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First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner (Musculoskeletal)

Postgraduate Certificate




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Entry requirements

Applicants must be:

  • registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) at point of application and maintain their status throughout the programme of study.
  • working at an advanced level with relevant postgraduate certificated qualifications in musculoskeletal/sport, eg: MSc Rehabilitation Studies (Musculoskeletal Practice)
  • working in or towards a First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner (FCPP) musculoskeletal role during or upon completion of study.

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

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

Learning will be through introductory lectures, small group discussions, seminars and practical workshops. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a formative OSCE examination to your peers and receive both academic and peer feedback.

Some of 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.