Physiotherapists help and treat people with physical problems caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing. As well as treating people, they promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury. As a physiotherapist you are integral to optimising functional ability and the quality of life of many individuals. You achieve this through your skills in health promotion and education, exercise prescription and rehabilitation and preventative health care. This course prepares you for a career in physiotherapy by combining university-based and clinical based experience. **What you study** During the course we introduce you to key concepts of professional practice, such as reflective practice, building the therapeutic relationship and models of health, illness and disability. You use examples of real patient stories to develop your understanding of service users’ perceptions and experiences, and you explore clinical guidelines and protocols for best practice. Throughout the three years you study key areas of physiotherapy, such as neurology, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular respiratory. In each of these areas you study clinically relevant underpinning anatomy and physiology. Alongside these areas you study principles and theory of exercise and learn and practise skills in teaching exercise to individuals and classes. You begin to integrate and further develop knowledge and understanding of different body systems, developing more advanced clinical reasoning skills. You also have the opportunity to gain level 2 and 3 fitness instructor awards during first and second year. By your final year tutors facilitate rather than direct your learning. You build on clinical reasoning skills advancing to complex case management, including multiple pathology, trauma and critical conditions, and specific client groups such as paediatrics, learning disability and mental health. You also complete an individual review of physiotherapy evidence in a selected topic area. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies. **Placements and work experience** Placement settings can range from private and GP practices to hospital physiotherapy departments. A wide range of placement opportunities are available to you due to our excellent links with physiotherapy providers across Yorkshire, Humber and the East Midlands. You undertake your first placement towards the end of the first year. We prepare you for this with an observational visit to a healthcare setting during your first year. You will undertake placements in both years two and three p allowing you to consolidate your knowledge and skills, and enhance your placement experience. **Expertise** Our teaching staff are all highly experienced Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapists. They are active in physiotherapy research and many continue to work clinically in the NHS or in the private sector. Our breadth of experience ensures that our dynamic and skilled teaching team facilitate the successful development of your skills in patient and client assessment, clinical decision making and therapeutic management. **Course benefits** As part of the course you may also benefit from a funded Pebblepad E-portfolio for lifelong CPD during your studies and after you graduate and the Sheffield Hallam University physiotherapy clinic. **Professional recognition** This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.