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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

29 January 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B160, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2021

Overview

Whether you’ve been inspired through personal experience, are fascinated by the workings of the human body or simply like the idea of helping people live their best lives, physiotherapy offers a rewarding career promoting health and wellbeing. You’ll help all manner of individuals, young and old, to prevent or manage injury, illness, ageing or disability, often improving their mobility and enabling them to regain independence.

As the only UK university based on a hospital site, you’ll study in a clinical setting, adopting a patient-centred approach from the outset and mixing with the many different healthcare students and professionals you will go on to work with. On graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

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

Highlights

  • NHS funding offers eligible new and continuing students on this course £5,000 maintenance grant each year.

  • Accredited by HCPC and CSP, eligible to register for professional practice on successful completion.

  • 30 weeks spent on practice placements treating patients under supervision both in hospital and community settings.

  • Benefit from well-established links with local NHS and social care organisations.

  • Cutting-edge facilities include our state-of-the-art simulation centre, dedicated physio labs, pathology museum, anatomy and dissection rooms, which enable you to learn clinical skills and practise techniques in a safe environment.

  • Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions.

  • You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals, helping to build your multidisciplinary understanding and context.

Course info

Physiotherapists support patients to improve their health and wellbeing across the full spectrum of neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions – from strokes, multiple sclerosis, chronic heart disease, asthma and cystic fibrosis to back pain, arthritis, whiplash and sports injuries and more.

You’ll work regularly and build a trusting relationship with patients, recommending exercise and manual techniques, identifying the most appropriate equipment aids, depending on each person’s needs and circumstances. This could be anything from simple walking aids and hoists to the use of a hydro pool or specialist rehabilitation equipment, for example, for amputees. 

On our HCPC and CSP accredited degree, learning is very much hands-on, developing your communication skills and preparing you for practice initially in simulated environments, including our dedicated Physio lab, which is stocked with hospital beds, simulated stairs and other equipment used in physiotherapy practice. You’ll deepen your knowledge of the human body and how it works through practical sessions in our anatomy and dissection rooms.

By combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience, this course explores concepts, principles and theories of anatomy, physiology, movement, therapeutic exercise, manual techniques 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.

In your second and third year, you will spend 30 weeks on placement in and around London, working with a range of different people presenting with a variety of problems to broaden your experience. As well as acute hospitals and major trauma centres, such as St George’s Hospital, students may also be placed within sports clubs, schools, charitable organisations, community health providers and general hospitals. These reflect the diversity of the profession, which is mirrored in the variety of students it attracts. You’ll study with school leavers and mature students seeking a career change, from a mix of cultural and social backgrounds in the UK and overseas, all of which adds to the richness of your student experience.

This degree, awarded by St George’s, University of London, is run by the Centre for Allied Health (Education) in 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 the combined teaching and research expertise, comprehensive and specialist resources provided by these two institutions, as an established medical school and modern multi-faculty university, respectively.

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“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

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.

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

Visit the Students' Union website
Our entry requirements for 2021 entry and 2022 entry may differ. Please scroll down if you would like to view our 2022 entry criteria.

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 related science or healthcare subject.

Postgraduate Qualification

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

EU and international qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

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.

Entry Criteria: 2022 Entry

To be eligible for the Physiotherapy BSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

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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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

ABB

Subjects

Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential. General Studies is not accepted.

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

Resits may be considered.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

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

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 34

Subjects

16 points at Higher Level. Science or social science subjects may be helpful but are not essential.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 4 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 4 (C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. We accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. 

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma (in a science or healthcare subject)

Scores

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

Subjects

30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.

Additional information

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

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects English Language and Maths

Additional information

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

Other UK Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DDD

Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Pearson BTEC Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DD with an A Level at grade B

Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

D3, M1, M1

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

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: ABB

Advanced Highers: BB

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

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade C or higher is required.

UK Undergraduate Degree (science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

UK Undergraduate Degree (not science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:1 Honours

Other

Please contact us.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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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, and demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy. All of this should be evident from your personal statement. Applicants who do not demonstrate this are unlikely to be invited for an interview.

Work Experience and Insight

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.

Occupational Health Check

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

When admitting candidates to study and practise 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 advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check & Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Year 1

In year 1, your study will primarily be university-based, building a foundation of knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as learning the foundation skills necessary to undertake the assessment of a person, considering their function, activity and participation level. In simulated activities including, for example, assessment of functional movement, strength or lung function, you’ll start to develop a range of essential interpersonal and professional skills. These include maintaining dignity and confidentiality, developing effective observational and communication skills, learning to appreciate cultural and ethical issues, as well as health and safety, such as infection control procedures.

Our Essentials for Allied Health Professionals programme brings together students on other health courses to work together, so you can begin to appreciate the concept of multidisciplinary healthcare teams and the role of each of the professionals you will engage with – nurses, doctors, clinical physiologists, diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, for example.

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Year 1 modules

Modules

Taught

Essentials for Allied Health Professionals

Taught

Principles of Physiotherapy Assessment

Taught

Factors Influencing Professional Practice

Taught

Pathology, Health Promotion and Rehabilitation

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.

Year 2

In Year 2, you will advance your knowledge, practical and research skills through your studies and on clinical placement, encouraging a holistic patient assessment that identifies risk factors, such as age, smoking status, obesity, and considers the influence of psychological, social and health behaviour. You look at more complex health issues, such as breathing pattern disorder, spinal cord injury and muscular dystrophy, and management of patients across different care pathways and settings, for example, rehabilitation, long-term management, acute and end-of-life care. You’ll appreciate the importance of considering the person at the centre of patient assessment, adopting a problem solving and evidence-based approach. You will also learn how to manage the assessment and management of patients with the help of our specialist clinicians.

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Year 2 modules

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

In the final year, the focus is on integrating your knowledge, analytical and practice skills to select, justify and implement appropriate health promotion and management, exercise and rehabilitation strategies for a variety of service users. You will complete your final practice placement, working with greater autonomy and competency. You will also undertake a comprehensive research project. Students are able to choose their topic of research; examples of past research include experiences of students on placement, accuracy and reliability of worn technology, effect of saddle height on cycling injury, experiences of applicants to physiotherapy degree programmes and many more! Many, such as one group of students who worked with Crisis at Christmas to interview the homeless about their experiences of physiotherapy, get the opportunity to publish their work in international journals and present at major conferences, including Physio UK and the World Confederation for Physiotherapy.

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Year 3 modules

Modules/placements

Taught

Personalised Professional Development

Taught

Research Project

Taught

Quality and Innovation in Health & Social Care

Clinical

Critical Practice - Placements 3, 4 & 5

Placement

The variety and volume of placement opportunities we offer is what students tell us they like most about our course – practice placements are undertaken in a variety of health and social care environments, including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, charitable organisations, elite sport and private practice.

The supervised, hands-on experience you get with service users on placement is the best way to consolidate your learning. You will gain experience of working as part of a team, demonstrating professional behaviour and 'putting learnt knowledge and skills into practice.

On placement, you are supervised by experienced clinicians and practice educators. You receive support from your visiting academic tutor who will visit you regularly.

Below is a list of hospitals that offer clinical placements:*

  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • University College Hospitals NHS Trust

*This list is subject to change and should be used as a guide of where students may be able to go.

At St George’s, we offer a broad range of learning environments underpinned by case-based learning and problem solving. We pay particular attention to developing your practical skills for effective communication, professionalism and leadership in healthcare so, for example, you may be asked to prepare a presentation on a typical scenario, for example, the management of a child with cystic fibrosis.

You’ll spend time practising how to use skills and equipment on other students and mannequins, for example, measuring range of movement or applying active cycle of breathing techniques, progressing to more advanced techniques, such as suctioning, use of non-invasive ventilation and joint mobilisation. This all helps to build a portfolio of clinical and professional skills and competencies, to the standard expected by professional organisations.

One of the many benefits of studying at St George’s is the opportunity to study and work with students on other healthcare-related courses, including medical, biomedical, occupational therapy, diagnostic radiography and therapeutic radiography, to lay the foundation for future practice as part of a multidisciplinary team. This collaborative inter-professional education helps you develop invaluable communication and team-building skills and appreciate the roles of other professionals.

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.

Small group tutorials allow you to discuss particular aspects of study or practice, for example, when learning about the theory of communication, you’ll be encouraged to share your own experiences of communicating with patients.

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Our expertise

You’ll be taught by staff with recent experience of working in various practice settings, including chartered physiotherapists, midwives, health visitors, speech therapists and occupational therapists, who will share their up-to-date knowledge, experience and recent anecdotes. Where possible, service users – patients – are invited to talk to you directly about their own experiences of being unwell, for example, living with lung disease.  

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment techniques, chosen to match the competencies being learned and tested within each module. These include written (essays, posters, presentations, reflective writing, case reports) and practical assessments of physiotherapy skills during lab-based sessions and 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. Topics are often linked to NHS/Government health initiatives, such as, for example, physio intervention to prevent ill health in train drivers.

While the St George’s programmes are recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their chosen country.

With an ageing population and increasing numbers of people living with long-term conditions and multiple health issues, more physiotherapists are needed to provide essential healthcare services to people of all ages to help them return to normal activities following an acute injury or illness or to live well with a long-term condition.

As a result, career prospects are excellent with opportunities for career progression within the NHS, private practice, charities and other organisations through professional practice and development into Senior physiotherapist roles, as well as progression into leadership, management, education and training, or academic career pathways.

Careers advice and skills for employability are embedded into our teaching, not least through the currency of course content and references to current government legislation. We also hold careers events with local employers and offer specific careers support, such as guidance on writing CVs and applying for jobs.

On completion of this degree, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the HCPC and become a member of the CSP. 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.

Working in multidisciplinary teams and practising within a variety of settings, including  patients’ own homes, you will work with people of all ages in a wide variety of settings, such as: intensive care; mental health units; stroke units; rehabilitation centres; and sports and leisure facilities. You’ll support the rehabilitation of people who have suffered physical impairment due to accidents, operations or illnesses, using exercises and therapeutic treatments to help them recover their mobility and maximise their quality of life. Within the community, you may be supporting patients with physical disabilities, mental health needs, learning disabilities and serious medical conditions, providing the best possible care and support.

There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s, for example, on our MSc Advance Clinical Practice programme.

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Careers

  • Acute health and social care

  • Armed forces

  • Community clinics

  • GP surgeries

  • Health clubs

  • Hospices

  • Hospitals

  • Housing departments

  • International services

  • Mental health services

  • Older people’s services

  • Private practice

  • Specialist clinics

  • Sports clubs

  • Voluntary organisations.

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university based on a hospital site, St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all that the city lifestyle has to offer.

We enjoy close links with the Physiotherapy Department: staff contribute to the teaching and learning on our programme and also employ some of our graduates.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Physiotherapy skills laboratory

The physio lab represents a realistic clinical environment featuring hospital beds, simulated stairs, mannequins, treatment plinths, walking aids and a treadmill. It provides a safe environment in which you can familiarise yourself with different techniques and practise using equipment, including video recording technology and assessment of lung function, gait and strength. The lab is staffed by dedicated lab technicians with a huge amount of knowledge and expertise.

Dissection room

The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

 

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education after a break, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. The University attracts a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many of whom have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs) provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff, such as a project to train our students in British Sign Language.

Personal tutor

Once you arrive, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Academic link tutor

The Academic Link Tutor provides you with support on placement, acting as your link with the University and monitoring your achievement and assessment.

Placement support

Placement in practice is formalised through a placement management agreement. You will receive preparation sessions before your placement and be supported by our practice educators during your placement. These individuals are HCPC registered clinicians who supervise you to ensure you receive the learning opportunities necessary to meet the required placement outcomes. They will also assess your competence throughout the placement, providing regular feedback to you about your progress and supporting you to obtain any additional development required. A halfway feedback session between the student and the Practice Educator is required for all placements, supported by the Academic Link Tutor.

Mums and dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you.

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.  

Return to site

Information about our phased return to site and facilities we have open for students.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

29 January 2021

UCAS Code

B160, institution code S49

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