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Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) / 2015

By combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience, this course explores concepts, principles and theories of anatomy, physiology, movement, therapeutic exercise, electro-physical modalities and health promotion. Graduates leave equipped with the knowledge, understanding and assessment and treatment skills they need to work as an effective physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) Three years, full time Apply through UCAS code B160, institution code S49 UCAS deadline is 15 January UK, EU and international citizens may apply Accreditation: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and Health and Care Professions Council Highlights



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


Shared learning with students training to be doctors, nurses, radiographers, and paramedics (interprofessional education)


Opportunity to learn anatomy by prosection and dissection of cadavers


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


Our teaching staff have years of experience as physiotherapists


Careers advice embedded into our teaching Teaching methods include classroom based learning, simulated practical exercises, case based learning, individual and group working and clinical placements. You also benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer-group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums. Clinical placements are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments, including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, mental health trusts, and private hospitals. The supervised, hands-on experience you get with patients on placement is the best and only way to consolidate your learning.

The interprofessional foundation module has been a great way to start my studies at St George’s. Working with students from other fields demonstrates the value of a multidisciplinary team and teaches us to collaborate when solving problems within a healthcare and patientcentred environment. I feel like I’ve learned something relevant and new after every lesson – especially when it comes to the clinical sessions. Being able to explore physiotherapy from respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal angles provides a comprehensive overall picture. After all the hard work, I love kicking back with my friends at St George’s. I’m always laughing with my flatmates and I look forward to the days I can go horse riding with the university’s equestrian club. And when London is right on your doorstep, there are always plenty of opportunities to go out. Charlotte Dobree-Carey Physiotherapy First year

On placement, you might specialise in neurological or cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal work, in amputee rehabilitation, paediatrics or orthopaedics. In year one, you get a feel for what’s coming by visiting third-years out on placement. Assessed, five-week clinical placement blocks come in years two and three. Clinical placement sites often include: Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Kingston Hospital NHS Trust Degree structure

Your first year is primarily university based and involves studying alongside medical, radiography, healthcare science and biomedical students. This collaborative interprofessional education helps you develop invaluable communication and team-building skills. Years two and three combine academic modules and clinical practice based on robust scientific evidence. As you learn to integrate the theory with core practical skills, you also learn how to manage the rehabilitation of patients with the help of our specialist clinicians. A comprehensive research project in year three also puts your analytical skills to the test, and clinical placements require you to work at high levels of safety, competency and autonomy.

Year one Modules Taught

Interprofessional Education Programme


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


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


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

Year two Modules/placements Taught

Integrating Clinical Concepts


Research Methods


Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction


Management of Complex Cardiorespiratory Dysfunction


Neurological Rehabilitation


Three, five-week clinical and practical placements

Year three Modules/placements Taught

Biolog y of Cancer


Physiotherapy in Context


Interprofessional Debate/Management


Critical Reflection and Reasoning


Three, five-week clinical and practical placements

Assessing your progress

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, a poster related to holistic patient management and physiotherapy practice.

Your future

Graduates must apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, which provides a license to practice. Once qualified, you can choose to work in a wide range of settings, from paediatrics to care of older people, occupational health or intensive care. As you gain experience, you may opt to specialise in certain medical conditions. There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s.

Entry requirements If you meet the minimum requirements set out below, you will be called for inter view. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must be completed within a five-year period including year of application.

GCSEs or equivalent Grades

A* to C except for Maths, Science and English Language which must be at least grade B


A minimum of eight GCSE subjects to include English Language, Maths and Double Award, or three separate Sciences. If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However we will not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in lieu of GCSEs.

GCSEs or equivalent Open University




Three A2 Level subjects to include Biology or Human Biology. Another Science is preferable but not essential. PE is not acceptable in lieu of A level Biology, but will be considered as one of the three A levels. General Studies, and Key Skills not accepted

Scottish Highers

Five B grades at Higher Level including English Language, Maths and Science ABB at Advanced Higher Level including Biology or Human Biology and at least one other science

Irish Leaving Certificate

A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 at Higher Level including English, Maths and Biology or Human Biology Applicants should list their junior certificates on UCAS form.

Undergraduate degree (science related)

2.2 Honours or higher

AS qualifications are not considered for this course

Undergraduate degree (non science related)

2.2 Honours or higher plus A Level (A2) in Biology or Human Biology at grade B or an Access to Science course

A2 re-sits will be considered but you will be required to achieve higher grades

Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score 75% in health related subject

This scheme takes into account the extent of a candidate’s efforts in achieving good A Level grades in relation to their peers whilst attending a school with an A Level track record in the bottom 20-40% nationally. If eligible, we may be able to make an adjusted grade offer, lower than the published criteria. This only applies to A Level grades. Please see the course web page to check your eligibility. International Baccalaureate


Full award diploma (including Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay modules)


655 at Higher Level (HL)

English language If English is not your first language while studying, evidence of your proficiency must be dated within the last two years. IELTS

(International English Language Testing System) 7.0 overall (including 7.0 in written element, and no section less than 6.5)*

Pearsons test

67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)* *Applicants who have sat the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

Other essential criteria

555 at Standard Level (SL) Subjects

120 Units at level 1 and 2: Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units Level 2: Human Biology module, 30 units Any other module, 30 units

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Overall score of 64 and no subject less than M2. Candidates offering combination of A Levels and Pre-U: three principal subjects with grades D3, M2, M2 including Biology and GPR

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

Other essential criteria > work experience > personal statement > health screening > police screening

All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry.

A Levels or equivalent A Levels

A Levels or equivalent > IB English language > Access diploma > if first language > Other qualifications is not English

Biology or Human Biology (at HL)

Work experience

Work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field; an ability to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy. For further information on work experience please visit the ‘Experience it’ section at

Personal Statement

You must demonstrate 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.

15 credits at merit

Health and Police screening

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


30 science-related credits specifically Biological and Health Sciences graded at distinction or merit, excludes Sociology

Professional registration

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

Additional credits

Any other level 3 credits outside the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted


Applicants are now required to sit separate GCSEs in English and Maths in conjunction with their access course if you do not already have them to the required GCSE level.

Mathematics and English Language (at SL) Access diploma Award

Full award diploma (Access to Science)


60 credits at level 3


30 credits at distinction

Application and interview Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) by 15 January (the year of entry): Interviews are held after the application closing date, and take the form of multi-mini interviews. See for more information.

Other qualifications 14-19 Diploma

Minimum Grade B overall in Full Diploma in one of the following lines of learning: Society, Health and Development; Sport and Active Leisure; Public Services Plus Additional and Specialist Learning: A Level (A2) in either Biology or Human Biology

75% overall with at least 75% in parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Biology modules Birkbeck College Certificate in Life Science Advanced GNVQ

AGNVQ Science at distinction Plus A Level (A2) Biology or Human Biology at grade B

National Diploma (BTEC)

Extended National Diploma in Science, overall grades distinction, distinction, distinction

Fees UK/EU

NHS Bursary-funded programme: all UK students are entitled to have their fees paid and receive a means-tested bursary.


£14,000 p/a* *2014 entry fees are subject to annual review and change. Visit for more information on student finance and the most up-to-date entry requirements. St George’s, University of London is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research. Sharing a clinical environment with a major London teaching hospital, our innovative approach to education results in well-rounded, highly-skilled clinicians, scientists, and health and social care professionals. As a constituent college of the University of London our students have access to a wide range of facilities and services beyond the campus in Tooting. We hope this booklet gives some real insight into completing a Physiotherapy BSc at Kingston and St George’s. In short, you can undertake a specialist undergraduate degree here on a hospital site in a thriving London location, leading, we trust, to an extraordinary future in the health professions. E T +44 (0)20 8725 2333

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