As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
How you will learn
This extremely popular programme is modular and comprises both University and clinically-based modules. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used within a supportive environment, with an emphasis on developing professionalism, team working and independent learning skills. There are aspects of inter-professional learning, both within the University and clinical environments. This shared learning will facilitate your ability to work collaboratively with other professionals in clinical settings.
Practice education modules occur across all three years of the programme and assessment of your practice education is continuous.
Learning within the clinical arena is an important and compulsory part of the course. All students have to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education during the programme.
You will be allocated to a range of diverse and exciting placements, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians.
Placements vary as to the experience offered; you may work within the hospital environment, in community-based environments such as clinics or schools, and within the independent and voluntary sectors. You may experience a variety of working practices including extended hours and seven-day working.
You will carry out an elective clinical placement to develop learning and experience diversity in practice between your second and third year.
Please note, there may be expenses incurred with travel and/or accommodation on clinical placements which are mandatory elements of the course.
“I loved the course as it offered a real balance of supported learning, practical and hands-on experience.”
Katie Watson - Flow Physio & Pilates
Your personal tutor
You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham. We also have dedicated academic tutors who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond.
During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
Seminars and tutorials
A wide variety of teaching methods to facilitate learning such as small group teaching sessions, tutorials, practical and seminar work are used. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning through identification of your learning needs and development of self-directed study skills through enquiry-based learning.
Lecturers and world leading researchers
You will be taught by subject-leading academics and health professionals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with you. You will become part of the School’s academic community, which includes professors, lecturers, visiting experts, postgraduate students and researchers.
Alongside their expertise in teaching and research, our world-leading academic staff act as consultants to schools, local education authorities, national governing bodies of sport, charities, businesses and government departments in the UK and abroad. This enables academics to bring a real-world perspective.
Resources and facilities
Our state-of-the-art sports centre sits on the corner of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road, and is a gateway to the University for students, staff and our local community.
The £55 million centre encompasses a unique raft of facilities, including Birmingham’s first 50-metre swimming pool, as well as a large multi-sport arena, a range of activity and fitness studios, an extensive gym, six glass-backed squash courts and various other facilities. The centre underlines the University of Birmingham’s commitment to sport at all levels. In conjunction with the new athletics track and astroturf facilities, it is a home for our many sports clubs, allowing them to train and compete at the highest level.
Throughout your Physiotherapy degree you can expect between 11-14 hours of contact time per week varying from year to year as some modules have more of a guided independent study focus than others.
Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. Assessment of learning uses treatment toolkits, seminars, practical demonstrations, practice placement assessments, essays, case studies, research reports, portfolio development, dissertation, written and practical examinations.
During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or area and can help with any academic issues you encounter.
At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within 15 working days, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.