Sample Physiotherapy Personal Statement
My plan to study for a degree in physiotherapy and to make a career in the field has developed partly out of my own enjoyment of physical activity and also out of considerable work experience in advising and instructing people in the value of exercise. For some years I was a keen amateur athlete, achieving success in sprint events on the track, and more recently I have developed an enthusiasm for rock climbing. I already hold a first degree in physical education. I believe very strongly in the importance of physical fitness and wellbeing for the health of the whole man, both physical and mental, and my work as an instructor has convinced me that I have the qualities and the knowledge to help people recover from injuries, to prevent those injuries from happening in the first place and to go on to live fit and healthy lives. As a sportswoman myself I inevitably suffered some injuries and it was the professionalism and efficiency of the physiotherapy staff who treated me that really convinced me that a career in this field of medicine would be immensely satisfying and rewarding, both professionally and personally. I know that physiotherapists are in high demand and that employment prospects are good. The skills are highly transferable and of international value, and the work is full of diversity. It is an exciting prospect.
My working career so far has given me considerable experience in physical training and therapy. At my university in So Paulo I worked as an apprentice physical activity instructor for people over 50 years old, offering varieties of exercises such as stretching, relaxation and massage. I also worked there as a research assistant in the Physiology of Exercise laboratory, where I was involved in a number of projects investigating exercise biomechanics and the relationship between physical activity and health. I also undertook work as a volunteer in the northern Brazilian city of Campo Redondo as part of a group designing exercise and fitness plans to promote the health of the whole community – children, adults and the elderly. With a friend I designed and implemented an indoor climbing project for fellow university students, where we fulfilled all the duties of the instructor, the safety officer, the administrator and the fund raiser! All of these activities taught me a great deal about physiology and biology, but also about working with many sorts of different people, meeting their needs and reassuring them, coping with new environments, being punctual and reliable, and being an efficient administrator.
More recently in the UK I have continued my role as a physical instructor. At present I am working as an instructor for people with physical and mental disabilities. My main interest at present is in water-based exercises and hydrotherapy and my work in the “Try Swimming” Project has allowed me to devise courses in such areas as water jogging to improve mobility. I also worked for a personal training company, dealing with many sorts of health and injury problems, and concentrating particularly on strength training in order to prevent injuries, on the indications which suggest that surgery is advisable in back injuries and on methods of rehabilitation. I have recently taken courses in Exercise Referral and the CYQ level 2 award in Supervising Exercise, and I always keep abreast of recent developments in the science through reading books and media stories.
My long working experience has made my career choice clear and my commitment to my plan total. I communicate efficiently and have three languages, Portuguese, English and Italian. I work well with people and enjoy talking with them and meeting their needs. I also feel confident in my own judgement and am happy to take responsibility for my own personal decisions. I believe that I know how to work as a professional and to be responsive, reliable and approachable. I hope you will consider my application.
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I am interested in taking a Physiotherapy BSc and would be changing from a career in Accountancy where I am a professional member of the association of accounting technicians (Diploma Level) and a part qualified member from CIMA (currently Diploma level too) and currently working as a Senior Management Accountant but have worked in a variety of roles through my 20s.
I am 31 years old and having now read around I think my age is OK to do this change after initially thinking I was too old! I have never been to university before having flunked my A/AS levels (Business Studies E, and two AS in Chemistry E & Science for Public Understanding C).
I am based in Hertfordshire and have initially emailed a local university doing a part time course in Physiotherapy (Essex), however I am bit confused in general on entry requirements and what the "done thing" is with regards to applying and getting myself ready for applying as a mature student...
..Would I be right in assuming entry to university is fairly rigid, so as a mature student I would need to do an A-Level in Biology or some other direct access course (I guess the A Level is the best thing to do as it's more portable?).
Would my existing career experience & qualifications taken to date count for anything; it would be great to start the BSc sooner rather than later but if I have to spend a year doing an A-Level that's fine.
My wife is a specialist Nurse with contacts where I can get work or shadowing experience of a physio so I am pursuing this too. I've already had a chat with one regarding the day to day tasks etc.
Anything else I should be doing?
Cheers for any help.
I've had a couple of replies from Uni's saying they'd recommend me doing an Access course, but check with them first to ensure the content covers their entry requirements.
However, these courses are £3.8k+ for me. Where as a fast track A Level via distance learning is £350. Why would they be suggesting this route?
Edit to add - found a couple of distance learning providers doing the courses for circa £900 which is more do-able. How do you know you're doing the right Access course, especially if I want to apply for 5 universities?
Hi Matt, I am a mature student studying Physiotherapy BSc at the moment. Trust me you never to old to change your career. I went down the access course route and studied access to science. As for financing the course student finance will loan money to you and if you complete a HE course this will be wiped and you wont have to pay the loan back which you have taken for the access course. As for distance learning I am not aware of any universities which accept distance learning as a qualification, I maybe wrong, just I have never heard of it.
Universities are rigid with entry requirement for competitive courses and this is due to the amount of applications well exciding the places they have available. Most universities accept access courses of mature students, for physio it would need to be access to science or health but best confirming before you apply to the university. The universities may also require GCSE in Maths, English & Science. One of the main things along with your qualifications you require is work experience within physiotherapy. As you mentioned your wife has contacts to get you experience shadowing a physio which is brilliant. I cant stress this enough to anyone who wants to gain a place at university. Most unis now days will reject applications if no experience has been gained. You also need to reflect on what you gained from the work experience on your personal statement and at interview. You mentioned part time physio courses, the only uni I am aware of which offers this is Salford and I think its over a 5 year period. A source you may find useful charted society of physiotherapy website, brilliant to keep updated on the goings on within physio. As for applying for university this can be done through UCAS website, where also you can find entry requirement for each uni. If I can help you in any other way please contact me either on this page or through private message. Good luck with your change of career, Hope this info is Helpful regards Peter