Physiotherapy 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in health and social care and provides a range of career paths from practice through to leadership and management roles.

Single Honours
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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: B160

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Course Overview

Keele will help you develop high levels of academic and professional competence, seeing you study current content and contemporary practice, learning alongside other professions to promote an awareness of present and future demands in health and social care. Our course embraces a vision of patient-centred care within health and social care settings and you’ll gain invaluable experience using a range of quality local clinical bases. You’ll study in a supportive environment, encouraging reflection and enriched by research awareness.

What will this mean for my future?

A physiotherapy degree from Keele will develop your attributes as a competent practitioner, flexible to the changing demands of health and social care. You will have the skills to practice as an autonomous professional across a range of practice environments that may include the NHS, private sector or performance sport. In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Movememnt Science
  • Health and Well-being
  • Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Principles of Rehabilitation
  • Professionalism and Effective Communication
  • Principles of Measurement
  • Practice Experience

Second year

  • Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Neurological Practice
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Practice
  • Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation
  • Practice Experience

Third year

  • Professionalism, Collaboration and Leadership
  • Physiotherapy Management of Complex Cases
  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Practice Experience
  • Research Project

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

       The programme is studied full time over three years and teaching is delivered via individual modules. Each year is arranged into two units called semesters (Autumn and Spring) which vary in          length. In each academic year time is spent in both the university and practice settings (see Table 3 for exact number of weeks normally spent in each setting).

       Table 3 Number of Weeks in University and Practice Experience Settings

Year of Study

FHEQ Level

Number of weeks University Based

Number of weeks in Practice Experience Settings

Total Number of Weeks

1

4

28

3

31

2

5

23

8

31

3

6

15

16

31

 

The course is structured around key aspects of physiotherapy practice including:

  • A fundamental understanding of biomedical and human sciences
  • A strong grasp of physical assessment skills and clinical reasoning
  • A repertoire of safe and effective prevention and treatment skills to address commonly occurring problems of movement dysfunction and wellbeing, to meet the needs of people of all ages
  • Evidence based evaluation and discharge/modification skills
  • Effective communication and relational skills.

These are introduced, developed and enhanced via individual modules (worth credits ranging from 15-30, see Table 4) over the 3 year programme; each year carries 120 credits. The curriculum also facilitates the progression from novice to advanced beginner to competent practitioner (Benner, 2001; Benner, 2009). Table 6 shows where the subject specific learning outcomes are introduced, developed and assessed.

 

       Table 4 Overview of Modules and Credit Value 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory Core modules

Credits

Anatomy Physiology and Movement Science

30

Health and Wellbeing

15

Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement Science

15

Practice Experience 1

Pass/Fail

Principles of Rehabilitation

15

Principles of Measurement

15

Professionalism and Effective Communication (IPE1)

15

Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Practice

15

Total

120

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory Core modules

Credits

Physiotherapy Practice: Musculoskeletal

15

Physiotherapy Practice: Cardiovascular and Respiratory

15

Physiotherapy Practice: Neurology

15

Evidence Based Health and Rehabilitation

15

Inter-professional Education 2

Pass/Fail

Practice Experience 2

30

Research Skills

15

Practice in Specific Populations

15

Total

120

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory Core modules

Credits

Practice Experience 3

15

Professionalism, Collaboration and Leadership (IPE3)

15

Practice Experience 4

15

Research Project

30

Health Behaviour Change

15

Physiotherapy Management of the Complex Patient

15

Practice Experience 5

15

Total

120

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az