Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

This course currently:

  • Has excellent links with local healthcare providers and sports clubs, providing you with unique ‘hands on' learning experiences.

  • Has small teaching groups, allowing high levels of student support to be offered.

  • Is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Scored 100% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.

Physiotherapists use exercise, manual therapy techniques, electrotherapy and rehabilitative approaches to restore, maintain and improve movement. They treat a variety of patients from those with neurological conditions such as stroke and parkinsons disease; patients with cardiorespiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart conditions, to those with musculoskeletal conditions from injury or following surgery. Physiotherapists play an important role in advising and educating people in managing their own conditions and preventing future episodes of ill health.

Physiotherapists work as part of a healthcare team alongside nurses, doctors, podiatrists and occupational therapists offering their specialist knowledge. They work in a variety of locations including hospitals, community centres, patient's homes, schools, clinics and sports clubs.

You probably know from your own experience how important your ease and range of movements are to your general wellbeing. You may be fascinated by the muscles, bones and joints that function together in all aspects of human activity, and are aware of the debilitating effect of illness, accident and ageing. If you would like a career that is both practical and ‘hands on' but also challenging and rewarding where you can make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of individuals, then this may be the career for you.

Physiotherapy can offer opportunities and career satisfaction to those who enjoy dealing with people and helping them overcome difficulties. You'll study how to assess, advise and treat individuals with a variety of conditions including spinal and joint problems, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, and those recovering from strokes and other chronic conditions, accidents and operations.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time

Course content

Year 1: core modules

Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

This module provides you with the opportunity to gain the foundation skills and knowledge for musculoskeletal clinical practice. Through practical sessions you will have the chance to develop and apply your anatomy knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal system. Firstly you will focus on the lower quadrant: lumbar spine, hip and pelvis, knee and foot and ankle and secondly on the upper quadrant: neck and shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist and hand. You will be assessed on both of these areas through a practical examination and you will also be required to demonstrate your problem solving abilities in relation to anatomy and pathology through written coursework.

Clinical Skills 1

In this module you will explore how physiotherapists are involved in promoting public health and examine health promotion in relation to specific service users. This module will be assessed through coursework involving a group presentation. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of healthcare delivery, as well as practical skills through completing two clinical placements. You will have a one-week ward based clinical experience with an attendance requirement of a minimum of 30 hours and a three-week physiotherapy placement, which will be continually assessed by a clinical educator.

Physiology in the Context of Physiotherapy

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of physiology as it relates to physiotherapy through a combination of theory and practical sessions. You will have the chance to develop clinical skills fundamental to the practice of physiotherapy in the management of individuals recovering from cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal problems. You will complete coursework in the form of an essay and will be assessed through two practical exams.

Professional Development and Research 1

In this module you’ll have the opportunity to be actively engaged in developing your understanding of professional culture, standards, mandatory health and safety training and the importance of research to underpin your evidence based practice. You’ll work with other colleagues to develop these values, skills and competencies including the professions of Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry. You’ll also be encouraged to evaluate and reflect upon your strengths and limitations to identify areas for your further development towards becoming a registered practitioner. Assessment will involve one piece of coursework and one online short answer examination.

Year 2: core modules

Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

This module addresses one of the core skill areas of physiotherapy and helps to prepare you for your clinical practice placement. You will have the opportunity to build on the knowledge you developed in the first year foundation module and explore the fundamental basis of respiratory physiotherapy. This will help you to develop an integrated approach to physiotherapy assessment and treatment of patients with respiratory and cardio-vascular conditions. You will be assessed through a simulation-based practical exam and written coursework.

Clinical Skills 2

Through practical sessions you will examine current physiotherapeutic treatment, rehabilitation and electrotherapy methods. You will study how to safely and effectively deliver treatments, which you will demonstrate in a practical assessment. You will also complete a five week clinical placement in the NHS or private sector, where you will have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills through working with service users. Whilst on placement you will be continually assessed by a clinical educator on your ability to demonstrate key competency skills.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Intermediate)

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your ability to assess and manage musculoskeletal dysfunction, and learn how to organise information in a way which is usable and meaningful in terms of patient management. You will study the latest research exploring pathology, disease and treatment approaches in musculoskeletal practice through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical demonstrations. You will also undertake guided independent study and implement your research in supervised practical workshop sessions. You will be assessed through practical exams focusing on musculoskeletal pathology and disease; firstly on assessment and secondly on physiotherapy treatment.

Neurological Physiotherapy

You will integrate your foundation knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the nervous system developed in Year 1, with conditions affecting the nervous system. You will also consider the physiotherapy treatment of people with neurological dysfunction. You will examine the assessment and management of service users who have a range of neurological symptoms. You will relate the clinical features to the underlying pathophysiology of the neurological condition. You will also explore in detail the care of such patients by a team of health professionals, through written coursework based on a specific neurological case study.

Practice Based Experience 3 and 4: Year 2

Under the supervision of a clinical educator, you will undertake two separate five week blocks of practice-based experience, where you will have the opportunity to develop your assessment, clinical reasoning and treatment skills. You will also have the chance to develop independent learning by reflecting on your own practice and identifying ways in which you can improve. For each five week block you will be assessed in practice by the clinical educator on your professional conduct, level of practical skill, underpinning knowledge and ability to work collaboratively.

Research 2

This module provides the opportunity for you to build on your knowledge of research that you studied in Year 1 and prepare you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You will learn about and be assessed on data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice, through coursework involving a work book. This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. In addition you will work in multi professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will carry out in Year 3. This will be assessed on a pass/fail basis (which must be passed to successfully complete this module).

Year 3: core modules

Clinical Reasoning

This module will help you to develop a critical understanding of the theories, principles and concepts underpinning current practice within distinct areas of physiotherapy. You will choose two areas to focus on and your understanding will be assessed through two pieces of coursework, which will be underpinned by evidence from current research. This will be in the form of two written assignments, through which you will demonstrate your understanding of the theoretical and practical approach to holistic physiotherapy care.

Delivering Health Care

You will focus on how health and social care is provided in the UK and will explore your perception of healthcare in this country. You will complete written coursework exploring current healthcare legislation and how past and present legislation has shaped today’s healthcare needs. This will help to prepare you for future interviews and employment. You will also participate in a group presentation relating to a topical dilemma in health and complete a five week placement and undertake a practical assessment.

Management of Vulnerable Client Groups

This module will help you to develop an awareness and appreciation of physiotherapy and the roles of other health professionals with relation to specific target groups. These include paediatrics, older people and those with a learning disability or mental health problem. You will explore policies and a range of issues related to these client groups through coursework involving a group presentation. You will also work with students from other health professions to complete further group work involving case based written coursework, through which you will have the opportunity to develop your team working skills and gain an insight into the care of specific clients by a team of health professionals.

Practice Based Experience 6 and 7: Year 3

Under the supervision of a clinical educator, you will undertake two separate five week blocks of practice-based experience where you will have the opportunity to consolidate theoretical learning and further develop your clinical skills. You will have the chance to further develop your independent learning by reflecting on your own practice and identifying ways in which you can improve. For each five week block you will be assessed in practice by the clinical educator on your professional conduct, level of practical skill, underpinning knowledge and the ability to work collaboratively.

Research 3

This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a report written in a style suitable for publication and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


We believe nothing can replace the exhilaration, pace and decision making of actually doing the job. That is why we consider clinical placements an invaluable part of learning and a compulsory element of the course, in order, to offer you a range of experience and expertise. These may involve working within the paediatric department of a hospital, in intensive care, stroke recovery or occupational health. You may also care for the elderly where neurological problems and fractures are prevalent or work with those experiencing learning disabilities.

You will undertake 1000 hours of clinical placements across the three years of study. These may be undertaken at sites across the Yorkshire and the Humber region in National Health Service Trusts, private hospitals, charities and sports clubs. We currently have strong links with the England Touch Association, Huddersfield Giants, Manchester Chargers and Leeds Rhinos rugby clubs, local sports authorities and private hospitals such as the Yorkshire Clinic, as well as community and schools groups.

Career opportunities

100% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. They have gone on to work as physiotherapists in NHS hospitals and the private sector including Leeds Teaching Hospitals, BMI Healthcare and Nuffield Health and Wellbeing. * Graduates have specialised in respiratory or muscloskeletal care, children, sport and veterinary physiotherapy and moved into management roles including head of therapy in NHS Trusts or director of their own company. Others work in private practice or as physiotherapy or sport medicine lead at sports clubs including Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Huddersfield Giants Rugby Football Club and Derby County Football Academy.**

  • Source: DHLE survey **Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is currently regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Whilst studying this course you're currently not required to register as a member with the Health and Care Professions Council, however you must follow their standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

You'll be encouraged to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for which you'll be required to pay a fee. Although membership is not essential it may benefit you whilst studying the course.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching on the course involves a variety of methods including seminars, group work, practical experience and lectures, as well as interactive learning packages. As we recognise that students perform differently in certain assessments, you'll be assessed through a combination of methods including coursework, practice/competency based learning and examination, in the form of written assignment, observed assessment of practical skills (OSCE) and presentations.

21.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm thi

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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