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A Career as a Chartered Physiotherapist

Required Qualifications

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What qualifications do I require in order to get on a physiotherapy degree course?

This depends on the university that you apply to. The general requirements are as follows:

  • England, Wales & Northern Ireland
    School leavers are normally required to have three A2 level subjects at a minimum of grade C and above (one should be biological science) and normally four A1 levels at grade B including a biological science. In addition to the above, students should hold a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C and above. The latter should be taken at one sitting and include mathematics, english language and a spread of science subjects.

    The typical A level profile of a school leaver accepted for all programmes in 2000 was 24 A level points (the equivalent of 3 Bs).

  • Scotland
    A typical student profile is five SCE Highers at grades AABBB taken at one sitting (minimum of two science subjects).
  • Eire
    School leavers should have an Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of four passes in subjects at higher level - two at B grade and two at C grade.

Other qualifications, such as BTec/HND Health Studies, GNVQ in Health and Social Care equivalent to those listed above, may be accepted but prospective students are strongly advised to contact the institutions to which they intend to apply for their specific requirements.

Remember, each university has its own individual entry requirements. Applicants are advised to write directly to the universities of their choice, enclosing a large stamped addressed envelope, for a prospectus, which will include specific details of entry requirements. Alternatively, telephone the admissions tutor at each university for more specific information about their programme.

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