This course offers an exciting career option for individuals who enjoy problem solving, decision making and working as part of a team.

Physiotherapy offers a career which is diverse in terms of the people that you will work with, and has the aim of promoting health and well-being. The course will enable you to effectively assess and treat patients, continually analyse and evaluate your practice and meet the demands of the rapidly changing Health sector.

Over the course of four years, you will undertake seven placements in a range of clinical areas across Scotland providing a high level of “hands on” patient contact. The elective placement in Year 3 of the course can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met.

Our course is delivered by experienced health care professionals who are committed to ensuring that you develop the skills and competencies needed to become a confident and independent Physiotherapist. 

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B160

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

School of Health Sciences

Overview

Year 1

During this year, knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and professional skills will be integrated with key Physiotherapy skills to prepare you to undertake your first clinical placement at the end of Year 1 where you will be assessing and treating patients.

Year 2

Physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills are developed further considering those with Neurological, Musculoskeletal and Cardiorespiratory conditions. You will explore inter-relationships between physical, psychological and social aspects of rehabilitation, and how these are managed to optimise recovery.  Learning is supported by two further clinical placements.

Year 3

This year you will be challenged to assess, manage and treat more complex patients. The use of research and further development of clinical reasoning skills is encouraged.  Learning is supported by two further clinical placements, one of which is organised by yourself.

Year 4

In Year 4, advanced practice is explored to further develop your physiotherapy skills, which is underpinned by research. Graduate skills such as leadership and management are incorporated into your teaching. Two final placements allow skill refinement to ensure graduates are practice ready for the ever changing Healthcare environment.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Applied Physiology And Introduction To Pathology
  • Anatomy And Assessment
    Semester 2
  • Preparation For Practice
  • Physiotherapy : Clinical Education CP1
  • Pathology In Practice
  • Physiotherapy Management And Health
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Physiotherapy Through The Life Cycle
  • Physiotherapy And Rehabilitation
    Semester 2
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP2
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP3
  • Acute Care
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Students undertaking Stage 3 in Session 2015/16
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP4
  • Acute Care
  • Physical Activity & Exercise Prescription
    Route B - Students undertaking Stage 3 post Session 2015/16
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP4
  • Physical Activity & Exercise Prescription
    Semester 2
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP5 (Elective)
  • Research Methods
  • Complex Patient Pathways
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP6
  • The Research Project
  • Practice Development
  • Policy And Partnerships In Health
    Semester 2
  • The Research Project
  • Physiotherapy: Clinical Education CP7
  • Policy And Partnerships In Health
  • This course adopts a blended learning approach with a key focus on the application of learning.  With small cohorts, teaching is delivered in workshops and tutorials to facilitate depth of learning.  In seminars you are encouraged to engage in critical discussion and utilise your knowledge and skills to justify patient management. This is supported by practical sessions where you are given the opportunity to put your new knowledge into practice. Through the use of real clinical scenarios you are challenged further by our volunteer patients, who provide invaluable feedback on your communication, and physiotherapeutic skills.  Skills are consolidated by seven clinical placements spread throughout the four year programme.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures              

    • Approximately 36 students per group
    • Two hours per week for 12 weeks

    Seminars            

    • Approximately 36 students per group
    • Four hours per week for 12 weeks          

    Tutorial

    • Approximately 36 students per group
    • Four hours per week for 12 weeks

    Project Supervision        

    • Approximately 36 students per group
    • Half an hour per week

    Practical class or workshop         

    • Approximately 36 students per group
    • 30 hours over six weeks

    Placement / Work Based Learning           

    • Approximately 36 students per group
    • 30 hours for 10 weeks

    Independent study summary

    The volume of independent study increases at each stage of the course.  In the early stages of the course, guidance is offered to shape your study skills. By the latter stages of the course it is expected that you will be a successful independent learner, working with a supervisor to complete your research project.

    Staff delivering this course

    All lecturers have come from clinical practice holding senior positions in either the NHS or private practice with experience in a wide range of clinical specialities. Staff maintain HCPC and CSP registration and remain clinically active, which adds to the currency of our teaching.  All staff have either gained or are working towards Postgraduate Teaching qualifications, with the majority of staff holding MSc qualifications within Health related areas.  All staff are research active, and hold a research supervisory role, with some staff pursuing research degrees at PhD level.  

    Facilities

    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • Sophisticated Human Performance Lab
    • Physiotherapy Practical rooms 

    How you are assessed

    In Years one and two there are a higher proportion of practical assessments, where assessment of application clinical knowledge and skills are assessed.  In the latter stages of the course, there is a mixture of coursework and presentations, to help you develop graduate levels skills.

    Typically students will study two modules per semester assessed as follows:

    • Written Assignment, including essay
    • Report
    • Oral Assessment
    • Dissertation
    • Practical skills assessment

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Skills

    SQA Higher: BBBB required from 5th year to be invited to a selection visit. Overall from 5th and 6th year a minimum of grades AABBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics

    GCE A Level: ABB to include two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) is required at AS Level grade B or above.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H2H2 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology , Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

    IB Diploma: 32 to include Higher Level grade 5 in English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Practice Visit: As part of the application process, all applicants are required to demonstrate an informed perspective of physiotherapy and this will normally be achieved through visiting a physiotherapy setting prior to interview.

    Selection Visit: All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made. The selection process includes evaluation of your professional suitability, communication and team working skills.

    Special Requirements: Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants prior to commencement on the course. For more details about the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 7.0, or an equivalent.

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Placements lengths vary from 4-7 weeks.

    We have a designated Placement Co-ordinator who organises six of your seven clinical placements.  The Placement Co-ordinator ensures that you have a varied placement profile with every student experiencing:

    • Two Musculoskeletal,

    One Cardio Respiratory

    • One Neurology
    • One with the elderly

    Placements are located throughout Scotland, in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, community setting and private practice.  All our clinical educators are trained and support from tutors is available when you are out on placement.  You organise your fifth placement in a speciality of your own choice.

    Study Abroad

    The elective placement in year 3 of the course gives you the opportunity to study physiotherapy provision in another country if you wish.

    Professional Accreditation 

    Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,900 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,400 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,200 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Physiotherapists work in health promotion, preventative healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation, with patients ranging from children to older people and with a variety of conditions from sports injuries to mental health issues. You will be prepared to work within a wide range of NHS and private sector environments. Further postgraduate study will enable you to explore further career opportunities; for example animal and equine physiotherapy.

    In 2016, all graduates were in employment or had gone onto further studies within 6 months of completing their physiotherapy course.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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