For those interested in becoming a physiotherapist, the essential qualification is a degree approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC). This makes you eligible for state registration and membership of the field's governing body, the (CSP).
Becoming a physiotherapist means gaining entry to one of these competitive courses - the typical entry requirements are:
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) including maths, English and science subjects
- Four AS levels (at least grade B)
- Three A levels (grade C or above), including a biological science
You can improve your chances of getting on such a course by obtaining some practical experience, perhaps as a volunteer trainer for a sports team, or by spending some time shadowing a qualified physiotherapist. This will give you an understanding of the day-to-day work of the profession, and will also look good on your university application.
An alternative route is to qualify through a two-year Cadet Scheme - this would involve clinical placements while working towards a qualification such as an NVQ Level 3 in Health.
Those interested in this field who already have a degree, may be able to qualify by taking a fast-track postgraduate course. You would need a first class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject (for example biological science, psychology or sports science).