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BSc (Honours) Physiotherapy

Degree apprenticeship

Students examining a boneEarn while you learn and train to be a registered physiotherapist in less than 3 years, gaining valuable experience in the workplace throughout.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Physiotherapist standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is January 2022

The course normally takes 2 and a half years, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Develop your understanding of service user requirements and clinical best practice.
  • Prepare for work within the NHS, social care, third sector and private organisations.
  • Graduate with eligibility to apply to the HCPC to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.

This course is suitable whether you'd like to start a new career or upskill as an existing support worker or therapy assistant. Along with practice learning experience and workplace learning the course helps you to maximise learning, gain skills, and develop the professional and behavioural attributes you'll need for professional registration.



2. How you learn

The course explores concepts of professional practice, building therapeutic relationships and models of health, illness and disability in physiotherapy. As an integral part of a multi-professional team, you'll study part of the course alongside apprentices from other health disciplines, such as occupational therapists. This allows you to develop team-working skills and understand the contribution of different professionals to patient care.

You learn through

  • block release, distance learning and placements
  • lectures and practical workshops
  • practical and oral exams
  • practice-based assessment
  • written assignments
  • real-world case studies
  • group work and presentations
  • an end-point assessment



3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities at our Collegiate Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications

The usual entry requirements include three GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade C, 4 or above in maths, English and science – 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 don't 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) such as Access to science, natural science or applied science. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 – of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level – and 15 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from biology units
  • a previous degree in a related natural science subject
  • Open University study in natural sciences, such as a foundation course

We'll also consider the following qualifications on an individual basis

  • professional qualifications at level 5 diploma (or above) in a related area
  • a level 3 apprenticeship in health and social care

You'll also need

  • relevant work experience
  • to provide evidence of your understanding of physiotherapy to make sure you're making the right choice of profession – such as visiting physiotherapy departments, attending open events or speaking to physiotherapists about their roles


5. Modules

Level 4 • neurological physiotherapy • musculoskeletal physiotherapy • cardiovascular respiratory physiotherapy • assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making • collaboration for individual and community wellbeing • personal and professional development
Level 5 • physiotherapy clinical skills • physiotherapy clinical management • physiotherapy placement • assessing and addressing complexity • evidence and enquiry for practice
Level 6 • physiotherapy complex case management • advanced physiotherapy placement • professional leadership • working with complexity in practice • the advancing professional


6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.



How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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