When you study Physiotherapy at UEA you are choosing an exciting and rewarding caring profession that focuses on developing extraordinary partnerships with people and helping to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.
Physiotherapy has been defined as, "A health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximizing potential. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well being, taking account of variations in health status. It is science based, committed to extending, applying and evaluating and reviewing evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery. The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.’’ (CSP2002)
Primarily using skills of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro physical modalities, physiotherapists work with individuals in the management of a broad range of physical problems. Core areas of physiotherapy include, Neuromuscular, Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular and Respiratory therapy. They extend into acute, primary, private and public sector health and social care. Working in areas of physical, mental and public health. Settings include: hospitals, primary health care, social services, industry, prisons, individual homes, schools, armed forces and private practice.
Physiotherapists work with people of all ages based on a sound knowledge of clinical sciences that underpin human function and dysfunction, particularly related to movement. The focus of practice is on the individual needs of each client or client group, taking account of the influence of specific psychological, cultural and social factors in the context of care. This includes consideration of the needs and abilities of others involved with the client, including carers and other health and social care workers. Physiotherapists will also use their expertise to advise and teach groups, promoting health within the whole community.
The strength of the programme is enhanced through a shared learning ethos between physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, which reflects the importance of interdisciplinary working. Students have the opportunity to work with a member of faculty on their area of specialist interest, either on a research project involving empirical data collection and analysis, secondary analysis or on a structured literature review.
Physiotherapy training at the UEA – a life-changing career
The whole programme adopts an enquiry-based learning ethos focused on student-centred independent learning, problem solving and decision making, which will be facilitated over the two years of the programme. There will be an evolving level of complexity; from engaging with straightforward case scenarios that develop baseline theoretical and therapeutic understandings, through to complex scenarios addressing service development needs.
Integral to the programme are the Practice placements where students will undertake:
- One Level 1 (7 week) block in year 1
- One Level 2 (7 week) block in year 2
- One Level 3 (7 week) block in year 2
- One Level 3 (8 week) block in year 2.
- Degree Subject: Human Biology, Sports Science, or related subject
- Degree Classification: Minimum 2.1 or overseas equivalent
- Special Entry Requirements: You must have graduated within the last 10 years.
Applicants should normally have a good first degree (2.1 or higher) from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.Applicants should also have a strong profile of secondary qualifications in arts and/or sciences (we will look for good A-level grades, or equivalent). Our admissions criteria also include: a clear understanding of physiotherapy and the role of physiotherapists within various clinical settings; a broad range of relevant work shadowing; an interest in people and a strong academic attainment.
It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.
We have a number of places available to applications from students outside the UK/EU for Physiotherapy. The School of Health Sciences offers a high quality educational experience for international postgraduates. Potential international candidates need to be able to demonstrate the high academic credentials required for the course, as well as good English Language qualifications; IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5 and an understanding of the NHS and of healthcare in the UK. All candidates are required to attend UEA for interview wherever possible, although for international students, alternative arrangements such as online interviewing would be considered if required.
The pre-registration courses offered in the School of Health Sciences are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and after successfully completing an accredited pre-registration programme such as ours you must apply to register with the HCPC in order to work as a registered healthcare professional in the UK. This course equips you with the skills necessary to practise as a physiotherapist both internationally and in the UK. International students who complete the course will be eligible to apply to the HCPC.
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Last updated February 1, 2016