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Gain an integrated approach to physiotherapy education, research and clinical practice. This programme has a strong focus on professional and lifelong learning skills, physiotherapy practice, as well as relevant scientific disciplines. Successful completion 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 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.
Our curriculum equips students with the professional skills and knowledge necessary for contemporary practice. The Department of Physiotherapy has a strong research profile, 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.
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.
In the first year, there is a focus on provision of client-centred, responsive services where client choice is paramount. Communication skills are developed progressively both in physiotherapy and inter-professional learning activities. Students are introduced to concepts of decision making in practice, encouraged in the development of a variety of professional skills, and profession-specific knowledge and skill in the science of human movement is emphasised. Musculo-skeletal, neurological and cardio-respiratory problems are introduced and the scientific knowledge needed to understand them.
In the second year, issues of effective and needs-related service are addressed in learning that draws upon knowledge of lifespan development and the full range of methods of investigation. Professional skills are developed further and applied in reflective practice activities. Knowledge and understanding of human movement is developed in a module devoted to neuroscience. All these concepts are applied in study that advances understanding of the rehabilitation needs of clients in various rehabilitation contexts spinal care, cardio-respiratory care and pulmonary rehabilitation, and neuro-rehabilitation.
In the third year, consideration is given to the development of service provision in the NHS of today and the rights and needs of various client groups. Understanding of psychosocial, ethical and legal issues pertaining to practice is extended in student directed activities. Development of practical, reflective, evaluative and interpersonal skills at an advanced level is encouraged and the process of integrating theory with practice extended further. The challenge of working with clients with complex problems, who are encountered in the full range of acute and community services, is explored in depth. In addition, students evaluate their own performance and the outcome of treatment through an examination of research processes.
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 on clinical placements. 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.
Physiotherapy students at King’s are offered excellent learning experiences in both university 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 provide some of the in-university 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. Faculty teaching staff generally have a minimum PhD qualification. Postgraduate research students studying towards a PhD in a relevant discipline will on occasions assist in the delivery of teaching sessions, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.
Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. To see a breakdown of the time spent in lectures, seminars or similar for this course, and the methods students are assessed by, please visit the Unistats website.
The study time and assessment methods detailed on Unistats are typical and give a good indication of what to expect, however the number and type of contact hours and overall assessment methods vary by module. Our students have access to a module database at the beginning of each year which details assessment methods for each module.
This programme conforms to the Higher Education Credit Framework for England. Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. During an academic year, you will study 120 credits, which equates to 1200 notional hours of learning.
Students are based at Guy's Campus, with clinical placements in London and south east England.
The School of Bioscience Education offers students unrivalled education resources, including modern, well-funded teaching facilities and dedicated physiotherapy practical rooms. You can read more about specialist facilities on the School of Bioscience Education webpages. For information on university-wide facilities, such as libraries and student services, on our Facilities & Support webpages.
Successful completion of the BSc programme confers eligibility 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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