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BSc (Honours) Physiotherapy

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. 

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.


The typical entry requirements include 2 GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English. 

Plus the following: 

  • Evidence of successful formal study at level 3  
  • A minimum of 6 months experience in a health and social care capacity (including any placements or work-based learning undertaken as part of a level 3 qualification). 

Where applicants do not have a minimum of 6 months experience working in a health and social care capacity, they must hold one of the following: 

  • 96 UCAS points from 3 A levels 
  • Level 3 BTEC National Qualifications MMM
  • Successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma 
  • T-Levels 
  • Higher Technical Qualifications (Level 3) 
  • Previous degree level or higher study including Foundation Degrees 

Other qualifications may be considered in discussion with the University. 
An applicants’ understanding of health and social care and the profession is assessed throughout the selection event processes. 


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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