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Coventry University


UCAS Code: B160

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


to include Biology. Physical Education may be considered. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Health subject to include 42 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 3 at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 6 / B or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

7 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Maths and Science from a single sitting at grade 6 / B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


6 points in Biology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


in a Biological Science or Health subject plus A2 level Biology or PE at grade B. Sports and Exercise Science will be considered.

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Full-time | 2020



This 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 fully qualified, experienced physiotherapists.?

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. These facilities as well as a strong involvement of service users in the delivery of the physiotherapy content provide opportunities within the University to apply theory and put learning into a clinical context.

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 have the opportunity to develop the confidence to make informed, competent treatment decisions, initially during placement and subsequently as you move forward into your physiotherapy career.

**Key Course Benefits:**
* Coventry University is ranked 10th for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2020

* High levels of student satisfaction of 98% (NSS 2019)

* Eligibility to apply to join the CSP and to register with HCPC to use the protected title of ‘physiotherapist’.

* Our physiotherapy course has exceptional resources housed in the state-of-the-art facilities, including mock wards with interactive mannequins, oprating theatre, community houses, sport and exercise environments.

* Opportunities for guest lectures lead by experts in their fields and employers in large NHS trusts, private practice, industry and sport, such as the Head of Sports Medicine at WBA FC, and Karen Middleton Chief Exec of the CSP.


Our main study themes are:

**Anatomy and pathophysiology**: Anatomical knowledge and an understanding of physiological systems is an essential base in supporting the effective clinical practice of a physiotherapist. We will deepen your knowledge of the human anatomy, focusing on the gross anatomy of the spine, upper and lower limbs. We will study some of the pathological conditions that may affect the human body, such as heart disease, cancer or arthritis, as well as a range of injury types. You will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of relevant pathophysiology so that you are better able to devise appropriate treatment of the conditions you encounter within a clinical setting.

**Physiotherapy assessment and practice**: You will be introduced to the underpinning principles of physiotherapy assessment techniques, which will serve as a basis for clinical decision making and client-centred goal setting in a diverse health and social care context. We will consider and develop assessment practices reflecting current ethical considerations, such as the promotion of health and wellbeing, health and safety requirements and client engagement within a bio-psychosocial context. As the course progresses, you will advance your skills of assessment, clinical reasoning and intervention. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to apply clinical principles to service users of all ages, in a broad range of clinical contexts.

**The Social Determinants of Health**: We consider the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence individual and community health and wellbeing, together with some of the core health inequities locally, nationality and internationally. These include factors such as a person’s socio-economic or cultural background, their age, ethnicity and gender, which can have an impact on life expectancy or the likelihood of suffering certain health conditions or on health professionals’ attitudes and expectations towards them.

**Evidence, Informed Practice and Decision Making**: We will examine the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will also be introduced to relevant practices in research methodology and design, audit, health policy, and service user participation, as methods to evaluate their EIP plans and interventions.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

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