BSc (Honours) Physiotherapy

Year of Entry 2024/25
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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...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £18,155 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    128 UCAS Points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    B160

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


Employability

98% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 93% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Gain skills in neurology, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular-respiratory physiotherapy.
  • Learn with other healthcare professionals to work in integrated health settings.
  • Understand the principles of exercise, research and physiotherapy practice.
  • Take part in a variety of high quality practice-based learning experiences.
  • Become eligible to apply for the HCPC membership you need to practise in the UK.
  • Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year.

This course provides you with skills to help and empower those affected by injury, illness and disability, and maximise their functional ability. Gaining valuable knowledge, skills and accreditation, you’ll be ready to begin an exciting and rewarding career.

Accredited by
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.



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How you learn

Watch course leader Lucy Stephens talk about our BSc Physiotherapy course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course is based around structured academic and practice experiences. You’ll develop the skills you need to manage diverse health and social care problems – gaining a critical, proactive approach to learning while learning and collaborating with other healthcare professionals. 
You'll benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods, developing the key skills you’ll need to become a qualified physiotherapist. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to work autonomously and make a real difference to the lives of individuals and communities.

You learn through

  • seminar and practical sessions
  • lectures and workshops
  • specialist visiting lecturer sessions
  • self-directed and independent learning
  • online learning
  • simulated role play scenarios in ward and clinical suites
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • practice-based learning experiences

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities

Course leaders and tutors

Lucy Stephens
Lucy Stephens
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll apply the theory you study to practice-based learning experiences. Here you’ll develop critical and ethical approaches to your practice – preparing you to become a life-long, competent professional. The experiences you’re provided with are compulsory to achieve the course’s practice-based learning outcomes.
 
These experiences will help you build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity, and curiosity. They’ll take place in different practice-based learning environments – reflecting the range of ways services are currently delivered. This might include simulated learning and virtual placements, alongside real-world experience of services delivered face to face to service users. 
 
We’ll ensure the practice-based learning element of your course complies with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) which governs the physiotherapy profession. So by the end of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to show that you meet the requirements to register as a physiotherapist.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in 

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

 

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

Most of our on-campus teaching is carried out in and around practical rooms, clinical suites and ward environments – with all the equipment you’d find in a contemporary clinical space.
On this course you work with

  • specialist modern teaching facilities
  • virtual reality suites
  • clinical skills suites, practical rooms and ward environments
  • high-tech simulation manikins and equipment
  • purpose-built, integrated teaching areas

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

128

From 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 Sport and Exercise Science
  • Distinction overall from a T level qualification including a grade B from the Core.
  • 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

  • An approved Access to HE Diploma in health, care, nursing or science-based subject with 12 distinctions from science-related units.
  • Foundation Year in a Science-based subject with a minimum 60% average mark.
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) or CertHE in science-based subject with a minimum 60% average mark. Alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology or PE or equivalent.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) or DipHE or Foundation Degree in Science-based subject with a minimum 60% average mark. Alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology or PE or equivalent.
  • Undergraduate Degree in Biology, Human Biology or PE. Alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology or PE or equivalent. If a relevant grade of 2:1 or above held may also consider MSc Pre Reg Route.
  • Extended project qualifications are accepted for tariff points only.
  • 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

GCSEs 

  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents
    • OCR Science level 2
    • Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma qualification
    • 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
  • Maths at grade D or 4 or equivalents
    • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Maths equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or 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. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required for the profession at your interview.

Reference

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

Interview

If your application is shortlisted you will be required to complete an additional task before being considered to attend an interview. This task is to produce and submit a 2 minute (maximum) video answering the following questions:

Tell us what you know about the profession, and why do you want to join?

View our interview guidance to ensure you understand the interviews process and how you can prepare for this.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration 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 will be required to 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.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) (PDF, 38.1KB) as part of the application process
  • 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 an overseas criminal record check.
  • 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 will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

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. Please obtain details of your immunisation history from your doctor so you can submit this during your Occupational Health Screening.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK it is important for you to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the next stage of the professional requirements for your course. The pre-course day is also a good opportunity to meet fellow applicants on the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, as well as some current students and teaching staff. We will look forward to welcoming you on the day.

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, please tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

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 Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet 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 chat to our teaching staff and current students. You can explore the campus and view our facilities, as well as asking any questions you may have. To book your place at one of our open days, please follow this link University open days.

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.

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


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment
Foundations Of Physiotherapy Practice 1 (B)
Credits 40
Assessment
Foundations Of Physiotherapy Practice 2 (B)
Credits 40
Assessment
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment
Physiotherapy Practice Experience 1 (B)
Credits -
Assessment
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Developing Physiotherapy Practice 3 (B)
Credits 40
Assessment
Developing Physiotherapy Practice 4 (B)
Credits 40
Assessment
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Physiotherapy Practice Experience 2 (B)
Credits -
Assessment
Physiotherapy Practice Experience 3 (B)
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment
Physiotherapy Practice Experience 4 (B)
Credits -
Assessment
Physiotherapy Practice Experience 5 (B)
Credits -
Assessment
Qualifying Physiotherapy Practice 5 (B)
Credits 20
Assessment
Qualifying Physiotherapy Practice 6 (B)
Credits 40
Assessment
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

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/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £18,155, which includes an annual placement supplement of £1,500.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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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, 331KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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