Learning Outcomes for Practice Placements

Level 4


The practice-based learning component of Level 4 forms part of the ‘Culture and Context of Physiotherapy practice’ module. This placement is assessed on a pass/fail basis. This placement is organised to run on a part-time basis completed one day a week over seven weeks. This should allow students to experience patients progressing in their rehabilitation over a longer period of time and has been organised this way in order to try and maximize placement capacity in encouraging clinical partners who may struggle to work with students due to part time work commitments to engage with supporting students on a part time basis.

In order for the students to successfully complete this module, the placement component must allow students to be involved with the whole remit of Physiotherapy in a specific area. As the clinical educator you should therefore encourage students to be involved in physiotherapy practice within their level of knowledge, skill and experience. This should include working with other members of the team within your practice environment, talking to patients and carers, undertaking subjective assessments and discussing their findings related to the conditions seen. This placement could also include basic physiotherapy skills and assisting with physiotherapy treatments. The students should be encouraged to use reflection to enhance their learning experiences and relate this to areas for future development.
The first placement is purposefully situated early within level 1 of the programme to provide students with the opportunity to put into practice their learning and reaffirm their desire to practice physiotherapy and implement professionalism in the clinical setting.

Level 5
Physiotherapy in Practice 1

Physiotherapy in Practice 1 at Level 5 contains the first two of five assessed practice based modules in the programme which carry credits towards the final degree classification. These placements are assessed using the Common Assessment Tool for Level 5.
The aims of these modules are to:-

  • Provide contemporary Physiotherapy practice based opportunities to apply campus based learning
  • Enable students to develop further knowledge/competence/clinical and professional skills, in a practice environment
  • Provide opportunities for working within Interprofessional teams
  • Support the development of reflective practice and professional portfolios

These placements are purposefully situated after the majority of theoretical campus based learning has taken place, so that students will be able to maximise their learning from a range of clinical settings.

Level 6
Physiotherapy in Practice 2 & 3

Physiotherapy in Practice 2 & 3 at Level 6 also carry credits towards the final degree classification. These placements are assessed using the Common Assessment Tool for Level 6. The aims of these modules build on those from the level 5 practice modules, demonstrating the expectation that students will be working to a higher level at this stage of the course.
The aims of these modules are to:-

  • Provide further contemporary physiotherapy practice based opportunities to apply and augment campus based learning
  • Enable students to augment / develop further knowledge / competence / clinical and professional skills, in a physiotherapy practice environment.
  • Facilitate increasing independence in the Physiotherapy practice environment.
  • Provide opportunities for contribution to inter professional team work.
  • Support reflective practice & promote professional portfolio development.