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Undergraduate Course

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Gain the knowledge and clinical skills you need to become a registered Physiotherapist in a supportive and stimulating environment.

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Learn to diagnose and rehabilitate patients of all ages with acute or chronic conditions. Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means when you graduate you can apply for registration to practice as a Chartered Physiotherapist. We can help you become a successful physiotherapist who is fit for purpose and practice.

94% of Physiotherapy students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

93% of Physiotherapy students thought that their course was intellectually stimulating. (National Student Survey 2021)

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  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy logo

York campus

  • UCAS Code – B160
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    ABB from A2 subjects to include Grade B or above in Biology or PE (but excluding General Studies) or equivalent.

    5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English language, maths and science.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover Physiotherapy at York St John University

Course overview

On this course you will master the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours you need to work as a physiotherapist. We will use a problem-based approach as you study. This means you will work with your classmates to solve physiotherapy problems.

We will guide you to become a competent and reflective practitioner who takes responsibility for your continued professional development. You will learn to deliver ethical and effective physiotherapy services in different healthcare settings. Some of the things you will study include:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Professionalism in healthcare
  • Exercise therapy
  • Movement analysis
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Cardiovascular respiratory and neurological conditions.

You will apply your learning on professional placements each year. Experienced Physiotherapists will supervise you as you complete 1000 hours of placement in different clinical, health and social care settings. This will give you experience working across the profession, with different conditions and patients. During Year 2 there is also the opportunity to complete your placement abroad. This is a great chance to experience a different healthcare system, meet new friends and make lifelong memories.

This degree is accredited by the CSP and validated by the HCPC. This means when you successfully complete the course you will meet the requirements for registration with both organisations. This will allow you to practise under the title of Chartered Physiotherapist.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time.

In your first year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules across semesters 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory professional practice placement module across semester 2 and the summer break.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2 in your first year
  • 2 compulsory modules across semester 1 and 2 in your second year
  • 1 compulsory placement module at the end of semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module you will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology. You will explore how this relates to the musculoskeletal system, central and peripheral nervous system, and cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will take a holistic and practical approach, using examples of case studies from clinical practice to help you develop your understanding of physiotherapy. This will make sure the skills and knowledge you gain are transferable to different clinical settings.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop an awareness of professional issues within physiotherapy and in healthcare. You will build on your developing clinical knowledge from earlier modules and further explore professional standards in the industry. This module will help you to confidently engage in your first practice based placement as a professional student physiotherapist. In this role you will also be acting as an ambassador for York St John University and the physiotherapy profession.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Exercise therapy is a key component of physiotherapy practice with a broad range of health service users. You will develop the skills needed to apply exercise therapy to individual and group situations. You will also learn to foster effective management and inter-professional working in users who may have acute and long term conditions. Exercise therapy is also related to working with individuals and groups of patients in discussing, planning and managing messages targeting health promotion.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will put into practice the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained so far on the course. During the placement you will be required to carry out your duties and responsibilities in a professional, ethical and moral manner. Your placement will provide you with the opportunity to begin to apply your understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system, neurological, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems. You will develop and put into practice the clinical reasoning skills required in the management of physiotherapy patients in different settings of health care delivery.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory professional practice placement modules in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years. You can choose to split your modules in 2 ways. Choose to either:

  • Split your placement modules across both years
  • Complete 3 placements modules in the last year of this level of study.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module will see you develop your knowledge in cardiovascular respiratory and neurological conditions. You will also advance your practical skills in manual therapy, movement analysis and treatment interventions. You will develop an awareness of physiotherapy roles, collaborative working and contemporary management approaches, such as pharmacology.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will write a coherent research proposal which will help prepare you for your dissertation in your final year. You will utilise your understanding of approaches to research, designs of research, data collection methods, ethics and critical appraisal of clinical studies.

Credits: 20 each

Compulsory module

Putting into practice the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you gained in year 1, these placement modules will introduce you to a broad range of patient problems and will be based in variety of primary or secondary care environments, allowing you to experience different settings of health care delivery.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are studying full time, you will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules including a dissertation and professional practice placement module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 1 compulsory module in semester 1.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory dissertation module across semester 1 and 2 of your first year.
  • 1 compulsory module in semester 1 of your first year
  • 1 compulsory placement module in semester 2 of your first year
  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2 of your second year
  • 1 compulsory placement module in semester 1 of your second year.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Having conducted your research proposal in year 2, you will approach this dissertation module with a thorough understanding of research issues. This will enable you to undertake your own research project and by doing so contribute to the collective evidence base. The development of research skills throughout the course will enable you to confidently move into the workplace as an effective evidence based practitioner, capable of undertaking meaningful and clinically relevant research.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will help prepare you for employment in the contemporary health and social care environment, where clinical services and practice are constantly developing and changing.  In preparation for employment, you will explore health and social care policy and organisation, legal and ethical issues, leadership and service development. You will also receive careers guidance, using skills such as reflection, professional development planning and by producing a professional portfolio.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module will help you to develop your knowledge in more complex areas of practice through the use of selected scenarios. You will address the changing nature of health and social care, for example by considering patients with multiple co-morbidities. There will also be a range of lectures followed by associated workshops. The workshops will allow you to further explore physiotherapeutic skills. You will be encouraged to reflect on different models of care and issues relating to service provision.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will have the opportunity to work with an emphasis on the holistic treatment of patients with complex problems across a variety of conditions. This will be based in a range of primary and secondary care environments, allowing you to experience differing settings of health care delivery. You will be required to demonstrate that you can integrate academic study and practice based learning.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Your modules will increase in complexity as you progress through your degree. We deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Interactive workshops
  • Practical anatomy and skill sessions
  • Professional practice placements.

If you are studying full time you will have 15 to 20 hours of contact time per week. If you are studying part time you will have 8 to 10 hours of contact time per week. In your final year there will be less contact time as you work on your dissertation and placements. We schedule our taught sessions between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, research and coursework preparation. You can also arrange academic tutorials to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

Assessment types vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Practical case study presentations
  • Written evidence based reports
  • Essays
  • Poster presentations
  • Oral exams known as viva voces.

For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your academic writing.

Placements

You will complete 1000 hours of professional placement as part of this course. Placements will be across Yorkshire and the Humber and last 5 weeks.

You will experience placements in different health and social care settings. You may also be able to complete an international placement in your second year.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Physiotherapy

This course will prepare you for a career as a physiotherapist in a range of professional settings. You will also develop diverse skills that can be used in a range of jobs. These include research, analysis, problem solving and communication skills.

This degree could be your first step toward your career as a:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Animal physiotherapist
  • Health service manager

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate courses at York St John University

Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    ABB from A2 subjects to include Grade B or above in Biology or PE (but excluding General Studies) or equivalent.

    5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English language, maths and science.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

104 UCAS points from the following qualifications:

QualificationMinimum gradeMinimum science requirements
A level (A2) ABB (excluding General Studies) B in biology or physical education
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Your BTEC must be in a related subject area such as science, sport or health and social care. You must have achieved a minimum of DDM, and this must include a minimum of 3 modules containing human biology, anatomy and/or physiology.

International Baccalaureate 34 points Grade 6 or higher in Higher Level Biology.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at level 3 The course must be in a related subject area such as Allied Health Professions or science. You must have passed 3 modules of human biology, anatomy or physiology.
Previous study in Higher Education (HE) Foundation Year, HNCs, HNDs Your HE study must be in a related area. You will need to achieve high grades in a biology subject. These applications are considered on a case by case basis.
A combination of qualifications 128 UCAS points or higher Any Biology courses listed in this column. We may consider level 3 BTECS with up to 2 grades if they equivalent to an A level in biology.

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Key Skills instead of GCSE Maths.

Interview

If we think your application is outstanding, we will invite you for an interview. We do not interview every applicant. Find out more about the Physiotherapy interviews, what you will need and what you can expect on the day.

Additional Requirements

For entry onto this course, you will also need:

  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A satisfactory medical report
  • Work shadowing experience.

Your experience can be in any setting a physiotherapist works in or an environment that gives you insight into healthcare practice. We do not require a specific amount of work experience. If you struggle to find work shadowing experience, detailed insight into physiotherapy through online research is acceptable.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 7.0 (with no skill below 6.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

NHS Training Grant

If your application to this course is successful, you can apply for extra financial support from the NHS. This is a non-means-tested grant. Find out how to apply.

NHS Training Grant

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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