A student's experience of the Physiotherapy course
"There's something for everyone with Physiotherapy, because there are so many different settings you can work in."
Jo, BSc Physiotherapy
With physio there are so many areas you could go into. You've got the community, you've got things within hospitals, wards scenarios, hospices, day care units, everything really.
I think a lot of people's perception of physio is someone who runs on a pitch with a bucket and a sponge and treats sports players. A lot of people don't realise that we actually work quite a lot in intensive care, for neuro, for rehab, with people who have had strokes and have been in car accidents.
I've not had a negative experience on placement and I think if you're willing to give it your all and put everything into it that you possibly can, then you get everything positive back out of it.
Living on campus
What's great with UWE is that you've got the accommodation on site, everyone on campus at Glenside is a Health & Social Care student so you've got a lot in common. You probably spend a lot more time studying than going out and socialising, purely because of the demands of the course.
I think it's quite nice to have that work ethic as well as the social ethic on campus. It's a nice social environment and everyone gets on, everyone knows each other on campus. You get to meet lots of different people from different backgrounds and age groups as well which is great. I think the Health & Social Care campus is probably that one of the largest mature student groups which is really nice.
The course structure
With the way that physio works, it is split into lectures and seminars. Seminar groups tend to be practical groups as well, so the part where you get to see the hands-on stuff, practical rooms and fiddle about with equipment and tools.
The library's pretty good and they’ve got numerous IT suites as well. We've got the practical rooms, you can access and book them as well which is great if you wanted to go in as a group and just have a practice with or without a tutor. You've got access to equipment like electrical therapy, as well as the plinths and whatever else you might need.
What I got out of it
It's not the most glamorous job in the world, but it is rewarding and I personally get a lot out of it. It's a competitive course to go onto anyway, in order to pass and do well you do need to sit down throughout the year and do regular bits of work. It can be stressful at times, but it's good. Job satisfaction is pretty high with physio and health care which I think not many people have the opportunity to do.