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 pleased to say that in the Complete University Guide 2017 rankings our Physiotherapy course has jumped to 1st place in the North West for student satisfaction.
Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.
We do have a number of places that are funded by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). Find out more about our relationship with the PFA.
“I hold the course delivered at Salford and the team who deliverer it in high regard. Their students are able to problem solve and rationalise treatment to a high level. These characteristics together with good treatment skills and an ability to be flexible workers particularly describe Salford physiotherapy students. I have employed many graduates from Salford as a result.”
"I have had an amazing time studying Physiotherapy here. It comes with its challenges, but as an international student it was important for me to be in a place that felt like home. That is exactly what Salford has now become – my second home."
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.
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.
|Access to HE||60 credits with 45 credits at level 3 at disctinction grade. The other 15 credits will be level 2 and will not be graded|
|GCSE||Five A-B grades including English Language, maths and science (Dual award)/biology|
|UCAS tariff points||320 points|
|GCE A level||Three A2s grades ABB with at least one science (preferably biology)|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM (Science based)|
|Scottish Highers||320 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||320 points (to include Biology higher grade B)|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.
We are looking for bright, motivated and dedicated applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to becoming a Physiotherapist. Having an awareness of the broad range of Physiotherapy practice is essential. Coming to see us at one of our Open Day presentations and some work-based shadowing of a physiotherapist will help you to demonstrate this.
You should possess good social and communication skills, have a caring disposition and be team-minded. An ability to be flexible, open-minded and a willingness to take part in interactive, lively sessions will help you to get the most out of your studies with us. Physiotherapy is a ‘hands-on’, skills-based profession, consequently our practical classes reflect this. Practicing techniques on each other in supervised mixed groups is the norm. This does involve some level of undressing to allow safe practice to occur. There are facilities and systems in place which preserve modesty.
Acceptance on the programme is subject to satisfactory Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
The above list of qualifications is not exhaustive. We consider other relevant qualifications of equivalent merit. Further information in this regard can be obtained by talking with representatives of the Physiotherapy team at one of our Open Days or contacting the University of Salford’s Central Admissions Unit tel: +44(0)161 295 4545, email email@example.com.
Applicants for the full-time Physiotherapy programme apply via UCAS. Applicants for the part-time programme apply direct to the University. The application form can be downloaded here.
You will be required to attend an interview if your personal statement and entry criteria meet our entry requirements.
The application deadline for the full-time programme applications is 15th January with interviews being conducted late January through till March. The application deadline for the part-time programme is 31st January with interviews being held in early March.
We pride ourselves on providing a high quality teaching and learning environment. Our teaching staff includes clinical specialist physiotherapists, key physiotherapy textbook authors, physiotherapy researchers and successful private practitioners. We also bring in a variety of leading physiotherapy experts to supplement and further enrich the programme.
Reflecting on your own performance as a learning tool is an essential part of learning at the University and on your clinical placements. You will benefit from extensive online resources including a large bank of video footage to help with revision as well as quizzes to assist with identifying your level of knowledge and understanding. You will have your own personal tutor to help with both academic and personal issues. Clinical experience is gained through a wide variety of health care settings.
Specific teaching methods include:
The programme comprises a wide variety of assessment types both to suit a wide range of learning styles as well as reflecting the skills required as a practicing physiotherapist. These include:
Through the programme you will have developed key employability skills e.g skills of enquiry, critical thinking, problem solving and reflection. You will leave the programme with an extensive portfolio to demonstrate these skills and your CPD. You will be well prepared for the application process to successfully gain employment in a variety of roles in physiotherapy and other health and well-being related fields and/or further study.
Our graduates have gone onto work in a variety of health and wellbeing related fields. Some examples include the NHS, private sector, social services, industry, the armed forces and sporting organisations. We have seen the return of graduates working in advanced clinical roles to our post graduate study programmes to further enhance their career development. Some of our graduates work at the highest levels of professional sport such as rugby (Sale Sharks), football (Manchester City), cricket (Derbyshire CCC) and basketball (New York Nicks). Some have taken the skills they have developed and now work overseas or in physiotherapy-related research and education.
According to the 2014-15 Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey, 99% of our Physiotherapy students who graduated in 2013 or 2014 and are available for work or study are either working, studying or due to start a job.
Find out about how the Professional Football Association has supported its members throughout their studies, helping to increase their employment opportunities following their sports career.
“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
We have very strong links with industry which you can take advantage of. You will gain wide-ranging experience from placements in NHS hospitals and community-based Trusts, private hospitals, sporting organisations and private practices both locally and beyond the North West region. On each clinical placement you will be supported by experienced clinicians and work as part of health care teams.
"I hold the programme delivered at Salford and the team who deliver it in high regard. Their students are able to problem solve and rationalise treatment to a high level. These characteristics together with good treatment skills and an ability to be flexible workers particularly describe Salford Physiotherapy students. I have employed many graduates from Salford as a result."
Linda Atherton (Physiotherapy Manager, Ashton, Leigh & Wigan PCT)
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||If you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses|
|Part-time||If you are offered a commissioned bursary place this will be funded the same way as for the full-time route.|
If you are seconded by NHS in the North West you will have your fees paid for you.
If you have a PFA assisted place your fees will be subsidised by the PFA but you will be expected to pay a contribution of £2000 which is paid to the University.
Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements.
Optional costs may include approximately £60 for a stethoscope. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see more information on the proposed changes here, and we will update this page as soon as the changes are confirmed. If you are applying for entry before September 2017, there will be no changes to the funding available.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
In our clinical skills rooms you’ll be able to practice new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. The Mary Seacole Building is home to a number of plinth rooms used by physiotherapy and sports students with multi-purpose couches for in-house clinical sessions.
Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.
The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct groundbreaking research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.