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Physiotherapy BSc

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Overview

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 course 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.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • King’s College London is ranked 17th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2018 subject ranking).
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists, researchers and clinical practitioners
  • ‘Highly commended’ in the last NHS Quality Assurance Agency major review.
  • 91 per cent student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017).

Key information

UCAS code B160

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiotherapy School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences

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Description

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.

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 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 for today’s NHS, social care, public health 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 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. 

Teaching

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 with teaching, for example by acting as demonstrators in practical classes or leading revision tutorial sessions.

 
 Course stage Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities  Percentage of time in guided independent studyPercentage of time on placements 
 Year 1  34%  53%  13%
 Year 2  35%  44%  21%
 Year 3  16%  48%  36%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We will assess you through a combination of exams, coursework and practicals.

 
 Course stage Percentage of assessment by written exams Percentage of assessment by practical examsPercentage of assessment by coursework
 Year 1  52%  29%  19%
 Year 2  41%  29%  30%
 Year 3  19%  26%  55%

Course accreditation

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.

Regulating body

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

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus with clinical placements in London and south east England.

Other related courses:

  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition & Dietetics

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 360 credits.
Required Modules

 

  • Providing Client-Focused Care (15 credits)

 

 

  • Preparation for Practice 1 (15 credits)

 

 

  • Movement & Exercise (30 credits)

 

 

  • Understanding Musculo-skeletal Problems (30 credits)

 

 

  • Understanding Cardio-respiratory Problems (15 credits)

 

 

  • Understanding Neurological Problems (15 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year.

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

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Providing Effective and Needs Related Service (30 credits)

  • Preparation for Practice 2 (15 credits)

  • Spinal Pain (30 credits)

  • Cardio-respiratory Care & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (15 credits)

  • Neuroscience & Rehabilitation (30 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your second year.

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

Year 3

Required Modules
  • Preparation for Practice 3A (15 credits)
  • Preparation for Practice 3B (30 credits)
  • Research for Physiotherapy Practice (30 credits)
  • Working Optimally in the NHS of Today (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy & Integrated Care (30 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your third year.

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

Entry requirements

 

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. 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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

At least two from: 

  • Biology/Human Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematics

Additionally, a minimum of 8 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 6/B or above including Science, English and Mathematics

Preferred subjects

Biology

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level 

AAB

Must include two subjects 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.

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. 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.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject) 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, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade 6/B or above including Science, English and Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

Must include two subjects 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Subjects offered should include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics. 

Additionally, a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grade 6/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

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include two subjects at Advanced Higher from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Mathematics. Biology is a preferred subject.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Additionally, a minimum of 8 subjects at Standard Credit grade 1 or 2/Intermediate 2/N5 including Mathematics, Biology/Science and English if not taken at Higher/AH.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Must include 665 including two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology , Physics, Sociology, Physical Education, or Mathematics at Higher Level. Biology is a preferred subject.

The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 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

Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

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 2019

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.

EU and Overseas applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. EU applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirements and must be available for interview in this country. Overseas applicants must satisfy the entry requirements as described and be available for interview in the UK. EU and Overseas applicants may have to meet our English language requirements.

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.

Fees and funding

New funding arrangements for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education

In the Government’s Spending Review of November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to the funding of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education over the next two years. From 1 August 2017 new students in England on most nursing, midwifery and allied health professional pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. 

Students who already have a degree and are planning to undertake a nursing, midwifery or allied health profession subject as a second degree will now also have access to student loans through the student loans system.

More information and guidance on funding for studying allied health professions in England can be found here: http://www.thefundingclinic.org.uk/

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 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.

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Students who are assessed as Overseas or International would have to meet the costs of the tuition fees. 

Additional costs/expenses

 
Item Description 
 Mandatory clinical skills training  Uniform, two sets. Estimated cost: £80.
 Course-related confrences   Year 1:

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): £29.50
Manual Handling (MH): £26.13

Disclosure and Barring certificates/clearance

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 will 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. A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. More information on this Fund can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-bursary-reform/nhs-bursary-reform
Membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (optional)

This membership is optional but students are encouraged to join.
The cost is approximately £32 per year.

 In addition to the costs above, 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 

  • Society membership fees

  • Stationery 

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs around London and between campuses 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

• senior physiotherapists

• investment consultants 

• promotional managers

Others have continued to further study in:

• Sports Medicine & Health Science MSc

• Orthopaedics

• Dentistry

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