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Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) | University of Brighton

Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) | University of Brighton


Currently we receive about 750 to 800
applications per year for the course and we have about 50 places on offer, so
advice to prospective students is obviously you’ve got to gain the
academic requirements for the course but also we do look at things like
communication skills, interpersonal skills and also insight into the profession, so
having work experience in a care environment preferably some sort of
physiotherapy experience would be really, really helpful. The advice I’d give to a
student coming to Brighton would be to participate in as much work
experience in physiotherapy as you can before you come to give you a real idea
of what physiotherapy involves. It also means that if you then truly understand
all of the demands which are placed on physios. We’re quite small meaning we
can all work really closely together, there’s lots of practical based things
which is really nice and everyone’s in the same situation as I am, so we’re all
working for the same goal. the first The first year’s very much like it’s on the
Foundation’s skills and knowledge for a physiotherapist and then we start to
look at some of the common conditions that physiotherapist might come across
in practice. It was a bit of an eye opener not really understanding what hands-on I’d be in for and coming out a completely different
person, with a much broader view on life. Working within the NHS was a
fantastic opportunity because I really enjoyed my time with a proposal and I
enjoyed the most about the course the varied nature of all of the different
practical skills that we learned so even though it goes under the umbrella term of
physiotherapy skills, we have many varied modules and
different skills within that scope. In the second year then that really looks
at the core areas of physiotherapy so the three core areas are: musculoskeletal,
neurological physiotherapy, and cardio respiratory physiotherapy, and that
builds upon some of the skills and experience and knowledge that they will
need when they go out on placement at the end of year 2. The best thing for me would have
been the placement opportunities they gave you and also having lecturers that have
also written books and physiotherapy I love the practical based learning
especially within the anatomy and exercise modules we really get hands-on
using all different types of equipment and techniques that have been used in the past which is really exciting. The philosophy of this course is that
students actually are in the university for 18 months so the ideas that they do
have the core knowledge and skills to enable them to treat anything or so that
they see as they go into clinical placements so they can be very holistic
in their approach and problem-solving approach, so for example if they’re on a
orthopedic ward and they see someone off to surgery that if that person had
something like a chest infection or they made had a previous stroke and the
students would be actually be able to manage that and we’re very much
supportive locally by our managers of our local trusts and feeling that that
is the right way to approach the training so saying if you study
something on your own that you have a chance to actually practice inside the
classroom under the supervision of the tutors, and then you got into the
placement and you get to actually apply that skill in an actual practical
setting. I think that’s the the best thing about it In our placement provision we cover quite a big geographical area So we cover Surrey,
Sussex, and Kent. The really positive thing for our students is that they get
to see such a huge diversity of size of trusts as well as we do get to see a lot
of cultural diversity across those three counties as well. So students do 1,000
housing clinical areas in total and how that’s divided up over our two programs
is that they do five, six-week placements. You’re actually given a very gradual
knowledge base in year one and that’s when you build up your foundation and
you move on to year two where you do a lot of more practical and an application
of all the thing that you learn from the year one. Then in third year you
actually do a placement which we are preparing for in year 2 now. right now In the third years the students then complete their four final six-week
placements, they also have a research module and part where they work as a
group and they produce a literature review and also group research proposal.
As a final module they have a professional module which then prepares
them for applying for their work in the future and building up something called
their continuing professional development portfolio, which again will
help them in the workplace. You get to help people who were previous injured, you
get to rehabilitate people and you get to see them going from changes from
not even not being able to do something small. although small, it makes a massive difference in their life so it’s one of the best things. Our students here gain a variety of experiences when they go out on placement, so we’re very much focused
on getting them acute experience, community experience, intermedia care, but
not only do we focus on the NHS but we also do look at the private and
voluntary sectors – they also get experience say in the schooling sectors
and also in sport. We pride ourselves on visiting every student on every
placement and we do this because not only do we want to support our students
out in placement but we also want to maintain our
links and support of our practice educators. Their role is really important
in developing successful physiotherapists at the end of
their courses. If you’re thinking of studying physiotherapy you definitely
have a visit to the campus and meet the tutors and talk to them and see what
it’s like and then as soon as you come here you know that if it is the right
place for you, that you’ll figure that out you know it’s the right place that
you’re gonna study. Prior to coming, try to do some form of preparation if
you can, it will just help you along once you get here because is an intense course and
there’s lots of things to learn, so if you can help with things like anatomy
prior to coming so if you can start looking into your anatomy then when you
come you’ve gonna have a little bit of a head start and you’ll already understand
some of it, so there’ll be a little bit less to take on all at once. Enjoy it as much as you can and you’ll make lots of wonderful friends and you
have a great time. The best thing about the University of Brighton is the
teaching staff. We have quite a close relationship with them and they’re
always there to give advice and speak to to help develop your own skills. Most of the
staff are very research active and that actually informs our teaching.

2 thoughts on “Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) | University of Brighton

  1. Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know i have a whole series of videos on getting into physio on my channel. I'd love to help future students as I am a current 3rd year Physio student, so if you're reading this and interested, get @ me!! 🙂

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