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Physiotherapy BSc

UCAS code: B160

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2023
Application deadline:
25 January 2023
Apply via UCAS

The BSc Physiotherapy provides a contemporary science-based curriculum that prepares graduates for working flexibly across the changing health and social care environment and to provide high-quality, person centered and population sensitive, responsive service where individual choice is paramount. The programme has a strong emphasis on skill development for effective communication, evidence-based practice, professionalism and leadership in healthcare, alongside promoting a systematic understanding of the core principles underpinning physiotherapy practice to guide clinical reasoning and health promotion. On completion of the programme, graduates are eligible to apply for state registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Key benefits

  • King’s College London is ranked 12th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2022 subject ranking).
  • King’s Health Partners is one of only seven UK Academic Health Science Centres, where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients by translating cutting-edge research and existing best practice into excellent patient care.
  • High quality partnership working with professional practice partners and other stakeholders ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required for working in the NHS, social care and public health.
  • Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centres on three sites provide a range of interprofessional high fidelity and low fidelity simulations of hospital and community environments working on advanced communication skills, clinical simulation, and working with patient actors and patient educators.
  • Innovative teaching partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Established interprofessional learning opportunities with other healthcare professional students in College and practice

Physiotherapy is the largest allied health profession. Physiotherapists work with patients and their families/carers to address problems experienced as a result of illness, injury and disability. 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 course 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 course. Through this you will gain experience of a wide range of research methods. We have designed this course 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 course’s delivery and development are practice-led.

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A and B (in any order) in two subjects from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education or Mathematics.
Preferred subjects:
Biology

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must include grades AB in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABC Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include grades AB in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 and grade 5 at Higher Level in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement. GCSE/IGCSE English, Mathematics and Science requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 654 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 and grade 5 at Higher Level in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement. GCSE/IGCSE English, Mathematics and Science requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level.

You will also need:

GCSE/IGCSE Requirements

8 GCSEs at grade 6/B or above including Science, English and Mathematics.

 

Notes:

Functional Skills, and Numeracy/Literacy modules studied within an Access to HE diploma, are not accepted for this programme to meet the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.

 

If you are an international student who does not study GCSEs/IGCSEs or IB Standard Level/Middle Years as part of your qualifications, then we would not expect you to have met this requirement. However, international equivalents can also be considered and we will look for evidence of the equivalency in your studies.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 25th January 2023 - 18:00 (UK time)

Students who are already currently studying on an NHS-funded course will not normally be considered for entry onto the Physiotherapy BSc.

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Criminal convictions disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check.  

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website. 

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the required subjects across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Physiotherapy programmes.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done. We can consider Medicine and Dentistry personal statements but as Physiotherapy is a unique, professional programme we would still be looking to see evidence of your aptitude for study of Physiotherapy and your potential as a Physiotherapist.

We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of the academic demands of a Physiotherapy degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a physiotherapy setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy or restaurant.

We are looking to see evidence of your understanding of the role of a physiotherapist. This includes a knowledge of physiotherapy areas of practice, the transferable skills required and evidence of commitment to the profession. Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are also of great importance, and your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are also taken into account. We aim to ensure that all of our students display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring physiotherapy professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for physiotherapy.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are generally held between January and April and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a decision post-interview until the cycle has completed in May.

During the 2021/22 Admissions cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers. The questions asked may look to assess personal values such as kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Other questions may be more specifically related to the profession and look to assess knowledge on topical issues related to physiotherapy or public health. Communication skills will also be assessed during the interview. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them and will complete standardised interviewer assessment score sheets.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Teaching on the programme is informed by state-of-the-art research and are provided by staff who are experts in their area of specialism, with at least a PhD qualification. In addition, we have strategic partnerships with clinicians from our local NHS Trust partners, to provide some of the in-university clinical and practical teaching. A wide range of modern teaching methods are utilized including didactic lectures, blended learning, seminars, workshops, clinical simulation, inter-disciplinary learning, clinical placements and self-directed study.

The programme utilizes a case-based approach and this is aimed at enabling students to progressively develop clinically relevant understanding of the knowledge and skills they acquire on the course. Through a series of case-based learning opportunities, students are exposed to real-world scenarios that need to be solved using reasoning and existing theoretical knowledge.

Practice Education (clinical placements) is an integral part of the course and is arranged in clinical placement blocks that are full time and embedded within academic modules. Students will be expected to complete and pass all clinical placements (minimum of 1000 hours) during the three years of the programme. Specific clinical placement days and hours are dictated by the placement setting and whilst typically are Monday to Friday they may also require students to undertake shift work, 7-day working etc.

Students can expect that for most taught modules, they will spend between 40% and 45% of their time in taught sessions as either face time to face contact teaching, blended learning, practical teaching, workshops etc, and 55-60% in self-directed teaching.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the choice of modules offered at the time. Practice education is arranged in work-based placements in a variety of settings primarily in Greater London although some placements are based further afield in the south east of England.

Course Accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Regulating Body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Coursework
  • Practicals

Assessment is by a variety of methods including:

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Written examinations (multiple choice questions, short answer questions, clinical problem solving)
  • Coursework (oral and poster presentations, critical essays, video/podcast, portfolio development, reflective essays)
  • Clinical placement performance

Coursework contributes approximately 78%, OSCEs contribute approximately 15%, and examinations approximately 7% to your final degree award.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 360 credits. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work (excluding clinical placement hours).

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

When you successfully complete our BSc course, you will be able to apply for registration to practice as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is mandatory for employment within the NHS and enables you to work in a wide variety of environments. You will also be eligible for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Our recent graduates have continued in further study in:

  • Sports Medicine & Health Science MSc
  • Orthopaedics
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • PhD

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Investment Consultants
  • Promotional Managers

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2023-2024 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2023-2024 academic year is £31,260 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional costs/expenses The following list gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.     Clothing Uniform: Two sets of uniform for clinical practice will be provided for the course. Estimated cost for additional or replacement sets: £80 for two sets.  Disclosure and Barring Certificates: Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check. This is payable on induction and an annual update is available. Estimated cost £50.  Equipment: For clinical placement, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Health checks/immunisations/vaccinations: Students may be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to commencing clinical placements. Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination. Travel and Accommodation for Clinical Placement: Students will need to pay for travel and accommodation for clinical placements over the duration of the course. Course-Related Conferences: Annual mandatory clinical skills training is provided for the programme. If mandatory training is missed with no mitigating circumstances then students may be liable for the cost of replacement training. Estimated annual cost: Year 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), £29.50 Manual Handling (MH), £26.13  A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. The training grant is £5000 per academic year for eligible students.  More information on this fund can be found on the NHS Learning Support webpage. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees – membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is optional, but students are encouraged to join.
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses

A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. The training grant is £5000 per academic year for eligible students.  More information on this fund can be found on the NHS Learning Support webpage. 

Funding

Physiotherapy is the largest allied health profession. Physiotherapists work with patients and their families/carers to address problems experienced as a result of illness, injury and disability. 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 course 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 course. Through this you will gain experience of a wide range of research methods. We have designed this course 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 course’s delivery and development are practice-led.

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A and B (in any order) in two subjects from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education or Mathematics.
Preferred subjects:
Biology

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must include grades AB in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABC Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include grades AB in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 and grade 5 at Higher Level in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement. GCSE/IGCSE English, Mathematics and Science requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 654 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 and grade 5 at Higher Level in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement. GCSE/IGCSE English, Mathematics and Science requirement can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level.

You will also need:

GCSE/IGCSE Requirements

8 GCSEs at grade 6/B or above including Science, English and Mathematics.

 

Notes:

Functional Skills, and Numeracy/Literacy modules studied within an Access to HE diploma, are not accepted for this programme to meet the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.

 

If you are an international student who does not study GCSEs/IGCSEs or IB Standard Level/Middle Years as part of your qualifications, then we would not expect you to have met this requirement. However, international equivalents can also be considered and we will look for evidence of the equivalency in your studies.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 25th January 2023 - 18:00 (UK time)

Students who are already currently studying on an NHS-funded course will not normally be considered for entry onto the Physiotherapy BSc.

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Criminal convictions disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check.  

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website. 

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the required subjects across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Physiotherapy programmes.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done. We can consider Medicine and Dentistry personal statements but as Physiotherapy is a unique, professional programme we would still be looking to see evidence of your aptitude for study of Physiotherapy and your potential as a Physiotherapist.

We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of the academic demands of a Physiotherapy degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a physiotherapy setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy or restaurant.

We are looking to see evidence of your understanding of the role of a physiotherapist. This includes a knowledge of physiotherapy areas of practice, the transferable skills required and evidence of commitment to the profession. Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are also of great importance, and your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are also taken into account. We aim to ensure that all of our students display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring physiotherapy professionals.

We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for physiotherapy.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are generally held between January and April and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a decision post-interview until the cycle has completed in May.

During the 2021/22 Admissions cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers. The questions asked may look to assess personal values such as kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Other questions may be more specifically related to the profession and look to assess knowledge on topical issues related to physiotherapy or public health. Communication skills will also be assessed during the interview. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them and will complete standardised interviewer assessment score sheets.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Teaching on the programme is informed by state-of-the-art research and are provided by staff who are experts in their area of specialism, with at least a PhD qualification. In addition, we have strategic partnerships with clinicians from our local NHS Trust partners, to provide some of the in-university clinical and practical teaching. A wide range of modern teaching methods are utilized including didactic lectures, blended learning, seminars, workshops, clinical simulation, inter-disciplinary learning, clinical placements and self-directed study.

The programme utilizes a case-based approach and this is aimed at enabling students to progressively develop clinically relevant understanding of the knowledge and skills they acquire on the course. Through a series of case-based learning opportunities, students are exposed to real-world scenarios that need to be solved using reasoning and existing theoretical knowledge.

Practice Education (clinical placements) is an integral part of the course and is arranged in clinical placement blocks that are full time and embedded within academic modules. Students will be expected to complete and pass all clinical placements (minimum of 1000 hours) during the three years of the programme. Specific clinical placement days and hours are dictated by the placement setting and whilst typically are Monday to Friday they may also require students to undertake shift work, 7-day working etc.

Students can expect that for most taught modules, they will spend between 40% and 45% of their time in taught sessions as either face time to face contact teaching, blended learning, practical teaching, workshops etc, and 55-60% in self-directed teaching.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the choice of modules offered at the time. Practice education is arranged in work-based placements in a variety of settings primarily in Greater London although some placements are based further afield in the south east of England.

Course Accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Regulating Body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Coursework
  • Practicals

Assessment is by a variety of methods including:

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Written examinations (multiple choice questions, short answer questions, clinical problem solving)
  • Coursework (oral and poster presentations, critical essays, video/podcast, portfolio development, reflective essays)
  • Clinical placement performance

Coursework contributes approximately 78%, OSCEs contribute approximately 15%, and examinations approximately 7% to your final degree award.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 360 credits. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work (excluding clinical placement hours).

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

When you successfully complete our BSc course, you will be able to apply for registration to practice as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is mandatory for employment within the NHS and enables you to work in a wide variety of environments. You will also be eligible for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Our recent graduates have continued in further study in:

  • Sports Medicine & Health Science MSc
  • Orthopaedics
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • PhD

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Investment Consultants
  • Promotional Managers

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2023-2024 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2023-2024 academic year is £31,260 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional costs/expenses The following list gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.     Clothing Uniform: Two sets of uniform for clinical practice will be provided for the course. Estimated cost for additional or replacement sets: £80 for two sets.  Disclosure and Barring Certificates: Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check. This is payable on induction and an annual update is available. Estimated cost £50.  Equipment: For clinical placement, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Health checks/immunisations/vaccinations: Students may be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to commencing clinical placements. Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination. Travel and Accommodation for Clinical Placement: Students will need to pay for travel and accommodation for clinical placements over the duration of the course. Course-Related Conferences: Annual mandatory clinical skills training is provided for the programme. If mandatory training is missed with no mitigating circumstances then students may be liable for the cost of replacement training. Estimated annual cost: Year 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), £29.50 Manual Handling (MH), £26.13  A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. The training grant is £5000 per academic year for eligible students.  More information on this fund can be found on the NHS Learning Support webpage. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees – membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is optional, but students are encouraged to join.
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses

A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. The training grant is £5000 per academic year for eligible students.  More information on this fund can be found on the NHS Learning Support webpage. 

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2023
Application deadline:
25 January 2023
Apply via UCAS

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