A day as a physiotherapist

You work in the community visiting all sorts of patients in nursing homes, special schools and their own residences. Your day begins visiting the home of a patient with learning difficulties. You assess his current mobility and design a programme of special exercises for him which will help him improve his movement. You also talk to his carer about the benefit of the exercises and how they will improve his mobility in the future. Later, you visit a nursing home and check the progress of an elderly resident who has recently suffered a stroke and finds walking difficult. You have been working with her for the past few weeks and are pleased to see that the treatment you designed have helped improve her movement. Your job is incredibly varied, and you're happy with the many different ways you can develop your career in the future.

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Celia Cohen

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Does this sound like you?

You're tolerant, patient and compassionate towards others. You can communicate well with people of all ages and backgrounds, and are very level headed and practical.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), including science. You'll probably be applying for three A level subjects including two sciences (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

After achieving a minimum of three A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), you'll need to apply for an approved three or four-year degree in physiotherapy at university. Different courses favour different qualifications, so it's essential to check entry requirements when considering a future university. Alternatively, you could do a relevant degree (e.g. anatomy and physiology) and then do an approved postgraduate masters degree in physiotherapy.