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Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.
Honours Degree
BSC B16048

External Examiners

Ms Helen Frank
The University of Worcester
Course Leader

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SE110-4-AU Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy Core 30
02 SE212-5-AP Cardiovascular Physiotherapy Core 15
03 SE211-5-AP Neurological Physiotherapy Core 15
04 SE213-5-SP Physiotherapy Practice 1 Core 15
05 SE216-5-SU Physiotherapy Practice 2 Core 15

Year 4 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SE340-6-FY Professional Enquiry Proposal Core 30
02 SE314-6-FY Evidencing Practice and Continuing Professional Development Core 30
03 SE313-6-AU Physiotherapy Practice 5 Core 15
04 SE310-6-SU Physiotherapy Practice 6 Core 15

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The aims of the pathway reflect the general learning outcomes and the requirements for professional practice.

These are to produce graduates who are fit for practice and eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the professional body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are reasoning, reflective, sensitive practitioners with the requisite knowledge, skills and professional attributes to provide an effective service to all population groups are equipped with the skills and flexibility of thinking necessary to function effectively in the complex, ever-changing environment of the health service setting are committed to undertaking continuing professional development are able to work effectively, both individually and in groups, across a variety of settings and within multi-professional teams

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the biological sciences that act as a platform for recognising the normal and abnormal and informing subsequent problem-solving
A2 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the clinical sciences relating to pathophysiology and resulting clinical features of conditions relevant to physiotherapy assessment and management
A3 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the behavioural sciences relevant to the dynamics of health, illness and healthcare and their impact on patients responses to and management of their health status and related treatment
A4 knowledge and understanding of the physical sciences relevant to physiotherapy practice
A5 knowledge and understanding of the ethical, legal and organisational framework within which physiotherapists work
A6 knowledge and understanding of the principles and approaches which underpin physiotherapists as lifelong learners
A7 Knowledge and understanding of research methodology, skills and techniques
A8 knowledge and understanding of working in multi-disciplinary teams
Learning Methods: Acquisition of this learning is through a combination of: theory and practical classes tutorials small group work practice-based learning directed independent study.

The programme follows an integrated, thematic approach which links theory and practice and establishes relevance which facilitates useful learning.

As the course progresses, students are encouraged to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and learned and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The level of overt guidance decreases through the programme as students self-directed learning skills and confidence increase.

However, the level of available academic support from staff remains the same.
Assessment Methods: Testing of knowledge and understanding takes place through a combination of practical examinations viva voce examinations essays reflective writing and poster and seminar presentations research activities assessment during practice-based learning placements.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 analyse and solve problems using appropriate guidelines and evidence
B2 apply scientific and ethical principles to physiotherapy practice
B3 make informed clinical decisions regarding diagnosis and management
B4 Relate theory to practice
B5 reflect critically on their performance and pratice
B6 adapt to the changing and diverse contexts of physiotherapy practice and reflect on experiences within multi-disciplinary frameworks
B7 synthesise knowledge and evaluate research evidence in the clinical setting
B8 identify the limits of their skills and knowledge
Learning Methods: These skills are developed throughout the programme via the methods and strategies detailed in the section above.

Acquisition of this learning is through a combination of: theory and practical classes tutorials small group work practice-based learning directed independent study

The focus on development and use of analytical, critical and evaluative skills increases as students progress through the programme.

The increasing use of independent study during the programme also facilitates development of these skills in students.

In addition to the academic elements, reflection on practice-based learning takes place at the end of each placement.
Assessment Methods: Assessment of these skills takes place both within college and practice-based learning assessment.

Some elements are given specific focus, while all are also embedded within all clinical assessment and assessment during the latter part of the programme.

Within some of these processes, analytical, critical and evaluative skills are also assessed via use of self and peer assessment.

C: Practical skills

C1 Utilise a problem-solving approach to client management
C2 Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills
C3 Implement non-discriminatory practice and embrace diversity
C4 take effective account of the psychosocial influences on health and health care
C5 understand and respect the roles of other health care professionals and work with other professions
C6 adopt an holistic approach to patient assessment and management
C7 relate theory and practice using clinical reasoning and decision-making skills
C8 Set relevant goals in partnership with clients
C9 select and evaluate appropriate management plans for patients
C10 undertake safe and approrpriate subjective and objective client assessments
C11 implement appropriate treatment techniques in a safe and effective manner
C12 keep accurate, comprehensive client records
C13 maintain and update a professional development portfolio, to include growing awareness of the boundaries between and the possibilities of working inter-professionally
Learning Methods: Practical skills are developed principally in practical classes and during practice-based learning placements.

The integrated nature of the programme means that these skills are learned in association with underpinning theory, establishing their relevance to practice.

Practice-based learning takes place at regular intervals throughout the course, an approach which further facilitates linking of theory and practice and vice versa, and maintains standards of skills over time in preparation for professional practice.
Assessment Methods: Practical skills are assessed by practical examinations in the academic setting via the assessment forms used to evaluate student learning and performance on practice-based learning placements.

D: Key skills

D1 1) Communication: communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and the public work alongside students training in other health care fields and share similarities and differences in core philosophy, practice and knowledge communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and the publi
D2 2) Information Technology: identify and access information using a range of source
D3 3) Numeracy: undertake analysis and enquir
D4 4) Problem Solving: initiate and complete projects / task
D5 5) Working with others: work effectively within teams use appropriate people management skill
D6 6) Improving own learning and performance: learn effectively and independently in preparation for continuing professional developmen
Learning Methods: These skills are developed within the strategies and methods of the programme.

The development of certain skills is specifically identified and focused on, but, over time, they all become embedded in the overall learning process in both the academic and practice-based learning settings.

Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to develop these transferable skills by maintaining a record of evidence and starting and using a continuing professional development portfolio.
Assessment Methods: Transferable skills are assessed both within the various academic assessment methods and in the assessment undertaken on practice-based learning placements.


The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: