Physiotherapy - BSc (Hons) - Video
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Training you for success as a modern healthcare practitioner - Physiotherapy works.
Are you willing to put patients first in everything you do, and treat all with respect, dignity & compassion? Are you aware that physios work in all areas of health (e.g. elderly care, intensive care, respiratory care, stroke care, mental health & orthopaedics) not just in musculoskeletal/sports injuries? Do you realise that, for the safety of their patients, all physio students are required to be vaccinated and to pass both a medical and an enhanced criminal record check? Do you appreciate that physio students are expected to act in the role of patients for their classmates during practical classes, and that this sometimes means being undressed to your underwear? Are you prepared to put in a lot of work (20+ in-class hrs/wk in Year 1, plus plenty of home study)? If so, this may be the course for you.
We will train you to cope with virtually all situations that physios meet professionally. We will also focus on your academic development, aiming to leave you able to: identify problems that need solving, seek out related information and critically appraise its value, come up with recommendations for tackling the initial problem, and produce a report/presentation with which to transmit your recommendations to an audience.
The University regularly 'refreshes' courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University call this process 'academic revalidation'. This course will be 'refreshed' during the 2017/18 academic year, with changes put in place for students entering in Sept 2018. For the most up-to-date course/module information, E: email@example.com
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Comments from academic peers from other universities include:
“The programme compares highly favourably with similar programmes that I am familiar with at other institutions.”
“A highly contemporary professional course that more than meets the requirements of academic and professional regulatory bodies.”
“The performance both from an academic and clinical perspective across each student group is reflective of an outstanding level of student support.”
“Students are producing a very high standard of work across all three levels.”
“I was particularly impressed with some of the writing skills of students in their second year. Written assignments tend to be reduced in courses these days and this may impact on the dissertation in Year 3.”
“Feedback to the students was detailed.”
“The integration of contemporary policy and professional issues, clearly linked to employment and employability contributes to keeping the programme content highly relevant.”
“Quite rightly a very highly regarded pre-registration programme in the UK.”
Three years, full-time. In addition, two placement blocks occur in summer semesters.
From September 2018 this course will be based at the Coleraine campus.
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Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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This module provides students with knowledge and understanding of the role of the physiotherapist in the management of the spontaneously breathing patient with respiratory compromise. Students will develop new physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills relevant to common clinical respiratory disorders.
Development of the physiotherapist as a professional and Professional practice placement 1
This module will prepare the physiotherapy student for life as a professional particularly in relation to clinical placement. It will address professional codes of conduct and how these need to be adhered to. It will also prepare the student for clinical placement through an understanding of how it is managed and allocated, their role and that of the educator and the academic staff. It will introduce them to reflective practice and portfolio keeping which will be an integral part of the placement.
Fundamentals of Rehabilitation
This module will introduce physical activity and exercise as a core physiotherapy modality to be used with a range of client groups. There will be a strong emphasis on behaviour change and the need to engage the patient in their own care.
Rehabilitation of Conditions
This module will introduce the student to physiotherapeutic specific skills in the assessment and management of a number of rheumatological conditions, fractures and soft tissue musculoskeletal disorders. The students will begin to foster an awareness of what it means to work professionally as a healthcare professional and develop clinical reasoning skills.
Structure Function and Assessment
This module gives the student a firm knowledge base in anatomy and function of the upper and lower limbs. It introduces students to simple clinical pictures and clinical reasoning strategies to make the anatomy meaningful, and introduces them to a basic diagnostic assessment of the peripheral joints.
Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development
This module provides opportunities to learn in an interprofessional context. Students will acquire skills for both academic and practice based learning. It will provide them with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on issues relating to professional practice and personal development within a supportive environment.
Health Science Research
The module develops research knowledge and skills for using published evidence to inform practice and for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and seminars will develop research knowledge and its application in using and producing research evidence. Workshops will provide practical experience of research activities including data analysis. In addition, course specific seminars will provide guidance on the development of a research idea and presentation of an outline research proposal.
This module develops student knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and normal movement analysis and relates this information to the management of people with a range of neurological conditions.
Professional Practice Placement 2
This is the second of five integrated practice-based learning modules and will equip students. It will give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of practical skills relating to clinical practice within a supportive environment designed to meet level 5 learning outcomes.
Physiotherapy Practice in Context
This module will enhance the student's knowledge of physiotherapy practice in context through analysis of more complex patient presentations in neurological conditions with additional problems in the cardiorespiratory system, and the clinical specialties of paediatrics and learning disability.
Musculoskeletal Assessment & Management: Peripiheral
In this module, students will further develop their ability to assess, clinically reason and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions of the peripheral body. The students' range of treatment options will be expanded to cover techniques from different manual therapy schools including Mulligan and Cyriax.
This module should leave students able to competently assess a range of peripheral musculoskeletal conditions, arrive at a working diagnosis and suggest a reasonable management plan.
Musculoskeletal assessment and management: Spinal
In preparation for this module on assessment and management of spinal dysfunction the student is introduced to the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine, pelvis and trunk. This module then introduces the student to the assessment, management and prevention of vertebral dysfunction through a manual therapy approach incorporating evidence based practice and psychosocial issues using a clinical reasoning approach.
In this module students will develop research skills by undertaking a research study on a topic related to practice. Each student, with support, will have an opportunity to undertake one of the following types of research project: (i) a systematic critical review to inform practice;(ii) a research protocol involving the design of a research study or health promotion activity or (iii) a research report involving the collection and/or analysis of data to produce evidence to inform practice. Lectures and clinics, supplemented by online material, will provide the theoretical knowledge and guidance required to undertake the research task. Workshops will provide support for practical skills such as systematic searching for literature, using critical appraisal tools and data management and analysis.
The Person with Complex Needs including Professional practice placement 3
This module will enable students to synthesise knowledge and theory with the application of their professional skills to enhance their clinical reasoning skills in the management of complex problems in relation to rehabilitation and palliative care for older people with long term conditions.
Professional Practice Placement 5
This is the final integrated practice-based learning module. This module will prepare students for practice and provide a fifth placement experience. This will provide students with a range of comprehensive placement during the 3 years of the BSc (Hons) course. It will give students the opportunity to develop further knowledge of practical skills relating to professional practice within a supportive environment designed to meet level 6 learning outcomes.
This module enables students to synthesis and evaluate evidence relating to the role of the physiotherapist in the management of the critically ill patient.
Professional Development and Employability (incorporating Professional Practice Placement 4)
As well as including the students' fourth placement block, this module focuses on preparing students for the task of securing a job at interview. Students work in a self-directed manner on group tasks. Assessment involves delivery of presentations and a simulated interview.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include a grade B from one of the following: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Award Applied Science (grade BB).
Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include a unit grade profile of 9 distinctions) in a relevant science based BTEC.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Higher grades H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 to include two H3 Highers in the following: Maths, Biology, Physics or Chemistry. Plus English and Mathematics Grade H6 at Higher level or Grade O4 at Ordinary level.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Overall Access profile pass with an overall mark of 70%, including 70% in each level 3 module to include two level 3 modules from the following: Maths, Biology, Physics or Chemistry, NICATS maths (25 credits) or maths 1 & 2 or GCSE grade C Maths.
GCSE Profile to include English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4.
Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Mathematics.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
Satisfactory performance in the HPAT-Ulster selection test is also required. More information on the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT-Ulster) can be found at www.hpat-ulster.acer.edu.au. Pease note that there is a cost to undertake the test.
Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI. The cost for this is payable by the applicant and is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed by http://www.accessni.gov.uk.
You will also be required to demonstrate good health prior to commencing the course. You will therefore complete a health declaration form which will be screened by Occupational Health who will confirm your medical fitness to undertake the course. Following the screening, you may be required to undertake a vaccination programme. You will be liable for the cost of both the health screening and vaccinations. Costs will be confirmed.
HND (science related) entry requirement:
Pass HND with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 5 credits/units.
HNC(science related)entry requirement:
Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units.
You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:
2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC National Extended Certificate
OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC National Extended Certificate
2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
A Level and BTEC National Diploma
For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff: T: +44 (0)28 9036 6098 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Careers & opportunities
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Physiotherapists work in both public, community and private settings such as hospitals, GP practices, industry and private practice. There are also opportunities for our graduates to go on to complete higher degrees by research.
Endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.
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Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
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Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Additional mandatory costs
Additional costs include - AccessNI Check, Health Screening, Membership of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Placement Expenses, Uniforms, Books.
Uniforms – as part of your course, you will be required to purchase a uniform during the first week of the semester. 2016/17 costs were approx. £100.
Placement Expenses – students may incur expenses during periods of placement. Some placements may be outside Northern Ireland and will incur additional costs.
Membership of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – The School of Health Sciences feels that it is in the best interest of students to join as student members of their chosen profession. The cost of student membership will cost approximately £100 for the three years.
Books - In 2016/17, buying the Year 1 required reading books new cost £350-£400; the Year 2 books cost approx £250, and there were no additional required books in Year 3.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Faculty Contact (for advice regarding the admisssions/application process):
Mrs Julie Nesbitt
Course Director (for advice regarding course content, not admissions/applications):
Mr Mark Poulter
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6220