This Foundation Year course is aimed at students who want to study on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Leicester, whose A-level subjects don’t match our entry criteria or who don’t have the necessary entry requirements
You will be taught by expert academic staff from across different departments in the College of Life Sciences, studying alongside other students in the School of Allied Health Professions, School of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Psychology.
The course strongly emphasises the development of the study skills that will be necessary for success in your undergraduate studies and beyond. These study skills will be integrated within the course material and take advantage of innovative learning technologies.
During your Foundation Year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all our support services.
You will have a personal tutor to support you, and our excellent staff/student ratio means that you will get all the help you need throughout your studies.
A-levels: CCC including at least one science-based subject from Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology and PE.
GCSE: Five subjects at grade C/4 including English and Maths.
Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level three, including 15 at distinction and 15 at merit in healthcare-related subjects.
International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 24 points (not including core or bonus) with 5 points from one higher-level science-based subject from Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology and PE.
BTEC Nationals: MMM in Health Care related subjects or Sport and Exercise Science, or Sport & Exercise Science BTEC extended diploma.
You will be expected to show academic attainment at the required level within 3 years of the course proposed start date.
You must be in good health and should be up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire (Word, 75kb) and must be prepared to undergo an occupational health examination. If your vaccinations are not up to date, boosters will be provided by our Occupational Health department at no cost to you. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please let us know when you apply.
Criminal Records Check (DBS)
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the course.
You must be at least 18 years old when you start the course. If you are not yet 18 you can still apply but you will need to defer your entry by a year if your 18th birthday will be after the start of the course.
Specific Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Candidates with specific learning difficulties or disabilities are welcome to apply and will be considered according to the University’s Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Strategy. The Physiotherapy course may be able to make reasonable adjustments for such candidates, including at interview. However, it must ensure that all candidates will be able meet the core learning outcomes and competencies of the course, and in addition be able to practise as a physiotherapist on completion of the course. Initial scoring of the UCAS form and interview will be undertaken separately to any subsequent Occupational Health assessment. If you have a declared additional learning need or disability please inform the physiotherapy admissions team as soon as possible when you receive your interview invitation so that we can discuss reasonable adjustments. However, a satisfactory Occupational Health assessment may be a conditional part of any subsequent offer to determine if reasonable adjustment can be made.
Read our DBS policy (PDF, 148kb)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Foundations of Biological Sciences (double module)
Introduction to Medical Sciences (double module)
Exploring Psychology (double module)
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Analysis of Movement (double module)
In the first year the majority of study occurs in the university setting introducing the necessary theoretical background to support clinical education. The final week provides an opportunity to observe clinical practice and to contextualise knowledge and skills introduced thus far. In the practice environment you will work alongside and be supported not only by physiotherapy practitioners and fellow students, but also by a range of colleagues from other health and social care disciplines. This inter-professional collaboration continues into Years 2 and 3 as you develop towards professional autonomy.
Within the university, you will study the science of normal body systems to promote an understanding of their structure, function and inter-relationships, before moving on to altered and abnormal function and the role of assessment and rehabilitation. You will explore issues of personal and professional development, health and well-being in order to further prepare for learning in the practice environment. An awareness of the evidence base for health care professions and the research process is a fundamental and ongoing theme, promoted throughout the course.
Clinical Skills: Appendicular Anatomy
Clinical Skills: Pathophysiology 1
Clinical Skills: Introducing Practice 1
Professional Development 1
Clinical Skills: Axial Anatomy
Clinical Skills: Pathophysiology 2
Clinical Skills Introducing Practice 2
Evidence Based Practice 1
The third year and final academic year further develops clinical practice by enhancing your ability to function as an autonomous practitioner, partner and leader in 16 weeks of university-based activity and 17 weeks of clinical practice. The learning environment will enable you to build upon what you learned in Year 2 and once again you will have the opportunity to work with a range of professional colleagues. Inter-professional learning continues across the modules in both university and practice settings.
Within both university and practice settings you will progress to be able to safely and effectively carry out a diagnostic assessment and manage patients with more complex needs. You will develop the capacity to lead and manage a physiotherapy/multidisciplinary team and exhibit awareness of the context of practice by exploring and identifying improvements to the service which will improve patient satisfaction and outcomes, and promote equality of care.
Clinical Skills 3: Enhancing Practice
Professional Development 3
Evidence Based Practice 3
Practice Education 3
Practice Education 4
Practice Education 5
UK and EU Students
Starting in 2021
The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year.
Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.
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