Physiotherapist

About the job

“Working as a physiotherapist isn’t just supporting patients to maximise their physical potential, you often provide emotional support too. It’s such an important job to give people the skills they need to manage their condition.”

As a physiotherapist you’ll treat people with physical problems caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing as well as advising people on how to avoid injury. You’ll treat many types of conditions such as neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s), neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries and arthritis), cardiovascular (chronic heart disease and rehabilitation after a heart attack) and respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and cystic fibrosis).

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How to become a physiotherapist in Devon

Qualification

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include maths, English and science.

One of the following: A Levels (AAB must include Biology, Human Biology, PE or Applied Science), IB, Access Courses, BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma, BTEC National Diploma modules.

Full entry requirements.

Length of study

3 years full time with placements

Qualification

MPhysio (Hons) Physiotherapy

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade B/5 or above to include maths, English and science. One of the following: A Levels (136 UCAS points, minimum 40 points in a science related subject), IB, Access, BTEC, BTEC National Diploma modules.

Full entry requirements.

Length of study

4 years full time with placements

Qualification

Degree Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You’ll need to apply for an apprentice position with a healthcare provider. You’ll usually need level 3 qualifications to get onto a degree apprenticeship.

Length of study

Where

Contact your local NHS Trust

Billy – physiotherapist

Meet Billy, a student physiotherapist, studying at the University of Plymouth.

I chose a career in health and social care because I want to use my knowledge, help people and promote wellness.

I work hard to gain skills so that my future patients can really benefit from the treatment I provide and can manage their condition better.

Read more about Billy’s story.

Student physiotherapist, Billy, smiling

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