University of East Anglia Physiotherapy

By | 24th May 2017

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University of East Anglia Physiotherapy

University of East Anglia Physiotherapy

BSc Physiotherapy

Join the best course in the country for Physiotherapy. We are currently ranked 1st for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide, 2017. We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.

Whether you’re interested in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, treating long-term conditions or acquired injuries, our Physiotherapy programme will provide you with the clinical skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified Physiotherapist in your chosen field.

When you choose UEA, you will be joining a supportive community of like-minded health students, working together to gain first-hand experience and deliver first-class care to help those affected by injury, illness or disability maintain physical independence as much as possible.

We will support you to become the very best Physiotherapist you can be.

Overview

By choosing to study the BSc Physiotherapy at UEA you are taking the necessary steps toward entering into an incredibly rewarding career. It is a vital caring profession which has at its heart a deep desire to improve the quality of people’s lives and help them maintain physical independence as much as possible.

Why choose Physiotherapy at UEA?

Our course recently achieved Top ranking in Physiotherapy with the Complete University Guide – making our programme the best in the UK.

You will receive strong academic training and be challenged every step of the way. We ensure that you experience early patient contact and we provide you with enquiry and problem based interrogative learning. The elective placement opportunities mean you can put into practice what you have learned in the environment of your choice.

This Physiotherapy Degree course is fully approved by and prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What skills will I need?

It is a highly competitive discipline. You will need to be dedicated, single-minded and have good communication skills. Motivation and patience are also essential, as many cases will require long-term treatment. You have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience, solving problems and putting into practice treatments for a whole range of physical problems.

Once qualified, you will have a huge range of exciting career choices. Physiotherapists are highly sought after and you can work in a diverse variety of environments such as hospitals, sports medicine, schools and the armed forces.

As part of our recruitment process, the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Course Structure

This three year degree programme is carefully designed to teach students all of the essential theory, methodology and technique necessary to enter into a career as a physiotherapist. It is made up of compulsory modules and substantial learning placements.

Year 1
Your first year of study is made up of core theory and practice covering a range of topics, including Physiology, Anatomy and the values underpinning health and social care. You will also undertake a two week placement to introduce you to the workplace and a four week placement to establish theory practice links.

Year 2
The second year continues to develop your awareness and knowledge, as you explore wider areas of health practice, alongside biological, psycho-social and spiritual perspectives of health. Evidence based practice and research are covered in group work, whilst a further 14 week placement helps to continue to build your practice profile.

Year 3
Your final year of study has a strong emphasis on autonomy, including implementing theory and practice using creative media. You will also have the opportunity to complete a structured literature review with the individual guidance of a tutor supervisor. The second 14 week practice placement includes an eight week elective placement, with the opportunity to plan and undertake a placement of your choice.

Assessment

The programme offers an integrative approach to its assessment strategy, which is based mainly upon coursework. Course work assessment methods include essays, case reports, posters and practice educator assessment. The assessment strategy of each module is designed to reflect its particular teaching aims and outcomes, and to support the students’ progression through the course. Development of problem solving and analytical skills will be monitored throughout all of your modules, which encompasses both theoretical and practice based elements.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

NameCodeCredits

HUMAN SCIENCES 1

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MANDATORY TRAINING

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PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE 1

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PLACEMENT EDUCATION 1

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology or P.E.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL 6 in three subjects including Biology
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Biology, Human Biology or P.E.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Biology, Human Biology or P.E, or 4 subjects at H1 and 2 subjects at H2, including Biology, Human Biology or PE
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 36 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 Credits at Level 3 including 12 Credits in Biology or Human Biology
  • BTEC DDD – see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 80% including Biology at 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade B or grade 5 including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Accepted BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (18 unit) subjects:

Applied Science, Applied Science (Forensic Science), Applied Science (Medical Science)

Sport & Exercise Science

Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)

Sport (Performance and Excellence)

Sport

Health and Social Care (Health Studies or Health Sciences pathways only)

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate 5 GCSEs at grade B or grade 5 including English Language and Mathematics.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People’s Workforce or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)Not accepted
Science Foundation Year in a Biology based subject75% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Foundation Degree in a Biology based subject70% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Open University Module SK277 or SK29955% (grade 3) accepted in lieu of A level Biology only
Certificate of Higher Education in a Biology based subject65% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Diploma of Higher Education in a Biology based subject65% (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Bachelor Degree (Hons) in a Biology based subject2:2 (A level Biology grade B required with a pass in the practical element if not Biology based)
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care of Science subjectPass with Distinction in 36 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 Credits at Level 3 including 12 Credits in Biology/Human Biology

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Graduates may wish to consider our accelerated Masters programmes.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme and interview.

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview ‘stations’ to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant’s suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

 

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.

MSc Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists use skills of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro-physical modalities, in order to help people manage a range of physical problems. On this well-respected programme you will develop a sound knowledge of the clinical sciences underpinning human function, helping to make lasting changes in your patients’ lives.

We have a strong reputation for Physiotherapy at UEA. We are ranked Number 1 in the Complete University Guide 2017, and have an excellent reputation for learning and research, small teaching groups, early patient contact and an innovative approach focused on interprofessional learning and enquiry-based interrogative education. You’ll also be part of a close-knit student body and a supportive learning culture who are passionate about delivering the best in health care.

This course is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Overview

When you study Physiotherapy at UEA you are choosing an exciting and rewarding caring profession that focuses on developing extraordinary partnerships with people and helping to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.

WHY CHOOSE PHYSIOTHERAPY AT UEA?

When you study in the School of Health Sciences, you will receive both an academic and a practice based education which is second to none. We are very proud of our innovative teaching methods and the passion and dedication of our staff will inspire you to be the best you can be.

Students have told us our courses are professionally dynamic and personally transforming. That’s because our approach is creative, challenging and engaging. The course includes the following elements:

  • Interagency Learning – You will meet up with students from other health-related disciplines to exchange knowledge, practice and ideas. You will also have the unique opportunity of working with other community partners
  • Research – The teaching staff are continually involved in research (92% of our research in the school is world leading (REF 2014) which means you will benefit from their knowledge of the very latest practices and techniques
  • Supportive Culture – Teaching groups are small, which encourages a close-knit student body and a supportive learning culture. You will be assigned your own personal adviser who will be there every step of the way to guide you through the course, both academically and professionally.
  • Practice Development Placement – You will have the opportunity as part of your programme to develop theory-practice links outside of our normal placement provision; including possible placements outside the UK.
  • Excellent facilities – Including an Anatomy Lab and our cutting-edge assistive technology NEAT suite.
  • Top for Physiotherapy – UEA was recently voted the top Physiotherapy course in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • Fully Approved – This course has been developed in collaboration with Health Education East of England (HEEoE) and is supported by our local NHS Trusts. It prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

PHYSIOTHERAPY – A LIFE CHANGING CAREER

Primarily using skills of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro physical modalities, physiotherapists work with individuals in the management of a broad range of physical problems. Core areas of physiotherapy include, Neuromuscular, Musculoskeletal, and Cardiovascular and Respiratory therapy. They extend into acute, primary, private and public sector health and social care. Working in areas of physical, mental and public health. Settings include: hospitals, primary health care, social services, industry, prisons, individual homes, schools, armed forces and private practice.

As someone with an interest in becoming a Physiotherapist, you will have an interest in human movement and a strong ambition to help people of all ages to improve
their quality of life. You will be prepared to study a rigorous clinical programme and will need to be passionate about developing your practical skills in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, movement analysis and electro-physical modalities in order to help clients manage a wide range of physical problems.

Practice is focused on the individual needs of each client or client group, taking account of the influence of specific psychological, cultural and social factors in the context of care. This includes consideration of the needs and abilities of others involved with the client, including carers and other health and social care workers. Physiotherapists will also use their expertise to advise and teach groups, promoting health within the whole community.

The strength of this programme is enhanced through a shared learning ethos between physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, which reflects the importance of interdisciplinary working. Students have the opportunity to work with a member of faculty on their area of specialist interest, either on a research project involving empirical data collection and analysis, secondary analysis or on a structured literature review.

PHYSIOTHERAPY – THE PROGRAMME

The whole programme adopts an Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) ethos focused on student-centred independent learning, problem solving and decision making, which will be facilitated over the two years of the programme. There will be an evolving level of complexity; from engaging with straightforward case scenarios that develop baseline theoretical and therapeutic understandings, through to complex scenarios addressing service development needs.

Integral to the programme are the Practice placements where students will undertake: one level 1 (7 week) block in year 1, one level 2 (7 week) block in year 2, one level 3 (7 week) block in year 2 and one level 3 (8 week) block in year 2.

The first year Physiotherapy Professional Practice module focus will be on the central theme of the restoration, maintenance and improvement of peoples function and movement. The module develops the physiotherapy skills and context of practice through two core areas of the profession: Neuro musculoskeletal and cardio vascular respiratory rehabilitation. The learning material and activities will contextualise areas of UK health and social care policy and practice. The first subject block will be followed by a 7 week practice placement. This will link creatively to the Neuro musculoskeletal teaching. The module exists to develop both an understanding of the scientific basis of human movement and function along with competence in a range of physiotherapeutic interventions aimed at assessing and restoring function. The subject blocks will be delivered in EBL format.

The Professional Development module will frontload academic writing skills, critical appraisal skills, journal club activities, team working, professional communication, and presentation skills. In Year 1, professional development learning will inform the EBL trigger material and in Year 2, once the foundation learning has been achieved, professional development will be fully incorporated into the professional practice modules.

The first year Research module aims to ensure that students are able to engage with the evidence base for their professional practice to become confident consumers of research evidence and incorporating the evidence base into their professional practice. They will have sufficient experience of research methods to carry out research or audit in clinical or academic environments.

The content of the Human Sciences module addresses the foundation anatomical, physiological, sociological and psychological sciences. The learning will be closely aligned to professional practice and so the learning will be applied through EBL activities.

The second year Physiotherapy Professional Practice module continues to build on the transferable skills developed in module 1 within the current health and social care contexts. It introduces the subject blocks of neurological rehabilitation and physical activity and health promotion. The module has 3 placement blocks. Each of which will be supported by prior learning ensuring strong theory practice links. The final placement will be an 8 week personal development placement, which the student will negotiate with their personal advisor to meet their requirements for transition to qualified practitioner. The module draws upon the student’s use of CPD tools, quality measures and service development tools, critical enquiry, research methodology and creative management strategies for clients in a variety of clinical settings. It will encourage the students to develop avenues of emerging scope of practice through a subject block entitled physical activity and health promotion. The subject blocks will be delivered in EBL format.

On completion of the Research 2 module, students will be equipped to contribute to a culture of enquiry within their profession and more widely in health and social care. They will have direct experience of the design and delivery of research so that they can make a significant contribution to developing and potentially delivering the research agenda.

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Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

NameCodeCredits

HUMAN SCIENCES

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MANDATORY TRAINING

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PHYSIOTHERAPY THEORY and PRACTICE 1

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1

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RESEARCH 1

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Human Biology, Sports Science, or related subject
  • Degree Classification Minimum 2.1 or overseas equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements You must have graduated within the last 5 years.

Entry Requirement

Applicants should have a good first degree (2.1 or higher) from a recognised higher education institution. We will look for evidence that students have studied a significant amount of human anatomy/physiology at degree level. Applicants should also have a strong profile of secondary qualifications in arts and/or sciences (we will look for good A-level grades, or equivalent). Our admissions criteria also include: a clear understanding of physiotherapy and the role of physiotherapists within various clinical settings; a broad range of relevant work shadowing; an interest in people and a strong academic attainment. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

International students

We have a number of places available to applications from students outside the UK/EU for Physiotherapy. The School of Health Sciences offers a high quality educational experience for international postgraduates. Potential international candidates need to be able to demonstrate the high academic credentials required for the course, as well as good English Language qualifications; IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5 and an understanding of the NHS and of healthcare in the UK. All candidates are required to attend UEA for interview wherever possible, although for international students, alternative arrangements such as online interviewing would be considered if required.

The pre-registration courses offered in the School of Health Sciences are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and after successfully completing an accredited pre-registration programme such as ours you must apply to register with the HCPC in order to work as a registered healthcare professional in the UK. This course equips you with the skills necessary to practise as a physiotherapist both internationally and in the UK. International students who complete the course will be eligible to apply to the HCPC.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English.

To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English.

Our minimum entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components
  • Pearson (PTE): 68 overall with a minimum of 62 in all components.

All test scores must be less than two years old.

Interviews

Interviews for candidates shortlisted for our February 2018 intake will take place in June/July 2017.

Telephone/Skype interviews are only possible for overseas students not funded by the NHS.

Special Entry Requirements

Places on this course are subject to police (DBS) and occupational health checks.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of support we provide to our cohorts.

Intakes

The start date for this course is in February each year. There is no September intake.

Complete applications must be received by 1 June 2017. This must include the relevant supporting documents and references.

Alternative Qualifications

Our admissions criteria also include: a clear understanding of the chosen profession; a broad range of relevant work shadowing; an interest in people; a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base in arts and sciences at A level or equivalent.

Fees and Funding

Eligible students residing in the UK will not pay tuition fees; these will be covered by the NHS.  In addition eligible students will normally receive a small non-means tested NHS Grant, currently £1,000 per annum, and may apply for a means tested Bursary. Eligibility for bursaries is at the discretion of the NHS Business Services Authority.

Further information is available from: 

The Department of Health
The NHS Student Grants Unit
200 – 220 Broadway
Fleetwood
Lancashire
FY7 8SS

Email: enquiries@nhspa.gov.uk.

http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/816.aspx

Tuition fees for International Students for the academic year beginning 2017/18 are £30,600 for the full 2 years.

 

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.