Charlie Thwaites-Breed

Charlie Thwaites-Breed

Why did you choose St George’s?

I chose St Georges because of the focus on clinical skills. Being in a hospital setting is a constant reminder of the end goal of being a physio, as well as making it feel more real rather than sitting in a lecture.

This was the only university that offered pro-section to physio students, which I feel has benefitted my learning as well as being incredibly interesting.

How is the physiotherapy course taught at St Georges? How does this enable your learning?

Physiotherapy here is a mixture of lectures and practical lessons. This mix is important as the lectures provide the information whilst the practical lessons provide the context.

We also do case study work which helps us to apply the knowledge and techniques we’re developing into a real-life scenario.

How has learning anatomy through pro-section affected your learning?

I personally really enjoyed the dissection room. I thought it was really useful to see what the internal structures of the body are like in real life rather than just in a text book.

What was the most surprising element of your course or St George’s?

It’s surprising how St Georges is busy all the time. The corridor is never empty and can be a little disorientating especially when you’re lost.

Our teaching staff have had years of experience as physiotherapists before teaching. How does this enhance your learning?

Often in practical lessons, lecturers will teach us a technique but often tell us how it may be adapted for different types of patients or in different clinical settings. It is really helpful in giving us a better context as well as preparing us for placement.

Tell us about your placements studying physiotherapy. How are they structured? Do you enjoy them?

So, in the first year they do a placement scheme where you visit a current third year on placement for a day. This is really helpful to give you an idea of what the placement structure is like as well as being able to see the variety of work a physio can do.

What is the highlight of being a student in London?

Living in London is a crazy experience! There’s always something to do at any time of the day which is really fun. The university has events throughout the year all over the city, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore London.

What’s it like studying in Tooting and London?

Living in London is a great experience. It is incredibly diverse and there are so many opportunities to further your learning. Being surrounded by different professions in health care is great for the future and prepares you for working in a multi-disciplinary team. 

How does our focus on the health and medical sciences impact your studies, studing only with other health focused students?

I think it is helpful that you are surrounded by people who are doing similar courses to you. It means you can ask questions and go over topics with other people in your year group who aren’t necessarily doing your course.

Are you a member of any societies? If so, which ones and what do you do?

I am part of the Karate club committee and I regularly train with the swimming club. Being part of these societies has been a fun way to meet lots of new people on different courses.

What is the St George’s campus like?

The campus is the perfect size. There are plenty of rooms you can book for group study but the campus isn’t so big that you get lost every day. There are plenty of facilities and you have access to Kingston University.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:02