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Duration

Two years, full-time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2022

Apply via UCAS

This course has been specifically designed for graduates of health and life sciences disciplines with a desire to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

On this course you will learn via a variety of methods in order to become a practitioner who is proactive, flexible and able to meet the changing needs of health and social care. Graduates of this MSc programme are critical thinkers and independent learners with problem-solving skills. Teaching and learning methods include classroom-based learning, simulated practical exercises, self-directed learning and practice placements, which are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, mental health trusts and private hospitals.

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

This course is currently offered through a partnership with Kingston University, the Joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education. For students enrolling from 2022, the course will be delivered through a structure which is the sole responsibility of St George's, University of London, our Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education. There will be no impact on the teaching or the award of the degree. See further information.

Highlights 

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

  • This course is taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

  • Opportunity to learn anatomy by prosection and dissection of cadavers.

  • The course includes 30 weeks of practice placement.

  • Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside other MSc postgraduate courses and both pre and post registration students.

  • Access to the Graduate School.

Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

Home (UK)

Total fees

2022/23

£9,250

£18,500

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

Find out more about fees and funding.

International (including EU) tuition fees

International (including EU) 

Academic year

International

Total fees

2022/23

£17,250

£34,500

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

Find out more about fees and funding.

Additional costs

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies.

Additional cost

Description

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £6 
Administration fee - £9

Equipment

A stethoscope is optional but useful for clinical skill sessions in university and in practice settings - £50.

Lockers are provided free, but you will need to purchase a padlock - £3

Clothing

Students will require a lab coat for use in wet labs, these can be purchased from the SU - £30.

Uniforms are provided by the University (2 x tops, 2 x trousers), replacement uniforms cost £25.

Name badges are provided by the University, replacements cost £8.

Membership

Student Membership with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is optional but highly encouraged - £39.

Health Care Professional Council Registration is required post-graduation - £153.

Travel to placements and accommodation

You should expect to spend approximately £800 - £2,000 on travel to placements for the duration of your course.

You are able to claim travel and accommodation costs (if the cost of travelling to placement is more than the cost of travelling to university) and accommodation (only if it has been agreed that it would be impractical to travel to placement daily).

You may be eligible to receive a training grant of £5,000 per academic year to help these costs. Visit https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund/training-grant for more information.

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.

You will need to meet the entry criteria for this course.

All qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before the start date of the course you are applying for.

We do not consider professional and/or work-based qualifications to be academic, therefore these are not accepted for entry in place of recognised academic qualification.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

Undergraduate degree
  • 2:1 (upper second class) Honours in any relevant subject.

  • This may include (but is not limited to): biology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science, or a health-related profession which ideally contains human anatomy and physiology.

Degrees must be completed, awarded and certified by 1 August in the year of entry. Failure to comply with this may result in the withdrawal of any offer issued by St George’s.

Experience of the research process and/or completion of an undergraduate dissertation are essential.

Applicants who obtain lower than 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or have completed their undergraduate degree outside of a five year period including the year of application, will be considered if their application is supported by another: biology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science, or a health-related profession masters/PhD degree. These applicants are required to obtain a minimum of merit at master level.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries. If you would like an admissions officer to review your qualification, please send a copy to study@sgul.ac.uk. Please make sure that the qualification is translated into English if necessary, by a certified translator.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

English language tests are valid for only two years. If you took a test more than two years ago, you may be required to complete another. Applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

  • IIELTS: overall 7.0, with 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing and 7.0 in Speaking

  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall 67, with 61 in Listening, 61 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 67 in Speaking

  • Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English): overall 185, 185 in the writing section, and no less than 175 in the other sections

  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): overall 185, 185 in the writing section, and no less than 175 in the other sections

Other essential criteria

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. 

Reference

You will need to provide one academic reference to support your application as per the UCAS form. If you are currently completing a degree you should also ensure that the reference confirms your predicted result. This reference should be supplied by an appropriate referee able to comment on your academic performance at your last institution of study. It is not permitted for friends, family, partners or ex-partners to write your reference.

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 interview.

Applicants should also 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 per cent then your application is unlikely to be considered.

Health screening

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, St George’s has an obligation to patients, the individual student and their colleagues. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places at St George’s are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

All candidates will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety. Please contact your general practitioner (GP) to discuss receiving Hepatitis B immunisation. If possible you should begin a course of Hepatitis B vaccination as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as the course take some months to confer immunity. If you firmly accept an offer made to you by St George’s you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire to complete and a General Practitioner Report, to be completed by your GP. As well as Hepatitis B vaccination information, please ensure that you provide childhood immunisation information including: history of chickenpox disease, or evidence of dates of vaccinations, or evidence of immunity via blood test; evidence of dates of MMR vaccinations or evidence of immunity via blood test; information about BCG vaccination (if administered) or any TB screening information. You will be seen in Occupational Health after starting to go through your immunity status and may require vaccinations or blood tests.

Police screening

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 process will be sent to you as part of the admissions process.

We operate a modular system for this course which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation – a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

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Year one

The main focus is on the foundation skills of physiotherapy, using a problem-solving approach. The modules draw on some of the year two modules of the BSc Physiotherapy and integrate with other professions and existing Master's level modules.

Year two

You will study the broader concepts of clinical practice and the preventive and innovative role of physiotherapy to meet changing health and social care needs. You will share modules with year three BSc and postgraduate professionals in order to further develop critical thinking and leadership skills in an interprofessional environment.

Module details

Foundations of Physiotherapy

This module offers students the opportunity to enhance prior knowledge and skills in order to build a foundation for physiotherapy practice with an

emphasis on a patient–centred approach. The module consists of understanding the different dimensions of being a healthcare professional. It will integrate the application of theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting by building on the basic clinical skills and problem-solving approaches required to be a safe and effective physiotherapist.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This module is designed to build on student’s musculoskeletal assessment and treatment / management skills and develop their reasoning and problem solving skills in relation to specific assessment findings. The module will prepare the student for the musculoskeletal component of placement and later clinical practice with emphasises on a self-directed learning approach for evidence informed practice. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including lectures, interactive practical sessions, tutorials, case-based learning scenarios and directed practical sessions.

Neurological Physiotherapy

This module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the underlying theoretical and practical principles of neurological physiotherapy practice in the management of neurological movement dysfunction, including the impact of living with long term conditions.

Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

This module aims to further develop cardio-respiratory knowledge and skills obtained in other modules and enable students to extend their clinical reasoning and practical skills for the effective physiotherapy management of individual patients with variety of cardio-respiratory dysfunctions.

The module will facilitate the individualised assessment and management of these patients, which may arise across different care pathways and settings e.g. acute care, rehabilitation, long-term management and end-of-life care. This will prepare student for future work promoting health and collaborating with patients to facilitate self-management within the various specialisms of physiotherapy practice.

Human Behaviour and Rehabilitation

This module will explore concepts, theories and evidence that underpin current understandings of human behaviour and particularly in relation to health and wellbeing maintenance and rehabilitation. It will develop an in-depth understanding of psychological, anthropological and sociological influences on human behaviour and well-being. The module will also explore rehabilitation strategies and interventions to promote physical activity for individuals in a variety of contexts and settings in which physiotherapists work. The approach taken will be person-centred and will develop the students’ ability to understand the influence of the environment in which patients live, their social relationships and their culture. The critical nature of the module reflects its standard as a level 7 module.

Evaluation and Research

This module looks at a range of quantitative and qualitative research study designs and approaches and will investigate their advantages and disadvantages. The focus will be on good research practice and the methodologies and tools used by these. Appraisal and expository writing skills will be introduced while the research process will be situated within a framework of critical thinking and reflection. The evaluation of research will be addressed in the journal clubs which will require the student groups to reflect on why they have chosen a particular article and how this might influence their practice.

Complex Management

This module acknowledges the increasing complexity of health care across all disciplines. Long held certainties about causality in healthcare and wellbeing are being challenged by constantly changing insights into new areas of research as well as policy changes. An older population and a higher survival rate across the lifespan form the background to this module. Populations with substantial and ongoing health needs will be the focus of this module, for example end of life rehabilitation, pain management and self-management strategies. Instead of looking for linear solutions this module will look for interconnections. The ethical burden of working in contemporary health and social care will be discussed allowing students to enhance their employability once they enter the health sector after qualifying.

Reflective Practice–Practice Placements 1 & 2

This module introduces the integration of theory into physiotherapy practice via two 6-week practice placements. Students will apply key scientific and psychosocial principles to their practice and develop a reflective stance to reasoning in physiotherapy.

Critical Practice -Practice Placements 3, 4 and 5

This module continues the integration of theory into physiotherapy practice via three 6 week practice placements. Students develop their critical thinking and application of evidence based principles to their practice in preparation for working as a graduate physiotherapist.

Personalised Professional Development

The fundamental underpinning of this module is choice. It provides students with an opportunity to choose an area of professional practice that is of interest to them and to investigate it thoroughly, through engagement with professionals, patients and service users. The module will facilitate the students in investigating, reflecting upon and presenting their chosen topic. It is intended that this will optimise students’ confidence and employability in a wholly inclusive way

Research Projects

This is an inter-professional module in which physiotherapy and occupational therapy students are taught together in lectures, tutorials,

Workshops and simulation to meet the learning needs of each group of students. This module provides experience of justifying, designing and implementing a research project. Students will work through the research process including ethical considerations and writing in the style of an academic journal. The module provides an opportunity to analyse data, critique the findings and discuss how they may be applied to clinical practice.

Quality and Innovation in Health & Social Care

This module integrates interprofessional working and contemporary concepts of service improvement in practice. Students will examine how policy, research and opinion can support innovation and enhance the service users’ experience. Themes may include understanding of the current health and social care sector in the UK and beyond, regulatory and quality bodies in England, population change and the impact on AHP practice (e.g. practice guidelines). The module will foster engagement with the concepts of sustainable, transformative health and social care environments.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, ranging from classroom-based learning, simulated practical exercises, self-directed learning and clinical placements.

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Teaching and learning methods

You will benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums. Teaching also takes place in our specially designed rehabilitation skills labs.

Self-directed study

You will study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and gaining insight into possible careers.

Practice 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 is an essential opportunity to put theory into practice.

Assessment methods

Progress throughout the course is assessed through a combination of essays, written reports and presentations, written and practical examinations, clinical assessments, and a research dissertation.

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. Physiotherapists need excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background, and a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.

The approach combines a person-centred physical (therapeutic exercise and activity) and psychosocial approach to facilitate return to functional independence. Physiotherapists work in multidisciplinary teams 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

  • community settings.

Successful completion of this course will mean you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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Hospital settings

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

Using exercises and therapeutic treatments to help people in their rehabilitation.

Community settings

Supporting people of all ages with physical disabilities, mental health needs, learning disabilities or who are dying. Their 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

  • charity organisations

  • working with people with physical and mental problems

  • research.

Visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website.

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 the city lifestyle has to offer.

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

Paramedic simulation centre

Complete with two fully-fitted rear sections of an ambulance, three purpose-built domicile rooms, a skills lab and an immersion room capable of 270° projections, these spaces can be adapted to fit any required environment or scenario. Using the facilities to simulate real-life situations helps you build confidence, flexibility and resilience. 

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

Dissection room

In addition to the face-to-face sessions and online materials and activities, the Paramedic programme at St George’s, University of London includes some Dissecting Room visits. The Dissecting Room is a unique learning resource that aids your understanding of the human body and explores practical and clinical applications such as physical assessment and clinical procedures. 

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including display specimens exhibiting diseases from lung cancer to tuberculosis. 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 as a mature student, 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. We attract a substantial number of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many 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 believe we offer a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff.

Wellbeing

The Department of Paramedic Science prides itself on our unique model of pastoral and learning support, provided by two dedicated members of staff. The Department puts a huge emphasis on promoting positive wellbeing and provides tools and strategies for looking after yourself when undertaking your study as a future health care professional. We champion our culture of support within our learning community and have a peer support model with our student paramedic Blue Light Champions.

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the programme – 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 do not 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.

Clinical placement support

We have service level agreements with most placement sites and lecturers act as clinical placement co-ordinators. They work closely with placement sites to ensure all students receive high quality training and mentoring whilst on clinical placements, and will visit students during placements to support and monitor progress.

Academic staff support

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

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. Each year, primarily for second and third-year students, we hold an annual radiography careers fair, hosted online in 2020, to which we invite various NHS trusts to come and showcase their organisations.

You can apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry, using code B161. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

Please note: whether you are already focused on a given career path or not, we strongly recommend you include in your personal statement a recognition that studying Physiotherapy will include practice and study in a number of settings.

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Application checklist

 

 

 You must provide:

  • a personal statement (more information about this is available on the UCAS website)

  • 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 check your application to 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

Acknowledgement emails and letters are sent out on receipt of applications. Please ensure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you by 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.

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

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, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, 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.

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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 and PPE 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, unless government advice changes.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Physiotherapy BSc programme.

However, placement activity for Year 2 has been remodelled for 2021-22, as there is currently reduced placement provision from practice because of the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on placement provision.

It is anticipated that Year 2 placements will proceed as scheduled, but it may be that there are some adjustments as has been the case in previous years due to the effect of the pandemic on placement providers.

All the programme modules are compulsory and must be passed for successful completion for the degree award, and to make students eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council(HCPC) 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 expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.

At the moment we are delivering clinical skills and practical exams onsite following the government advice of social distancing and appropriate PPE.

How the course is being delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place.

At present from September to December 2021 all lectures and tutorials will be delivered online and students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. This may change if government guidance changes.

Anatomy sessions normally delivered in our DissectionRoom will also be delivered online with video recordings. 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, if required to meet social distancing requirements. Some tutorials and lectures that do not require physical contact will also be delivered on campus.

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 Microsoft Teams.

All students on placement will be expected to adhere to the hosting practice organisations’ working patterns and guidance.

Course length

Incoming students

At this stage, for students starting in 2021 we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and to graduate without delay.

Some assessments are designed to be taken onsite or in small groups, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Where necessary we have developed alternative assessment strategies to enable students to complete their assessments remotely.

Training in 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 to meet appropriate social distancing and with PPE if required.

We have currently planned for placement activity in Years 1 and 2 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placement.

We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their placements accordingly. There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. In that case, we will may have to delay practical components of the program to a subsequent semester (or year) in line with their guidance.

Current students

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful current students to progress through the programme and to graduate without delay if successful.

We have currently planned for placement activity for Years 2 and 3 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placement. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their 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.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. The 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, will use physiotherapy placements that engage in remote consultations to offer a comparable clinical experience and will manage each student profile so you continue to have a variety of experience at the end of your programme.

For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the next academic year to protect student safety. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Assessments

Incoming students

For students starting in 2021, 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 most of these assessments as planned. Assessments where students are directly observed performing communication skills by an examiner will be arranged on the university campus. Exams have also been designed to be taken onsite. However, we successfully developed an alternative assessment strategy in 2020/21 to enable students to complete some of these assessments remotely and 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, and communication skills were conducted over MSTeams which reflects telehealth consultations which have become much more standard practice since the pandemic.

If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again.

Current students

For current students, the university-based assessments will continue and you will complete them as usual. Some assessments have been adapted slightly – you 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 assessments of practice performance will be on practice placements, either face-to-face or via online methods. 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 from one year of the course to the next in order to protect student safety.

However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final-year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all assessments and practice placements because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

All assessment modifications we have implemented and will implement were discussed with students and approved by the assessment modification committee at the University.  

Additional costs

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 here. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, please 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 we are required to postpone or alter placements, then students may need to cover living expenses beyond the standard term dates of the programme.

Course timetable

Year 1

Classes onsite in Term 1 (likely to change for Term 2 onwards):

  • Tuesday, 9am to 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 9am to 1pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 5pm
  • Friday, 9am to 5pm (teaching rooms available for self directed practicals)

Online delivery (but not necessarily the whole period):

  • Monday 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 2pm to 5pm.
Year 2

Practice placements x 2 for Term 1, with some preparatory online tutorials/lectures.

Week 1: 31st August 2021

Classes onsite (but not necessarily the whole period):

  • Tuesday, 10am to 4pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 4pm.

Online delivery (but not necessarily the whole period):

  • Friday, 9am to 5pm.

3 weeks between placement (academic weeks 8 to 10)

Classes onsite:

  • Monday, 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, 9am to 1pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 5pm
  • Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Online Delivery (but not necessarily the whole period):

  • Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm.

Term dates

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited. We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  

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. 

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, 4th year

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Duration

Two years, full-time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

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