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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Physiotherapy B160
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in the sciences.

Course overview

Our Physiotherapy programme is a modern, thought-provoking programme that enables students to develop the skills and experience to flourish as a physiotherapist in the modern healthcare environment.

A broad range of learning opportunities ensures that learning is accessible to students expressing different learning styles and preferences. Alongside academic and professional skills you will gain an excellent range of practical experience in a wide range of settings. The programme at Liverpool will encourage you to become independent, resourceful and able to meet the exciting challenges of healthcare today.

Introduction

This programme is designed to reflect current physiotherapy practice with research evidence underpinning all aspects of our teaching.

Alongside academic and professional skills you will gain an excellent range of practical experience in a wide range of settings. The programme at Liverpool will encourage you to become independent, resourceful and able to meet the exciting challenges of healthcare today.

The programme adopts a modular approach to the delivery of content. It incorporates both university taught and practice-based components which have been designed together as an integrated whole.

Key transferable skills are embedded into the curriculum at every level so that individuals are equipped to effectively manage their personal and professional development following graduation.

What you'll learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Science acumen
  • Research gathering
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Observational skills

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

First year studies provide a foundation to profession specific practical skills and core knowledge, primarily focussing on the structure and function of tissues found within the human body.

During first year, we enable students to develop their independent learning strategies as well as their teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills.

Key themes include:

  • Principle mechanisms underlying healing and repair
  • Physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological systems
  • Movement analysis skills
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Scientific principles of research.

Compulsory modules

Foundations of Anatomy and Clinical Practice (PHTY140)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This 15 credit module (level 4) is designed to introduce some of the core knowledge and practical skills that underpin physiotherapy practice. Knowledge of the normal structure and function of bodily tissues, together with an understanding of the mechanisms of tissue healing and repair, are central to the assessment and treatment of all patients. Similarly, basic handling skills are fundamental to all fields of physiotherapy practice. The learning and teaching strategy for this module uses a combination of eLectures, tutorials and practical classes. Theoretical content will be delivered by eLectures but tutorials will support this material and assist the student with their understanding. Achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed by an unseen written examination to assess the theoretical components and continuous assessment during practical sessions will be used to assess competency.

The Human Musculoskeletal System 1 (PHTY141)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This 15 credit module is the first of two, level 4 modules that focus on musculoskeletal anatomy. The module is designed to equip students with detailed knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. The content of the module includes the normal structure and function of anatomy with a focus on the lower limb, lumbar spine and pelvis. The module uses a blended learning approach, utilising digital media and e-lectures prior to attending practical classes. Students will also have access to bones and digital resources during practical sessions to illustrate key anatomical features and consolidate learning. Essential physiotherapy practical skills will be developed including the skills of palpation and physical assessment. Achievement of learning outcomes will be assessed by an unseen practical examination which tests practical skills and theoretical knowledge

The Human Cardiorespiratory System (PHTY142)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This 15 credit (level 4) module provides an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human cardiovascular and respiratory systems. In this module you will learn about the normal structure and function of the heart, lungs and blood vessels, including the mechanism of breathing and the control of respiration and blood pressure. Students will work in tutorial groups to discuss aspects of cardiorespiratory structure and function and relate this to a patient scenario. There will also be a practical opportunity to learn core cardiorespiratory assessment skills relevant to physiotherapy practice. Achievement of learning outcomes will be assessed by an unseen written examination consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions.

Shaping the Professional 1 (PHTY143)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

Shaping the Professional1 is the first of four personal professional development modules that you will complete within the programme which are part of Shaping the Professional Theme. Designed specifically for level 4, this 15-credit module spans both semesters within the first year of study.

Semester 1 will focus on supporting the effective transition to university. The skills required for successful, self-directed, adult learning will be addressed. Through a series of interactive workshops, students will be guided to access and navigate the online resources and academic support available. Strategies for managing stress and for building resilience will be explored within interprofessional tutorial groups. This shared learning experience also provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the roles of other healthcare professionals and introduce the importance of diversity and inclusion within practice.

In semester 2 the concept of ‘professionalism’ will be explored with reference to professional standards and registration. A specific focus on professional communication incorporates practical opportunities to develop communication strategies through interactions with peers, actors and service users. A one-week “orientation to clinical practice” placement draws the themes of the module together, enabling students to engage in, observe and reflect on professional interactions within practice settings.

As part of this module students receive pastoral support from an academic advisor, in line with the School of Health Sciences Academic Advisor system. Working in partnership, the tutor and student will periodically evaluate academic progress and devise personal development action plans. Using an E-Portfolio toolkit you will be shown how to:

plan and prepare for learning,

record and reflect on their learning experiences,

collect and curate evidence of their development.

Research and Development 1 (PHTY144)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This is the first module in the Research and Development Theme. The 15 credit module will introduce the concepts underpinning evidence based practice and research methodologies and their practical application in physiotherapy practice. Students will be encouraged to discuss experimental and non experimental designs and the associated ethical considerations. This module is delivered by key note lectures introducing key concepts, e-lectures which will inform small group discussions. This module will be assessed by a group presentation at the end of semester one and a written assignment at the end of semester two. Formative opportunities will be available both semesters. On completion of the module, students will have the required knowledge to inform the Level 5 Research module.

The Human Musculoskeletal System 2 (PHTY145)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This 15 credit module is the second of two, level 4 modules that focus on musculoskeletal anatomy. The module is designed to equip students with detailed knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. The content of the module includes the normal structure and function of anatomy with a focus on the upper limb, cervical and thoracic spine. The module uses a blended learning approach, utilising digital media and e-lectures prior to attending practical classes. Students will also have access to bones and digital resources during practical sessions to illustrate key anatomical features and consolidate learning. Essential physiotherapy practical skills will be developed including the skills of palpation and physical assessment. Achievement of learning outcomes will be assessed by an unseen practical examination which tests practical skills and theoretical knowledge

The Human Central Nervous System (PHTY146)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This 15 credit (level 4) module provides an introduction to the functional neuroanatomy and physiology of the human nervous system. Working in facilitated tutorial groups students will learn about the normal structure and function of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system, focusing specifically on sensory-motor control of human movement. Students will agree weekly learning objectives to direct further enquiry. In addition, there will be a practical opportunity to learn basic neurological assessment skills relevant to practice. Achievement of learning outcomes will be assessed by an unseen written examination consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions.

Exercise for Health 1 (PHTY147)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Exercise for health is the first of three exercise focused modules within the physiotherapy programme. This 15 credit module is designed for year 1 and occurs during semester 2.

The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of human responses to exercise and activity. This will include an introduction to the fundamental principles underlying exercise physiology and identify the key physiological responses to exercise. A range of different types of exercise and activity will be discussed including exercising in water. The students will have the opportunity to consider the theoretical concepts of strengthening and conditioning as well as practical techniques by experiencing the applied theory to situation involving exercise and activity. This will link with the university sport centre and the gym equipment available. This module will provide an overview to understand how physical activity relates to health and well-being; and non-communicable diseases, the role in disease prevention and how the body responses to the physical demands placed upon it via exercise. An introduction and awareness of public health agenda and the role of activity and exercise will be included to provide the wider context of activity related to health across the lifespan and in various patient groups.

The students will be able to understand and describing pain and the relationship of pain to activity. This will ensure that they understand one of the key barriers to activity and exercise. The neuroanatomy of pain and role of pain modulation will be introduced. Therefore providing the link between this key area of physiotherapy management and the core patient clinical areas.

This module will use scenario-based teaching and delivered through a combination of face-to-face activities and online learning:
Case based learning
E-lectures/lectures
Small group tutorials
Practical classes

The assessment will focus on both the theoretical understand as well as the practical application of exercise prescription via an OSPE using patient-focused scenario’s.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Your experience

Physiotherapy students benefit from the School of Health Science‘s experience in delivering over 100 years of dynamic, research-led teaching. Our student satisfaction rates, which range from 93-100%, are testament to our School being a great place to start to your career.

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Careers and employability

A Physiotherapy degree from the University of Liverpool can set you up for a rewarding and challenging career in a diverse range of professional environments. Many graduates choose to work in the NHS, but others may decide to find employment in industry, private practice, sport, research or teaching.

You will have gained a qualification that meets the Government’s criteria for ‘fitness for purpose’ and ‘fitness for practice’ as well as developing transferable skills relating to communication, information technology, problem solving and teamwork.

Physiotherapy graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. There are many employment opportunities for physiotherapists to work in a wide range of clinical settings, from paediatrics to older persons’ care. Your UK qualification also provides an opportunity to work abroad in many countries.

You will have gained a qualification that meets the Government’s criteria for ‘fitness for purpose’ and ‘fitness for practice’ as well as developing transferable skills such as communication, information technology, problem solving and teamwork.

99% of health sciences students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

You’ll be taught a curriculum that is developed and assessed by leading healthcare providers, such as:

  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rosemere Cancer Centre
  • Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  • Whiston Hospital
  • Aintree and Walton Centre for Neurology
  • Arrowe Park Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital
  • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Many such partners across the North West provide you with exciting placement opportunities.

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £24,200
Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year and may rise for 2023-24.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books, or stationery. Additional costs for this course could include equipment, professional association fees and travel to placements.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books, or stationery. Additional costs for this course could include equipment, professional association fees and travel to placements.

Stationery and equipment

Practical kit: £120

Professional association fees

Optional Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Student Membership: £42 per year

Travel to placements

Students will complete 30 weeks of core placement experience. In year one, students undertake a one-week observation placement in the Merseyside area.

All placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not incurred.

Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

Elective placements

At the end of year two, students undertake a four-week elective placement, either in the UK or overseas, which is self-funded.

* Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

NHS Values will be assessed in all areas of an application including UCAS Personal Statement and at interview. For more details, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAB including Biology or PE or Sport Science and the Active Leisure Industry.

OR ABB at A level plus Grade A in an EPQ.

 

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.

Available foundation years:

GCSE 6 GCSE subjects grade A*-B/Level 6 including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Core Science, Additional Science and Dual Science. Standalone English Literature is not accepted in lieu of English or English Language at grade B (GSCE). Applied GCSEs will not be considered.
Subject requirements

- For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

BTEC nationals are considered in addition to 6 GCSEs grades A* – B or level 6, which must include English Language, Maths and two Science subjects from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Core Science, Additional Science and Dual Science Award. Please note that Applied GCSEs will not be considered.

We will only accept one BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at a minimum of Distinction. This must be accompanied by two A-Levels at grade A and B. The A-level subjects must include Biology, PE or Sport Science and the Active Leisure Industry. In total between the two types of qualification, 3 separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (120 credits) in ’’Sport and Exercise Science’ will be considered at grade DD plus one accompanying A level at grade A. Applicants presenting with a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care will be considered at grade DD and must also have an A level in Biology, PE or ‘Sports science and the active leisure industry’ at grade A.

Across the two types of qualifications, two separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (180 credits) in Health and Social Care or Sport and Exercise Science will be considered at grade DDD.

International Baccalaureate

32 points including 3 Higher Level subjects at a minimum of grades 6,6,5. Biology or ‘Sport, Exercise and Health Science’ must be offered at Higher Level grade 6.

Irish Leaving Certificate Leaving Certificate: 6 Higher Level subjects to be gained at a single sitting including English and Maths. 2 subjects at H1 grade to include either Biology or PE. Plus 3 subjects at H2 grade and one subject at H3 grade.
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Advanced Highers: ABB to include Biology or PE.

OR

Highers: AAABB to include Biology or PE at Grade A.

OR

Mixed: Advanced Highers at AB, plus Highers at AB. A mixed presentation must include Biology or PE at either Higher Level (Grade A required) or Advanced Higher Level (Grade B required).

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate: Grades AA at A level including Biology or PE plus an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Will be considered at Grades D3, D3, M1. Must include Biology or PE.
AQA Baccalaureate Will be considered
Graduate application

We welcome applications from students holding a 2:1 Honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical, or Health Science subject. Students with a 2:1 Honours degree in a non-science based or un-related subject will be asked for Biology or PE A level at grade B (or the OU SK299 at Pass Grade 2). Applicants must have five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Level 5) to include Maths, English language and Science.

Access Access to HE Diploma (QAA regulated): 60 credits overall including 45 graded Level 3 credits. 15 credits must relate to Biology/Human Physiology. Applicants will be required to achieve at least 39 Distinctions and 6 Merits with all 15 of the Biology/Human Physiology modules passed at Distinction. Applicants must also have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Level 5) including English language, Mathematics and Science (in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
Academic Reference

An academic reference must be included within the UCAS application. If the applicant is a graduate and has been working since graduating (within three years), an employer reference is acceptable.

Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

Candidates must show evidence, in their UCAS Personal Statement, of a good understanding of the scope of physiotherapy practice, preferably indicated by observation experience of Chartered Physiotherapists working in a variety of clinical areas.

It is recommended that prospective applicants contact the Physiotherapy Departments at their local hospitals, clinics, day centres and special schools, etc. in order to arrange a visit.

Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity working with the general public, children, elderly or people with special needs will also help to strengthen an application.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the NHS Core Values as outlined in the NHS constitution.

Declaration of criminal background

You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be asked to treat children and other vulnerable people. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged. The information you provide may later be checked with the police.

If selected for interview you will be provided with the appropriate form to complete.

Health screening

The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University’s Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests.

Disability information

If you have, or think you have dyslexia or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon your studies and/or your Fitness to Practice duty, you are encouraged to disclose this information on your UCAS application.

International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

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