Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy

Please note that we are currently closed to all Work Experience applications.  We will update this webpage with future Work Experience opportunities in due course.

What is physiotherapy?  

There are 3 main areas of physiotherapy:

  • Musculoskeletal (bones, joints and muscle),
  • Neurology (brain, spinal cord and nerves),
  • Cardio-respiratory (lungs, heart and circulatory system). 

"Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential:

  • it uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status
  • it is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery
  • the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.”

The above definition is taken from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Curriculum Framework (January 2002). See the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website for details

Physiotherapists work in a great variety of settings such as orthopaedics, intensive care, paediatrics, mental illness, stroke recovery, occupational health, ergonomics, musculoskeletal treatment in hospitals and private practice, and care of the elderly.

Requirements to Become a Physiotherapist

It is essential to check the individual entry requirements for each university as most will request at least 3 A2 Levels of Grade B or higher. Physiotherapy is one of the most popular degrees to apply for at university and is therefore very competitive, if you want to have a real chance of securing a place at university work experience is a very desirable option.

Personal Qualities Required:

  • Communication, helping and caring skills
  • Sensitivity and tolerance
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Potential to undertake an intensive course of study
  • Reliability, honesty and trustworthiness
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and determination

Physiotherapy opportunities are offered at either Heartlands, Solihull, Good Hope and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals.  You must be in year 12 or above to be able to access this.



Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working


Further information:

  • If you do not hear back within 28 days this will have meant that your application has been unsucessful
  • Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to give feedback or confirm if we have receive your application
  • Completion of the form does not guarantee or confirm your placement as your application will need to be reviewed to ensure safety and suitability of the placement

Further information:

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