Physiotherapists aim to improve patients’ quality of life through skilled evaluation and therapy that reduces their pain and restores movement and physical function. This often restores their ability to perform normal activities. Physiotherapy also aims to maintain patients’ mobility, muscle strength, and exercise endurance.
With this degree, you can work as part of a multidisciplinary team in hospitals, clinics, community health centres, private practices, schools for children with disabilities, centres for people living with disabilities, and sports centres.
There are two entry points into the BSc Physiotherapy degree:
First-year, for applicants currently in Grade 12, and
Second year, for applicants who have completed a relevant prerequisite degree – the Graduate Entry Physiotherapy Programme (GEPP). Click here for more information about GEPP. Applicants who are currently studying or who have studied at a tertiary institution are advised to complete their studies and then apply for admission to the GEPP.
The field of physiotherapy is vast, encompassing six different areas, namely:
Sport Physiotherapy (specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and health of the sports person)
English Home OR First Additional Language Level 5
Mathematics Level 5
Life Sciences AND/OR Physical Science Level 5
The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:
1) Your matric academic results for five subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
2) National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores.
Each of the two components carries a 50% weighting.
All applicants must write the NBT. Applicants who are in their final year of study towards a Bachelor’s degree, or who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree, are not required to write the NBT.
All applicants to BSc(Physiotherapy) must spend time observing a professional physiotherapist and complete a certificate of attendance (minimum: 16 hours). Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2021 and 31 July 2022 will be accepted. You can download a certificate of attendance form from the Wits website, under Additional Forms: www.wits.ac.za/undergraduate/apply-to-wits
Without this certificate, you will not be considered for admission to the programme.