At a glance
- Work closely with other healthcare students to develop your interprofessional skills
- Mix teaching with clinical practice, giving hands-on context to what you learn
- Have the opportunity to work internationally on a three week elective placement, experiencing your subject in another country
What is Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession. A physiotherapist aims to promote, restore and maintain an individual’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing. The key is patient focus, tailoring treatments to the needs of the individual. Not only do physiotherapists treat physically, they are also involved with health promotion and illness prevention. As a science-based profession, practitioners aim to evaluate their practice continually and add to the current body of knowledge in order to provide the best possible care for patients.
Sport rehabilitators are practitioners trained in sport and exercise medicine, who work alongside and complement other sports and healthcare professionals. They design and implement exercise and rehabilitation programmes to enhance health, wellbeing and performance at recreational, occupational and elite level.
How will I study?
Our courses are delivered through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and small-group teaching sessions. We believe in a holistic approach to patient/client care, which encompasses the physical, mental and social aspects of health and wellbeing. You will be introduced to patients in the second year of both our programme, and years two and three are divided between academic study and clinical placement.
The division aims to develop your ability to manage your own learning. You will need to be able to exercise sound judgement in a variety of clinical and rehabilitation situations and be able to evaluate and adapt your therapeutic skills to meet the needs of the individual patient/client.
Our physiotherapy degree is recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our sport rehabilitation and exercise science course is accredited with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)
Assessment methods include essays, coursework, multiple-choice questions, viva voce exams (conducted orally), anatomy pro-section assessments, verbal and poster presentations, laboratory reports and practical assessments.
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In the UK, most physiotherapists work within the wide variety of specialities offered by the NHS, including burns and plastics, healthcare of the elderly, maternity, mental health, neurology, orthopaedics, out-patients, paediatrics, respiratory and women's health. However, there are many other settings including research and academia, charitable organisations, industry, special schools, sports centres, the armed forces, social services and veterinary practices.
In 2016, 99.4% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,523 with the highest being £38,000*.
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSR's) are employed in a range of sport, health and occupational settings. The Ministry of Defence employs GSR's and many work in private practice, with professional teams, clubs and the leisure industry. Starting salary is similar to physiotherapists. There are also opportunities in research and/or teaching.
All undergraduate students have the opportunity to spend three weeks undertaking an international clinical elective placement. Previous physiotherapy students have undertaken placements in Australia, Barbados, Cape Verde, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and USA.
Students in the School of Health Sciences also have the opportunity to apply to study abroad with one of our prestigious Erasmus+ partner universities. Students spend two months on clinical placements with our European partners. Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.*
* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.
Application and interview
It is currently our policy to interview for all places. We receive around 1,100 physiotherapy applications per year for 40 places and normally interview 200 people. Applications for our Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Science course are in the region of 270, and increasing each year since it commenced in September 2014. We expect to interview around 120 applicants for 25 places.
The interviews are relatively informal and take place in December, January and February. Physiotherapy candidates complete two 15-minute interviews with two separate members of staff and a short group task. Candidates for the sport rehabilitation and exercise science programme undertake two 15-minute interviews only. We look for knowledge of the career you have chosen (ie. physiotherapy or sport rehabilitation), the ability to communicate and form opinions, non-verbal communication skills, sensitivity, tolerance and the ability to work within a team. We welcome applications from students who wish to defer their entry. Find out more about the selection process.
Visit days for students offered a place are held in March. University-wide open days are held in June and September – for details, please see the University Open Days website