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How do I qualify as a physiotherapist?


  • Full time programmes: the majority of physiotherapy courses require 3 years of full-time study, including clinical placements (4 years in Scotland).
  • Part time programmes: there are a number of part time physiotherapy courses in the UK with the same entry requirements and learning outcomes as full time courses. Some of these programmes have been set up primarily for physiotherapy support workers wishing to become chartered physiotherapists. However, if this applies to you, make sure that you discuss this with your manager prior to applying for a place on the programme.
  • Accelerated programmes: applicants who already have a degree in a relevant subject such as a biological science, psychology or sports science may be eligible for an accelerated 2-year degree programme leading to a physiotherapy qualification.
  • Work-based learning programmes: there is currently one work-based learning programme at Sheffield Hallam University leading to qualification as a physiotherapist. Students on these programmes are based in the workplace for their studies, travelling to the university two days per week for lectures/tutorials.

Once you have successfully completed your training course, you will have to register with the state regulator, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), in order to practise physiotherapy and to call yourself a physiotherapist.

The HCPC will bar you from entering the profession if you have not passed your approved course and may also bar you from registering if you have certain criminal cautions or convictions for certain types of offences.

You may want to check HCPC registration requirements before applying to undertake a physiotherapy course if you believe that you have any circumstances that might prevent you from being allowed to practise.

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