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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Physiotherapy

Full-time Physiotherapy

Qualify as a chartered physiotherapist able to manage a range of health and social care problems.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year ††
International: £15,150 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 128 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B160
When do I start? September 2020

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 90% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Study neurology, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular respiratory physiotherapy from your first year.
  • Learn with, from and about other healthcare professionals.
  • Understand the principles and theory of exercise.
  • Gain the level 2 Fitness Instructor and level 3 Exercise Referral awards.
  • Go on clinical placement at the end of your first year and have the opportunity to go on an overseas visit in your third year.

On this course, you’ll learn to help and empower those affected by physical injury, illness and disability, and maximise their functional ability. You’ll gain valuable skills, qualifications and accreditation — ready to embark on a rewarding career.

Student View

Watch student Ben Rowles talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Helen Batty talk about this course.

This course is based around structured academic and placement experience. You’ll develop the skills you need to manage diverse health and social care problems — gaining a critical, proactive approach to learning. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to work autonomously as a physiotherapist and make a real difference to the lives of individuals and communities.

You will have the opportunity to gain a level 2 Fitness Instructor award and level 3 Exercise Referral award as part of the course. These enhance your skills in exercise prescription, as well as your employability.

You learn through

  • tutor-facilitated sessions
  • lectures
  • specialist visiting lecturer sessions
  • group work
  • presentations
  • tutor-directed learning
  • self-directed learning
  • flipped classroom
  • independent learning
  • simulation, workshops and role play
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • practice-based learning

Applied learning

Work placements

During the course you will undertake clinical placements within a range of different settings. Your first four week placement takes place at the end of the first year. In years two and three, placements build from six to eight weeks, allowing you to apply your knowledge and enhance your practical physiotherapy experience.

In year three opportunities include an overseas visit, Master's study taster days and faculty-based programmes such as the leadership training scheme.

Networking and volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities include becoming a student representative or ambassador for the course, department or Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You can also volunteer at sporting events such as the Sheffield Half Marathon as a student physiotherapist, or help organise events on behalf of the Sheffield Hallam University Physiotherapy Society Committee.

Sheffield Hallam Students' Union offer a variety of volunteering opportunities in healthcare settings enabling you to develop your skills throughout the course and gain further relevant experience.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in areas such as

  • the NHS
  • education
  • research
  • industry
  • professional sport
  • private practice
  • working overseas

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Campus map
Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Collegiate library

Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • state-of-the-art teaching facilities
  • virtual reality suites
  • high-tech simulation manikins
  • purpose-built, integrated teaching areas

Learn more about your department

Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that enrich student learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

128

From three A levels including at least 40 points from either Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education or BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. We do not accept AS Levels or general studies. For example:

  • ABB including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s)

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

Or

  • Access - approved Access to HE Diploma which must have a strong science bias (not social science), such as Access to science/natural science/applied science. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3 of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level. 15 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from biology units.
  • If you are in the process of completing the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care at one of our partner colleges and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional, we would welcome an application from you. Please note the different application routes below:
    • Completing the level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care means you can apply via UCAS to be considered for entry at Year 1 of your chosen professional degree
    • Completing the full two year FdSc to level 5 means you can apply to be considered for entry in to Year 2 of this professional degree. This is a direct application process in accordance with the partnership arrangement between Sheffield Hallam University and your college, not via UCAS. Please note that places to commence this course in Year 2 are limited.

If you already hold a first degree with an upper second class honours (2:1) or above, you may be eligible to study our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

And

GCSE'S in

  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***
  • *GCSE Science equivalents

    • OCR Science level 2
    • Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
    • Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
    • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    **GCSE Math's equivalents

    • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    ***GCSE English equivalents

    • Level 2 Literacy
    • Level 2 Key Skills

IELTS

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.


Helping your application succeed

Experience

Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of physiotherapists. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the physiotherapy profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a physiotherapy course.

You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Immunisations

You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement. You can contact our disability coordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have.

The Disability Disclosure booklet also provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cardiovascular Respiratory Physiotherapy Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Neurological Physiotherapy Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physiotherapy Assessment, Clinical Reasoning And Decision Making Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity Credits: 40
Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice Credits: 20
Module: Physiotherapy Clinical Management Credits: 20
Module: Physiotherapy Clinical Skills Credits: 20
Module: Physiotherapy Placement Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Advancing Physiotherapy Placement Credits: 20
Module: Physiotherapy Complex Case Management Credits: 20
Module: Professional Leadership Credits: 20
Module: The Advancing Professional Credits: 40
Module: Working With Complexity In Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 with an annual placement supplement of £1,500.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Physiotherapy courses (PDF)

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