School - School of Health Sciences
Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy
UCAS Code: B160 Full-time, B160P Part-time
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Four and a half years part-time (four years minimum to six years maximum)
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £15,480 per year
- Enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutors including clinical specialists, key physiotherapy textbook authors, physiotherapy researchers and private practitioners
- Learn theory and practical skills in state-of-the-art facilities
- Receive excellent feedback, guidance and support to help you learn and develop your professional role
- An interview will be required for admission onto this course
- Part-time study option
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- Clinical placement opportunity
- International students can apply
Physiotherapy seeks to optimise human movement and function by using physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
This degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, equips you with the knowledge and skills required by physiotherapists to provide evidence-based health care. Our physiotherapy graduates have excellent problem-solving skills, they are technically proficient, professionally aware and as such, move seamlessly into graduate practice - in short, they are very employable. The course benefits from dedicated and innovative teaching staff operating from purpose built, state-of- the-art technical and learning facilities. Upon graduation you are eligible to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and apply to be placed on the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Register of Physiotherapists.
The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.
We're proud to say that in the Complete University Guide 2018 rankings our Physiotherapy course has jumped to 1st place in the UK for student satisfaction, and in the National Student Survey 2017 overall satisfaction with the course was 98%.
We do have a number of places that are funded by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). Read about how John Thompson, a former Nottingham Forest player, graduated from this course with funding from the PFA in 2016, as well as our group of 2017 graduates, including former QPR player Rob Hulse and current Stockport County player Jason Oswell. Find out more about our relationship with the PFA.
“Practical seminars and lectures provided a mixture of learning environments. This combination made learning an enjoyable experience with days of clinical experience offered at local trusts. This variety made engaging with the course easy. Projects I have worked on have involved working in groups, which has allowed me to establish strong friendships with my peers, making my time at Salford amazing! I have made friendships at Salford that I will take with me for life!”Anna Coleman, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduate, 2015
Full and part-time programmes comprise exactly the same modules, sessions and assessments. For the part-time programme the modules are spread over a four year period which reflects the different attendance pattern (see below for more details). The structure in the next section relates to the full-time programme.
Year 1 lays down the foundation skills of clinical reasoning and problem-solving focusing on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and management of upper and lower limb conditions. A three week introductory placement consolidates this learning.
Year 2 explores the Neurological, Cardio-respiratory and Spinal Musculo-skeletal systems. Research methods are used to investigate Health Promotion activities and behaviour change. The year also incorporates two six-week placements.
During year 3, there are greater opportunities for you to direct own your learning and develop independence in managing your professional development. By examining complex rehabilitation needs and involvement in research based projects and assignments you are able to develop critical analysis and problem solving skills required for employment. Over the three year period you will be developing a portfolio to evidence your experience and skills. In your final year, this is directed towards optimising your employment planning on graduation. A further three placements are undertaken this year.
Clinical placements vary in their timing for full and part-time programmes.
- Year 1 - 1 x 3 week placement
- Year 2 - 2 x 6 week placements
- Year 3 - 3 x 5 week placements
- Year 1 - 1 x 3 week placement
- Year 2 - 1 x 6 week placement
- Year 3 - 1 x 6 week placement, 1 x 5 week placement
- Year 4 - 2 x 5 week placements
Full-time placements occur within semester 1 and 2. The part-time programme utilises semester 3 i.e. into the summer for some placements. Some flexibility of part-time placements may be negotiated to fit in with employment requirements.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.