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First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner (Musculoskeletal)

Postgraduate Certificate


2023 - 2024


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Entry requirements

  • Must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Minimum of five years post-registration experience with a minimum of three years in a musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work at Level 7 (Master's level)
  • Must be able to attend the 75 hours practice placement during the working hours of 9:00 - 6:00, 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

Students will usually have an MSc in musculoskeletal practice or related, but applications are also welcome from students with significant relevant clinical experience.

Regrettably, due to capacity issues around placement we are currently only able to accept applications from those in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, who have been identified through their workplace and are therefore eligible to receive HEE funding.

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 named GP clinical mentor.

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.