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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
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 Years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
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 17th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2020 subject ranking).
  • 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.
  • Innovative teaching partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Established interprofessional learning opportunities with other healthcare professional students in College and practice
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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 students. 

Frederick, Physiotherapy BSc

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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

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Guy’s Campus

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

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
At least two 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.

Subjects must include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject. Additionally, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade 6/B or above including Science, English and Mathematics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with Higher Level subjects in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme.

You will also need:

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

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. 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 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, check-out 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 held between January and March 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 response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Physiotherapy programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. 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 be assessed at EACH station. A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station. As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical physiotherapy students at King's.

King's International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Foundation Programme - Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Physiotherapy. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Read less

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 utilises 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 are embedded within academic modules. Students will be expected to complete and pass 6 clinical placements during the three year 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.

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses. 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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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.

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.

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 practise as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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.

Some graduates have continued to further study in:

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

Destinations

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

  • Physiotherapists
  • Investment Consultants
  • Promotional Managers

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 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

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
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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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 Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
At least two 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.

Subjects must include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject. Additionally, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade 6/B or above including Science, English and Mathematics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with Higher Level subjects in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme.

You will also need:

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

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.

In line with the recommendations of the report 'Fair admissions to higher education: recommendations for good practice' produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

Personal statement and reference

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. 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 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, check-out 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 held between January and March 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 response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Physiotherapy programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. 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 be assessed at EACH station. A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station. As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical physiotherapy students at King's.

King's International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry Pathway

International students studying King’s International Foundation Programme - Biology & Chemistry pathway can now apply to Physiotherapy. To be eligible for the Foundation, you must meet the English language and academic entry requirements.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Read less

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 utilises 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 are embedded within academic modules. Students will be expected to complete and pass 6 clinical placements during the three year 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.

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses. 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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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.

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.

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 practise as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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.

Some graduates have continued to further study in:

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

Destinations

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

  • Physiotherapists
  • Investment Consultants
  • Promotional Managers

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 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

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
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 Years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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