Physiotherapy

​What types of physiotherapy degree courses are there?

BSc Physiotherapy

A physiotherapy degree course will prepare you for a career as a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession where you will use your skills to improve and manage a wide range of medical conditions.

Physiotherapists help people affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapists take a ‘whole person’ approach to health and fully involve the patients in their own care through education, awareness and empowerment.

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BSc Sports Therapy or Rehabilitation and Exercise Science

Sports physiotherapy is the specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to sports people. Sports injuries do differ to everyday injuries. Athletes normally require high level performance and demand placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit.

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What qualifications do I need for a physiotherapy degree course?

Entry requirements vary between universities and courses. Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular course you are interested in. If you don’t have enough tariff points for the degree course then you can do an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. Or alternatively you could consider a Health and Social Care CertHE while you work towards the degree course.

What are the benefits of studying a physiotherapy degree course?

In addition to lectures and seminars there is a fun practical aspect to studying physiotherapy including problem-based learning, tutorials, and eventually work experience in hospitals.

Physiotherapy degree courses often have a high number of hours in the classroom, allowing you to learn the practice inside out from the experts.

What careers can a physiotherapy degree lead someone to?

A physiotherapy degree has an obvious career passage, and you should be committed to it as a career. There are a number of different paths through the field. You may choose to stay general in your clinical career or specialise in a certain area such as:

  • Inpatient hospital care
  • GP surgery or A & E
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Elderly care
  • Women’s health
  • Sports injury
  • Community rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Health promotion​​

Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for physiotherapy graduates, such as the NHS.

Why study a physiotherapy degree course at University of Gloucestershire?

BSc Physiotherapy

This degree course based at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester, is approved by the chartered society of physiotherapy (CSP) and the health and care professions council (HCPC).

The course benefits from state-of-the-art facilities including treatment rooms, rehabilitation space, a hospital ward, a skills laboratory, a biomechanics laboratory, three physiology laboratories, a strength and conditioning suite, a fitness suite and a simulated ‘home’ environment.

We have excellent links with local NHS partners ensuring you will have access to a variety of high quality placements throughout the course. We also act as an NHS ‘hub’ with some rehabilitation programmes being delivered at the university campus, providing regular placement experience for students.

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BSc Sports Therapy

Our sports courses are in the top 20 for graduate prospects and the top 25 for spend per student in sport according to the Guardian University Guide 2020. You’ll have the opportunity to work with touring international sports teams. Students have previously worked with Tonga and Samoa Rugby Union and Team Malawi Olympic athletes.

Learning in our dedicated sports therapy suite, you’ll develop specialised skills in human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, as well as specific sports therapy skills such as sports massage, advanced injury diagnosis, joint mobilisations, rehabilitation, including hydrotherapy and sports trauma.

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The next steps

​We can help you apply for a physiotherapy and will support you throughout the application process. Most full-time courses are applied to via UCAS. There are deadlines for submitting your application.

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