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Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
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3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2017



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If you care for others and enjoy helping people in need, a Physiotherapy degree could suit you as well as stimulate your mind.

Becoming a physiotherapist offers the opportunity for a challenging, rewarding and satisfying career. You will make a real difference to the quality of life for your clients, enhancing their health and wellbeing by restoring functional movement.

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), this course provides the skills, knowledge and experience to provide safe, effective physiotherapy practice, enabling you to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

A distinctive feature of our course is that your skills development and essential learning takes place in your first year, before you go on placements in the second and third year of your degree. Feedback from past students and placement providers suggests this optimises the experience for all concerned, ensuring you are well prepared and effectively ‘ready to go’ by the time you enter professional settings.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). At the end of the course you will be eligible to apply for membership of the CSP and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which conveys a licence that allows you to use the title of physiotherapist and to practise physiotherapy in the UK. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our students say

“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.”

Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current third year student in 2016/17

Course information

Responding to the changing climate within the NHS, this programme aims to develop physiotherapists who can work effectively, efficiently and collaboratively in a range of different health care settings.

You will be encouraged to adopt a professional ethos which places the patient or client at the centre of the therapeutic process, developing the ability to deliver the most appropriate treatment, based on the evidence you are presented with, sensitively and to the highest standards, working respectfully as needed within a multidisciplinary team.


ranked UK university for physiotherapy

Complete University Guide 2017



The first year of your course provides a comprehensive foundation in field of physiotherapy, covering study themes of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, how to assess clients and approaches to rehabilitation, including the role of the inter-professional team, client-centred assessment and holistic management. Physiotherapists require highly developed palpatory, handling and observation skills in order to effectively assess and manage patient impairments and disabilities, so a core part of your studies will be skills development. Practical classes to increase your familiarity with anatomy, for example, this  may involve practising massage on fellow students or marking specific muscles on a model, then making observations about their function.

The preclinical phase prepares you to enter clinical education, where you then experience the three core areas of skills for a physiotherapist within the clinical field: cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal physiology and neurology.


  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology 1 and 2

  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Assessment

  • The Social Determinants of Health

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Physiotherapy Assessment and Rehabilitation


In the second and third year, you will go out on clinical placement, furthering your understanding of health service provision in the modern NHS, before a final placement prepares you for autonomous practice.


  • Applying Clinical Reasoning in Practice

  • Clinical Placements 1 and 2

  • Evidence-Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Enhancing Learning from Practice Experience


In your final year, you will undertake a detailed research project, conducting investigations in an area of interest. Past students, for example, have conducted experiments in physical activities, such as breathing or jumping, to analyse electromyography (EMG) activity of muscles. Others have focused on qualitative research, conducting focus groups with footballers or current students, for instance, to understand different attitudes to treating people with a muscle injury or communication difficulties.

On graduation, you will have had the opportunity to gain experience in the fields of the biological, physical and social sciences which underpin physiotherapy, including ethical, moral and legal issues relating to care.


  • Clinical Placements 4, 5 and 6

  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

  • Working together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice

In more detail...

  • Coventry is ranked 10th for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • Eligibility to apply to join the CSP and to register with HCPC to use the protected title of ‘physiotherapist’.
  • High levels of student satisfaction of 96% and 95% feel staff make the subject interesting to study. (NSS 2016)
  • Outstanding graduate employability with 100% of graduates in work or study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • 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.
  • Specialist facilities and equipment include: dedicated laboratories for anatomy, electrotherapy and manual skills; a shared Clinical Skills Simulation Unit which includes manikins for teaching and learning; a Vicon Motion Analysis System, Isokinetic dynamometer, Lumbar Motion Monitor, Ultrasound Scanner, Biomechanic work station and Electrotherapy equipment.

Clinical placements available with the National Health Service (NHS) and non-NHS employers across the West Midlands, South Central and East Midlands regions.

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.

This course can only be studied on a full-time basis over three years. To meet the professional body requirements, all modules are mandatory and attendance is compulsory throughout the course.

You will be in a group with around 20 other students who you will stay with you for the duration of your course. You will also have an academic personal tutor assigned to you for academic and pastoral support throughout your course.

The course is practice-based and, in addition to the clinical placements, you will be encouraged to work on small profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. For example, when examining evidence-informed practice, you will work in groups focused on a clinical scenario, for example, on spasticity in affecting someone with cerebral palsy, to come up with a proposal to undertake research to address an area of concern.

The clinical component of your course is delivered in year two by two placements and in year three with three further placements. The fifth and final clinical placement occurs at the end of the course whereby you are required to perform at a newly qualified Physiotherapist level. Placements are organised by the Clinical staff team.

Our Collaborative Curriculum, delivered through modules shared across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, offers all health professional students the chance to work together whilst in the University and on placement. This provides valuable insight into inter-professional working and the philosophy of providing an excellent level of integrated care for patients and clients.

Our modules are based on a series of one-hour lectures, each with associated laboratory practical classes and seminars.

Course assessment has been designed to meet the recommendations and requirements of the two relevant professional bodies. A variety of assessment includes: viva-voce, coursework and examinations designed to suit a variety of learning styles. Collaborative working with other health professionals, such as the production of posters, presentations and innovative service improvement projects. 

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Formative assessment is used and feedback is given in a timely fashion. The clinical placements are designed to be developmental and offer a variety of assessments which contribute not only to the students’ personal development (both clinical and in autonomous practice). 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations 5%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 35%
  • Practical or project work 20%
  • Presentations, posters 5%
  • Placements 35%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

35% assessed by placements

On successful completion, you will be equipped with skills to:

  • Demonstrate the core knowledge of physiotherapy for entry-level practice, including: the structure and function of the human body; health, disease, disorder and dysfunction; the principles and applications of scientific enquiry; the role of other professions in health and social care; the biomedical, behavioural, physical and social science bases of physiotherapy and how they inform practice.
  • Apply and implement the best treatment available based upon based upon evidence informed decision-making with consultation of the patient/client.
  • Work as an effective member of a health care team, using excellent skills of communication, negotiation and facilitation.
  • Implement physiotherapy in the prevention of illness and injury in health.
  • Display an integrated understanding of the ethical, moral and legal issues in relation to physiotherapy practice and effective patient/client focused care.
  • Demonstrate respect, care and compassion when interacting with all patient/client groups.
  • Apply high level skills of reflection, analysis and problem-solving and the learning process in order to identify personal and professional goals for continued professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning.
  • Evidence informed decision-making with consultation of the patient/client.
  • Work as an effective member of a health care team, using excellent skills of communication, negotiation and facilitation.
  • Implement physiotherapy in the prevention of illness and injury in health.
  • Display an integrated understanding of the ethical, moral and legal issues in relation to physiotherapy practice and effective patient/client focused care.
  • Demonstrate respect, care and compassion when interacting with all patient/client groups.
  • Apply high level skills of reflection, analysis and problem-solving and the learning process in order to identify personal and professional goals for Continued Professional Development and lifelong Learning.

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: meetings are arranged on a mutual basis as necessary.
  • Medium group teaching: 15 hours of practical workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 10-15 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. Practising treatment techniques with members of your seminar group.

The School has strong links with overseas physiotherapy programmes, which are validated by Coventry University, including, for example, in Greece and India. This ensures that our teaching benefits from an exposure to the differences in culture and practice across the globe.

While this degree is predominantly aimed at the UK health environment, incorporating clinical placements in this country, there are also international students on the programme, mainly from Europe and the Far East (eg. Hong Kong). We have relationships with universities in Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, Denmark and the Netherlands, which provide opportunities for discussion with physiotherapy students from around the world and collaboration on Online International Learning (OIL) projects.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

 “I wanted to study anatomy as the structure of body is so fascinating and because I really like to help people in need, so this is definitely the best course for me.  The most enjoyable aspects are the practical lessons using group mates as models to practise on each other. The lessons are very active and lively, which is fun, and at the same time I also get the chance to practise my English skills.”

LAM Priscilla Yi Woon, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current student in 2016/17

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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What our students say

“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.”

Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current third year student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2017

£14,156 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say

“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.”

Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, current third year student in 2016/17

Career prospects

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) suggests that there is a huge demand and excellent employment prospects for newly qualified physiotherapists, about 90% of whom will work for the National Health Service (NHS) – either for an acute trust or in the community.

The expanding role of the physiotherapist within both the public and private sectors, however, offers many career pathways within the NHS, industry, community settings, sport and the private, independent and voluntary sectors. Our course provides eligibility to apply for further study, for example, on Physiotherapy and Health Studies Master’s courses. It also enables you to apply to individual physiotherapy governing bodies for overseas accreditation to work as a qualified physiotherapist in that country.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged with support from tutors to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio, which illustrates your commitment to lifelong learning and is required throughout a professional’s career by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This portfolio demonstrates evidence of your capabilities in communication, cooperation and collaboration. Further support is available from the University’s Careers and Employability team. 

The strong clinical component and multiple placement opportunities ensure you gain the knowledge and practical expertise required by potential employers. This is one of the many reasons why 100% of our 2014/15 graduates were employed or in further study (DLHE). In your final year, we aim to invite local NHS employers to attend our annual careers fair, which coincides with the Year Three poster conference.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


satisfaction for the quality of this course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016


of graduates in work or further study after six months.

DLHE 2014/15

"The learning environment and supportive atmosphere at Coventry provided an ideal platform for me to enter my Physiotherapy career with confidence.​"

Ed Hutton, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, graduated in 2015, now a Chartered Physiotherapist in Neurological Rehabilitation

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.