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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B160, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2021

This course received a 79.1% student satisfaction rating in the most recent NSS survey.

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.

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

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course for September 2020.

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

Government announces additional £5k support funding to students on Allied Health degrees

Students studying Allied Health degrees at university are set to receive an additional £5,000 per year of NHS funding from September 2020. The additional funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans. The additional funding applies to new and existing students and does not need to be paid back.

The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 students every year.

There will also be extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year for eligible students. These include:

  • £1,000 towards childcare costs

  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit

  • £1,000 if they’re a new student studying a shortage specialism important to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee

2021/22

£9,250

£27,750

Tuition fees for Home (UK) 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 (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee

2021/22

£16,500

£49,500

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.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item 

Description

Admissions costs

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £5 
Administration fee - £6

Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

“Learning in one of the biggest teaching hospitals puts you at a huge advantage. You’re able to get an immediate feel for what working in a hospital environment is like. The lecturers are all experienced physiotherapists, working in different areas, so you receive a very high level of teaching in all aspects of physiotherapy. Tapping into their experience is a great way to learn.”

- Naomi

Physiotherapy BSc

Entry criteria 2021

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.

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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

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.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

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 and international qualifications

Please contact us for more details.

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

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or St George’s, University of London to be ‘majority English speaking’ listed here, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements outlined below. Tests are valid for a period of two years.

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.

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

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

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

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox
Enhanced Police Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses 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.

Offer holders will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, and will receive a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of health screening if they firmly accept their offer. However, you may wish to contact your general practitioner (GP) to begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before  you receive an offer, as it consists of three injections over a six month period.

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to offer holders as part of the admissions process, but you can read more about DBS checks here.

 

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

Essentials for Allied Health Professionals

Taught

Principles of Physiotherapy Assessment

Taught

Factors Influencing Professional Practice

Taught

Pathology, Health Promotion and Rehabilitation

Year 2

Modules/placements

Taught

Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

Taught

Integrating Clinical Concepts

Taught

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Taught

Neurological Physiotherapy

Taught

Evaluation and Research

Taught

Complex Management

Clinical

Practice Placements 1 & 2 - Becoming a Reflective Physiotherapist

Year 3

Modules/placements

Taught

Personalised Professional Development

Taught

Research Project

Taught

Quality and Innovation in Health & Social Care

Clinical

Critical Practice - Placements 3, 4 & 5

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.

 

Entry criteria 2021

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.

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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

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 and international qualifications

Please contact us for more details.

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.

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.

Covid-19 guidance

For information on applications, clearing, work experience and gap years, view our latest Covid-19 FAQs for prospective applicants.

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.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the pre-registration Physiotherapy BSc.

However, we have made the following changes. Year 2 students will have some additional practical sessions in 2020/21 to make up for some Year 1 teaching missed during March–June 2020. And we have remodelled placement activity for Year 3 students to accommodate placement hours missed during the same period.

All the programme modules are compulsory and must be passed for successful completion for the degree award, and to make you eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council under the protected title of Physiotherapist.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we would expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered 

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for students to progress and graduate without delay.

Some assessments are designed to be taken on-site or in small groups, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Where necessary we have developed alternative assessment strategies to enable you to complete your assessments remotely. Training on the use of the relevant online platforms will be provided.

The programme does include practical, clinical and skill-based elements that are delivered in specialist teaching rooms and with specialist equipment. Practical classes in our specialist teaching rooms will be arranged in 2020/21 to minimise travel to and from the site (approximately one day per week during September–December 2020) with appropriate social distancing measures in place and PPE if required. Anatomy sessions that are normally delivered in our Dissecting Room will be delivered online with video recordings in the first term (September–December 2020). Communication skills sessions will be online in the first term. Practical, clinical and skills-based teaching will run as planned for the remainder of 2021.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

We have currently planned for observational visits to practice in the second term of the programme and we will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placement. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan this accordingly. There is a possibility that government guidance may change and that we may need to make arrangements for virtual/remote observational visits.

Current students

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for students to progress and graduate without delay.

The programme does include practical, clinical and skill-based elements that are delivered in specialist teaching rooms and with specialist equipment. For Year 2 students, practical classes in our specialist teaching rooms will be arranged to minimise travel to and from the site (approximately two days per week during September–December 2020) with appropriate social distancing measures in place and PPE if required. Year 3 students will have minimal requirement to attend campus during in the first term (September–December 2020). Practical, clinical and skills-based teaching will run as planned for the remainder of 2021.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. Their capacity to offer placements may change if, in the event of a further outbreak of Covid-19, delivering care to affected patients becomes the overriding priority. If that happens, we will limit the impact on students where possible. We will rotate students through the sites that are continuing to accept students and, where possible we will use physiotherapy placements that engage in remote consultations to offer a comparable clinical experience.

For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements from one year of the course to the next to protect student interests. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until such time as they are able to complete all placements. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan placements accordingly.

We will continue to offer final year research projects that enable students to work with staff on topics related to physiotherapy science, education and therapy. Depending on government advice and guidance, we may be able to offer face-to-face data collection. However, projects will be flexible if this is not possible.

Additional costs

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

If government guidance changes and there is a requirement to postpone or alter placements, then the need for the student to cover living expenses might be extended beyond the standard term dates of the programme.

Current students

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above the normal level, as previously advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

If government guidance changes and there is a requirement to postpone or alter placements, then the need for the student to cover living expenses might be extended beyond the standard term dates of the programme.

Assessment methods

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations (formative and summative), and in-course assessments which might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations, and poster presentations. 

We expect to deliver these assessments as planned.  Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we successfully developed an alternative assessment strategy in 2019/20 to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were taken remotely by students at a time of their choosing within a window stipulated by us. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again.

Current students

The university-based assessments will continue and students will submit online as usual. Some assessments have been adapted slightly and students will be informed of these changes at the start of each module. Assessments, where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner, will be arranged on the university campus wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Other assessment of practice performance will be conducted on your practice placements, either face-to-face or online.

At this stage, we expect to be able to deliver assessments of this kind during practice placements. However, if government advice changes and our campus is closed, we will not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. If that is the case, it might be possible to delay these assessments until the next academic year to protect your safety.

If that happens, graduation for some final year students may be delayed until you are able to complete all assessments, because we have any obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Award

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

The Physiotherapy BSc pre-registration programme is accredited and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The programme has been mapped against their requirements and standards and this is unchanged.

Successful graduates will, therefore, be eligible to apply for registration when they have passed all university-based and practice-based placement assessments and completed the programme. It is recommended that students complete 1,000 hours of assessed practice placement.  However, if government guidance changes, it may not be possible to meet this recommendation, and we will review each student practice placement profile and liaise with the HCPC to ensure that students have satisfied the learning outcomes and are eligible to apply to join the register.

Current students

The Physiotherapy BSc pre-registration programme is accredited and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The programme has been mapped against their requirements and standards and this is unchanged.

Successful graduates will, therefore, be eligible to apply for registration whey they have passed all university-based and practice-based placement assessments and completed the programme. The second-year practice placement module has already been modified in light of the government guidance to enable students to complete the module with two placements rather than three. It is still recommended that students are required to complete 1,000 hours of assessed practice placement, and modifications have been recommended for the final year practice placements to allow students to make up hours. However, it may not be possible to meet this recommendation, and we will review each student practice placement profile and liaise with the HCPC to ensure that students have satisfied the learning outcomes and are eligible to apply to join the register.

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in the previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2021

UCAS Code

B160, institution code S49

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