BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Whether working in a hospital, health centre or in sports medicine, physiotherapists help people overcome physical difficulties. It’s a profession that offers both challenges and satisfactions.

Our programme develops graduates who are both innovative and skilled. As physiotherapists with a genuinely scientific outlook they can deal with patients in a variety of settings, neurorehabilitation to musculoskeletal, respiratory care to industry.

Course Details

UCAS Code
B160
Classification
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 Years
Start Date
12 September 2016
Mode
Full Time
Subject Area
Health and Social Care
Location
GCU Glasgow

Fees

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/money and http://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/money/managingyourmoney

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Year 1
SQA Higher: ABBBB including English and two sciences, plus one further science at Nat 5
A level: BBB from one sitting, including one science and an additional two sciences at min GCSE level, plus GCSE English
ILC Higher: B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 including English and two sciences, plus one further science at Ordinary Level
IB Diploma: 30 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology plus one further science
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in extended diploma (without A-Levels) in Applied Science or pure science based Diploma (or DDD if no A-Levels)
College: HND Sports Therapy, Sports and Exercise Science or science-based HND with AA in the Graded Units. SWAP Access to Health and Biological Sciences at Clyde College, with BBB. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the course and have relevant work/shadowing experience.
Advanced Entry
We offer advanced entry to the BSc (Hons)Physiotherapy programme for suitably qualified Physiotherapists wishing to top up their ordinary degree/diploma to Honours level. Limited places are available. Please contact us for more information.
Additional Information
Before applying it is advisable to visit local hospitals to observe the work of the Physiotherapist or undertake work experience/voluntary work in a related area.

Your personal statement in your application should outline relevant shadowing experience and demonstrate a strong motivation to become a physiotherapist. Candidates should also demonstrate a sound understanding of Physiotherapy as a profession.

All admission offers are made conditional to an applicant successfully undergoing screening in relation to Occupational Health and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG). Applicants are advised that it is in their best interest to ensure that they have the physical attributes to cope with a physically demanding career. If in doubt applicants are advised to consult their General Practitioner for advice.

Students are advised to obtain a Hepatitis B vaccination and BCG vaccination. All vaccinations offered will be as advised from Health Protection Scotland. Students who refuse vaccination may be deemed fit for practice with restrictions and may not be able to undertake certain  placements. Restrictions applied to practice will be documented in the students’ placement passport. 

Physiotherapy is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and criminal cautions and convictions acquired before entering the programme and /or during the programme must be disclosed. Students are required to agree to a police check for cautions/ convictions via the Disclosure Scotland: PVG scheme.  Students meet the cost of applying to the scheme. International and EU students must complete a local police check prior to commencing the programme. 

Please note applicants are not interviewed other than in exceptional circumstances.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)

Course Documents

Programme Description

If someone’s suffered an injury, has an illness or disability, the physiotherapist helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible – and is therefore a key member of the health care team.

The GCU programme develops graduates who are both innovative and skilled. As physiotherapists with a genuinely scientific outlook, they can deal with patients in a variety of settings, neurorehabilitation to musculoskeletal, respiratory care to industry.

To develop the skills required in physiotherapy you’ll practise on other students in your class. Your learning is also supported by visiting the clinical simulation lab, field trips, practice education placements and e-learning.

Students gain experience in an elective placement, which can take place in the UK or abroad.

Why Choose This Programme?

Whether working in a hospital, health centre or in sports medicine, physiotherapists help people overcome physical difficulties. It’s a profession that offers both challenges and real satisfactions.

If someone’s suffered an injury, has an illness or disability a physiotherapist helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible – and is therefore a key member of the health care team. Our programme develops graduates who are both innovative and skilled. As physiotherapists with a genuinely scientific outlook they can deal with patients in a variety of settings, neurorehabilitation to musculoskeletal, respiratory care to industry.

To develop the skills required in physiotherapy you’ll practise on other students in your class. Your learning is also supported by visiting the clinical simulation lab, field trips, practice education placements and e-learning. You’ll also gain experience in an elective placement in the UK or abroad.

Work Placement

Just under one third of this degree is made up of Practice Education placements which take place in all years of the programme.

You will work as part of a team alongside other health professionals, under the tuition of practising physiotherapists. Placements can take place usually within a 50 mile radius of the university, in a variety of locations including hospital wards and physiotherapy departments, health centres, schools, and in community outreach teams. You will treat patients of all ages with a variety of health care needs.

There are 7 placements in total, each lasting 4 weeks (except for placement 1 which is 3 weeks). Students are on placement 5 days a week (normally 9am – 4.30 pm).

Applicants should be aware of the additional travel and/or accommodation costs which they may incur in relation to Practice Education Placements.

In Year 3 students organise their own elective placement, which can be abroad.

Professional Accreditation

On completion of the programme you will be eligibleto apply for registration with the Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC).

International Study / Exchanges

Student exchange opportunities may be available with this programme.

A summer elective placement at the end of 3rd year gives students a chance to organise a placement abroad

Assessment Methods

At the heart of our assessment philosophy is the belief that assessment activities should be inspirational, motivational and exciting. As a result we adopt a wide range of methods to ensure not only that our students will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of physiotherapy but also develop their intellectual and personal skills.

Summative assessments formats may include exams, structured reflective essays, written coursework, video analysis, viva voce and practical examinations, seminar and poster presentations and portfolios. We feel that assessment should resonate with real-world practice and be authentic in nature. The aim is to promote learning that lasts and is transferable into practice.

In the first two years of the programme we focus on embedding the fundamental principles underpinning physiotherapy practice. As our students progress through the course they will be spending more of their time out on practice education until they have completed a minimum of 1000 hours in a clinical practice, a requirement to be registered by our governing body. Students are assessed on their performance within practice education which takes place in a variety of practice settings.
Written exam
  • Year 1:  17% 
  • Year 2:  11% 
  • Year 3:  0% 
  • Year 4:  0% 
Coursework assessment
  • Year 1:  45% 
  • Year 2:  46% 
  • Year 3:  25% 
  • Year 4:  45% 
Practical exam
  • Year 1:  38% 
  • Year 2:  43% 
  • Year 3:  75% 
  • Year 4:  55% 

Teaching Methods

We encourage our students to be enquiring, reflective practitioners with the ability to use evidence and self-direction in learning. The philosophy is to enhance students’ intrinsic motivation to learn through the application of knowledge to problems that reflect real clinical issues.

Learning takes place not only in a classroom but will involve peers, lecturers, practice educators, patients/ clients, carers and other stakeholders. Your learning is also supported by visiting the clinical simulation lab, field trips, practice education placements and e-learning. Students engage in group work and peer review, building their confidence in not only submitting their own work but also in evaluating and critically appraising the work of others.

Each student has their own studies adviser, who supports the student throughout the programme in order to produce their own Personal Development Portfolio as we are committed to the continued professional development and lifelong learning of our students.

Students develop their professional skills alongside students from other health and social care programmes, within the context of multi-disciplinary practice, through integrated lectures, tutorials, group work and clinical simulation.

We also offer a peer tutoring scheme where senior students can ‘tutor’ alongside lecturers. This provides an opportunity for students to maintain their professional skills whilst not on practice education placement. This scheme has been commended by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

To develop the skills required in physiotherapy you will practise on other students in your class. If applicants are unable or unwilling to comply with this, they are required to discuss the issue with the Programme Leader. 
Scheduled learning and teaching
  • Year 1:  35% 
  • Year 2:  27% 
  • Year 3:  11% 
  • Year 4:  3% 
Independent study
  • Year 1:  52% 
  • Year 2:  64% 
  • Year 3:  51% 
  • Year 4:  59% 
Placement study
  • Year 1:  13% 
  • Year 2:  9% 
  • Year 3:  38% 
  • Year 4:  38% 

Employment Details

Chartered Physiotherapists work in a variety of locations. In the UK physiotherapists are employed in NHS and private hospitals, health centres, private practice, community outreach teams, sports clubs, industry and in health promotion. Some of our graduates have gone on to pursue research careers or have used this degree as entry to other professional programmes or work overseas.

We have an established transition programme of events relating to moving on from university, which are embedded in the last two years of our teaching programme. This innovative programme has been commended by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and covers themes such as graduate attributes, skills sets, employability, business planning, entrepreneurial skills and working in emerging professional roles.

The range of activities that our students undertake on the programme means that they develop many transferable skills that are valued by employers. Recent employment data has stated that 74% of our students graduating in 2012 found employment in a physiotherapy related role.

Scholarships and funding

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.

Key Staff

Programme Leader
Fiona Moffat - MSc, BSc