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University of Plymouth

Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: B160

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Including A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. Excluding Critical Thinking, General Studies, and Citizenship Studies.

Points will be taken into consideration at Confirmation.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Biology. The remainder of the Level 3 credits must be at Merit or above.

Considered in a relevant subject alongside 3 A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

Including Grade 6 at Higher Level in Biology or Sports, Exercise, and Health Science. English, Maths, and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent at Higher Level Grade 4 or Standard Level Grade 5.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H3,H3,H3

Including Biology. English, Maths, and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent at H1-H7 or O1-O4.

CAMTEC qualifications are considered on an individual basis, or alongside A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. If you hold a CAMTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the CAMTEC.

Points will be taken into consideration at Confirmation.

BTEC qualifications are considered on an individual basis, or alongside A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC.

BTEC qualifications are considered on an individual basis, or alongside A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC.

BTEC National Extended Diplomas are considered on an individual basis, depending on the units that have been studied. They may be considered on their own or alongside A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC.

BTEC qualifications are considered on an individual basis, or alongside A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Including Biology or PE. English, Maths, and Science are required at National 5 for GCSE equivalent.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Including Biology or PE. English, Maths, and Science are required at National 5 for GCSE equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

Including A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE, or Applied Science. Excluding Critical Thinking, General Studies, and Citizenship Studies.

Will be considered alongside A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications, including Biology.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Physiotherapy

Learn to work in diverse practice settings, including neurological, sports and respiratory, in a variety of healthcare locations including hospitals, specialist rehabilitation centres as well as patients’ homes. Our innovative, problem-based learning approach means that you learn from ‘real-life’ clinical scenarios that reflect conditions that physiotherapists treat. This course is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

You will benefit from extracurricular experience in providing supervised physiotherapy support with the Plymouth University Raiders Basketball Team and at events such as the Plymouth Half Marathon and Plymouth 10K. You will graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments. You could find yourself working in hospitals, health centres, the local community, with the elderly, the disabled or for charitable organisations both in the UK or abroad.

* Complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in varied clinical settings alongside theory and practical skills.

* Learn to study independently and in small groups with our problem based learning curriculum.

* Become autonomous practitioners with highly developed problem solving skills.

* Work with a physiotherapy team engaged in research at an international level.

* Benefit from research informed teaching.

* Benefit from extracurricular experience in providing supervised physiotherapy support with the Plymouth University Raiders Basketball Team and at events such as the Plymouth Half Marathon and Plymouth 10K.

* Graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments. You could find yourself working in hospitals, health centres, the local community, with the elderly, the disabled or for charitable organisations both in the UK or abroad.

* On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. As a successful graduate you’ll be able to progress from student to full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Modules

In your first year, shared learning with students from other healthcare disciplines will give you an insight into what it is to be a ‘professional’. You will enjoy physiotherapy modules relating to anatomy and physiology as well as the importance of health promotion and exercise. You will learn how to manage patients with a variety of conditions. During the second half of the year you will embark on a rewarding clinical placement.

In your second year, you'll learn about the management of patients with cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. You will take increased responsibility in practice, utilising your theoretical knowledge and developing the confidence and personal skills required to be an autonomous physiotherapist.

In your final year you will study more complex case scenarios in the key areas of physiotherapy practice. You will have the opportunity to undertake a supervised project in an area of your choice. During your placements, emphasis is on the levels of professional mastery and fitness for practice that you will require for registration and employment.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

11% of assessment is by exam, 35% by coursework and 54% practical assessment

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Health Professions

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.

70%
low
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

79%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

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med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Therapy professionals
28%
Health professionals
18%
Health associate 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.

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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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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