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Duration

Three years, full time

UCAS deadline

15 January 2020

UCAS Code

B160, institution code S49

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

Apply via UCAS

Physiotherapy BSc explores concepts, principles and theories of anatomy, physiology, movement, therapeutic exercise, electro-physical modalities and health promotion. You will leave equipped with the knowledge, understanding and assessment and treatment skills needed to work as an effective and autonomous physiotherapist.

This course is awarded by St George’s, University of London and provided by the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s. It is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council.

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Home (UK/EU) tuition fees

Academic year

UK/EU (per academic year)

Total fee

2019/20

£9,250

£27,750

2020/21

£9,250

£27,750

Tuition fees for Home (UK/EU) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (non-EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee

2019/20

£15,000

£45,000

2020/21

£16,000

£48,000

Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

For more information about fees, check our fees and funding pages, and read the UK government information about fees and funding.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Highlights 

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK

  • Interprofessional education: opportunities exist for our students to learn alongside one another reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare workplace environment

  • Learn anatomy through demonstrator-led whole body prosection

  • This course is run by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, which is a partnership between St George’s, University of London, and Kingston University. You will benefit from a multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered at St George’s.

  • Our teaching staff have years of experience as physiotherapists

  • Careers advice embedded into our teaching

You must meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

Entry criteria 2020

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GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded C (4) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Double Award Science (unless with an Access course).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

Grades

ABB

Subjects

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

Adjusted criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (ie a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For BSc Physiotherapy this will be an A-Level offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Please note that eligibility is determined based on the school/college at which you take your A-Levels. If you completed your GCSEs at a school on our Adjusted Criteria list, but then undertook your A-Levels at a school/college that is not on this list, you will not qualify for an adjusted offer.

The scheme is reviewed annually, so may change scope in future years.

Additional information

AS levels are not considered for this course.
Re-sits will be considered but you may be required to achieve higher grades.

Modular re-sits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full award diploma

Scores

Overall score of 34

Subjects 

A minimum score of 16 points at Higher Level.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Mathematics (or Maths Studies) and English, if at least a 6 (Grade B) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths and English.

Access Diploma

Award

Full award diploma (in a science or health subject)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded).

Grades

At least 30 of these must be graded at Distinction and a maximum of 15 credits at Merit.

Passes are not accepted. All graded credits must be in a ‘related topic’.

Additional credits

Any additional level 3 credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

Additional information

Must be completed within the last 5 years.

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN)

If you are unsure whether your qualification is eligible contact us

Other qualifications

Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life Sciences

75 per cent overall.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

DDD. Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

Open University (OU)

120 units at level 1 and 2 in a related subject.
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

Overall score of 64 and no subject less than M2.

Scottish Highers

Five B grades at Higher Level including English Language, Maths and Science.
ABB at Advanced Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 at Higher Level including English, Maths and Science.

HKDSE

5,4,4

Undergraduate Degree (Related Subject)

2.2 Honours or higher.

Undergraduate Degree (Other Subject)

2.1 Honours or higher.

Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score of 75% in a health health-related.

Postgraduate Qualification

Considered on a case-by-case basis. Usually should be in a related area.

EU qualifications

View a list of the European qualifications we accept.

International qualifications

View a list of the International qualifications we accept.

Other

All qualifications equivalent to ABB at A Level (or better) according to UKNARIC will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please email us.

English language

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 (Grade B) or above

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and Speaking component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Reading and Listening component)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years.

Pearsons Test

Overall score of 67 (with at least 67 in Writing and at least 61 in your other 3 components).

Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English

Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) with a Pass at Grade B or C (Borderline in all 4 components) (equivalent to C1)

Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English

Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a Level C1

Non-academic criteria

Work experience (please see below for more information)

Work experience is highly recommended. Although clinical experience is ideal, this does not have to take place in a hospital. You might consider working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with adults or children. Your experience may also be in the field of Education, Customer Services or Conflict Resolution. Most importantly you must demonstrate that you have considered how your experience is relevant to a career in Physiotherapy.

Personal statement (please see below for more information)

You must demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, working with people; able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good physiotherapist; demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy; and an ability to reflect on work experience.

Health and police screening (please see below for more information)

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.

Professional registration (please see below for more information)

If you belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.

Work experience

Work experience is highly recommended. Although clinical experience is ideal, this does not have to take place in a hospital. You might consider working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with adults or children. Your experience may also be in the field of Education, Customer Services or Conflict Resolution. Most importantly you must demonstrate that you have considered how your experience is relevant to a career in Physiotherapy.

We do not specify a minimum amount of experience, but the more you have the better - there's no such thing as too much experience. It does not have to be full time but regular experience over a period of months is preferable to a couple of weeks here and there as it demonstrates commitment. Recent work experience is preferable although you can reflect on any relevant experience.

Personal statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria for admission, you should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in and commitment to working with people, be able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good physiotherapist, demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy, and have obtained some relevant work experience where possible. All of this should be evident from your UCAS personal statement. Applicants who do not demonstrate this are unlikely to be invited for an interview.

Applicants should be aware that we will be notified by UCAS of any plagiarism within a personal statement. If UCAS indicate that the plagiarism is above 60% then your application is unlikely to be considered any further and you will be unsuccessful

Health and police screening

Once accepted onto a healthcare course, you are required to pass an occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange a screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants must have enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Read more about DBS checks

Professional registration

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for considering your application to the applied course.

Exceptions

Applicants who are studying or who have previously studied on another Pre-Registration Physiotherapy course in the UK may not be considered.

The following qualifications may enhance your application, but cannot contribute to the minimum requirements:

  • NVQs

  • Massage courses

  • ITEC Anatomy and Physiology.

If your qualifications do not meet the cut off period of five years but you have completed some other recognised study, please provide additional information and supporting evidence when you submit your application.

By combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience, this course explores concepts, principles and theories of anatomy, physiology, movement, therapeutic exercise, electro-physical modalities and health promotion.

Your first year is primarily university-based and involves studying alongside medical, radiography, healthcare science and biomedical science students. This collaborative interprofessional education helps you develop invaluable communication and team-building skills.

Years 2 and 3 combine academic modules and clinical practice based on robust scientific evidence. As you learn to integrate the theory with core practical skills, you also learn how to manage the rehabilitation of patients with the help of our specialist clinicians.

A comprehensive research project in year 3 also puts your analytical skills to the test, and clinical placements require you to work at high levels of safety, competency and autonomy.

Modules throughout the course may include the following.

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Year 1

Modules

Taught

Inter-Professional Foundation Programme

Taught

Assessment, Structure and Function: introduces the physiology and biomechanics of human structure and function and associated physiotherapy assessment skills

Taught

Factors Influencing Professional Practice: introduces professional skills, critical thinking and foundation research skills for healthcare practice

Taught

Pathology, Health Promotion and Rehabilitation: introduces common pathology in physiotherapy practice and outlines the role of the physiotherapist in rehabilitation and health promotion

Year 2

Modules/placements

Taught

Inter-Professional Foundation Programme

Taught

Integrating Clinical Concepts

Taught

Research Methods

Taught

Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction

Taught

Management of Complex Cardiorespiratory Dysfunction

Taught

Neurological Rehabilitation

Clinical

Three, five-week clinical and practical placements

Year 3

Modules/placements

Taught

Research in Practice

Taught

Physiotherapy in Context

Taught

Interprofessional Debate/Management

Taught

Critical Reflection and Reasoning

Clinical

Three, five-week clinical and practical placements

Assessing your progress

Assessment methods include a combination of written and practical examinations, academic coursework (including reports and presentations), and assessment of clinical skills whilst on placement. In your final year, we ask you to produce a problem-based report on an aspect of interdisciplinary practice, a group research project, and a poster related to holistic patient management and physiotherapy practice.

At St George’s we offer a broad range of learning environments which include traditional lecture-tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include classroom-based learning, simulated practical exercises, case-based learning, individual and group working, and clinical placements. You will also benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer-group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums.

Clinical placements are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments, including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, mental health trusts, and private hospitals. The supervised, hands-on experience you get with patients on placement is the best and only way to consolidate your learning.

On placement, you might specialise in neurological or cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal work, in amputee rehabilitation, paediatrics or orthopaedics.

In year 1, you get a feel for what’s coming by visiting third year students on placement. Assessed, five-week clinical placement blocks take place in years 2 and 3.

Clinical placement sites often include:

  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • University College Hospitals NHS Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kingston Hospital NHS Trust.

Chartered physiotherapists provide essential healthcare services to people of all ages, assessing an individual’s ability to move and return to normal activities following an acute injury or illness, or for someone living with a long-term condition.

A successful physiotherapist needs excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background and a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.

The approach combines physical (therapeutic exercise) with a psychosocial approach to facilitate a return to functional independence and a normal lifestyle. Working in multidisciplinary teams and practising within a variety of settings, you will be helping people of all ages in a wide variety of settings, such as:

  • intensive care

  • mental health

  • stroke units

  • rehabilitation centres

  • sports and leisure facilities.

Successful completion of this course allows you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

If you are an EU or non-EU (international) applicant, you should check with the professional registration body in your country to ensure that you will be eligible to practice there.

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Areas of work

Hospital settings

Supporting the rehabilitation of people who have suffered physical impairment due to accidents, operations, illnesses such as strokes, or who have long term conditions that affect their physical functions.

Using exercises and therapeutic treatments to help people recover their mobility and to speed up their rehabilitation.

Community settings

Supporting people of all ages with physical disabilities, mental health needs, learning disabilities or who are dying. Your aim is to help rehabilitate people and support them to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Community settings where physiotherapists work include:

  • GP surgeries

  • community clinics

  • people’s homes

  • specialist clinics

  • hospices.

Private health, business and industry

Roles available outside NHS health settings, include:

  • private clinics and hospitals

  • commercial organisations

  • the armed forces

  • health clubs

  • voluntary organisations

  • working with people with physical and mental problems

  • research.

Read more on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website

Further study

As you gain experience, you may opt to specialise in certain medical conditions. There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

 

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Application checklist

You must provide the following.

  • Full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades.

  • Full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades.

  • A personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website). We recommend that you include in your statement a recognition that studying a BSc in Physiotherapy will include practice and study in a number of settings.

  • An academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the admissions officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

We will send you an acknowledgement email and letter when we receive your application. Please make sure your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview. Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track and direct applicants will be contacted via email.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

UCAS Code

B160, institution code S49

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