What students say about physiotherapy
On my physiotherapy course the amount of hours and type of teaching sessions each week are excellent. Expect to be in lessons about 15-20 hours a week in the first year increasing to about 30 in second and third years. Although it can be a challenging course, as a whole the content is extremely interesting. If you study this particular course, you'll be required to complete essays, written exams, VIVA exams (oral) and the dreaded OSCEs (practical exams - don't worry you'll be fine after the initial nerves), as well as a couple of presentations of the course of the three years with great feedback available from the staff.3rd year, University of Hertfordshire
The course content is varied as we have different modules covering different things. They are taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. They are assessed using a variety of ways including essays, practicals and exams. Practicals especially are good as we have a chance to practice them as formative before having two summative ones that contribute to our final grade. This gives us chance to have feedback which is done in a standardised way. We have our own building which means we see familiar faces, but also have the chance to integrate with students from the other professions.1st year, University of East Anglia UEA
The workload is reasonable. It can be difficult to gauge how much study to do, as most of it is self-directed study. My course is challenging because it is very diverse. There is a lot of emphasis on communication and professional behaviour. I like the fact that we have practical classes.1st year, Robert Gordon University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Physical education
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Writing a personal statement for physiotherapy? Impress admissions tutors by reflecting on your experiences of observing physiotherapists and talking about how you've demonstrated relevant skills.
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Veterinary physiotherapist
Other real-life job examples
- Rehabilitation therapist
- Prison officer
- Sports coach
What employers like about this subject
As part of a physiotherapy degree, you would expect to gain subject-specific skills in areas such as the professional practice of physiotherapy and in investigating and diagnosing health issues; in the principles and ethics of evidence-based health practice and in the principles of rehabilitation. Transferrable skills you can develop include good communication skills, problem-solving, team-working and decision-making. Physiotherapists tend to get jobs with hospitals, specialist physiotherapy practices, gyms, sports clubs, the Armed Forces, in welfare organisations and in education (particularly universities).