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What makes Physiotherapy MSc (Pre-registration)* at the University of Worcester special?

  • This course is a qualifying programme for graduates with a first degree; it is not suitable for qualified Physiotherapists.
  • Successful completion of the course will give you eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (subject to approval)
  • The Physiotherapy MSc will be underpinned with a School-wide commitment to inter-disciplinary learning that aims to develop skilled and compassionate practitioners who have the confidence to engage with and promote professional, social, and political change in health and social care.
  • The course runs in parallel with the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) integrating collaborative working, and evidence-based person-centred practice.
  • You will be supported to gain more than 1,000 hours of practice-based learning in a variety of practice settings.
  • Our Physiotherapy BSc course received 100% Student Satisfaction in 2020 National Student Survey.

* Subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • You will develop clinical skills through work-based learning and our excellent on-site facilities, including simulation suites and a purpose-built home environment.
  • Your Practice Placement modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme.
  • We work in partnership with service users and carers to inform the design of the programme as well as involving them in aspects of delivery, enabling you to directly interact with, and learn from, service users and carers.
  • You will develop effective team working and communication skills through inter-disciplinary learning, projects and placements enabling you to facilitate group education and to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Allied health profession students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. 
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Successful completion of the course gives you eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and full professional membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (subject to approval).

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New £5,000 support for healthcare students

The Government has announced that, from September 2020, students on Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A typical applicant will be able to demonstrate:

  • A degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant discipline OR degree in another subject with a level 3 qualification in Biology, Physical Education or science may be required
  • Evidence of knowledge or experience in the research process and / or completion of an undergraduate dissertation or independent study
  • Sufficient numeracy and literacy to meet the requirements of the course are required, for example Maths and English at Grade 4 and above. University of Worcester GCSE Maths and English equivalency tests will be accepted. See Admissions Policy for other acceptable qualifications.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (HCPC 2017).
  • A strong interest and demonstrated understanding of the breadth of the values, role and the skills required to be a registered Physiotherapist is necessary.

We recommend downloading this document containing additional information about the course and the application process before making your application.

Other requirements

  • We prefer students to have been in education within the last 3 years but can review this based on individual circumstances.
  • We welcome applications from disabled students. More information and guidance on disability and becoming a health and care professional can be found on the Health and Care Professions Council website.
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance is required.
  • A strong interest and demonstrated understanding of the breadth of the role, skills and values required to be a registered Physiotherapist is necessary.
  • No offers will be made without Interview.
  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the course.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirements

Enhanced disclosure under the DBS is a requirement for entry. Applicants are asked to provide evidence of this prior to admission, and at the latest before placement allocations are made. Students on the course are also asked to declare any changes in their DBS status at the beginning of each academic year on SOLE and to sign a Physiotherapy Code of Conduct which is in the course handbook. Students are required to pay for their DBS check. If applicants have lived outside the UK for six months or more in the past five years, a criminal record check from the country the applicant was living in is required.

Admissions information and advice

We are looking for graduate applicants who have a good understanding of the breadth of the profession and the diverse settings where Physiotherapists may work. We are also looking for applicants who are people-centred, and who have taken time to work or volunteer with people in the community.

We recognise that whilst desirable, gaining work experience or shadowing with a physiotherapist is currently very difficult to obtain. However, applicants can still gain a high level of knowledge of the profession through attending virtual and physical University open days or careers events, talking to qualified Physiotherapists, reading professional publications or researching online. The following websites may provide a helpful starting point: the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health and Care Professions Council, and Step into the NHS and NHS Careers. There has also been lots of very positive social media and news articles about physiotherapy during the COVID19 pandemic.

If you had planned Physiotherapy work experience and this is still pending when you submit your application, please don't worry. Tell us what you had planned, demonstrate that you have researched the breadth of the profession in other ways and reflect on any alternative relevant experience with people in the community you have had so far.

Personal Statements

Applicants should ensure that their personal statements are focused on clear and focused interest and motivation for becoming a Physiotherapist. Applicants should also be able to:

  • Reflect on their life, work and volunteering experiences in relation to their future studies and their career
  • Demonstrate team-working and leadership skills; for example in your work, hobbies or sports
  • Show clear awareness of the qualities and values that are needed to become a healthcare professional
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and inter-personal communication and listening skills
  • Work or volunteer with a wide variety of different people as individuals, and provide examples
  • Have strong and creative problem solving and thinking skills
  • Have made a reasoned career choice for Physiotherapy, articulating clearly their reasons

Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.

The University strongly recommends that all students join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements. Not becoming a member may affect your opportunities to experience the widest range of placements.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Module content is continually reviewed to ensure that teaching and learning is evidence-based and reflects best practice.

Year one

Mandatory modules

  • Applied Health Improvement (ALHS4001) - 15 credits
  • Professional and Collaborative Practice (ALHS4003) - 15 credits
  • Evidence based Physiotherapy (PTHY4004) - 30 credits
  • Essential Physiotherapy Practice 1 (PTHY4005) - 30 credits

Year 2

Mandatory modules

  • Essential Physiotherapy Practice 2 (PTHY4006) - 30 credits
  • Leading Contemporary Practice (ALHS4007) - 15 credits
  • Critical Perspectives of Physiotherapy (PTHY4008) - 15 credits
  • Research for Healthcare Practice (ALHS4002) - 30 credits
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

This MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course will be delivered full-time over two years, with each year comprising 45 weeks of learning; this is required to incorporate your practice based learning placements. There will be a minimum of 1,000 hours in practice placements, ensuring that you have enough opportunity to achieve a breadth of experience in a variety of settings, such that successful completion will ensure you can practice as an autonomous newly qualified practitioner.

You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, practical skills sessions and small group seminars. Teaching will include both online and face-to-face teaching methods. Practical sessions are focused on developing physiotherapy specific and professional skills. Seminars enable discussion, developing your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in the 2nd year of the course.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the graduate attributes that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

Contact hours may vary for each year of the course. In a typical week you will have around 10-15 contact hours of classroom teaching, not including placement. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules scheduled. Block placements equate to 37.5 hours per week. Students will be engaging in a two-year full-time course and so, at the very least, should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time. Students may also need to undertake assignments outside of term-time. The composition and delivery of the course varies for each module. Masters level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures, seminars and practice-based learning. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

2 years full-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners. Service users and practicing professionals, who may deliver sessions related to their clinical speciality or health condition and experiences, also support your teaching.

Teaching is based on research and consultancy; all permanent members of the Physiotherapy staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and practice assessments. You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. The assessments will take place both within the University and practice placement environments. Practice-based learning will be pass / fail, while the Level 7 academic work will contribute towards the final grade.

Feedback on practical examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of submission.  

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Physiotherapist and to apply to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as a full member. This will enable you to pursue careers within the NHS and private sector. Opportunities exist in hospitals, community settings as well as sports teams, uniformed services and the public or voluntary sectors.  

Costs

How much will it cost?

Course fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements. Students are required to meet all costs associated with placement e.g. travel costs to and from placement. Students are strongly encouraged to become student members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Financial support

Students applying for this course may be eligible for a student loan from Student Finance England. To register and start the application process, please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance/when

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