Many people will want to go to university to study physiotherapy, but be unsure where offers the best options.
However, the Daily Telegraph has published its own guide listing the top ten universities for physiotherapy courses, providing more specific information for aspiring physios than the more general university league tables will do.
In tenth place is Glasgow Caledonian University, where the advantages of the course include the chance to do a placement overseas. Cardiff, which is in ninth, offers placements across Wales and the opportunity to get involved in community projects.
Plymouth is in eighth, with its focus firmly on real-life problem-solving. Once again, there are chances to be involved in local initiatives, including helping runners in the city’s half marathon.
In seventh place is Coventry, where there is a firm emphasis on foundational education including extensive human anatomy studies. At six in the list comes Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, which offers a new four-year course that provides a diverse range of placements. A major plus is the employment rate, with all its graduates in employment or further study six months after the course ended.
At five came Nottingham, where students get to carry out a final year dissertation that can be presented at conferences, an obvious way of boosting their profiles and therefore bolstering their career prospects.
In fourth was the University of East Anglia, described as “strong on both theory and practice”, while in third was Southampton, where students can be involved in clinical practice at a very early stage and where the research standard is very highly rated.
Bradford, where there is a strong emphasis on practical learning and theory, came second, but the best overall was the University of Birmingham.
The paper stated that not only are students there given a firm grounding in both theory and practice, but are then “allocated to a range of diverse clinical placements, where they can gain hands-on experience under the guidance of skilled clinicians”. Studies can be stretched out over as long a period as six years.
Those keen to become physiotherapists may use this guidance to inform their decisions, and might be particularly heartened that there is a very broad geographical spread of universities with excellent courses.