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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 B169

A-levels: BBB, including a life science.

GCSE: 6 GCSEs at C/4 or above (to include Mathematics, English Language and Science).

IB: 30 points to include Higher Level Biology at a grade 5 or higher. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD (in relevant subject).

Access to HE diploma: (in a relevant pathway) 24 L3 credits at distinction and 21 at merit with at least 12 Distinction credits in relevant Biological Science units. This Access diploma must be supported by level 2 Maths, Science and English Language (either as GCSE or functional skill level 2 qualifications), if relevant units not taken as part of the Access diploma.

Foundation degree in Science - 80% or above.

Other level 3 (or higher) qualifications with sufficient biological science content may be considered by the Admissions team.

Alongside academic criteria, applicants need to demonstrate knowledge of the scope of Physiotherapy and practice settings, together with effective communication skills.

You must also have a satisfactory Occupational Health Check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) - both of these are organised by the University. A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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

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

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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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: