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Physiotherapists use various techniques to treat people with physical problems that impair movement. They help prevent and treat physical disabilities, as well as help people to regain mobility after illnesses or accidents.

This page answers the following questions about physiotherapy:

  • What makes a good physiotherapist?
  • Where can I study physiotherapy?
  • What are the entry requirements for physiotherapy?
  • What is the training for physiotherapy?

What Makes A Good Physiotherapist?

If you’re a caring person with a passion for science and an interest in the human body, you’ll probably make a great physiotherapist. Being sporty can help too, although it’s not essential!

The key skills you’ll need are as follows:

  1. Good communication skills.
  1. Tolerance and sensitivity. Physiotherapists work in diverse environments. You are just as likely to work in the local community as within a hospital.
  1. Physiotherapy can be a long and demanding process for patients, with varying levels of success. You need to be able to show them that their hard work is paying off.
  1. Physiotherapists are needed in all areas of healthcare, and need to be able to work with others to develop treatment plans for individual patients.

What Are The Entry Requirements For Physiotherapy?

Courses have different academic entry requirements, but the baseline is at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, and normally 3 A-Levels at grade A-C, one of which should be a biological science.

Alternative qualifications such as BTEC are usually also accepted. However, each course has its own entry requirements. It’s best to check their websites for details.

Try and get some work experience in a physiotherapy or healthcare environment. A good way to do this is by volunteering. This will help you decide if physiotherapy is right for you, and demonstrate commitment if and when you do apply.

Where Can I Study Physiotherapy?

There are HCPC-approved courses at the following institutions:

  • Bournemouth University
  • Brunel University
  • Cardiff University
  • Coventry University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • London South Bank University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • St George’s University of London
  • Teeside University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Cumbria
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Essex
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Salford
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Ulster
  • University of Worcester
  • York St John University

What Is The Training For Physiotherapy?

In order to become a physiotherapist, you must complete a course in physiotherapy that has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

A trained physiotherapist can be expected to provide the following kinds of care:

  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Electro-physical treatment
  • Understanding and factoring in the psychological, cultural and social factors that affect physical ill-health  

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