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Alternative titles for this job include Sports physiotherapist

Physiotherapists assess and treat mobility problems in patients caused by illness, injury, ageing or disability.

Average salary (a year)

£28,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm on a rota

How to become

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How to become a physiotherapist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can do a physiotherapy degree course approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

You can also do a postgraduate master's course if you already have a first degree in a related subject, like:

  • biological science
  • health science
  • sports and exercise science

Once you are qualified and have clinical experience you could specialise in an area like sports injuries and rehabilitation.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You can apply to do a Physiotherapist Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

It usually takes 4 years to complete and includes a mix of learning on the job while studying at university.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, preferably including biology, for a degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to start as a physiotherapy assistant and study part time for a degree or degree apprenticeship to qualify as a physiotherapist.


You'll find it helpful to get some volunteering experience in a healthcare setting before you apply for a course.

You can also get advice on work experience from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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Career tips

You'll be expected to show an understanding of the NHS values when applying for jobs and apprenticeships.

If you're interested in sports physiotherapy, it will help if you can get some experience with an amateur sports team or club. This will show your commitment when it comes to applying for training and jobs.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for professional development and to build up your contacts in the industry.

Further information

You can find out more about a career in physiotherapy from:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and how the body works
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a physiotherapist, you would:

  • assess patients' joint and movement problems
  • plan treatments, using exercises, massage and ultrasound
  • advise patients on how to minimise the risk of injuries
  • keep accurate records of treatment and progress
  • work closely with other health professionals

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a client's home, at an adult care home, at a GP practice or at a fitness centre.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • become a senior physiotherapist or service manager in the NHS
  • specialise in a specific area, like sports physiotherapy, stroke care or working with children
  • move into research or training
  • work for a professional sports club
  • become self employed and set-up your own practice

There are also opportunities for physiotherapists in the armed forces, including the army and the Royal Air Force.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to HE Diploma (Health and Physiotherapy)

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Manchester

Access to Nursing & Healthcare Professions L3

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Maidstone

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