility to apply to join the CSP and to register with HCPC to use the protected title of ‘physiotherapist’.
  • Our physiotherapy course has exceptional resources housed in the state-of-the-art facilities, including mock wards with interactive mannequins, oprating theatre, community houses, sport and exercise environments.
  • Opportunities for guest lectures lead by experts in their fields and employers in large NHS trusts, private practice, industry and sport, such as the Head of Sports Medicine at WBA FC, and Karen Middleton Chief Exec of the CSP.

Our main study themes are:

  • Foundational Knowledge: Anatomical knowledge and an understanding of physiological systems are essential for supporting the effective clinical practice of a physiotherapist. Upon successful completion of this course you will gain a deep knowledge of the human anatomy, focusing on the gross anatomy of the spine, upper and lower limbs. You will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of relevant pathophysiology so that you are better able to devise appropriate treatments for the conditions encountered in clinical practice.
  • Physiotherapy Assessment and Practice: From the onset you will be introduced to the underpinning principles of physiotherapy assessment and practice. These fundamental skills serve as a basis for clinical decision making and client focused goal setting in a diverse health and social care context. Assessment practices that reflect current clinical focus, such as health and wellbeing and physical activity promotion, health and safety requirements and client engagement within a bio-psychosocial context. As the course progresses you will advance your skills of assessment, clinical reasoning and intervention, not only considering the service user, but the service as a whole.
  • Evidence Informed Practice and Research: To meet the demands of an ever changing global healthcare landscape, all health professionals need to be able to quickly and effectivey ‘grab and grapple’ with a different array of evidence sources, to make safe decisions for their patients and service users. To enable this, you will be provided with opportunities throughout the course to develop an in-depth understanding of evidence based practice and research. One of your first modules on the course will introduce you to the concept of evidence informed practice and research and study skills to support your studies at Universtiy level. The aim of this course is to develop your research skills during your time at University from being a consumer of evidence to carrying out your own independent research project in your final year.
  • Inter-professional Education: As a healthcare professional you will be part of an inter-professional team within which you will be required to work across professional and organisational boundaries to genuinely put the patient at the heart of their health and care. Inter-professional education is therefore a central component of all health and social care courses within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. You will experience authentic inter-professional learning opportunies throughout this programme of study and in so doing will develop a set of values and capabilities that are essential to becoming a collaborative practice ready professional with an understanding of “integrated working and learning”. You will record these learning experiences in an e-portfolio throughout the course, which provides a foundation for a professional lifelong learning commitment, fulfilling the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council and enhances employability upon graduation.

This course can be studied on a full-time basis over 3 years or as an integrated degree apprenticeship.

The teaching and learning approaches used within the course allow you to develop a wide range of practical and academic skills required to meet the expanding role and diverse career pathways of physiotherapists within the contemporary healthcare setting.

Teaching approaches used, such as problem-based learning and flipped classroom, allow you to develop as an independent lifelong learner and explore theory in your own time. You will be fully supported in these new ways of learning through the use of comprehensive study guides and resource lists. Theory will be applied and practical skills will be developed during seminars and practical workshops in a groups of around 20 students.

We recognise the importance of peer support and learning from each other for academic, personal and professional development and so have developed a “buddy system”. You will also have an academic personal tutor assigned to you for academic and pastoral support throughout your course.

 

This course uses varied assessment strategies, moving away from the traditional exam or essay, to assess you in an authentic way reflecting the challenges faced in the clinical context and allowing you to demonstrate your creativity and digital fluency. Assessment methods may include exams, video production, practical assessments, reports and group work elements.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours that reflect the HCPC and CSP attributes for a physiotherapist
  • Implement physiotherapy principles in the prevention and management of illness and maintenance of health
  • Deliver effective person-centred physiotherapy for people across the lifespan in a variety of contexts
  • Be a reflective practitioner who is innovative, creative and who engages with the evolving technological, political and social landscapes
  • Practice as a health care professional that can demonstrate intercultural competencies at a national and international level, and be able to reflect and appraise your own personal and professional intercultural development in order to enhance their lifelong learning.
  • Appraise and create research as an evidence informed practitioner within the context of health and social care
  • Demonstrate collaborative capabilities that promote integrated learning and working, within public, private, and third sector organisations, for the health and well-being of people in our community.
  • Be an emotionally intelligent and resilient individual, who is able to manage own personal health and wellbeing

In a typical teaching week you will have around 20 contact hours of teaching. The majority of this will be either seminars or practical workshops. In addition you will be expected to undertake a further 15 hours of self-directed study each week.

Physiotherapy students are encouraged to engage with and contribute to the local community during both university and practice-based learning activities. You are also encouraged to widen their vision of community to a global level with opportunities to take part in international activities such as online international learning events, field-trips* and international exchanges with our international partnership institutions in Europe and further afield.

Fieldtrips for this course are optional. Some field trips may be fully or partially subsidised whilst the cost of other field trips shall be borne by the student. All fieldtrips are subject to availability, application and visa requirements.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

 “I wanted to study anatomy as the structure of body is so fascinating and because I really like to help people in need, so this is definitely the best course for me.  The most enjoyable aspects are the practical lessons using group mates as models to practise on each other. The lessons are very active and lively, which is fun, and at the same time I also get the chance to practise my English skills.”

LAM Priscilla Yi Woon, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU146
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB to include a Biological Science subject (including a pass in the practical component). Physical Education will be considered. Excludes General Studies. DDM at Extended Diploma level in Biological Science or a health related course plus additional A2 Biology or A2 PE (minimum grade B). Sports and exercise science will be considered, but sports development and performance or coaching is not accepted. Other BTEC qualifications in a related biological science area will be considered in combination with other qualifications. Contact Admissions for further information. 34 points, including 3 subjects at Higher Level grade 6 to include a biological science 7 GCSEs from a single sitting at grade A*–C including English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade B. Evidence of recent study is desirable

Portfolio

Additional Information: applicants are expected to show academic attainment at the required level within 3 years of the course proposed start date, and will also be required to attend an interview. All offers are subject to satisfactory health clearance, disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks and a successful interview.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

Additional Information

Applicants are expected to show academic attainment at the required level within 3 years of the course proposed start date, and will also be required to attend an interview. All offers are subject to satisfactory health clearance, disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks and a successful interview. Try our sample maths test here.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care. 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, in addition to any requirements shown for your country. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say

“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.”

Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current third year student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

You will be supplied with clinical uniform (tunic, trousers and name badge) to be worn during your placement modules. However, you will be required to pay for physiotherapy practical kit (shorts and t-shirt) required for your practical workshops.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say

“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.”

Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current third year student in 2016/17

Career prospects

There is a huge demand and excellent employment prospects for our newly qualified physiotherapists. Our courses are developed collaboratively with our practice partners to ensure that we produce graduates with the knowledge and practical skills desired by potential employers. This is one of the many reasons why 100% of Coventry University graduates are employed or in further study withing six months of completing the course (DLHE survey, 2017/18).

On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council allowing you to work as a physiotherapist in the UK. The expanding role of the physiotherapist within both the public and private sectors offers many career pathways within the NHS, industry, community settings, sports and the private, independent and voluntary sectors. Our multiple placement opportunities throughout the course reflect these diverse prospects. Your qualification may also allow you to apply for overseas accreditation to work abroad*. Our course provides international learning experiences to help prepare you for the global employment market as well as strengthen and develop your broader personal and professional skills. If you wish to progress your studies further, for example on a Physiotherapy or Health Studies Master’s course, you will be eligible to apply and the University supports students to continue their education here with us.

Coventry University and the physiotherapy course team is commited to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Throughout the course you will be required to record learning experiences in an e-portfolio which provides a foundation for a professional lifelong learning commitment, fulfilling the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council, and enhances employability. The final year modules facilitate your preparation for entry into the physiotherapy profession. A dedicated module exploring employability, enterprise and entrepreneurism will help to equip you with the skills to secure your first job and flourish professionally within public, private or third sector organisations. An annual physiotherapy Employability Fayre, which coincides with a final year poster conference assessment, allows you to explore the career opportunities and in some cases apply and be interviewed there and then. Your assigned academic personal tutor and “buddies” will also provide individual advice on your future career decisions and offer support throughout the process of securing your first position.

*Acceptance of HCPC accreditation to practice overseas is determined by the individual countries, and may change over time.

97%

of Coventry University graduates are employed or in further study - Undergraduate UK DLHE survey, 2016/17

DLHE 2014/15

"The learning environment and supportive atmosphere at Coventry provided an ideal platform for me to enter my Physiotherapy career with confidence.​"

Ed Hutton, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, graduated in 2015, now a Chartered Physiotherapist in Neurological Rehabilitation
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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