Northumbria University Newcastle - Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

The BSc Physiotherapy degree has been developed to equip you with the key skills required to successfully pursue a career in this exciting profession. Boasting a comprehensive curriculum, you will learn the fundamental skills required to successfully help and treat patients’ physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing.

Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and real life simulations, which will be further supported through the completion of a clinical practice placement.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to work as a physiotherapist within the UK.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:

Grade C in A-level Science or Health related subject, or a recognised equivalent.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language and a Science at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

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English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Once you have completed your Physiotherapy degree you can expect to work in a wide range of settings, from hospitals to gyms, GP surgeries or with people in their own homes, whether this be in the public, private or charity sector. Many physiotherapists also choose to work on a self-employed basis.

You also may wish to progress to further study, for example to Master’s or PHD level.

The BSc Physiotherapy degree boasts a very high employment rate, with over 98% of graduates finding highly-skilled employment or further study within 15 months of successful completion (Guardian University League Table, 2023). 

Course Details

The structure of this course has been designed to provide you with a broad understanding of physiotherapy, incorporating subjects such as principles of musculoskeletal physiotherapy; introduction to neurological physiotherapy; developing skills for safe and effective practice; exercise, movement and physiotherapy; and physiotherapy in early life and later life.

This course combines both theoretical and real-world learning, through a mix of classroom-based teaching, placements and simulated sessions in our state-of-the-art skills centre. Assessment techniques for this course include assignments, presentations, reflective professional portfolios and the planning and delivery of person-centred physiotherapy. In your final year you will also complete an assessed dissertation around a subject of particular interest to you and your own career aspirations.

Year 1

MSK anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)
Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (20 Credits)
Physiotherapy Placement 1 (20 Credits)
Cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)
Neurological anatomy and physiology (20 Credits)
Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

Year 2

Acute and Early Management (20 Credits)
Assessment and management of movement and function (20 Credits)
Physiotherapy Placement 2 (20 Credits)
Assessment and management of long-term conditions (20 Credits)
Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)
Physical Activity & Health (20 Credits)

Year 3

Physiotherapy Placement 3 (20 Credits)
Physiotherapy Across the Life Course (20 Credits)
Clinical reasoning in Physiotherapy (20 Credits)
Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life (20 Credits)
SER UG Project (Core,40 Credits)

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