If you care for others and enjoy helping people in need, a Physiotherapy degree could suit you as well as stimulate your mind.
Becoming a physiotherapist offers the opportunity for a challenging, rewarding and satisfying career. You will make a real difference to the quality of life for your clients, enhancing their health and wellbeing by restoring functional movement.
Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), this course provides the skills, knowledge and experience to provide safe, effective physiotherapy practice, enabling you to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
A distinctive feature of our course is that your skills development and essential learning takes place in your first year, before you go on placements in the second and third year of your degree. Feedback from past students and placement providers suggests this optimises the experience for all concerned, ensuring you are well prepared and effectively ‘ready to go’ by the time you enter professional settings.
Responding to the changing climate within the NHS, this programme aims to develop physiotherapists who can work effectively, efficiently and collaboratively in a range of different health care settings.
You will be encouraged to adopt a professional ethos which places the patient or client at the centre of the therapeutic process, developing the ability to deliver the most appropriate treatment, based on the evidence you are presented with, sensitively and to the highest standards, working respectfully as needed within a multidisciplinary team.
Why choose this course?
This professionally accredited course is designed to prepare you personally and professionally for a successful career as a chartered physiotherapist. You will develop a wide range of practical and academic skills in contemporary physiotherapy with multiple opportunities to develop your clinical skills through work-based learning – a total of 1,120 hours completed over the course of five clinical placements – in which you will participate in physiotherapy practice under the supervision of a fully qualified, experienced physiotherapist.
Our new multimillion Alison Gingell Building provides state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, featuring hospital simulation, rehabilitation, clinical skills training, sport and exercise environments. It includes a Biosciences super-lab, together with a range of life sciences research facilities.
You’ll be taught by a team of enthusiastic, research-active staff who place great emphasis on your individual development, equipping you with the theoretical, practical, analytical, interpersonal and research skills required for effective clinical reasoning. You will develop the confidence to make informed, competent treatment decisions, initially during placement and subsequently as you move forward into your physiotherapy career.
International experience opportunities
The School has strong links with overseas physiotherapy programmes, which are validated by Coventry University, including, for example, in Greece and India. This ensures that our teaching benefits from an exposure to the differences in culture and practice across the globe.
While this degree is predominantly aimed at the UK health environment, incorporating clinical placements in this country, there are also international students on the programme, mainly from Europe and the Far East (eg. Hong Kong). We have relationships with universities in Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, Denmark and the Netherlands, which provide opportunities for discussion with physiotherapy students from around the world and collaboration on Online International Learning (OIL) projects.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) suggests that there is a huge demand and excellent employment prospects for newly qualified physiotherapists, about 90% of whom will work for the National Health Service (NHS) – either for an acute trust or in the community.
The expanding role of the physiotherapist within both the public and private sectors, however, offers many career pathways within the NHS, industry, community settings, sport and the private, independent and voluntary sectors. Our course provides eligibility to apply for further study, for example, on Physiotherapy and Health Studies Master’s courses. It also enables you to apply to individual physiotherapy governing bodies for overseas accreditation to work as a qualified physiotherapist in that country.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged with support from tutors to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio, which illustrates your commitment to lifelong learning and is required throughout a professional’s career by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
This portfolio demonstrates evidence of your capabilities in communication, cooperation and collaboration. Further support is available from the University’s Careers and Employability team.
The strong clinical component and multiple placement opportunities ensure you gain the knowledge and practical expertise required by potential employers. This is one of the many reasons why 97% of our 2014/15 graduates were employed or in further study (DLHE). In your final year, we aim to invite local NHS employers to attend our annual careers fair, which coincides with the Year Three poster conference.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.