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Course overview

This physiotherapy degree apprenticeship is ideal if you are employed as a healthcare worker and your employer is willing to support your professional development.

As a physiotherapist, you make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially, and psychologically, using therapeutic intervention to optimise their abilities. This is achieved through health promotion, preventative healthcare and rehabilitation.

This apprenticeship equips you with the knowledge and skills so that on completion, you can apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. The course equips you with the attributes, competencies, abilities and enthusiasm required to meet the demands of a constantly evolving profession, and ongoing development of the individual. Teesside University has a long and successful history of training physiotherapists, and the apprenticeship is in response to employer demand. The course team is committed to student-centred learning through negotiation, shared responsibility and mutual respect. This professional and holistic relationship between you and your mirrors the type of physiotherapist/client relationship we encourage.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

An Introduction to Professional Practice

This interprofessional module introduces the core skills, values and behaviours that underpin your professional practice within health and social care with acknowledgment of the professional standards you must adhere to from your regulator and your own professional body.

Foundation Skills for Physiotherapy Practice

We introduce you to the core clinical skills and understanding of treatment principles that underpin practice. You integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, with that of pathology, exercise and rehabilitation. This knowledge is applied to a diverse range of client groups.

Assessment is through a written assignment and a practical examination.

Health and Wellbeing in Professional Practice

You consider the role of the allied health professional within the context of increasingly unhealthy lifestyles, and growing numbers of people with long term conditions. You are introduced to models of health including social, psychological, physical, cultural and environmental, and how these key concepts can influence quality of care and enhance the participation of individuals

Human Movement for Physiotherapists

You gain a foundation of knowledge of functional anatomy and core biomechanical principles that underpin and determine normal human movement. These are key to effective neuromusculoskeletal clinical physiotherapy practice.

Structure and Function for Allied Health Professionals

You develop integrated knowledge of anatomy and physiology through small group working in variety of workshops, practical laboratories and student-led interactive sessions making use of relevant online tools and resources.


Year 2 core modules

Evidence-based Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

You are introduced to evidence-based exercise and rehabilitation programmes across a range of populations, for example children, older people and working age adults.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

You prepare for clinical practice within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You learn how to assess and offer evidence-based intervention for a range of musculoskeletal disorders using a range of skills with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of care.

Neurological Rehabilitation

You develop the necessary attributes, knowledge, and skills to underpin a person-approach to the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with long term neurological conditions.

Physiotherapy in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Practice

You develop your cardiovascular and respiratory physiotherapy skills for assessment and management of patients, across the age range, with cardiovascular and/or respiratory dysfunction.

Preparing to Collaborate in Physiotherapy Research

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research approaches to prepare you to select a research question that you will carry forward to the dissertation module in the final year of the course.


Final-year core modules

Applied Clinical Reasoning

You explore and develop clinical reasoning within physiotherapy assessment, rehabilitation, and management for clients with comorbidities, long-term conditions and complex needs across the lifespan continuum.

Enhancing Employability, Leadership and Quality Improvement for the Future Ready Physiotherapist

You gain knowledge and understanding of healthcare policy, statutory and professional policy and explore the impact of these policies with respect to patient care, professional practice, and service delivery.

Physiotherapy Research in Action

The module aims to enable you to make informed decisions based on research evidence, through comprehensive searching and appraisal of published information. You also plan, investigate, evaluate, and prepare for dissemination health-related issues, using an appropriate method of enquiry and applying principles of research ethics and governance.

Placements 3a and 3b

The placements provide opportunities for you to further develop professional behaviours, apply physiotherapy theory to practice and develop physiotherapeutic skills in a variety of practice environments.

Preparation for Physiotherapy End-Point Assessment (Apprenticeship)

This module comprises a four-week elective placement, which you negotiate with your employer, and online and tutorial support to facilitate preparation for the end point assessments.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

A range of diverse learning and teaching methods used throughout the course includes keynote lectures, seminars, small group work as well as practical skills sessions. You are given constructive feedback to enhance your learning opportunities. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning throughout the duration of the course. You must complete at least 1,000 hours of clinical practice successfully to comply with the regulations of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Clinical placements enable you to assess and treat clients with varied clinical conditions, in a range of hospital and community settings. During placements you are supervised by experienced clinicians and receive visits from University tutors.

How you are assessed

You will encounter a variety of assessment methods as you progress through the course. The nature of the assessment will vary according to the learning outcomes of the module and also to ensure that you are not disadvantaged by any one method. Methods of assessment include written and practical examinations, completion of practice portfolios, poster and oral presentations, written assignments and practice placements. In Year 3 a specific apprenticeship End Point Assessment which includes professional discussion and observation of your practice in the clinical setting.

In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully to demonstrate:

  • conducting assessment and treatment procedures safely and effectively
  • satisfactory clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • satisfactory skills in communication and team working
  • evidence of appropriate selection and appraisal of methods of critical enquiry.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for apprentices need to be aligned to set out within the Physiotherapy (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship Standard (ST0519) and are as follows:

You will be employed in a physiotherapy apprentice position with a healthcare provider.
Typically 3 A levels to include biology or human biology, or, an equivalent access qualification.

GCSE passes grade 9-4 (A-C) or equivalent Level 2 qualification in English language and maths prior to starting the course

If English is not your first language, IELTS 7.0 or above with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent)

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study, this will be considered on an individual basis.

Admission to the course is dependent upon:

  • academic entry requirements being met
  • satisfactory completion of an interview against set criteria
  • satisfactory references
  • completed work-based risk assessment process
  • receipt of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Interviews, an enhanced DBS and workplace risk assessment are managed by the employer.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.

Work placement

Depending on your place of employment, you may be able to meet the requirements of the course within your own Trust. However, there may be occasions when you are asked to work in a different hospital or a different Trust to gain the necessary experience and to develop the necessary knowledge and skills in order to meet the required standards of practice.



Entry to 2021/22 academic year

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