Our hands-on physiotherapy degree is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge required to flourish as a physiotherapist. You will graduate capable of practicing in a range of settings, and from a robust theoretical knowledge base that will set the tone for a career of effective practice.
You will build a fundamental understanding of medical sciences whilst also honing your technical skills and physical techniques associated with physiotherapy.
You will be trained to make a difference to people’s lives, using activities and movement to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, and help people recover from injury and illness. Physiotherapists also help people achieve optimal health – from schoolchildren to older people in residential care.
You will work towards joining a well-established profession of over 60,000 practitioners, engaging in opportunities to learn with current health professionals and physiotherapists on placement with our health board partners across Wales.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, to enable them to practice as a qualified Physiotherapist, bringing a wide range of employment opportunities.
What you will study
You will learn about the improvement of physical and mental health and wellbeing through the promotion of movement, activity and exercise, and social interaction. You will also undertake interprofessional learning and working with a range of other disciplines.
Modules focusing on basic and medical sciences, and foundations of assessment, diagnosis and management, are developed throughout all levels of the programme to underpin the management of increasingly complex situations.
Your studies will include the opportunity for interprofessional learning in theory, simulation scenarios and during practice learning experiences. This includes three IPE modules focussing on developing your confidence and decision-making in practice and progression to being a proficient physiotherapist.
You will also have shared learning where core themes are considered and then applied to each unique professional group, these modules include the modules focussing on promoting health and preventing ill-health, professional, legal and ethical issues in health care practice and leading and managing quality care across settings.
The course is delivered part time, with each level of study equivalent to one full-time year – taking 18 months. You will undertake timetabled university and placement activities over 2-3 days per week depending on the year of study and will be expected to devote an additional 12.5 hours of individual study per week.
University activities will include academic theory lectures, workshops, and seminars. Practical sessions will take place both in our simulation areas and sports park, which are both extensively equipped to replicate the facilities available in a range of real-world practice locations. You will regularly practice physical techniques in groups, developing confidence to underpin placement practice.
What kind of student would it suit?
Physiotherapy is a science-based, applied health discipline that uses movement and activity to promote and achieve holistic physical and mental health and wellbeing. Students who are interested in science and the applied care of a wide range of people in different environments, and who are driven to help people achieve optimal health, will find the course stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
Physiotherapy is an applied discipline and will use practical examinations undertaken in both University and within practice placements, with up to 80% coursework. These assessments methods will be used alongside a range of traditional assessment techniques including essays, presentations, and written exams. You will also have the opportunity to work on a project to improve or enhance an aspect of service delivery.
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