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First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner (Musculoskeletal)

Postgraduate Certificate



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Entry requirements

  • Must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Minimum of two years post-registration experience
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work at Level 7 (Master's level)
  • Must be able to attend the 75 hours practice placement in a primary care setting during the working hours of 9:00 - 18:00, Monday to Friday, regardless of current working arrangement
  • Your application must be supported by your employer who agrees to release you to attend the taught content and practice placement. If you're self-employed, there will be no reimbursement for lost earnings to attend the taught content and practice placement

Application process

  1. As part of the application process, you will be required to complete a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA). This is accessed through the application portal (click 'Apply now')
  2. Assessment of the LNA will not be undertaken by the academic staff to determine which route would be the most appropriate for you in view of your previous qualifications and experience.
  3. Once an assessment of your LNA has been completed, we will communicate which route is suggested for you. This will be either Higher Education Institution (HEI) taught or a supported portfolio route.
  4. If the HEI taught route has been suggested, you will be required to identify a nominated appropriately trained supervisor to support you for the 75-hour practice placement component as part of the second module on the PG Cert (FCP2 - Working in Primary Care). Your local Primary Care Training Hub may be able to support you in finding a supervisor should you encounter difficulties.*
  5. If the supported portfolio route has been suggested, then you will be required to identify an appropriate supervisor to support you through the process of building your ePortfolio to meet Roadmap to Practice (MSK, July 2021) requirements.
  6. For either route, programme fees will be funded by NHS England (subject to meeting university entry requirements).
  7. No unconditional offer for either route can be made until a suitable practice placement supervisor has been identified. your practice placement must be within a primary care setting.

*The sourcing of a placement or portfolio supervisor remains the sole responsibility of the applicant not The University of Bradford.

English language requirements

Students for whom English is not their first language must have at least IELTS 7 with no element below 6.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

The content is completed by distance learning, and you will be encouraged to use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to share practice, case scenarios and literature.

Assessments will allow you to demonstrate an in depth subject knowledge and develop your verbal and written communication skills.

Formal and informal feedback will be given during sessions, following formal assessment.

During the second module, you will undertake 75 hours of supervised clinical practice with a clinical mentor nominated by you, who agrees to support you and to adhere to our supervision structure.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.