A physiotherapist is a healthcare professional concerned with human function, movement and maximising an individual’s potential. Physiotherapists use core skills in exercise therapy, manual therapy and electro-physical modalities to manage physical, psychological and social well-being.
The aim of this course is to encourage students to become autonomous physiotherapist able to deliver a high standard of care based on sound theory and research. Students are expected to embrace an understanding of delivering practice within a rapidly changing health care sector.
One thousand hours of clinical placement in a broad range of health and social care settings are completed as part of the course. We start placements in the first year to allow students to constantly apply theory to practice. When on placement you will experience shift patterns to include 12-13 hour shifts and weekends. To further reflect the workplace, students have the opportunity to study units with other BU healthcare courses.
360 tariff points from 3 A-levels or 3 A-levels and 1 AS-level, including 100 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDD in addition to an A Level Grade B in a required subject to achieve the overall tariff. This course requires you to Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits in total and 45 credits at Level 3.
A minimum of 35 Level 3 credits must be at Distinction and include all biology/physiology units. A minimum of 15 level 3 credits must come from biology/physiology. All remaining credits should be at Merit or Distinction.
Year One - Level C
Skills for Therapy Practice
Good personal and interpersonal communications are central to collaboration, the efficiency of group working and the resulting quality of care. In this unit you will develop communication skills and explore aspects of professional working.
Science for Physiotherapy
In this unit you will establish core knowledge of human and behavioral sciences needed for therapeutic practice.
Physiotherapy Management of the Inpatient
The aim of this unit is to prepare you to work within the inpatient setting. This unit will cover assessment processes and basic management approaches including working with elderly patients and in respiratory and orthopedic environments.
Exercise, Movement and Rehabilitation
In this unit you will develop knowledge of normal human movement, biomechanics and movement analysis. This knowledge will be applied to the use of exercise therapy across a variety of rehabilitation areas.
Physiotherapy Portfolio Units: Orientation and 1
These portfolio units incorporate the practice placements. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will be introduced and the use of critical reflective practice.
Year Two - Level I
Exploring Evidence to Guide Practice (IP)
This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence and you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how different forms of evidence can guide practice.
In this unit you will acquire the skills necessary for the management of patients in the acute setting. This includes formulating respiratory and neurology management plans and using appropriate physiotherapy skills.
In this unit you will learn to manage patients within the community setting with a variety of problems; including cardiorespiratory, neurological and long term conditions. A problem-solving approach will help you investigate the implications for the patients of their conditions and the holistic approach required.
The aim of this unit is to develop your reasoning skills of neuromusculoskeletal assessment and management. It will build on the knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology. It will provide you with the skills to deliver safe and effective neuromusculoskeletal treatments.
Physiotherapy Portfolio Units 2 and 3
These units contain your two placements where your practice skills are developed. The unit also progresses your use of critical reflection to develop important lifelong learning skills.
Year Three - Level H
Service Improvement in Practice (IP)
The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake interprofessional project work and develop your skills in team working. Collaborative working is considered an essential skill in physiotherapy practice.
Progressing Physiotherapy Practice
The aim of this unit is for you to revise, build upon and integrate physiotherapy knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course in order to manage complex case scenarios in a variety of settings.
Research for Physiotherapy Practice
This unit develops understanding of the research process and ability to undertake a critical literature review. The format of this unit will primarily be through independent study in which you will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a professional practice topic of your choice.
Innovations in Physiotherapy
In this unit you will explore the complexity of physiotherapy practice and develop your use of evidence informed practice and leadership skills. Innovative examples of physiotherapy practice will be explored and applied to UK and international practice.
Physiotherapy Portfolio Units 4 and 5
These practical units aim to facilitate your progression towards qualifying as a confident and proficient professional, capable of high-quality, autonomous practice within the interprofessional provision of care.
Employment prospects are excellent! Bournemouth University Physiotherapy Graduates enjoy a range of career opportunities both within the NHS and the private sector nationally. The qualification is accepted by many countries throughout the world.
Basic grade – band 5
Specialisation – band 6
Specialist Practitioner – band 7
Consultant Therapist - band 8
Lecturer – Practitioner
Research – Practitioner
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