Physiotherapy is the largest allied health profession. Physiotherapists work with people with a variety of disabilities and their families/carers and use physical means to promote health, optimal rehabilitation and, where possible, recovery. The wide scope of physiotherapy is one of its assets, making it an exciting and varied career. Physiotherapists practice as autonomous professionals, when acting as the first point of contact for clients/patients, or as part of a health or social care team.
The aim of the Physiotherapy BSc programme is to produce physiotherapists who are scientifically-oriented clinicians with transferable intellectual and practical skills. This will allow them to be lifelong learners in response to the dynamic nature of the healthcare professions. The programme confers eligibility for state registration to practice physiotherapy and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
The curriculum has been redeveloped recently with the aim of making more explicit NHS priorities and the professional skills required to address them in contemporary physiotherapy practice.
The Physiotherapy Division has a strong research profile, gaining the highest research rating in the UK for physiotherapy in all the Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) undertaken so far. The role of research in physiotherapy and the importance of evidence-based practice is emphasised throughout the programme and students gain experience of a wide range of research methods.
In order to receive a licence to practice, students have to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours. Therefore at the end of each of the first two years, and during the third year, the theoretical content is consolidated by practice-based education at placement sites. These placements are within a variety of environments, ranging from large teaching hospitals to small special schools within the community. The majority of placements are in Greater London, but students may be placed throughout south-east England.
The BSc programme normally has approximately 36 NHS sponsored places available for UK and EU residents. For UK/EU students, the tuition fees for this programme are covered by the Department of Health. UK students can apply for a means-tested NHS bursary towards living expenses, and are also eligible to apply for a reduced student loan through their local education authority. Other EU nationals will have their tuition fees paid by the NHS, but will not normally be eligible for NHS bursaries or student loans. We have a limited number of places for overseas applicants. For more information on fee classification, please contact us.Re-sit policy
AS/A level results must be achieved over the normal two year period (eg year 12 and 13). Re-sit applicants (ie those who take longer to achieve the appropriate grades) will be at a disadvantage. This policy is flexible if extenuating circumstances are reported.Qualification lifespan
We generally consider qualifications to have a lifespan of five years. We recommend that applicants with qualifications that meet the entry criteria but which were achieved more than five years ago provide evidence of recent study. This is typically an A-level grade A in a related subject such as Human Biology. These criteria may be relaxed for applicants with work-related qualifications or who work in a science-related field.
ABOUT THE Department of Physiotherapy
Successful completion of the BSc programme confers eligibility for state registration to practise. This enables you to practise as a physiotherapist in a wide variety of environments and is mandatory for employment within the NHS. You will also be eligible for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Physiotherapist, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust • Physiotherapist, Medway Foundation Trust • Physiotherapist, Scope • Physiotherapist, Dartford Football Club • Consultant, Accenture
Physiotherapy students at King’s are offered excellent learning experiences in both College and practice settings. The programme is designed to match the needs of the modern ever-changing health sector. We work closely with a network of clinical colleagues, primarily in the NHS. These partnerships are a strength of the programme, ensuring that both its delivery and development are practice-led. Clinicians from local hospitals also provide some of the in-College clinical teaching. Alongside the provision of optimum conditions for practice-based learning, we strongly encourage students to develop the ability to make decisions based on current research evidence. All teaching is informed by research.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Each of the three years of the Physiotherapy BSc has a theme that builds on the previous years. The foundation studies in year one are developed into the study of disability in year two, and the aim of year three is to integrate all this learning in a more reflective manner. The degree also includes an innovative interprofessional education programme, in which all healthcare professional students of the College take part. Students complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical practice, to consolidate the programme’s theoretical content. These placements are located in south-east England and range from large teaching hospitals to small community clinics, special schools or private practices. Assessments include written examinations, multiple choice examinations, short answer or prior disclosure questions, coursework and practical examinations both within the College and in clinical environments.
Our modern, well-funded teaching facilities include dedicated physiotherapy practical rooms. As a large multifaculty university, we have excellent social and sporting facilities, but a key attraction is our central London location. Our three campuses along the River Thames are located in the cultural and social heart of the capital and offer our students the opportunity to explore art galleries, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants and cafés.