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Cardiff University

Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: B160

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

To include grade B in Biology or Human Biology. Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required.

Extended Project

A

For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

To include 6 in Biology or Human Biology at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Applied Science

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

To include grade B in Biology or Human Biology. Excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

UCAS Tariff

136-160

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

37%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physiotherapy

The BSc Physiotherapy course aims to equip you with all the skills you need to work as a formally registered physiotherapist. You will be comprehensively prepared for the demands of evidence-based practice and become adaptable to the evolving world of contemporary health and social care.

Our course offers the chance to learn through theoretical and practical skills. ‘Hands-on’ application is a major component. Placement learning is also essential, as it directly contributes to your preparation for post-registration careers.

We aim to give you opportunities to develop your knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and personal skills: all of which are necessary for safe and effective physiotherapy.

Validated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), this degree offers excellent career opportunities. Typically you will spend at least 1,000 hours on clinical placements throughout Wales and in certain circumstances beyond, applying your skills alongside practising professionals.

During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

The Complete University Guide 2015 ranked physiotherapy at Cardiff University first in the UK, based on student satisfaction, entry standards, student-staff ratios and graduate prospects.
During the taught element of the course, you will complete the following compulsory, certified courses:
- All Wales Manual Handling Passport

- Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

There are opportunities to participate in professional body activities, such as becoming CSP Rep and being Student Reps, and to take part in ‘Community Engagement’ projects. These can expand upon many of your skills and clinical experiences from the BSc course. Previous opportunities involved the ‘Inspire’ project, which aimed to support Paralympic athletes training for the 2012 Games, the Urdd Eisteddfod and physiotherapy-related support for sporting events such as the 2016 World Half Marathon held in Cardiff.
The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Healthcare Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

94%
high
Physiotherapy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physiotherapy

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
99%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Therapy professionals
42%
Health professionals
11%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physiotherapy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£30k

£30k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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