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    Hi everybody, I'm Anthony. I've finished my AS exams and I'm about to go into Y13. I have been planning on applying for Psychology courses with hope of specialising in Clinical or Counselling Psychology and working with people.

    However, I've developed in a strong interest in applying for Physiotherapy courses the past month and I'm very keen on studying it. Is it a bit too late to think about applying to a different course?

    I've looked at Northumbria University and Keele, and the content of the course sounds very interesting and I'd absolutely learn about it! Is it a very competitive course? I don't know if it is a respected course or not, because I've noticed not many of the very good universities offer it. If so, is there a better route that is more respected such as studying Physiology or Sport Sciences and doing a postgraduate in Physiotherapy?

    I've done 5 AS levels in Biology, Chemistry, German, English Language and General Studies. I'm expecting to A grades or B grades in them. I plan to take all 4 onto A2, not to stand out or anything, just because I'm very interested in all of them and I want to keep studying them.

    Work Experience-wise, I don't have any in a clinical setting. Next week I'm starting a Nuffield Bursary on a Medicine/Biology project looking at the affect of catacholamines on the body and how drugs such as estacy can affect the amount of natural catacholamines in our body leading to Parkinson's Disease and Cancers. I don't know if this would be of much relevance, it does lead to an actual published report of the research though, and I can qualify for the Gold Crest Award. I do Duke of Edinburgh, I'm running for Youth Governor of the NHS, I co-ordinate my school's Cafe Scientifique, I don't organize just a topic and a speaker but I help decide what advertising style we should use, budgets and cool little extras like that. I've also read loads of books on Psychology, which, I don't know if it's very relevant, but I've read this book called "Phantoms in the Brain" and it talks about Psychology on a more Physiological aspect, such as how people have phantom limbs after amputations and other really fascinating things like that. Are there any books on Physiotherpay or Physiology that you guys can reccommend?

    Is there any advisable work experience any of you guys can offer? Such as shadowing a Physiotherapist or any volunteer work? I'm perfectly happy to give up some time learning more about it but I feel like I don't have much time left so it's beginning to scare me!

    Thanks Guys, sorry to natter on for ages though!
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    It is a competitive course, and the grades and experience are pretty key to getting anywhere when it comes to applying.

    I would reccommend trying to gain some work experience. Shadowing a physio or something along those lines, but dont always expect to find much luck..it took me ages to secure anything to support my application!
    Getting experience would also helps when it comes to deciding if thats really the route you want to take, dont feel rushed into making a decision though.
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    (Original post by Becky_90)
    It is a competitive course, and the grades and experience are pretty key to getting anywhere when it comes to applying.

    I would reccommend trying to gain some work experience. Shadowing a physio or something along those lines, but dont always expect to find much luck..it took me ages to secure anything to support my application!
    Getting experience would also helps when it comes to deciding if thats really the route you want to take, dont feel rushed into making a decision though.
    Oh ok.

    This project is using me up the entire summer holidays, but I can try find somewhere in September yeah? Is that too late or?

    How many days should I have as a minimum?
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    You don't need to say how long you've been doing, you can start right before the beginning of applications and put it in your PS that you are shadowing a physio.
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    You dont really need to say.

    When i went to my physio interviews they understood that it was hard for us to find work experience and some people did have more chance than others. They obviously expect it but they understand when it cant be a large amount/ over a long period of time.
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    Hmm I see. I'll my best and get something though. I just need to get myself a good book or two to read. I've skimmed thrugh Amzon but a lot of the books are like 50-60 quid - I just don't have that kind of money! lol

    Is there any chance of applying to both Clinical Psychology at Bangor and for Physiotherapy? Could they both be combined in apersonal statement without sounding too lacking of focus? Is Physiology alright to study before specialising in Physiotherapy by doing a postgraduate degree or something?

    Sorry about the questions!
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    Definitely get some work experience/shadowing. Start arranging this now as often there's a lot of people after it. Be prepared to be persistent and try lots of places. Try hospitals, private clinics etc, but you really do need some stuff in a hospital to get the breadth.

    Have a look on www.csp.org.uk - they have info on physio as a career.

    I think you'd struggle to do a PS to cover both - some of it will work - interest in the human body etc, but others won't work as well, such as when you talk about what you like about it as a career, unless you stick to bland stuff like "Helping people". A lot of the general skills (communication, problem solving etc) will work for both. WHy don't you work on that bit of the PS for now and you can decide on the rest later.
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    (Original post by AnthonyShock)
    Hmm I see. I'll my best and get something though. I just need to get myself a good book or two to read. I've skimmed thrugh Amzon but a lot of the books are like 50-60 quid - I just don't have that kind of money! lol

    Is there any chance of applying to both Clinical Psychology at Bangor and for Physiotherapy? Could they both be combined in apersonal statement without sounding too lacking of focus? Is Physiology alright to study before specialising in Physiotherapy by doing a postgraduate degree or something?

    Sorry about the questions!
    I did an undergrad degree in Physiolgy/ Biomed Sci, and I've accepted an offer to go do an MSc Physio in Sept.
    Maybe not the best route to go as it is very competitive, and costs soooo much more, but it can be done!
    Definitely get some work experience to make sure its what you want to do, especially as you seem to have had quite a sudden change of heart. You don't want to do 6 months of a course then drop out.
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    (Original post by AnthonyShock)
    I've looked at Northumbria University and Keele, and the content of the course sounds very interesting and I'd absolutely learn about it! Is it a very competitive course? I don't know if it is a respected course or not, because I've noticed not many of the very good universities offer it.
    My friend's at Northumbria and has just transferred to Physio after a year of Biomedical Sciences and he absolutely LOVES IT. Seems like a very practical course and they seem to have covered a lot of ground already (he never shuts up about it so I have quite a good idea :P)

    As you've probably seen from the course outline there's a lot of placements involved and in fact the first one is in a couple of weeks which is quite soon into the course so I'd think that any shadowing or volunary experience you can get would be fantastic, even if it's just for a couple of weeks. That said, my mate never did any so it's more beneficial than essential.

    If you've got any other Qs about physio at Northumbria let me know n I'll ask him for you
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    I would advise going and getting some work experience as you are unlikely to be accpeted without work experience ! There is a 2 day course at Notts Uni yu maybe interested in ? Called Exploring Physiotherapy.
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    Hypothetically, if you received all five offers, would you make Physio your Firm Choice?
 
 
 
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