About the course
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. At Essex this is a science-based subject in which we are committed to applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs practice.
At the core of physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Through partnership and negotiation, physiotherapists work with people to optimise their functional ability and potential.
This four-year part-time course provides you with an opportunity to access a professional qualification in physiotherapy. It is designed for those who prefer an alternative to the more traditional three-year course (or two year route).
Please note that a full-time version of this course will be available from 2017.
You will be introduced to physiotherapy through observing and working with physiotherapists practising in a variety of settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care setting and specialist mental health/learning disability services), and adopt a critical stand in the discussion of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the context of the environment of practice.
You are also introduced to key concepts in physiotherapy for the assessment and evaluation of patients, and given opportunities to explore scientific measures as indicators for health and illness.
We organise these practice placements for you to work in role with multi-professional health care teams in a wide range of settings.
Whilst on placement you will have an educator allocated to you and contact with a member of the academic team who will support you whilst on placement. Placements encompass a variety of multi-disciplinary health and social settings based within the NHS, the Private Sector, the Voluntary Sector and other Primary Health Care Services.
Over a thousand hours will be spent in the practice environment where students apply the theory and practice of physiotherapy. You develop your abilities to critically analyse clinical data and evidence, to make judgements and to respond to patients who require physiotherapy.
Placements are primarily based throughout Essex but you may also have the opportunity to experience services in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Completing our course leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a physiotherapist.
HCPC registration is required to work as a physiotherapist in the UK, and once individuals are registered they are able to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings.
We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.
We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work which ultimately cares for others will aspire to upholding these values.
For us involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.
Our expert staff
A unique feature of our School is that most of our staff work or have worked within clinical practice. This enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and real-life practice.
Physiotherapy is taught by registered experienced staff with a variety of different backgrounds. The course is led by Barry Pryer who graduated from University of Bradford in Physiotherapy in 1998 and worked for Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust for 5 years. In October 2002, he moved into teaching at the Colchester Institute and then In 2009 became the programme lead for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (Part-time) programme at Essex. Barry’s specialisms include musculoskeletal physiotherapy and he is currently doing his PhD on exploring how gait (walking) and balance change through normal ageing and how physiotherapists can utilise measures of gait and balance as useful predictors of health challenges as we age.
The subject lead for physiotherapy is Izzie Easton. Izzie qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998, and has practised in numerous hospitals. In particular she has gained experience working in respiratory physiotherapy, orthopaedics, and critical care.
We also have expertise in the areas of prehabilitation, rehabilitation following sports injuries, first contact trauma management and education in pain management. Full details of our staff can be found on the HHS Staff Profiles.
In addition, our physiotherapy team invite a large number of practising clinicians to contribute to the teaching on this programme.
Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills; for students of our BSc Physiotherapy, we have two specialist labs on our Colchester Campus which provides you with all the facilities you need to train as a physiotherapist.
We also offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials.
You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library.
The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.
Successful completion our BSc Physiotherapy leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), which allows you to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.
UK entry requirements
Please be aware that we are not able to accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
Our applicants should have:
Applicants must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7.0 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no element below 6.5: we may also ask for IELTS wherever this is required
Evidence of recent academic study
- Two A-Levels: normally CC (to include a biological or sports science, plus at least 1 other appropriate subject), supported by 5 GCSEs at A*-C (to include Maths, English Language & Science))
- Equivalent level 3 qualification; such as:
- BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma, at MPP or above (in a relevant subject eg. Health & Social Care, Health Studies, Health Sciences etc)
- Access to HE Diploma (relevant pathway) with at least 12 Distinction credits in relevant Biological Science Units. This Access diploma must be supported by level 2 Maths and English Language (either as GCSE or functional skills - Level 2 qualification)
- International Baccalaureate (to include Biology at a Grade 4 or higher)
- Other level 3 (or higher qualifications) with sufficient biological science content may be considered by the Admissions team
We accept a wide range of other qualifications from applicants studying in the UK, EU and other countries. For further details about the qualifications that we accept, please e-mail us with information about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
You must also have: two satisfactory references (including an academic reference), a satisfactory Work Health Assessment/Occupational health Check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) – both of these are organised by the University.
Eligibility, Fees and Funding
Access is supported by Health Education East of England consequently the course is only available to applicants classified as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ students for tuition fee purposes. In addition, applicants must also be able to meet the NHS funding criteria that you can find in the Frequently Asked Questions on the NHS bursary website.
NHS Constitution and Values
As part of the selection process, students will be expected to demonstrate effective communication skills alongside good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a physiotherapist is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values (you can find further information on these on the Health Education East of England website and the Gov.UK webpages https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.
Due to competition for places on this course, exceeding, meeting or being predicted to meet the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.
Interviews will take place in Spring 2016 for the September 2016 intake. If you are selected for interview, then you will also be required to sit a Literacy & Numeracy test.
Continuing Professional Development
If you are already a registered physiotherapist, please see Continuing Professional Development on the Health and Human Sciences web pages.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the
high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.