How this course prepares you for future employment
The BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree at The University of Nottingham leads to registration with the Health Professions Council and is, therefore, an essential starting point for a career in physiotherapy.
The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin physiotherapy practice in addition to providing opportunities to develop sound judgement and excellent interpersonal skills through significant clinical experience.
The course is well-regarded by the profession and the statistics show how successful our graduates are with over 97% of those available for work or further study, entering work or further study within six months of graduation.
The labour market for physiotherapy graduates
In the current economic climate and with major re-structuring within the NHS, the labour market for newly qualified physiotherapists remains challenging.
Of those graduating in 2012 a number of physiotherapy graduates started with part-time positions (10%) but it should be noted that this is still a positive outcome in that it provides an effective step into professional work at an appropriate level.
Key employment sectors
As expected, the majority of physiotherapy graduates enter positions within the NHS – normally at Band 5.
This year, we also have a small number of graduates choosing to pursue careers outside oh physiotherapy and they have entered the police force, become fitness instructors, business sales executives and finance and investment analysts.
Salaries for newly-qualified physiotherapists are prescribed through NHS banding and there has been little change in starting salaries this year. The average salary was £23,256.
I studied physiotherapy at The University of Nottingham because it is a very practical and diverse course. The lecturers were exceptional, always willing to go the extra mile to help me succeed and each subject is so well taught, with learning usually being reinforced by skill focused practical sessions.
In 2012, I graduated with a first class honours degree and decided to work in the private sector rather than go straight into the NHS. Unsurprisingly, this demands a certain level of proficiency, which Nottingham aptly equipped me with. I have a split caseload between running physiotherapy across two inpatient wards and an outpatient musculoskeletal caseload.
I would highly recommend Nottingham as an exciting place to study.