Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
Physiotherapy plays an essential part in the overall health and well-being of a wide range of patients. Physiotherapists work with a diverse caseload across all healthcare settings, often as part of multidisciplinary teams.
As a student at Bradford you’ll develop the skills you need to take a key role in the management of both acute and long term conditions, helping restore and maintain function and activity, and prevent of injury or illness.
The Bradford approach emphasises the integration and application of theory and practice to produce an adaptable, innovative graduate with excellent professional skills who can use a research based, evaluative, problem solving approach to physiotherapy practice.
You will develop strong leadership skills enabling you to manage and lead teams often working in emerging roles with new providers.
This course is approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory body for Allied Health Professionals. By the end of your studies, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC, and will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
"I've really enjoyed my time at Bradford, the chance to go out on placement and work in the clinic here on campus is a great way to gain hands-on experience which I found really important.
The staff have been incredibly supportive and we're a friendly, close-knit cohort of students. I've made so many friends on the course and in my student accommodation, I'm so glad I came here."
Physiotherapy at Bradford was given 91% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016. There are consistent positive comments in the survey about the quality of teaching and student support and the enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication of the staff team.
Studying at Bradford offers you a unique clinical experience – the range of practice placements allow you to develop an understanding of the traditions, values and beliefs in delivering care that is responsive to today’s ethnically diverse society. Our placements include those concerned with acute and long term care and there may be the opportunity to experience various sport and exercise environments.
Placement providers report that students are well prepared for all areas of practice. This makes our students very employable which is reflected in the 100% graduate employment statistics for 2016.
Physiotherapy students have access to four well-equipped practical rooms. Group sizes for practical work are timetabled to be not more than 22 per member of staff wherever possible. You will be taught alongside students on the integrated master’s programme, the MPhysiotherapy (Sport and Exercise Medicine) which is currently unique in the UK.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in student-led Physiotherapy clinics. This gives you the opportunity to practice clinical skills in a protected environment under the supervision of qualified faculty staff. We have both musculo-skeletal and neurological clinics; the latter was the first of its kind to be set up in the UK.
Ranked 2nd in the country for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2018.
Typical offer: AAB / 136 UCAS points
136 UCAS tariff points from three full A-levels to include a minimum grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Sport Science or PE. General Studies is not accepted.
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDD in a relevant Health, Science or Sport subject. Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma applicants will require a minimum of one Biology unit at Distinction.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
136 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science — at least 12 credits in Biology must be at minimum grade Distinction.
Plus minimum of:
Seven GCSEs with a minimum grade C or grade 4 to include English Language, Mathematics, and Biology, Physical Education or Combined Science. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.
Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.
Additional entry requirements:
As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.
All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.
The occupational health screening
All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.
Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.
This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.
All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.
The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
Year 1 emphasises practical learning; you will be encouraged to participate in practical sessions both as therapist and model to develop professional skills. Theory is taught in an integrated manner to allow you to link theory and practice. The student-led clinics are another opportunity to put your skills into practice.
In year 2 the emphasis is on the development of more advanced and specialised skills directed towards the common areas of physiotherapy practice. Your research knowledge and skills will be developed in readiness for year 3 modules. There are ‘practice preparation’ sessions to ensure that you are as well prepared as possible for work based learning, which at this level consists of three placements totalling 540 hours.
In year 3 the emphasis is on independent learning. You will complete a research module which will offer four options – a literature review, a piece of primary research, a research proposal or an audit of an aspect of practice. Work Based Learning placements at this level are worth a total of 60 credits and overall placements contribute a maximum of 46.7% to the overall degree classification.
- Neuromusculoskeletal –peripheral (60 credits)
- Developing and Promoting Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
- People, Populations and Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice (40 credits)
- Neurological Practice (20 credits)
- Cardiovascular & Respiratory Practice (20 credits)
- NMSK - Spinal (20 credits)
- Research Methods in Health and Sport (20 credits)
- Work Based Learning 1 (40 credits)
- Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
- Employability and Professional Development (20 credits)
- Work Based Learning 2 (60 credits)
Plus one 20 credit module from the following options:
- Aspirational Research Proposal
- Evaluating Service Delivery
- Literature Review
- Primary Research Project
Learning activities and assessment
A major focus of the course is on problem solving and clinical reasoning. Some large group teaching utilises the concept of team-based learning (TBL) whereby some knowledge-based content is studied out of class and is then assessed by answering multiple choice questions individually then as a small group or ‘team’.
Lectures are supplemented with small group tutorials and practical sessions to facilitate an active and collaborative approach to learning. Case-based scenarios are used to facilitate the development of clinical reasoning skills. Reflection is embedded at all levels. These skills are ultimately evidenced in the practice setting.
The programme uses a diverse range of assessment strategies that accommodate different learning styles. These include:
- some continuous assessment of competence-based clinical skills
- practical assessments that are designed to mirror the clinical environment
- assessments that require you to demonstrate academic writing skills
- a common assessment tool for practice placements, used collaboratively with three universities in the region.
You will undertake six placements of five weeks duration across a range of clinical areas in years two and three. Prior to commencing placements in year two, there are ‘preparation for practice’ sessions to ensure that students are as well prepared as possible with regard to the expectations of work based learning. There is a debrief session back in the University at the end of the placement to support your integration of theory and practice learning.
Your first placement is ‘formative’, which means it is not credit rated but is marked on a pass/fail basis. This placement will give you experience of working in health and care settings and allow you to practice the professional and communication skills required to work in such environments before embarking on credit-rated placements later in the second year.
At the end of year two, there will be an opportunity to undertake an elective placement for those students who wish to increase their scope of practice or enhance their skills or employability. This may be an opportunity for you to arrange your own placement in an overseas, sporting, occupational or other emerging environment. Such placements will be non-mandatory.
Placement locations are sourced for you by the Faculty. The variety of placements may entail some degree of travel and/or accommodation costs which is typical of physiotherapy education in the UK. However, we expect to be able to source many of our placements in the Bradford/Airedale and Leeds areas.
Placement experience allows you to:
- experience professional clinical environments
- problem solve with real people and situations
- integrate theory into practice
- learn and improve practical skills
- consolidate learning from modules
- begin to use reflection in and on action
- experience multi-professional working
- develop your professional identity and communication skills
Placement experiences will reflect the diverse nature of the profession and also enable you to work with diverse populations and differing multi-disciplinary teams. You can expect to work in any environment in which you would find a physiotherapist. You must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of placement learning over the three years of the programme.
Placements are assessed with marks contributing to your overall degree classification.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
100% of our 2016 graduates in Physiotherapy found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Physiotherapy is an Allied Health Profession, and opens up a range of dynamic and exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields. Most physiotherapists work in the NHS, but opportunities also arise in the private sector, sport, research, education and industry.
Andy Barker, Head Physiotherapist Leeds Rhinos
The average starting salary for our 2016 Physiotherapy graduates was £22,452.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
The movement laboratory consists of a double height exercise area, a single height exercise area and a research area, all with a state of the art sprung floor. This room is used extensively for the teaching of exercise, neuro-rehabilitation and other practical group activities.
The area is extensively equipped with double width rehab plinths, audio visual equipment, portable rehabilitation equipment, wall bars, exercise machines, and Nintendo Wiis and Wii Fits. The area is also used to rehabilitate patients who access the Faculty’s Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic.
The research space provides a separate area for undergraduate and postgraduate research activities and contains both gait and movement analysis systems and an isokinetic testing machine.
Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Practice Suites
The Faculty has two physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation practice suites which are used for both undergraduate and postgraduate practical teaching activities.
These suites have been designed to simulate physiotherapy outpatient environments, each containing 10 curtained cubicles. They therefore provide a realistic learning environment for physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation activities.
Both rooms are equipped with state of the art audio and visual equipment, and are fully WiFi enabled with laptop stands to allow students to access online learning materials and videos.
They are also extensively equipped with anatomical models, physiology testing and simulation equipment and electrotherapy equipment.
Both rooms are also used for the University’s student led Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic, providing students with the opportunity to assess and treat real patients as part of their training.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £18,440
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017.
From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.
Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).
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