The course prepares you for professional autonomy and excellence in practice. You will acquire a sound scientific foundation, develop excellent clinical skills and a well developed ability to clinical reason, all of which are essential in order to safely and effectively treat patients.
Entry RequirementsStandard entryUCAS Tariff - 320 points from:GCE A and AS-level A minimum of 320 points of which 280 points must include a B in biology/human biology, a B in a subject from our preferred list and a C in a subject of your choice. The other 40 points can come from an AS or A2 of your choice.
- Typical offers: BBC plus AS or EPQ at grade C minimum.
- Preferred list of subjects: Chemistry, Classical Civilisations, Economics, English, Geography, History, Languages, Law, Maths, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Studies.
- General Studies not accepted; Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only.
BTEC ND DDM in Health Studies or Sport and Exercise Science in conjunction with Grade B at A-level in Biology or Human Biology. (These qualifications do not need to have been attained at the same time.)
Advanced Diploma No subjects currently accepted.
Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects, including Biology or Human Biology at grade A2 minimum, English and Mathematics, and preferably other science subjects.
Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including Grade B in Biology or Human Biology and Grade B in at least one from a list of preferred subjects (see above), plus 1 Higher.
IB Diploma 32 points, with at least three subjects at Higher level including 5 points in Higher Biology.
For all of the above, 6 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English Language, Maths and two Science subjects.
Clinical experience All applicants are advised to thoroughly research the profession prior to applying., including a review of careers literature such as the CSP website and other relevant web sites/literature, as well as observational work experience.
A satisfactory health declaration will be required from all applicants.
Non-standard entrants/mature students
Non-standard entrants and mature students are welcome and considered on an individual basis. Students are normally required to provide evidence of formal academic study of human biology / biology within the four years prior to the start of programme. A selection of possible entry level academic qualifications is given below:
GCSE O-levels: All applicants must have GCSEs in English and Maths (grades CC).
A-levels: At least Grade B in A-level Biology or Human Biology taken within the last four years plus a second A-level at grade C. These qualifications do not have to be attained within the same time period
Access Courses: Relevant Access courses only will be considered, including Access to Science/Health Studies/Physiotherapy. It is essential that your studies cover the following topics: cardiovascular, pulmonary, and skeletal muscle physiology. Please check with the admissions tutor via email if you need advice. A minimum of 60 level 3 credits and a distinction profile is required. Applicants will be required to have a sound academic profile in addition to the Access qualification.
Birkbeck - Certificate in Life Sciences (Biology and Chemistry): Applicants considered with a distinction profile.
Football Association Diploma in Exercise Therapy: Applicants must obtain this diploma with a grade of at least 70%, plus a minimum of one year's therapy experience.
Open University: Where applicants otherwise meet our entry criteria except that it is over four years since they last studied a biological science, a 70% minimum pass of a 30-credit Level 2 module in Human Biology module will be considered.
Graduates: All graduates with a 2.2 profile will be considered. Degrees must be underpinned by a sound academic profile; normally this must include Human Biology/ Biology Grade B at A-level.
Clinical experience: All applicants are advised to thoroughly research the profession prior to applying., including a review of careers literature such as the CSP website and other relevant web sites/literature, as well as observational work experience.
A satisfactory health declaration will be required from all applicants
The course aims to prepare you for professional autonomy and excellence in practice.
To achieve this aim, the course provides you with opportunities to acquire a sound scientific foundation, develop excellent clinical skills and a well developed ability to clinical reason, all of which are essential in order to safely and effectively treat patients.
The course also provides you with the means to critically evaluate the effectiveness of your own treatments and those of others. Grounding in research methodology provides the basis for this evaluation process and also enables you to develop your own research interests at any stage of your professional career.
The course aims to produce graduates with excellent communication skills who are able to function as independent clinicians and as fully interactive members of the multidisciplinary health care team.
The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree constitutes an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over three-years or as an accelerated part-time course over four years. This degree has been designed to prepare you for professional autonomy and excellence in practice.
Outlines of the module and the assessment tools used in each module are given below. In order to fully appreciate this information you may find it useful to refer to the study schema link.
Note The assessment tools reflect the learning outcomes and aims of each individual module.
1.All modules are core to the curriculum. Therefore all modules are compulsory.
2.All students will normally be allowed two attempts to pass a module.
Applicants should be aware that the programme is delivered over a period of three terms per year. The course is intense, the volume of learning is high and all students must be ready to assume responsibility for their own learning. It may be necessary for some students to develop or improve upon their learning skills and strategies.
Full-time students should expect campus-based studies from 9 am to 4 pm and occasionally 5 pm on 5 days a week. On Wednesdays classes usually end at lunchtime to allow students time for sport and recreation in the afternoon. Where possible teaching will finish at lunchtime on Fridays, but this is not always possible.
Part-time students should expect campus-based studies from 9 am to 4/5 pm on 2 days per week. These days are set each year to enable students to plan their work commitments around their University studies. However when on placement in Years 2, 3 and 4 of the course, part-time students will be required to work a series of 5 day / 30 hour weeks (refer to course schema for further information).
Schemes of Study
Full-time modehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/209/Courses/ftschema.pdf (PDF 184KB)
Part-time modehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/209/Courses/ptschema.pdf (PDF 188KB)
Outline of the programme
Below is a list of modules studied on the Physiotherapy programme. To see where each module is embedded within the course, please refer to the schemes of study above.
Please note that for convenience the Clinical Education modules are described below at one point, although students will complete these modules at Levels 2 and 3 (full time programme) and Levels 2, 3 and 4 (part time programme). The timings of these modules can be appreciated by viewing the schemes of study above.
Teaching and Learning
Our primary aim is to combine a thorough professional education with academic excellence. We use a variety of teaching and learning methods throughout the course including lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions (22-24 students per group), study guides and computer based learning packages.
In Year 1, learning is largely 'lecturer led' but as you progress through the course you will notice a shift towards self-directed learning. An increased ability to perform literature searches and critically appraise the evidence base facilitates the move towards student centred learning. These skills are necessary for continued professional development after qualifying.
A total of 3 modules are taught alongside other health students including students of occupational therapy and social work. This learning environment provides an opportunity to explore common areas of study in depth and how patient out-comes can be enhanced by a multidisciplinary team approach.
A variety of assessment tools will be used in order to best reflect the content and learning aims of modules. Assessment will therefore include unseen written exams, written assignments, practical exams, literature reviews and a project proposal.
All modules must be passed in order to proceed through the course. Normally students will have two attempts at passing each assessment. Grades from modules in Years 2 and 3 (plus 4 if part-time) contribute to degree classification.
Generally, campus based studies will be examined during the third term of each year.
Refer to course content to view the specific assessment tools used in each module.
At Brunel, the physiotherapy teaching team strongly recommend that graduates enter the NHS on qualification. The structure and breadth of the NHS offers graduates the best environment in which to further professional development.
Successful completion of this course means you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and practise as a physiotherapist in the UK (subject to Criminal Records Bureau [CRB] and Home Office clearance).