Physiotherapist (Level 6)





Training Provider

University of Central Lancashire



36 months (2 year top-up option for eligible Assistant Practitioners*)
Most Suitable For
HCAs, Assistant Practitioners and Physiotherapy Assistants. Other previous experience may be considered on an individual basis. *Those currently undertaking the Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship and studying the Physio pathway modules, may be able to apply for the 2 year top-up route. Candidate eligibility will be looked at on an indvidual basis due to this being a newly offered route (currently this is likely only available to those who commenced the UCLan AP apprenticeship from March 2022 onwards). UCLan are looking in to options for bridging modules (approx. 12 weeks in duration) for Assistant Practitioners that have not studied the Physio specific modules during their AP training, due to this not being available at the time. Expressions of interest are welcome for further discussions at this time.
Level 6 Physiotherapist Degree Apprenticeship Award and BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Programme Cost

£24,000. For non-levy paying employers only 5% (1,200) contribution required to be paid, or potential for full 100% levy transfer (£0). If applying for the top-up route, this cost will be pro-rata and confirmed during application stage.

Additional Funding
For all Employers:
• If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here.
• The following are available for apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2023 – 31 July 2024 (full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules):
  1. £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 to 18 years’ old, OR aged 19 to 24 years’ old and has an education health and care (EHC) plan/been in the care of their local authority.
  2. Gov will fund 100% of the tuition fee if employer supports a young apprentice AND has fewer than 50 employees.
Start Date
Teaching Delivery
Face-to-face (Preston campus)
Key Learning Requirements
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), which are detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. These are achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; One day a week on campus teaching, with some online sessions and resources. The first week will be a full week for induction on campus. Example planners are available.
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, day-to-day development within your current role duties/work activities, reflections with mentor, relevant training sessions.
4) Placements; External placements are required for this programme. Within the University planner, time mapped for placements are fixed. External placements are to be facilitated by the employer, the university will discuss this with the employer at application stage. It is an HCPC & CSP requirement that 1,000 hours of practice placements are acheived. The breadth of areas needed to be covered are: Musculoskeletal out patients, rehab, acute and community/intermediate care.
This programme has fixed module delivery (you are unable to choose the modules studied). A list of modules is available on the course webpage or course materials.
Placements are required.
Apprentices will be assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations/evaluations and End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed 30 hours or more per week for the duration of the apprenticeship.
• English and Maths at GCSE grade C/4/Functional Skills Level 2/Equivalent or above are required at application stage due to the nature and level of the programme. An initial diagnostic assessment will also be completed by the Training Provider at application stage. If the candidate does not have the required certificates for either Maths and/or English, please contact the Training Hub Apprenticeship Team for options.
• Preferably, evidence of Level 3 or higher academic study. Alternatively, sufficient experiential learning will be considered on an individual basis
Full requirements and details are found on the course webpage/information.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship
• A Qualfied Physiotherapist to mentor the apprentice preferably the same one for the duration of the programme. For the 1,000 clinical placement hours the apprentice will also have a clinical educator for each placement.
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
Higher Procurement - North West Physiotherapist
Application Timescale
It takes on average 2 – 3 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• AHP Training and Resources; This webpage may be useful for role specific options. 
• Physio Training and Resources; Visit our Physiotherapist webpage for more information on the role in Primary Care, plus training, support and resources for qualified professionals (some training is available for trainee FCPs).
• Placement Support: Once on programme, the Placement Manager will try to facilitate placement arrangements, but placements are not guaranteed.
Social Care Employees:
Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCSC Training Hub such as training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
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How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023