We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.
If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.
We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.
We are not making any significant changes to the content of the pre-registration Physiotherapy BSc.
However, we have made the following changes. Year 2 students will have some additional practical sessions in 2020/21 to make up for some Year 1 teaching missed during March–June 2020. And we have remodelled placement activity for Year 3 students to accommodate placement hours missed during the same period.
All the programme modules are compulsory and must be passed for successful completion for the degree award, and to make you eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council under the protected title of Physiotherapist.
There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we would expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.
Supporting vulnerable students
Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.
We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)
Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.
Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.