A university degree is typically the most popular way to become a physiotherapist.
A full-time degree can take three years and a part-time course will take six years.
A two-year accelerated Masters course is also an option if you already have a relevant degree.
Once you’ve successfully completed your degree you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) before you can start practicing.
The other option is to apply for a degree apprenticeship.
A degree apprenticeship with a healthcare provider is another way to become a physiotherapist.
- Apprenticeships give you the chance to earn a living while gaining your qualification. Your employer and the government will pay the tuition fees, so apprenticeships aren’t eligible for student grants.
Once you’ve successfully completed a program approved by the HCPC, you are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered as a practitioner, you’ll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date and paying an annual retention fee