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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Physiotherapy - Pre-registration (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

1. Content of the course 

There are no changes to the content of the course.

The course will continue to prepare you for professional practice to the highest standards in line with national and international standards. 

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course, but pease note the following:

Where exceptional circumstances cause a delay in delivery of a clinical placement we will endeavour to re-schedule this content at the earliest opportunity.

We will endeavour to avoid or minimise any disruption, but it may be necessary for deferred placements to be delivered outside of our normal teaching schedules including during term 3. 

This could impact upon vacation duration and the date of graduation. 

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

The course will be delivered using a variety of methods that have been chosen to optimise your learning of clinical theories and skills. All methods have been designed to maximise the level of interaction and engagement with tutors and fellow students.  

All modules will be delivered on campus via in person teaching. Students will therefore be required to attend campus for all modules. Each module will be supported by the provision of additional online learning.

Campus based teaching will be delivered in small group tutorials within our purpose-built clinical skills rooms in line with current health guidance. For example, this may include:

  • Smaller tutorial groups
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Use of standard infection control measures such as hand washing
  • Implementing distancing during teaching
  • Controlled entrance and exit movement patterns within our teaching rooms
  • Controlled mixing of practice groups during tutorials

Support:

A member of the academic team will act as your personal tutor throughout your time at University. They will be a source of support and will help you to make the most of your studies and time at University. You will have scheduled tutor meetings and be able to access your tutor as required either online or via face to face meetings on campus. 

For MSc Students undertaking research dissertations we do not anticipate disruption to your research schedule. However, if necessary, we may adapt the methods of research in line with current health restrictions and guidance.

Assessments:

A variety of assessment formats will be used to support your learning. This will include campus based clinical assessments and online exams. 

Returning students 

The course will be delivered using a variety of methods that have been chosen to optimise your learning of clinical theories and skills. All methods have been designed to maximise the level of interaction and engagement with tutors and fellow students.  

All modules will be delivered on campus via in person teaching. Students will therefore be required to attend campus for all modules. Each module will be supported by the provision of additional online learning.

Campus based teaching will be delivered in small group tutorials within our purpose-built clinical skills rooms in line with current health guidance. For example, this may include:

  • Smaller tutorial groups
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Use of standard infection control measures such as hand washing
  • Implementing distancing during teaching
  • Controlled entrance and exit movement patterns within our teaching rooms
  • Controlled mixing of practice groups during tutorials

Support:

A member of the academic team will act as your personal tutor throughout your time at University. They will be a source of support and will help you to make the most of your studies and time at University. You will have scheduled tutor meetings and be able to access your tutor as required either online or via face to face meetings on campus. 

For MSc Students undertaking research dissertations we do not anticipate disruption to your research schedule. However, if necessary, we may adapt the methods of research in line with current health restrictions and guidance.

Assessments:

A variety of assessment formats will be used to support your learning. This will include campus based clinical assessments and online exams. 

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the course fees, and any course-specific fees are as previously advertised.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no changes to the qualifications awarded.

Regulatory approval of the programme has not been affected and the programme continues to have CSP and HCPC approval which provides graduates with eligibility to register as a physiotherapist.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the university and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21