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What A-levels do you need to study physiotherapy?

Got your sights set on becoming a physiotherapist? If you're thinking of studying a physiotherapy degree at university, make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors' boxes…

Requirements do vary from course-to-course, but the majority of physiotherapy courses will expect at least one science subject.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Biology for most courses (many accept human biology).
  • Some courses may accept physical education as an essential subject instead of biology.


Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Chemistry.
  • Maths.
  • Physics.
  • Physical education.

Other typical A-levels taken by current physiotherapy students

  • General studies.
  • Psychology.
Take a look at individual physiotherapy courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending. 

Similar subject areas…

  • Sports therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Nursing.
Bear in mind that these similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to sociology, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before making your choices.


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