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Academic Year of Entry: 2023/24
Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
BSC B169


Professional accreditation

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.

Admission criteria

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

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Ms Aimee France

AHP Degree Apprenticeship Portfolio Lead

Sheffield Hallam University

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 23 October 2023 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.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
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.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2023/24

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  SE117-4-FY-CO  Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology  Core  30  30 
02  SE118-4-FY-CO  Physiotherapy Led Assessment  Core  30  30 
03  SE119-4-FY-CO  Practice-Based Decision Making  Core  30  30 
04  SE120-4-FY-CO  Understanding Self and Others  Core  30  30 

Year 2 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  SE231-5-FY-CO  Developing Self and Others  Core  15  15 
02  SE232-5-AU-CO  Physiotherapy Led Interventions  Core  30  30 
03  SE233-5-AP-CO  Promoting Health and Activity  Core  15  15 
04  SE234-5-FY-CO  Research Methods  Core  15  15 
05  SE213-5-SP-CO  Physiotherapy Practice 1  Core  15  15 
06  SE216-5-SU-CO  Physiotherapy Practice 2  Core  15  15 
07  SE217-5-SU-CO  Physiotherapy Practice 3  Core  15  15 

Year 3 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  SE341-6-FY-CO  Leadership of Self and Others  Core  15  15 
02  SE342-6-FY-CO  Preparation for Professional Practice  Core  30  30 
03  SE343-6-FY-CO  Research Project  Core  30  30 
04  SE310-6-SU-CO  Physiotherapy Practice 6  Core  15  15 
05  SE312-6-AU-CO  Physiotherapy Practice 4  Core  15  15 
06  SE313-6-SP-CO  Physiotherapy Practice 5  Core  15  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

  • To produce students and graduates who are competent physiotherapy practitioners with sound reasoning skills able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • To effectively develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values required of physiotherapists reflecting the requirements of the regulatory and professional bodies for physiotherapy
  • To provide a challenging learning environment including practice placements for students to build on their critical enquiry and independent learning skills in the passage to becoming physiotherapy practitioners who are responsive to current and future health care needs
  • To enable students to construct personal theoretical frameworks for physiotherapy practice critically drawing on the evolving evidence base
  • To draw on students’ high level of motivation, their confidence to challenge and pursue learning needs to master complex areas of knowledge
  • To enable students to become autonomous professionals committed to their own and the physiotherapy profession’s development
  • To develop students’ capacity to lead and initiate change within, and on behalf of the physiotherapy profession
  • To provide opportunities for shared learning with other health care professionals

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

A101: Identify and explain the scientific knowledge base of physiotherapy practice and identify the gaps, uncertainties, defining features, contexts and the evolving nature of physiotherapy

A102: Identify and explain, in sufficient detail, significant theories, principles, values and concepts underpinning current professional activity

A103: Identify appropriately the political, cultural, social, economic, institutional and professional issues that influence team working and professional practice

A104: Identify and explain the psychological processes and the role of emotion in personal effectiveness

A105: Demonstrate understanding of the theories and practice of reflective learning and its role in personal and p rofessional development

A106: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one or more aspects of physiotherapy practice, informed by current research and scholarly activity

A107: Demonstrate understanding of physiotherapy research

Learning methods

A1-A5 are achieved through:
Lectures and seminars which introduce material in a structured manner with an opportunity for class discussion
Individual assignment and group work utilising enquiry based learning approaches

A5 is further supported by directed personal reflection of placements and through tutorial support and supervision

Assessment methods

A1-5 are assessed by coursework, written and multiple choice examination, and practical examination/ viva voce

A6 and 7 are assessed by a literature review and a detailed research project

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B101: Critically analyse, evaluate and summarise physiotherapy practice/education/health care issues, informed by current and innovative developments, with recognition of the need to promote quality and equality for all physiotherapy service users

B102: Justify a range of physiotherapy skills, techniques and approaches thus being able to respond to the individual needs of physiotherapy service users

B103: Deal with complex, unpredictable ethical and professional issues, making informed judgements on matters that may not explicitly be addressed within existing codes, standards and protocols

B104: Begin to develop original and creative responses to change, problems and issues

B105: Practise in ways that draw heavily on reflection of practice and evidence

B106: Pose research questions and develop a research plan

B107: Reflect on and evaluate personal and professional goals in order to identify lifelong learning within a framework of continuing professional development

Learning methods

B1-B5 are achieved through a combination of group and individual activities. Lectures and seminars are used to introduce new material and explore within a group setting. Practical skills classes and workshops are used to integrate the theory and practice of physiotherapy.
Directed personal study time enables the student to deepen and strengthen this learning

Assessment methods

B1-B6 are assessed by coursework, objective structured clinical examinations and vivas and research including a substantive literature review and research project

B7 is assessed through the submission of a reflective portfolio

C: Practical skills

C101: Demonstrate competence in the core areas of physiotherapy practice

C102: Demonstrate autonomy and initiative in professional activity putting patient care at the centre of practice

C103: Act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating the outcomes of professional activity, inviting and using feedback from others to inform this process

C104: Identify and discuss the management of clinical risk in a range of physiotherapy practice settings

C105: Demonstrate originality and creativity in applying knowledge, understanding and approaches in physiotherapy practice /education /management/ leadership

C106: Practise in a range of contexts, including those within which there is uncertainty or unpredictability

Learning methods

C1-C6 are placement based learning, supported by clinically based tutorials

C6 is achieved through reflective learning using portfolio and supported by personal tutorials

Assessment methods

C1 –6 are assessed by practice assessment forms and integrated vivas

D: Key skills

D101: Communication: a) Use a range of advanced communication skills that are appropriate to physiotherapy and multidisciplinary team working b) Demonstrate effective, adaptable and confident communication with a range of different audiences and individuals

D102: Information Technology: a) Use the Internet b) Access data via library, professional bodies etc c) Use audiovisual presentation tools and techniques

D103: Numeracy: a) Interpret statistical information b) Use statistics to analyse data c) Use software packages to support data analysis

D104: Problem solving: a) Identify and analyse problems emerging from theory and practice

D105: Working with others: a) Motivate and engender partnership working b) Demonstrate a strong awareness of personal limitations and scope of practice c) Take responsibility for one's own work and significant responsibility for the work of others d) Put the person at the centre of practice e) Respect and promote diversity f) Facilitate the learning and development of others

D106: Improving own learning and performance: a) Demonstrate an aptitude for continuing to advance knowledge, understanding and skills in line with identified learning needs b) Identify, conceptualise, define and evaluate new and abstract ideas within professional practice/education/management

Learning methods

D1 is supported in small group discussion and seminars. Tutorial time is allocated for individual discussion.
D2 commences in welcome week and through seminar presentations
D3 is supported in seminars where students present and analyse work. Tutorial time is allocated for individual discussion and problem solving.
D4 is practised throughout the course. Students work through given problems or derived from the students’ practice
D5 is facilitated by the use of collaborative group work and during seminars
D6 is achieved through feedback on coursework and individual tutorial time.

Assessment methods

D1 is assessed by coursework, essay, presentation, literature review, research project and vivas
D2 is assessed through use of word-processing and ability to cite references from internet sources. Practical assessments are also included which test students’ skills. The use of information technology during presentations is encouraged.
D3 is assessed through course work, essay and dissertation
D4 is assessed through coursework, essay, viva and dissertation
D5 and D6 are assessed through course work, oral presentations and practice assessment forms


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