Physiotherapy is a rewarding healthcare profession which involves working with people to restore movement and function when someone has an injury, illness or other disability. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages and are involved in the management of people presenting with different health conditions, eg arthritis, stroke, heart disease, sports injuries.
This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to practise as a registered physiotherapist in the private or public healthcare sector.
In Year One you will gain an understanding of the basic and applied sciences which underpin physiotherapy. In the second and third years you will develop patient management and therapeutic skills. Part of your learning will take place in a variety of real healthcare settings where you will be supported by an experienced, registered physiotherapist. You will work (under supervision) with patients, their carers and/or families and with other health and social care professionals who may be involved in their care. These experiences of practice-based learning are integrated throughout each year of study. Practice-based learning occurs in all levels of the course and takes place at sites across Scotland and students are required to cover any associated costs.
In the final year, you will work in small groups to undertake a relevant physiotherapy project. Projects are designed to enhance knowledge and skills which will be valuable in the workplace. All project teams will have a dedicated supervisor to guide the process.
We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.
This is a four year, full time course. You will complete a range of modules (University based and practice-based), as outlined, and complete a project in your fourth year.
You will be part of a relatively small cohort and have a dedicated personal tutor who will follow your progress and offer guidance throughout all University-based and practice-based learning experiences.
You will spend 10-15 hours per week in a classroom setting in Years One and Two and relatively less hours in the final two years where there is more independent learning and placement experience. You will spend 2 weeks on placement in Year One, 6 weeks in Year Two, 12 weeks in Year Three and 10 weeks in Year Four.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Placements take place at a variety of sites across Scotland. It may be possible for you to undertake a single, elective, practice-based placement outside the UK.
You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Understanding Movement and Function / Foundation Physiology for Physiotherapy/ Introduction to Professional Studies and Foundation Practice Based Placement/ Contextualising Physiotherapy: Self, Health and Society/ Foundation Skills for Health Professionals
Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy/ Neurological Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation/ Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1/ Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork /Practice-Based Placement 1
Advancing Professional Development in Practice-Based Learning/ Interprofessional Working and Person-centred Care/ Practice-Based Placements 2 and 3 / Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2/ Understanding and Developing the Evidence for Physiotherapy Practice
Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Physiotherapy Practice/ Practice-Based Learning Placement 4/ Elective Placement/ Political and Social Contexts/ Applied Physiotherapy: Research Project
AABBB or 355 UCAS Tariff points.
AAB or 340 UCAS Tariff points to include three A levels
Irish Leaving Certificate:
AAABB or 347 UCAS Tariff points
Two of Biol, Phys, Chem and Maths at Higher/A Level or equivalent. Scottish and Irish applicants are also required to pass Higher English.
SWAP Access to Science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and /or experience. Other degree and graduate qualifications will be considered.
Not available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.
A satisfactory criminal records check is required.
IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.
You can work as a physiotherapist in the National Health Service, both in major hospitals and in the community; in private practice; or industry. Graduates may also work as sports physiotherapists or pursue research careers.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
I always wanted to work in healthcare and in a role where I would be able to help others. I looked at many healthcare professions, but it was physiotherapy that interested me. On leaving school, I came to QMU as I was keen to study in Edinburgh and the university had a great reputation for it's physiotherapy degree. I really enjoyed the course. Whilst it was very challenging at times, the high practical content made it interesting and I enjoyed working with and learning from my classmates. In Years One and Two, we focused on learning the theory, knowledge of specific conditions and developing our assessment and treatment skills.
There was a good balance of lectures, tutorials and practical group-based sessions, allowing us to constantly relate the theory to the practice and improve our overall learning. The practical sessions were fun and interactive and an ideal opportunity to both practice on and learn from one another. Years Three and Four were mainly practice-based learning/clinical placements and our honours research project. For me, placements were the best aspect of the course and indeed the most enjoyable: they allowed me to directly put my skills and theory into practice and gain a greater understanding of my own professional role as a physiotherapist. I undertook six placements, including one elective placement in an area of my choice. The placements were diverse and allowed me to gain experience in both core and specialist areas of physiotherapy, in settings from critical care to the community. Each one was a steep learning curve, but I gained so much more knowledge, skills and confidence and they prepared me to assess and treat patients with a broad range of conditions and complex needs. They helped me to become a well rounded, versatile physiotherapist with the skills and abilities to work confidently across both the acute and community setting and ultimately help me to obtain my first physiotherapy post.
I have now gained my first band 5 (junior) post working as a physiotherapist in a busy, acute hospital for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. It is a rotational post, allowing me to gain experience in a variety of different clinical specialties and continue to build upon the skills I learned as a student. It is an ideal job: I have the opportunity to work in the profession I was trained to do in a large, acute trust with a very supportive learning environment and continue to engage in the process of lifelong learning. On a daily basis I am using the skills and knowledge that I developed at QMU.
Physiotherapy is a very rewarding career with opportunities to work in many different clinical specialties and settings. I want to continue to broaden my knowledge and experience in different clinical areas and I would not rule out further study in the future.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
After I left school I began a degree in human biology at QMU. I had always enjoyed biology at school and I was always interested in anatomy and physiology. During my first year I realised that my real interest lay in physiotherapy. I was really inspired when I saw how much of an impact a physiotherapist can have on a patients recovery. As I had always wanted to do something medical and practical, it was wonderful when I was given the opportunity to transfer to the BSc Physiotherapy course.
The course is really interesting because a key element of physiotherapy is evidenced based practice, which requires me to keep-up-to-date on the research behind practical and physiological interventions. Its not just reading, there is a huge practical element to the course which is really fun. Working in a purpose-built laboratory with up-to-date equipment is exciting. You get to practise techniques with your friends and learn from each other, and I have met people with a wide variety of skills from all backgrounds on the course.
The practical sessions are led by lecturers who are always supportive. I have particularly enjoyed going out on placement where I have been able to apply everything I have learned. I have been in a few different settings, each one completely different from the other; from outpatient musculoskeletal to inpatient geriatrics and community paediatrics.
One of the most memorable moments on the course was when a group of amputee patients came in to speak to us. They told us about their treatment and how physiotherapy had helped them. I have been able to take extra courses, such as sports taping and kinesiology taping, in addition to the main degree. These have complemented my university study as well as furthered my knowledge.
I am in my third year of the course now and I am looking forward to the professional modules this year so I can learn more about what is expected of a Band 5 physiotherapist. I am looking forward to choosing my elective placement, to complement my five other placements, and to working with the other health professional students in the University for my inter-professional module. After I graduate I hope to work as a band 5 rotational physiotherapist, or to study an MSc Physiotherapy course to develop my practical or research skills further.