Do you enjoy helping people? Are you interested in using non-medical ways of treating physical or psychological problems?
Can you see yourself working in a clinic or hospital? Would you like to set up your own practice?
If so, a career in the therapy sector could be for you!
- Apart from osteopathy and chiropractic, there is no professional statutory regulation of complementary and alternative treatments in the UK.
- The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a membership of around 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists.
- Within science, there is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works. Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths and science will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and others such as a physiotherapist, which require a degree.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to therapy that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to therapy, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to therapy at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to therapy
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