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COURSE OVERVIEW

Please note this programme is closed for September 2019 entry. Applications will be accepted from September 2019, for September 2020 entry. 

  • Learn how to optimise people’s wellbeing by helping them reach their full potential through exercise, education and manual therapy
  • Gain real insights from experienced and registered, working practitioners
  • Bring your learning to life through patient-focused clinical experience
  • This programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

How our muscles, joints and bones work together to make us mobile is a marvel. On our Physiotherapy degree you’ll be stretched to go beyond skin-deep learning as you explore the anatomy, physiology and science behind the practice of physiotherapy and build the skills and confidence you need to work in this hands-on and rewarding profession.

Our three-year course is designed to ensure you are able to work in partnership with users and carers and other professionals, and able to make sound and compassionate clinical decisions, problem solve and provide a consistent and high standard of evidence-based care.

This programme also incorporates leadership development, which is very attractive to providers and recognises that future practitioners need these skills to contribute effectively to flexible and responsive service delivery. 

The curriculum, which is developed in collaboration with clinical staff including the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, aims to foster your individual strengths and attributes, relating them to your own developing professional competence. We prepare you by encouraging a reasoned, evaluative and evidence-based, person-centred approach, encompassing reflection and independence in learning, and the ability to work effectively with others.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). On completing the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy you will be eligible to register as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Careers

After graduation there are an increasing variety of opportunities for work in different healthcare and other workplace environments including the NHS, education, research, private and industry

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake five professional practice placements during the programme. There are 2 four week placements and 3 eight week placements. Placements are fulltime credit bearing modules and form a crucial part of the programme. 

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 480 hours
Independent learning: 576 hours
Placement: 144 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 680 hours
Placement: 300 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 672 hours
Placement: 276 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*

25% coursework
25% written exams
50% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*

38% coursework
0% written exams
62% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*

55% coursework
0% written exams
45% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required (Functional Skills level 2 in English is acceptable).  A science A-level or equivalent at grade C or above. Biology or human biology are preferred, but other sciences are acceptable. Level 3 BTEC science qualifications graded merit or above are considered on an individual basis.

Applicants to this course are expected to attend an interview at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview on receipt of your application.

International Baccalaureate: UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

A grade 5 in a science subject is required. Biology or human biology are preferred, but other sciences are acceptable.

If English is not your first language: For overseas students outside of the EU, IELTS 7.0 (with no element less than 6.5) or equivalent.

Work experience 

All candidates must have significant prior rehabilitation/ healthcare/ support work/ sports coaching work experience in a paid or voluntary capacity in a relevant setting in order to demonstrate an informed decision to embark on a career in Physiotherapy. 

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message 

International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Additional requirements

• Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
• Occupational health clearance
• Attendance at an interview

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Statutory and Mandatory Skills 0

The aims of this module are to deliver the basic statutory and mandatory skills required for working within clinical practice settings.  Content will include Basic life support, Moving and Handling, Handwashing and infection control and cover a variety of other areas necessary for practice such as communication and e-escalation, consent, equality and diversity, health and safety, information governance and safeguarding.

Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Science 30

The aim of the module is to cover the normal human anatomy and physiology across the lifespan and will include the physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes associated with selected pathology and disease progression in the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and aspects of other systems as well as pain theory and aspects of basics of pharmacology and medicines management.  The module will cover control of movement, as it relates to function, and the specific contributions that result from physiotherapy interventions.  The module will utilise the basic research skills such as literature searching, information processing and critiquing, evidence based practice and using evidence where appropriate.

Personal and Professional Development 15

The aim of this module is to help students understand the issues that are inherent in working as a professional within the healthcare setting.  As a part of this students will understand how to maintain a Personal Development Portfolio that records curricular and non-curricular learning and education activities and how to reflect on activities and experiences to develop a personal analysis, setting goals and personal objectives. The module will include professionalism, codes of conduct/standards of practice, values based practice, and introduction to ethics, ethical practice, information governance, confidentiality and the legal and policy frameworks that underpin physiotherapy practice.  A macro to micro view of healthcare will be adopted to understand the organisation and structure of healthcare, the roles of national/international bodies and the relevant models and frameworks for healthcare design and delivery, including reference to the different emphases internationally, and how this translates down to local and individual professional practice.

Preparing for Professional Practice 30

The aim of this module is to cover the physical sciences as they are applied to physiotherapy.  This includes he principles of biomechanics, ergonomics, and clinical measurement techniques.  Principles will be applied through studying normal movement and function, applied anatomy and the location of bony and soft tissue structures, nerve routes, and movement analysis.  This will progress onto the principles of exercise design, prescription and consent for musculoskeletal conditions and sport as well as applications for specific populations such as cardiac conditions, neurological conditions older people and children.  The module will utilise the basic research skills such as literature searching, information processing and critiquing, evidence based practice and using evidence where appropriate.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing 15

This module will deal with the basis of health promotion and behavioural sciences.  Determinants of health and needs analysis will then progress into the study of health and social care policy, epidemiology and public health, education and influencing health behaviour and the challenges for implementing health promotion activities for different client and cultural groups.  The module will look at theories of communication that may be helpful in interactions with service users, carers and healthcare colleagues including interprofessional practice.  The behavioural sciences will encompass models of behaviour change, making changes, effective communication, social stress, support and caring.   This module will also deal with memory and the different aspects of mental health issues.  The module will utilise the basic research skills such as literature searching, information processing and critiquing, evidence based practice and using evidence where appropriate.

Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 15

This module will cover the basic assessment (patient interview and physical assessment) to determine a patient’s physical, psychological and cultural needs and the application of clinical reasoning and decision making in the formulation of an appropriate plan of management.  The module will cover the safe and effective application of management techniques, such as exercise, manual therapy, and electrotherapy as well as relevant moving and handling, legislation and risk assessment procedures, in the management of common conditions experienced in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory practice using a series of theoretical case studies.  Selected psychological influences on the context of physiotherapy will be included, such as self-identity, beliefs, loss, coping and adjustment, engagement and concordance, team working, self-management, depersonalisation, dignity and empathy.  The module will utilise the basic research skills such as literature searching, information processing and critiquing, evidence based practice and using evidence where appropriate.

Placement 1 15

This module provides an opportunity to experience physiotherapy practice in a variety of locations and health or social care settings.  Students will actively participate in the assessment and treatment of a selected caseload of service users of all ages and cultural backgrounds within that area of practice under the guidance of a placement educator.  Skill development at level 4 will be at foundation level.  Placements provide students with an opportunity for self-development and to extend and improve their knowledge base so that they can integrate theory with practice-based work.  Whilst on placement students will be expected to work alongside a variety to healthcare professionals and demonstrate the values in the NHS constitution.  Students will be allocated to a member of the Faculty’s team who will provide a link to the academic programme and will visit you at least once during the placement.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Research Methods 15

This module with develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the research process.  This will include areas of research design such as constructing a research question, quantitative and qualitative research methods, the place of audit, sampling and recruitment, data governance, collection and analysis techniques and research quality/threats to credibility and trustworthiness of data.  It will give students the opportunity to develop a protocol design, using group work, understand the ethical process, and how to manage a research project.  It will also deal with issues of dissemination.

Musculoskeletal Practice 15

The aims of this module are to further progress the clinical reasoning and organisation of musculoskeletal knowledge gained in level 4.  The module will used a case based approach to develop students’ knowledge into specific pathologies affecting the upper and lower quadrants and the spine.  There is a strong focus on clinical reasoning and the module will explore further a variety of musculoskeletal and biopsychosocial treatment concepts as well as exercise and concepts of muscle coordination, ergonomics and posture.  This module will cover the evidence based integrated assessment and management of different conditions in musculoskeletal using case studies with multipathology and selected behavioural, psychosocial and physical elements.  The module will cover the safe and effective application of more advanced management techniques and the relevant moving and handling, legislation and risk assessment procedures. 

Neurology Practice 15

The aims of this module are to further progress the clinical reasoning and organisation of neurology knowledge gained in level 4.  The module will using a case based approach to develop students’ knowledge into more complex neurological pathologies and facilitate the application of clinical reasoning and problem solving approach to a variety of clinical settings.  Students will explore the areas of abnormal tone on posture and movement and develop their knowledge of balance and postural impairments and use a variety of treatment and facilitation approaches.  This module will cover the evidence based integrated assessment and management of different conditions in neurology using case studies with multipathology and selected behavioural, psychosocial and physical elements.  The module will cover the safe and effective application of more advanced management techniques and the relevant moving and handling, legislation and risk assessment procedures.

Cardiorespiratory Practice 15

The aims of this module are to further progress the clinical reasoning and organisation of cardiorespiratory knowledge gained in level 4.  The module will used a case based approach to develop students’ knowledge into more complex cardiorespiratory pathologies and facilitate the application of clinical reasoning and problem solving approach to a variety of cardiorespiratory clinical settings.  Students will explore the areas of cardiorespiratory pathologies, chronic illness and the treatment approaches used.  This module will cover the evidence based integrated assessment and management of different conditions in cardiorespiratory using case studies with multipathology and selected behavioural, psychosocial and physical elements.  The module will cover the safe and effective application of more advanced management techniques and the relevant moving and handling, legislation and risk assessment procedures.

Developing Physiotherapy Practice 30

This module will progress the clinical reasoning and organisation of knowledge gained in level 4. The module will explore more advanced assessment and determination of a patient’s physical, psychological and cultural needs and problem solving using case studies with more complex conditions and different specific populations.  As part of this, the module will introduce study of other aspects of communication such as working in teams, dealing with difficult conversations, dealing with difference and dealing with yellow, blue and black flags, along with an introduction to interventions such as motivational interviewing.  This will be the basis of further developing concepts of health promotion and education and the challenges experienced in implementing strategies for different client groups with specific needs in community and rural settings groups (reference to an international perspective may be included).

The module will utilise research skills such as literature searching, information processing and critiquing, evidence based practice and using evidence where appropriate.

Placement 2 15

This module provides an opportunity to progress your experience of physiotherapy practice from that gained at placement 1 in a different area of practice.  Students will actively participate in the assessment and treatment of a selected caseload of service users of all ages and cultural backgrounds within that area of practice under the guidance of a placement educator.  Skill development at level 4 will be at foundation level.  Placements provide students with an opportunity for self-development and to extend and improve their knowledge base so that they can integrate theory with practice-based work.  Whilst on placement students will be expected to work alongside a variety to healthcare professionals and demonstrate the values in the NHS constitution.  Students will be allocated to a member of the Faculty’s team who will provide a link to the academic programme and will visit you at least once during the placement.

Placement 3 15

This module provides an opportunity to progress your experience of physiotherapy practice from that gained at placement 1 and 2 in a different area of practice.  Students will actively participate in the assessment and treatment of a selected caseload of service users of all ages and cultural backgrounds within that area of practice under the guidance of a placement educator.  Students at level 5 will show increasing autonomy and ability to handle a larger caseload.  Placements provide students with an opportunity for self-development and to extend and improve their knowledge base so that they can integrate theory with practice-based work.  Whilst on placement students will be expected to work alongside a variety to healthcare professionals and demonstrate the values in the NHS constitution.  Students will be allocated to a member of the Faculty’s team who will provide a link to the academic programme and will visit you at least once during the placement. 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Physiotherapy Practice Contexts – Dealing With Complexity 15

This module will cover the management of different conditions in musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory practice and some specific populations, using more complex case studies with multi-pathology.  The module will be about using and incorporating evidence within decision making. Part of this will be incorporating an international perspectives on practice by exploring codes of practice, as set out by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and national physiotherapy organisations and regulatory bodies, comparisons of NHS and international healthcare systems, macro, meso and micro levels of global health contexts and the contextual factors behind policy development for health and wellbeing and service delivery in different settings.

Research Dissertation 30

This module will allow students to develop their learning from research methods in level 5 and apply it by completing their own research project. The research project may take different forms depending on the student’s and programme requirements.  Students will conduct and manage their own project and take it through the research process and then writing up in the form of a paper prepared for journal publication.  Students will learn how to manage their research project and will be supported through group work and a mentor/supervisor.

Physiotherapy Services and Employability 30

This module will explore physiotherapy practice and service organisation and issues around leadership and management. The module will develop healthcare policy develop from level 4 and 5 and explore the contexts that influence in the translation from supranational bodies to local and personal delivery. The module will deal with funding and commissioning of services, service configuration, design, healthcare models and frameworks alongside leadership and management models. Public services will be compared to private practice management as well as the management of quality and change processes. Links with audit and research processes will be explored as well as the implications for personal development and reflective practice.

Placement 4 15

This module provides an opportunity to progress their experience of physiotherapy practice from that gained on other placements, in a variety of locations and health or social care settings.  Students will actively participate in the assessment and treatment of service users of all ages and cultural backgrounds within that area of practice under the guidance of a placement educator.  Students at level 6 will show increasing autonomy and independence in handling a larger caseload.  Placements provide students with an opportunity for self-development and to extend and improve their knowledge base so that they can integrate theory with practice-based work.  Whilst on placement students will be expected to work alongside a variety to healthcare professionals and demonstrate the values in the NHS constitution.  Students will be allocated to a member of the Faculty’s team who will provide a link to the academic programme and will visit you at least once during the placement.

Extending Practice Knowledge – Negotiated Study including Placement 5 30

This extended study module provides students with the opportunity to study a clinical area of interest in depth, negotiated with the mentor/tutor/supervisor.  The module will include an opportunity to progress their experience of physiotherapy practice (Placement 5), from that gained on other placements, in an area of practice that complements or fulfils the students’ placement experience needs.   Students will further integrate theory with practice-based work through the assessment and treatment of service users of all ages and cultural backgrounds under the guidance of a placement educator and show increasing autonomy and independence in handling a larger caseload.  Whilst on placement students will be expected to work alongside a variety to healthcare professionals and demonstrate the values in the NHS constitution.  Students will be allocated to a member of the Faculty’s team who will provide a link to the academic programme and will visit you at least once during the placement.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2019 Course Tuition Fees* 

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,300
Year 2 £9,250 £13,300
Year 3 £9,250 £13,300
Total £27,750 £39,900
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £40,600

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2019, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £110.83 and a 15 credit module is £1,662.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory Costs

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required when applicants accept their offer for a place on the course. Indicative cost is £44.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Student Membership is a requirement of the course. Indicative cost is £39 per year for the duration of your studies. This provides you with insurance, legal services and a range of learning resources and tools.

Other costs

Uniform

Uniform for placements will be supplied; two tunics or polo shirts and two pairs of trousers. If students would like an additional uniform, this can be purchased at an additional cost.

Optional kit can be purchased from the University for practical sessions. Indicative cost is £20-£50 per item. 

Equipment and Materials Equipment

A number of essential items will be provided to you for use in:

Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences, e.g. safety goggles, examination gloves, plastic aprons.

Practical sessions, e.g. goniometers, tape measures, electrotherapy consumables, examination gloves, plastic aprons.

You will need to provide yourself with a lab coat for use in the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences. These can be purchased from any source. Indicative cost is £15.

You will need to provide yourself with a fob watch (indicative cost is £10-£25) and a stethoscope (advice will be given at the appropriate time regarding which models - indicative cost is £64-£72) for use in the practical classes and whilst on clinical placement.

Placement Expenses

Accommodation, insurance, travel costs, immunisation/vaccination costs.

There are placements in each year of the programme that are organised by the University with regional healthcare providers. Insurance for students on placement and the necessary immunisation/vaccination is provided by the University.

Students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. In some cases there may be costs incurred here for travel and accommodation. 

Visits

There are five visits to the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences that are part of the Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Sciences module and students will need to cover the cost of travel to Southampton for these (bus fare or train followed by bus - indicative cost is £7).

Other physiotherapy modules may include optional visits to specialist healthcare facilities, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

Core Texts

Core texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. These can be bought second hand or as an ebook, which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £70-£299 per academic year.

Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

A £1,000 bursary will be granted to BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students starting in September 2018 who achieve BBB or equivalent or above.

We also have a variety of other scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
B160
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
120-128 points
Location
On campus, Winchester