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Our Physiotherapy BSc offers you an integrated approach to learning physiotherapy, research and clinical practice. It has a strong focus on professional and lifelong learning skills and physiotherapy practice, as well as on relevant scientific disciplines. Completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for state registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
UCAS code B160
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Physiotherapy
At least two from: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, Mathematics: A. Also, minimum English, Maths and Science requirements.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A-levels: AAB including two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject. Also, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade B or above including Science, English and Mathematics
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Selectors will be looking for Distinctions at Level 3 in at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education or Mathematics.
Additionally, GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade B are required.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject.Also, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade B or above including Science, English and Mathematics. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B or DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade A. Subjects offered should include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics, with one of those subjects being offered as the A level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC.
Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)
DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B or DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level grade A. Subjects offered should include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics, with one of those subjects being offered as the A level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC.
Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Also, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade B or above including Science, English and Mathematics.
Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highersincluding two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject.
Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/Intermediate 2/N5 in Mathematics, Biology/Science and English also looked for if not taken at Higher/AH.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Grade 5 SL in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.
Students who are already currently studying on an NHS-funded course will not normally be considered for entry onto the Physiotherapy BSc.
Application deadline: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
Physiotherapy is the largest allied health profession. Physiotherapists work with patients and their families/carers on a variety of disabilities and injuries. They use physical means to promote health, optimal rehabilitation and, where possible, recovery. Physiotherapy is a broad field, making for 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.
Our programme will give you the professional skills and knowledge necessary for contemporary practice. The Department of Physiotherapy carries out significant research, and we emphasise the role of research in physiotherapy and the importance of evidence-based practice throughout the programme. Through this you will gain experience of a wide range of research methods.
In your first year, you will focus on client-centred, responsive services, and develop your decision making, communication and scientific skills. In your second year we will address the issues of effective and needs-related service, and you will further develop your knowledge of professional skills and the science behind rehabilitation. In your third year, you will think about the development of service provision in today’s NHS and the rights and needs of various client groups. You will extend your understanding of psychosocial, ethical and legal issues surrounding practice in student directed activities. You will develop your practical, reflective, evaluative and interpersonal skills at an advanced level and integrate theory with practice even further. You will explore the challenge of working with clients with complex problems in depth, and you will also evaluate your own performance and the outcome of treatment.
In order to gain a licence to practice, you will have to complete at least 1,000 clinical hours. At the end of each of your first two years, and during your third year, you will apply what you have learned on a series of clinical placements in 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 you may be placed throughout south-east England.
We have designed this programme to match the needs of the modern ever-changing health sector. We work closely with a network of clinical colleagues, primarily in the NHS, and these partnerships ensure that the programme’s delivery and development are practice-led.
Clinicians from local hospitals will provide some of the in-university clinical teaching. All of our teaching is informed by research, and our teaching staff generally have at least a PhD qualification. Sometimes postgraduate research students studying towards a PhD in a relevant discipline will help teaching, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.
We will assess you through a combination of exams, coursework and practicals.
Successful completion confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practice physiotherapy and to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
You will be based at our Guy's Campus, with clinical placements in London and south east England. Guy’s Campus is located in the heart of London, offering you easy access to all the cultural and social opportunities of one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant cities. You will also have access to the unrivalled educational resources of the School of Bioscience Education, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities and dedicated physiotherapy practical rooms.
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We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The optional modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates.
When you successfully complete our BSc programme, you will be able to apply for state registration to practise as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC). This enables you to practise 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.
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"Studying Physiotherapy at King's is ideal for me as we have placement from year one which allows us to apply our theoretical knowledge and put it into practise. King's also acknowledges hard work."
"The quality of teaching is excellent. I love the variety of the physiotherapy course. I might be in the lab in the morning, using brain specimens to study neuroanatomy, and in the afternoon I’m practising manual therapy techniques on my fellow students."
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
All students who have been assessed as UK or EU students have their tuition fees paid for as part of the NHS Contract.
UK students are entitled to apply for a bursary to assist with living expenses this is means tested and information can be found at the following link: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Documents/Students/Your_guide_to_NHS_Student_Bursaries_2016_-17_(V1)_09.2015_Web.pdf
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
Students who are assessed as Overseas or International would have to meet the costs of the tuition fees. Full tuition fees for Overseas or International students can be found here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx
Other extra costs
Membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is optional but students are encouraged to join. The cost is approximately £32 per year.
Clinical Placements: You should budget to pay for associated subsistence costs, such as travel, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required, whilst on clinical placement. Students who qualify for an NHS Bursary will receive assistance towards travel and accommodation costs.
Students who are not eligible for an NHS bursary are responsible for costs associated with Debarring Service Checks (DBS).
New funding arrangements for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education announced in the recent Spending Review
In his Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to the funding of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education. These changes will involve replacing bursary support with loans for students studying nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects (including BSc/MSc Physiotherapy and BSc/PGDip/MSc Dietetics) from September 2017.
The proposals, which are subject to consultation, will remove the cap on the number of student places universities can offer for these subjects and it is anticipated that they will enable an additional 10,000 new training places to be made available in this Parliament.
For the benefit of existing students and prospective applicants we are providing a link to the Council of Deans information page entitled ‘The 2015 Spending Review Changes to Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Education – Background Information for Students’ and will provide update information as soon as this becomes available.
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