Welcome from the Head of Programme

Studying Physiotherapy at York St John offers the advantage of studying in a small cohort, in a student-centred environment in the heart of the beautiful city of York. This programme aims to produce high calibre, successful Physiotherapy graduates who are fit for purpose and practice. The programme will adopt a problem-led approach utilising a range of case studies. Graduates will be competent, reflective, critical thinking practitioners who are able to take responsibility for their own professional development and able to implement the delivery of safe, ethical and effective physiotherapy services in a wide variety of interprofessional and multicultural contexts appropriate to the changing needs of the service user and emerging professional roles.

Why study Physiotherapy at York St John?

Physiotherapists are autonomous practitioners working as individuals or members of health care teams. They assess, plan, manage and evaluate the needs of patients/clients. Physiotherapy practitioners apply clinical reasoning skills and take a problem-solving approach to patient-centred care. Physiotherapy interventions include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy, which are used to maximise the function and potential of individuals.

At York St John, you will be taught by a dynamic teaching team of health professionals with a diverse range of expertise and interests. Our students have a host of different past experiences which they are encouraged to reflect upon as part of their learning. You will complete a number of practice placements throughout the programme, allowing you to work with patients in real settings under the close supervision of qualified clinicians.

We believe that student support is paramount. Each student has an academic tutor and there is also a year tutor to guide you through the programme. Within each year of the course, there are just 40 students, so our students find it easy to establish academic partnerships and foster friendships from the early weeks through to graduation and beyond.

On completion of the programme you will be able to meet the requirements for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). UK physiotherapy qualifications are welcomed abroad, and physiotherapists are able to work in most countries (subject to necessary registration). Our Physiotherapy programme will prepare you for a rewarding, interesting and challenging career.

How can I study Physiotherapy?

This is a Specialist, full-time degree taken over three years. We are also able to offer a limited number of places to students wishing to study on a flexible basis. You can take up to six years to complete the full-time programme on a flexible basis. (Places are strictly limited on the flexible scheme, so please call us for details.)

What will I study?

The Physiotherapy degree is made up of modules, all of which are credit rated. You need to achieve 120 credits at each level of study to pass your degree. Examples of these modules include: Foundations of Physiotherapy, Evidence Based Musculoskeletal Practice, Evidence Based Neurological Practice, Physiotherapy Professional Practice Level (Professional Placement) and many more.

What resources will I have access to?

The University has well-equipped practice rooms providing access to the latest physiotherapy equipment. You will also benefit from use of the University’s fitness suite, biomechanics and physiology laboratories, all of which are equipped to a high specification.

Will I get any practical experience?

The theoretical and practical aspects of the programme come together in clinical practice, where you are able to apply your knowledge and skills in a real patient care environment. As a student, your clinical placements will take place in various locations, as allocated by the University, which could include hospitals, GP practices, community-based work, schools, hospice care, social services and private practice settings. You will be under the direct supervision of an experienced physiotherapist.

To comply with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines students must undertake at least 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice. This is spread out over the three years of the programme, with placements following on from the theoretical modules.

What skills will I acquire?

The Physiotherapy programme prepares you to be a competent, autonomous physiotherapist. In addition to core physiotherapy skills, you will learn to adopt an enquiry-focused approach to learning, you will be a critical thinker with excellent communication and team-working skills.

How will I be assessed?

Methods of assessment may include individual or group presentations, written examinations, assignments and case studies. Practical assessments allow you to demonstrate your skill development and you will undertake a research project in your final year.

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