Admissions information and advice
We are looking for graduate applicants who have a good understanding of the breadth of the profession and the diverse settings where Physiotherapists may work. We are also looking for applicants who are people-centred, and who have taken time to work or volunteer with people in the community.
We recognise that whilst desirable, gaining work experience or shadowing with a physiotherapist is currently very difficult to obtain. However, applicants can still gain a high level of knowledge of the profession through attending virtual and physical University open days or careers events, talking to qualified Physiotherapists, reading professional publications or researching online. The following websites may provide a helpful starting point: the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health and Care Professions Council, and Step into the NHS and NHS Careers. There has also been lots of very positive social media and news articles about physiotherapy during the COVID19 pandemic.
If you had planned Physiotherapy work experience and this is still pending when you submit your application, please don't worry. Tell us what you had planned, demonstrate that you have researched the breadth of the profession in other ways and reflect on any alternative relevant experience with people in the community you have had so far.
Applicants should ensure that their personal statements are focused on clear and focused interest and motivation for becoming a Physiotherapist. Applicants should also be able to:
- Reflect on their life, work and volunteering experiences in relation to their future studies and their career
- Demonstrate team-working and leadership skills; for example in your work, hobbies or sports
- Show clear awareness of the qualities and values that are needed to become a healthcare professional
- Demonstrate strong verbal and inter-personal communication and listening skills
- Work or volunteer with a wide variety of different people as individuals, and provide examples
- Have strong and creative problem solving and thinking skills
- Have made a reasoned career choice for Physiotherapy, articulating clearly their reasons
Students will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.
The University strongly recommends that all students join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements. Not becoming a member may affect your opportunities to experience the widest range of placements.