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The Physiotherapy Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with the national apprenticeship trailblazer. We have worked with regional partners from primary and acute care and private practice to develop our apprenticeship offer.
The apprenticeship is suitable for both existing staff such as therapy assistants or support workers, and people new to the sector. 

This apprenticeship prepares people for a career as a qualified physiotherapist in the public or private sector by providing the underpinning knowledge and interpersonal skills the profession demands, such as working in an integrated working environment with multidisciplinary teams to enhance the quality of care to the service user. 
The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Level 6 Physiotherapist Degree Apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship includes a combination of work-based learning modules and specialist education, which leads to a BSc Hons Physiotherapy. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and can apply to become members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The apprenticeship is usually delivered over 30 months. However, every apprentice is different and it will depend on their previous experience.

Participants attend the University on a block- study basis throughout the year – there is a total of nine study weeks in year one, ten weeks in year two, and six weeks in year three - as well as five assessed practice placements. Apprentices can stay with their employer for one placement, provided it is in a different area and under different supervision to their normal job. The other placements must be in different organisations, to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars, practical workshops and discussions, online and practice placement learning. 

The integrated end-point assessment checks that the employee meets the apprenticeship standard and is ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Eligible candidates will meet the following entry requirements

  • The usual entry requirements are GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics, English language or literature, and a science subject at grade C or grade 4, or above – plus one of the following

    • 120 UCAS points from A levels (including at least 40 points from a natural science subject such as biology, human biology, or physical education), or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural science modules). We do not accept AS levels or General Studies.
    • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course which must have a strong science bias (not social science), e.g. Access to science/natural science/applied science. We require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3 of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level. 15 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from biology units.
  • Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually

Learn more

Find out more about how higher and degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.  

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