Become a chartered physiotherapist and help people reach their full potential through exercise, education and manual therapy.
As a physiotherapist you are integral to optimising functional ability and the quality of life of many individuals. You achieve this through your skills in health promotion and education, exercise prescription and rehabilitation and preventative health care. This course prepares you for a career in physiotherapy by combining university-based and clinical based experience.
What you study
During the course we introduce you to key concepts of professional practice, such as reflective practice, building the therapeutic relationship and models of health, illness and disability. You use examples of real patient stories to develop your understanding of service users’ perceptions and experiences, and you explore clinical guidelines and protocols for best practice. This feeds into the inter-professional education (IPE) module which further develops concepts of collaborative practice, safeguarding and factors which impact on health.
Throughout the three years you study key areas of physiotherapy, such as neurology, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular respiratory. In each of these areas you study clinically relevant underpinning anatomy and physiology.
Alongside these modules you study principles and theory of exercise and learn and practise skills in teaching exercise to individuals and classes. You begin to integrate and further develop knowledge and understanding of different body systems, developing more advanced clinical reasoning skills.
By your final year tutors facilitate rather than direct your learning. You build on clinical reasoning skills advancing to complex case management, including multiple pathology, trauma and critical conditions, and specific client groups such as paediatrics, learning disability and mental health. You also complete an individual review of physiotherapy evidence in a selected topic area..
Placements and work experience
Placement settings can range from private and GP practices to hospital physiotherapy departments. A wide range of placement opportunities are available to you due to our excellent links with physiotherapy providers across Yorkshire, Humber and the East Midlands.
Our teaching staff are all highly experienced Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapists. They are active in physiotherapy research and many continue to work clinically in the NHS or in the private sector.
Our breadth of experience ensures that our dynamic and skilled teaching team facilitate the successful development of your skills in patient and client assessment, clinical decision making and therapeutic management.
As part of the course you also have access to
• funded Pebblepad E-portfolio for lifelong CPD during your studies and after you graduate
• Sheffield Hallam University physiotherapy clinic.
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.
2017 entry requirements
You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.
Normally five GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus one of the following
• 128 UCAS points from three A levels (including at least 40 points in either Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education) or BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. We do not accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science – minimum DDM profile
• 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.
*GCSE maths and English equivalent
•equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE Science Equivalents
• 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 gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
International and European Union entry qualifications
If you are an international or EU student, please visit our international qualifications web page to see the country specific academic qualifications we accept.
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 a recognised 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.
Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.
You must be able to demonstrate the following qualities
• a level of understanding and appreciation of the profession and its related values. The scope of physiotherapy is extensive therefore it is expected that you can provide examples demonstrating your knowledge and experience. These may include observational visits, work experience placements and direct professional liaison.
• motivation and a commitment
• sound verbal and written communication skills, including listening skills
• ability to work with people with disabilities
• ability to work with people regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation
• ability to work in accordance with anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practices
You need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations
This is normally by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.
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.
You normally need to have knowledge of
• biological chemistry, cell structure and function, with particular reference to nerve and muscle
• the concepts underlying the control of physiological processes to A level standard
• the scope and demands of physiotherapy
• health-professions or healthcare-related work experience
• our physiotherapy course
Course enrolment – professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• 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
• you must attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course
• 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.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.
• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.
• You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health. This will be provided by the University free of charge
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.
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 co-ordinator 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.
As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one modules||
• developing professional practice • neurological physiotherapy • MSK physiotherapy • CVR physiotherapy • exercise therapy including the L2 Fitness Instructor Award • foundations for effective collaborative practice • physiotherapy placement (4 weeks)
|Year two modules||
• physiotherapy practice • exercise and physical activity, including the L3 Diploma in Exercise Referral • patient centred practice • developing capability for effective collaborative practice • physiotherapy placement (minimum 14 weeks)
|Year three modules||
• complex case management • promoting activity and social inclusion • employability • physiotherapy evidence review enhancing quality of services through effective collaborative practice • advanced physiotherapy placement (16 weeks)
Physiotherapists are employed in a variety of locations, providing many opportunities in areas such as • NHS • education • research • industry • professional sport • private practice •working overseas.
During the course you build on a wide base of transferrable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of physiotherapy when you are a fully qualified physiotherapist.
Further information on physiotherapy is available on the NHS careers website at www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
Home / EU student
Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
2016/17 academic year
For further information see the Department of Health section on our fees and funding pages.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £14,000 a year (including the placement fee)
2017/18 academic year
Typically £14,000 a year (including the placement fee)
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These estimates are based on feedback from past students 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.
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