Study Physiotherapy in the UK
Physiotherapy Courses in the UK
Physiotherapy degrees teach students how to help and treat the young and old who are suffering from illness, accidents or ageing. Through the use of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, qualified physiotherapists will help with spine and joint problems, specifically after operations, rehabilitation following sports injuries, strokes and accidents.
Physiotherapy courses in the UK cover modules such as physiology and anatomy, rehabilitation and health psychology. UK university courses are very practical, offering clinical placements throughout the degree. Students will normally complete at least 1,000 clinical hours through the duration of the course.
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Careers in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy graduates will find roles at private practices or companies, the NHS or with sports team and at sports centres. Specific roles will see you tend to the elderly, while undertaking orthopaedics, obstetrics, paediatrics and sports medicine. For students that already have an undergraduate degree (preferably in Scence) and would like to become a licensed Physiotherapist they will need to complete an MSc in Physiotherapy. Please see our MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) page.
Physiotherapy Entry Requirements
- International Baccalaureate requirements: 32 points.
- A-levels requirements: ABB with either biological science or physical education
- Canadian High School requirements: 85% overall including biology or physical education, and at least 80% or higher in five modules.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university and if your grades are lower than this there is a possibility you can still enter the programme.
Where can I study Physiotherapy in the UK?
To learn more about the best Physiotherapy courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Anatomy and Physiology universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:
- University of Liverpool
- University of Leeds
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- University of Glasgow
- University of Leicester
- University of Bristol
- King’s College London
- Keele University
- Loughborough University
- Brunel University
- University of Keele
- University of Edinburgh
Returning to Canada with a Physiotherapy degree from the UK
Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Canada. To work as a physiotherapist in Canada, students must register with The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) in the province they wish to work in. UK qualifications are checked by the CAPR’s Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment before students take the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). The PCE comprises a written test and a clinical exam to assess both a student’s knowledge and their practical application. Provincial regulators may have further requirements beyond CAPR
Working in the UK
After completing a Physiotherapy degree, students must register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice as a physiotherapist. Many physiotherapy graduates are employed by the NHS, but students can also enter private practice or social care. The industry, sport, and education sectors also provide potential career paths for physiotherapists. Graduates will work with patients of varying ages, but tend to specialise in an area such as sport injuries or stroke recovery, or work more generally in a hospital or clinical setting.
Credentialling and the PCE
For any students whose international qualification does not meet the requirements to be assessed as ‘substantially equivalent’ to Canadian programmes, Internationally Educated Physiotherapy Bridging Programmes are available. Physiotherapists in Canada are required to have completed 1025 hours of clinical practice before registration. This is slightly higher than the 1000 hours required in the UK, so students should make sure to make up these extra hours during their studies.
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