The curriculum focuses on the
development of professional knowledge and skills and the development of insight,
personal resilience and empathy. Modules in Year 1 introduce the student to the
core areas of physiotherapy practice with inter-linking themes. Values and professionalism is also the
focus in one of the Year 1 modules. Students will engage and reflect on a volunteer opportunity. Collaborative practice education runs alongside the core physiotherapy modules, whereby Physiotherapy students will work alongside other health care
students on a module introducing health informatics and data management
providing foundation for their research literacy and digital information
In Year 2 the physiotherapy modules broaden
to embrace current health drivers for example, the public health agenda, health promotion and integrated community working.
Collaborative practice education continues with an inter-professional module
which has a focus on team working. There is a shared learning research methods
module preparing students for their final year dissertation module. Students begin upon their clinical year in semester 2.
In Year 3, the students
complete their clinical year returning in semester 2 to complete their dissertation.
There is a final physiotherapy module on specialist Physiotherapy practice. In the final year collaborative practice education focuses on key concepts of
leadership and quality management and facilitates the students’ transition from
student to graduate.
As course content is reviewed regularly, the modules you take may differ from those shown below.
Skills for Health Informatics
This module introduces key principles and skills for selecting, collating and managing digital information in both the delivery of healthcare and the contemporary management of health conditions. It will provide opportunities to work alongside other health and social care students.
Human Movement and Dysfunction
This module aims to enable you to develop and utilise the knowledge and skills required for the effective physiotherapy assessment and management of musculoskeletal dysfunction, utilising a biopsychosocial basis. Specifically, you will acquire the essential anatomical and biomedical knowledge of the upper and lower quadrants required to apply physiotherapeutic techniques to people with a range of musculoskeletal disorders. You will be introduced to therapeutic exercise and the pathophysiology of common and acute long term musculoskeletal conditions.
You will develop and utilise the knowledge and skills required for the effective physiotherapy assessment and management of people with cardiovascular and respiratory system dysfunction. This module aims to develop your understanding of the pathophysiology of the dysfunctional cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will be required to apply techniques to improve and optimise cardiovascular and respiratory function in a variety of acute and community settings.
Neurological Movement Control and Dysfunction
You will develop and utilise the knowledge and skills required for the effective management of common acute neurological conditions. You will acquire knowledge of the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological basis of normal human motor control and apply it to the assessment and treatment of neurological dysfunction.
Developing Values Based Professionalism
You will develop professional identity, enabling you to develop a way of being and relating in the health and social care context. Through reflective opportunities and enquiry based learning you will examine professionalism, the professional domains of concerns, codes of practice and examine the reasoning process required to practice sound judgement throughout their professional career.
Years 2 and 3
Collaborative Practices in Health Care
This module aims to give you the opportunity to engage in a series of enquiry based
learning activities focused on practice based scenarios designed to simulate
interdisciplinary practice experiences. You will work alongside other health
and social care colleagues, such as Occupational Therapists.
Health, Wellbeing and Exercise
You will gain an understanding of the impact that a physically active lifestyle
has on health and well-being. During the module, you will have the opportunity
to learn about and explore the evidence for achieving appropriate physical activity
across a range of populations and conditions. You will develop an understanding
of the underlying physiology of physical activity.
Research Methods and Analysis
This module will teach you the research process, the associated research methods,
data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social
care research. This module focuses in the techniques and skills for data collection
and analysis in quantitative and qualitative research designs. It provides you
with more advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for
evidence based practice.
Integrated Physiotherapy Practice
This module aims to enable you to develop their skills of the application of physiotherapy
with a range of complex conditions that require a holistic, interdisciplinary
approach and a synthesis of physiotherapy interventions. It is positioned prior
to the first of their 5 placements and therefore also provides an opportunity
to acquire essential mandatory skills and where possible, you will be able to
work with service users, carers and other experts to develop a client focused
Physiotherapy Management of Long-Term Conditions
This module aims to develop your understanding of the changing healthcare needs
facing society and prepare students to work collaboratively with people with
complex long term conditions across the lifespan. You will acquire the ability
to use patient-centred clinical reasoning and multi-disciplinary care planning
approaches to maintain and maximise independence, function and quality of life.
Practice Experience I and II
These two single modules are the first and second in a series of five practice
modules where you will undertake a consolidated period of clinical practice.
You are a fully integrated member of a clinical department or team. The placement
locations and clinical content of each single module are individual to the student.
You will have the opportunity to integrate, apply and develop the knowledge and
skills introduced in university-based modules. Students will develop their clinical
and interpersonal skills.
Practice Experience III, IV and V
In the third module the student remains a fully integrated member
of the clinical department or team. You will be expected to demonstrate appropriate
levels of competent physiotherapy practice. All students have the opportunity
to develop their practice across a variety of clinical areas and contexts and
to negotiate for those educational and clinical experiences which are necessary
to achieve the professional and statutory requirements.
The fourth module continues the development of the student's practice
education. In this module, you will be expected to demonstrate higher levels
of knowledge and clinical reasoning to enable you to manage a clinical case load.
The fifth module provides students with the opportunity to consolidate
their practice. In this final module, you will be expected to manage a clinical
caseload consistent with the expectations of a newly qualified physiotherapist,
with minimum support.
Dissertation/Project in Physiotherapy
This double module aims to develop your ability to perform a sustained and independent
period of study involving critical investigation of a topic or issue, selected
by the student and of relevance to their practice as a physiotherapist.
Specialist Physiotherapy Practice
This module will offer you a number of masterclasses which you can select to construct
your own bespoke specialist practice portfolio. The module aims to enable the
students to develop comprehensive understanding of the knowledge base of selected
contemporary specialties pertinent to global health care and relevant to their
own particular interests.
Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
You will learn the skills, knowledge and strategies to promote and develop effective
leadership qualities to work in partnership with diverse teams/agencies across
professional and organisational boundaries. This modules will develop critical
insight and evaluation of individual professional development needs as a preparation
for continuing professional development and future employment opportunities both
national and international.
Your studies will take place within the University and in diverse clinical practice
settings ranging for hospitals to community based environments. Clinical education
is an important part of the Physiotherapy course, taking place within years 2
and 3. During this period you will undertake the required 1,000 hours of clinical
practice. You will focus on developing clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills,
taking a critically evaluative approach to practice while also developing a body
of sound theoretical knowledge.
We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit
that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice
education for all its pre-qualifying courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are
at Brookes. Former Physiotherapy Students have been on exchange to Italy in their
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available
through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as
the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance
to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
There are costs that need to be paid for by students in travelling to and from
practice placement and/or potential accommodation costs (a minority of students
require additional accommodation for placement(s) during the course). Currently
these can be as much as £1,000 per placement for accommodation and/or
travel but will depend on location and type of placement. Home students may be
able to claim reimbursement of these additional placement costs. Currently, the
average travel cost per placement is £300 and for placements that require
accommodation the average cost per placement is £600. There are 5 placements
during the course (but more may be required if students are obliged to re-take
with potential resulting additional costs).
Books and electronic resources - approx £150
Diagnostic tools such as stethoscope - approx £35
Use of anatomy resources - £10
Shoes for practice to be worn with uniform - approx £35
Suitable clothing for the Labs - approx £30.
Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes