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EU Physiotherapy School Leaver

Key Facts

Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
Award: BSc Physiotherapy
CAO Code: RC004
NFQ Level: Level 8
No of places: 13 EU places
Start date: Each September
Course Length: 4 years
Mode of Attendance: Full-Time
Academic School: School of Physiotherapy
Accredited by: RCSI is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland (NUI), awarding the BSc Physiotherapy to its physiotherapy graduates. Graduates of this programme are automatically eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
DARE and HEAR: RCSI is part of the DARE and HEAR scheme. Each year, the College reserves 6% of its places for participants in each scheme, with 1 place available for HEAR school leaver applicants and 1 place available for DARE school leaver applicants to the School of Physiotherapy. For more information, please visit the DARE and HEAR website.

How to Apply

 

  • School Leavers apply online through the CAO website from 04th November 2016 until 1st February 2017, using the course code RC004.
  • Late applications for school leavers are accepted via the CAO until 17.15 GMT on 1st May of each year.
  • Candidates must be in their final year of school or have completed their Leaving Certificate (or another EU secondary school exit examination) prior to the year of admission to the programme.

Note: The CAO Change of Mind facility applies to all RCSI courses (including Physiotherapy) and becomes available at 12:00 Noon on 05th May 2017.

 

 

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Course Overview

The BSc. Physiotherapy degree is a qualification for people who want to practice physiotherapy in Irish and international healthcare systems or in private practice. Graduates from this degree course are automatically eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

The aim of the RCSI School of Physiotherapy is to educate professionally safe, competent, reflective and analytical physiotherapists who possess a sound scientific knowledge base, an understanding of the value of research and analysis, are responsive to the needs of clients and carers and are aware of the dynamic diversity of healthcare environments in which they practice. In addition the RCSI Physiotherapy programme has a strong clinical emphasis with almost one third of the programme undertaken in a variety of clinical placement sites supported by dedicated clinical tutors.

RCSI provides the opportunity to study physiotherapy in a multidisciplinary healthcare environment and amongst an international student body. The RCSI Physiotherapy programme is an internationally recognised qualification and we are very proud of our graduates who are currently employed in a variety of clinical locations both in Ireland and internationally, including the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

A career in physiotherapy offers you the possibility to work in:

  • Hospitals (public or private) – specialisations include orthopaedics, paediatrics, cardiorespiratory, care of the elderly, neurology, musculoskeletal.
  • Primary Care Centres and Community – delivering care in community based clinics and visiting people in their homes, giving treatment, advice and appliances to help improve independence.
  • School Environments – helping children with physical and intellectual disability achieve their full potential.
  • The Workplace – providing ergonomic assessments, pre-employment screening, risk management and educating workers in correct lifting and handling techniques.
  • Private Practice – assessing and treating people with a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports-related clinical problems.
  • Sports Teams – physiotherapists can also be employed directly by sporting teams or other performance groups e.g. dance companies, to travel with the group and provide physiotherapy services exclusively for this group.
  • Academic & Research – increasingly, physiotherapists are choosing to pursue research careers by undertaking MSc by research or PhD programmes. Attaining a research degree is now seen as very desirable in the pursuit of an academic career.

 

Location & Facilities

The School is located in central Dublin. Apart from having spacious and well-equipped teaching facilities, the school also has a modern movement laboratory containing state of the art measurement systems for use in teaching and in undergraduate and post-graduate research.
Measurement systems include:

  • Five camera Vicon motion analysis
  • Kistler force plate
  • 16 Channel EMG
  • Biodex isokinetic muscle testing equipment
  • Cardiorespiratory testing equipment

 

 

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What You Will Study

Applicants with school leaving qualifications undertake a 4 year programme, beginning with Foundation Year. The Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) programme is delivered over two semesters in each academic year. Each module is dynamic and interactive, with a focus on Evidence-Based Learning. Teaching methods include lectures, practicals and tutorials and course material is distributed via an online virtual learning environment (MOODLE) to the student’s own laptop. Practical classes are halved to ensure an optimal tutor: student ratio.

 

Foundation Year
In Foundation Year, students begin the programme with a strong biomedical focus and experience at first hand the method of inquiry that is the foundation of all experimental sciences, through laboratory practical sessions. Alongside the biomedical sciences, students are introduced to professionalism within healthcare and provided with their first opportunity for inter-professional learning. Physiotherapy students also undertake an Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice module, in which they learn about the varied clinical specialties and employment settings of physiotherapists.

 

Physiotherapy Foundation Year Modules
Medical Physics
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Human Biology
Human Systems
Professionalism
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Introduction to Diseases, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice

First Physiotherapy Year
The First Physiotherapy Year provides the student with a sound scientific knowledge base to underpin the practice of physiotherapy. Students will gain an understanding of the structure, function and inter-relationship of systems in the human body through studies in anatomy, physics and physiology. Physiotherapy skills and movement studies will be studied in parallel to the core sciences facilitating the integration of learning. Movement studies will introduce the student to the analysis of the normal musculoskeletal system and its movements. This will form the basis for development of the analytical skills required in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. The study of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems and their management will be introduced utilising a problem-solving approach.

Following the end-of-semester examinations, a two-week clinical placement is undertaken. During this placement, students will gain an understanding of the role of the physiotherapist and the environment of practice.

Physiotherapy First Year Modules
Anatomy
Manual and Physical Therapies
Musculoskeletal
Physiology
Movement Studies
Methods of Enquiry
Physics
Health, Behaviour and Patient Safety
Professional Development
Clinical Attachment

 

Second Physiotherapy Year
The Second Physiotherapy Year focuses on the application and analysis of problems and their effects in key pathological areas e.g. cardiovascular/respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal disorders. Students will gain an understanding of the research process and develop an ability to appraise and evaluate research and literature. Clinical education modules are undertaken in a variety of clinical settings and in the final 2 years of the programme, 5 week clinical education blocks intersperse academic teaching. The core clinical areas of orthopaedics/ rheumatology, outpatients, medical/surgical cardiorespiratory and neurology are the focus for clinical training in Second Physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy Second Year Modules
Neuroscience Anatomy
Neuroscience Psychology
Respiratory/Cardiovascular
Neurology
Research Methods
Professional Development
Advanced Musculoskeletal
Clinical Attachment

 

Final Physiotherapy Year
The Final Physiotherapy Year focuses on the integration of knowledge and understanding into an advanced level of clinical practice. Additional clinical placement modules include paediatrics, women’s health, care of the elderly and advanced neurology. In addition, a significant proportion of time is spent on the completion of a research proposal. Throughout the programme, clinical education is a central element with more than one thousand hours being undertaken by the student on a fulltime block basis. Students gain this essential clinical experience under the supervision of physiotherapy clinical tutors and senior physiotherapy clinicians. Clinical education is a central element of the physiotherapy course and consists of more than 1000 hours over the duration of the course.

Clinical modules are undertaken in the core clinical areas of orthopaedics / rheumatology, musculoskeletal, medical / surgical cardiorespiratory and neurology. Placements are provided in a variety of physiotherapy settings and in a number of geographical locations. Dedicated RCSI Clinical Tutors are located at each placement site. Living accommodation is provided and paid for if the placement is distant from the School of Physiotherapy. Clinical education is divided into eight placements and placements are on a full-time block basis.

 

Physiotherapy Final Year Modules
Research Methods
Advanced Physiotherapy Practice
Care of the Elderly
Clinical Attachments

 

 

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Why Study Physiotherapy at RCSI

 

  1. The BSc. Physiotherapy degree is a qualification for people who want to practice physiotherapy in Irish and international healthcare systems or in private practice.
  2. The Programme is accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), a member organisation of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT).
  3. Graduates from this degree course are automatically eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
  4. First Irish School of Physiotherapy to have a programme successfully reviewed by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, allowing graduates to apply to the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Australia for General Registration.
  5. The Programme is included on the List of Quotable Qualifications approved by the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong.
  6. Early clinical exposure: Strong clinical focus of programme with over 1000 hours in a variety of clinical settings, where supervised clinical training is undertaken.
  7. Single focus on health sciences: RCSI is focused exclusively on educating healthcare professionals and every student benefits from being immersed in the RCSI multidisciplinary healthcare environment. The College’s teaching staff are experts in healthcare education and the RCSI Health Professions Education Centre ensures that students experience the highest international standards of teaching, learning and assessment using innovative methods and the latest technologies.
  8. Small class sizes and dedicated facilities.
  9. Research opportunities: Students are also provided with opportunities to participate in research thought the RCSI Research Summer School. 
  10. At least 65% of the undergraduate student body is from outside of the European Union, making RCSI a unique College in which to study.
  11. Access to a network of over 15,500 Alumni practising throughout the World.
  12. Location: Dublin ranked as 3rd Friendliest City in the World (Condé Nast Traveller's Guide 2016) and RCSI's city centre location provides superb access to the heart of the City.

 

 

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Student Testimonials

My name is Tara Drugan and before RCSI, I attended Lough Allen College in Drumkeerin where there were only 28 students in my entire year so being from such a small secondary school, the close-knit community that is RCSI suited me perfectly straight away. I entered the college as a Foundation Year student and I have nothing but fond memories of the year. It allows students from all three courses (Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy) to bond and work together and I made genuine life-long friends. In the School of Physiotherapy, the classes are also small and one can get to know the lecturers really well. It is reassuring to know they are always around to give a helping hand and answer any questions.

In RCSI, as each year continues, I find that you make more and more friends! I cannot imagine that you can say that you have a friend (or more) in almost every single year of every course along with some members of staff, in any other college in the country. One also has the opportunity to get involved in so many different clubs and societies, set up new teams, organise events and immerse yourself in college life throughout the years in RCSI. In my eyes, every single person under an RCSI roof is a family, all striving towards developing, or being, competent and professional clinicians. I will always be thankful to all of RCSI for their commitment to the holistic development of all their students and ensuring that each student excels and becomes the person they ultimately dreamed of being.

Tara Drugan Student Testimonial

Tara Drugan
Ireland, Physiotherapy Graduate
(Class of 2016)

By means of excellent teaching, an abundance of resources and an array of extra-curricular opportunities, RCSI has been a fantastic environment in which to develop my academic, clinical and interpersonal skills. Completing the four year undergraduate physiotherapy programme allowed me to meet and collaborate with a huge variety of like-minded peers in medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy.

During my time in RCSI, I had the honour to captain the Men’s Soccer team from 2013 to 2015 and to represent the athletics team in the Dublin and Boston Marathons during my final year. I have fond memories of summers working in Canada and travelling around Europe with fellow students of the college. I also spent the summer of 2014 as an RCSI sponsored volunteer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. This was a particularly humbling and rewarding experience. The collective enterprise, determination and kindness amongst students, staff and alumni of the College shines through in their collective pursuit of both academic and extra-curricular endeavours. Striving to achieve a balance between academic commitments and extra-curricular experiences makes for a number of valuable life lessons which will prove useful in the professional environment.

I am extremely proud to soon be a graduate of such a unique historic academic institution. A College with a strong global network that is also deeply embedded in the history, culture and personality of my capital city.

Benjamin Melvin Student Testimonial

Benjamin Melvin
Ireland, Physiotherapy Graduate
(Class of 2015)

 

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Applicants from the EU, EEA and Switzerland apply to RCSI through the Central Applications Office. The Irish Leaving Certificate and GCE A-levels are the two most frequent educational systems with which EU students apply to RCSI, followed by the Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur and the Norwegian Vitnemal. Further information on each of these exams, including minimum entry requirements and how to convert your grades into Leaving Certificate Equivalent points, is outlined in more detail below.

Please note: A new revised Common Points scale is in place for all candidates sitting the Irish Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) from 2017.
All students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded points under the new scale, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate.

 

Irish & All Other EU Applicants

  • EU school leavers must apply through the Central Applications Office
  • Entry to RCSI’s undergraduate programmes is competitive and attainment of the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee a place.
  • A points scoring system is in operation. It is not possible to forecast how many points will be required for a particular course until the current year’s examination results are known (August each year) but a points guide for 2016 is provided below.
  • EU applicants must meet the Minimum Entry Requirements/Matriculation and specific subject requirements of a programme, i.e. must have English, Mathematics, a laboratory science and a second language. Full details on minimum subject and grade requirements are outlined below.
  • The applicant’s results are ranked relative to all other EU applicants in descending points order and places are allocated from the highest score downwards until the programme is filled. All EU applicants will compete based on their Irish Leaving Certificate (or Equivalent) points, as outlined in more detail below.

 

Irish Leaving Certificate

Candidates must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science) and a third language and one other recognised subject.

Points are awarded on the basis of Irish Leaving Certificate results, as outline below:

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE POINTS CALCULATOR
Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate
Grading Scale
New Leaving Certificate
Grading Scale
New Points at
Higher Level
New Points at Ordinary Level
A1 H1/O1 100 56
A2/B1 H2/O2 88 46
B2/B3 H3/O3 77 37
C1/C2 H4/O4 66 28
C3/D1 H5/O5 56 20
D2/D3 H6/O6 46 12
E H7/O7 33 0

 

Please note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a H6 or above in Higher Level Maths (HD3) have 25 points added to their score for Mathematics. The six highest subject scores will be counted to achieve a cumulative points score. The bonus points for Mathematics will only be relevant in cases where the subject Higher Level Mathematics is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for points scoring purposes.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535*.

 

GCE A/AS Levels

EU A-level Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Candidates must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x A2 level subjects (Grade C) and 4 passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A2 level)] to include a minimum Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a laboratory science and a second language plus a minimum Grade C at A2 Level in one of the following: Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Maths.

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the A2-Level Examinations (if you present AS grades, they will only be accepted from the year immediately preceding the grades in the A2 subjects). Please note that grades in the same subject at A2 and AS level cannot be combined for the purposes of calculating CAO points.

  • The best 3 A2 subjects from one academic year and 1 AS in a different subject from the same or preceding academic year; or
  • The best 4 A2 subjects from one academic year. If 4 A2 subjects are presented, the 4th subject is scored at a lower rate.
  • Only A-Level grades awarded at the same date can be considered for computation.
  • A maximum of four distinct recognised subjects will be counted.
  • Applicants are scored on the basis of their best four A-Levels, or three A-Levels and an AS Level in a different subject from the same or preceding year (note one A-Level grade from the previous year can be substituted for an AS grade but will only be scored as an AS).
  • Grades in the same subject in A2 and AS Level cannot be combined.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

GCE A/AS LEVELS POINTS EQUIVALENCY
Grade Best 3 A Levels 4th subject - A Level 4th subject - AS Level
A* 180 points 60 points  
A 150 points 50 points 30 points
B 130 points 45 points 25 points
C 100 points 35 points 20 points
D 65 points 20 points 15 points
E 45 points 15 points 10 points

Please note:

  • GCE Bonus Points for Mathematics: All students presenting a Grade E or higher in A2 Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This will only apply to one Mathematics subject out of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics AND is only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for scoring purposes. NB Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be combined for points purposes.
  • A-level applicants must satisfy minimum entry requirements (as outlined above) within three consecutive years, i.e. GCSE (2015), AS Levels (2016), A-levels (2017). 
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to 1 A* and 2 A’s in your 3 best A levels and an A in your 4th best A level subject (or a similar combination).

 

Scottish Highers Plus Scottish Advanced Highers

EU Scottish Higher Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present 5 subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade C) and 1 other subject at Standard / Intermediate Level (National Level 5) (minimum Grade 3) to include English, Maths, a second language and a laboratory science. In addition, candidates must present a minimum of two Advanced Higher level subjects at Grades C. One of the Grade Cs or higher must be in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths.

Please note:

  • Highers and Advanced Highers results are considered over 2 consecutive years only.
  • Highers may not be combined over 2 years but may be taken in the same year as Advanced Highers.
  • A maximum of 5 Higher Level subjects and 3 Advanced Higher Level subjects can be combined for points purposes.
  • English Language competence: Must achieve a minimum Grade 3 at Standard / Intermediate Level English (National Level 5).
  • Scottish Higher applicants should include certified copies of all examinations taken from Standard Level up in their CAO application.

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2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the Higher and Advanced Higher Examinations.

An applicant’s points score will be calculated on the basis of the following:

  • The best 5 Scottish Higher results from the same sitting in one academic year and the best 2 or 3 Advanced Higher results from the same or subsequent academic year.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

SCOTTISH HIGHER POINTS EQUIVALENCE TABLE
Higher Level Grade Subject Score   Advanced Higher Subject Score
A 99   A 35
B 84   B 28
C 69   C 33

Please note:

  • Advanced Highers - Bonus Points for Mathematics: All students presenting a Grade C or higher in Advanced Higher Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This is only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for equivalent points scoring purposes.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to 5 A’s in the Highers and 2 A’s in the Advanced Highers (or a similar combination).

 

International Baccalaureate

EU International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Candidates must present three subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade 5) and three subjects at Standard Level (minimum Grade 4) to include English, Mathematics, a laboratory science and a second language. A minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Maths is required for entry to the programme.

English Language competence: Candidates presenting IB through English must achieve a minimum Grade 4 in Standard Level English (either English A1, A2 or B).

Candidates not presenting IB through English must achieve a minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level English (either English A1, A2 or B). Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section English Language Requirements).

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the IB Examinations.
As a guideline it is anticipated that the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

IB AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
45 IB points 600 Leaving Certificate Points
44 IB points 587 Leaving Certificate Points
42 IB points 560 Leaving Certificate Points
40 IB points 533 Leaving Certificate Points
38 IB points 507 Leaving Certificate Points
36 IB points 480 Leaving Certificate Points

Please note:

  • IB - Bonus Points for Mathematics: An additional 25 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 4 or higher in Higher Level Mathematics ONLY. The subject Mathematics Studies is not acceptable.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 41 IB points.
  • Regarding 2018: A major review of IB scoring is ongoing and there may be significant changes in scoring and entry requirements for 2018.

 

European Baccalaureate

EU European Baccalaureate (EB) applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present a minimum overall EB score of 60%. Must achieve a minimum Grade 6 in all subjects to include English (minimum 3/4/5 period), Mathematics (minimum 3 period), one laboratory science and a second language.
Must achieve a minimum Grade 7 and Grade 8 (3/4/5 hour subject period) in at least two subjects, the Grade 8 being achieved either in a laboratory science or 5 period Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics.

English Language competence: Must achieve a minimum Grade 6 (3/4/5 period) in English examined either as a first language, first foreign language or second foreign language.

Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section English Language Requirements)

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the European Baccalaureate Examinations.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table, provided sufficient distinct recognised subjects are passed:

EB AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
96%+ 600 Leaving Certificate Points
95% 591 Leaving Certificate Points
93% 573 Leaving Certificate Points
90% 545 Leaving Certificate Points
85% 498 Leaving Certificate Points

Note: This scoring is based on alignment with percentages attaining scores in the EB compared with scores attained by the same percent in the Irish Leaving Certificate. A further review will be carried out and may change for 2018 or later years.

Please note:

  • EB - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 6 or better on 5 Period Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 90%.

 

French Baccalaureate

EU French Baccalaureate Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Must achieve a minimum Grade 10 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 12 (at coefficient =<4) in six acceptable subjects to include Mathematics, one laboratory science and a language other than English. Must achieve a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 14 (at coefficient =<4) in English and a minimum Grade 13 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 15 (at coefficient =<4) in either a laboratory science or Maths.

English Language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section English Language Requirements).

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the French Baccalaureate Examinations.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table, provided sufficient distinct recognised subjects are passed:

FRENCH BACC AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
20 600 Leaving Certificate Points
19 575 Leaving Certificate Points
18 555 Leaving Certificate Points
17 530 Leaving Certificate Points
16 510 Leaving Certificate Points
15 490 Leaving Certificate Points

The percentage of students attaining each level in the French Baccalaureate is compared with the percentage of students attaining the various points levels in the Irish Leaving Certificate and the comparison is determined on that basis. The uneven relationship between the Irish Leaving Certificate Points System and French Baccalaureate scores is reflective of the distribution of results.

Please note:

  • French Baccalaureate - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 10 or better in Mathematics with a minimum co-efficient of 5.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 17.5.

 

German Abitur

EU German Abitur Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present six subjects each with a minimum average score of 9 to include Mathematics, one laboratory science and a language other than English. In addition must also present three Higher Level subjects, to include English and either a laboratory science or Maths, with a minimum average score of 10.

English Language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section English Language Requirements).

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the German Abitur Examinations.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table, provided sufficient distinct recognised subjects are passed:

GERMAN ABITUR AND LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
1.0 600 Leaving Certificate Points
1.1 580 Leaving Certificate Points
1.2 560 Leaving Certificate Points
1.3 540 Leaving Certificate Points
1.6 480 Leaving Certificate Points

Please note:

  • German Abitur - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a minimum Grade 4 in Intensive Level Mathematics.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 1.3.

 

Norwegian Vitnemal

EU Norwegian Vitnemal Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Must present a minimum of six subjects to include four examined and two non-examined subjects, one of which must be at Grade 5 or higher (either a lab science or Maths), two of which must be at Grade 4 or higher (including English) and the other three at a minimum Grade 2 or higher. Subjects must include English, Mathematics, one laboratory science and a second language.

English Language competence: Must achieve a minimum Grade 4 in examined or final year English. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section English Language Requirements).

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the Norwegian Vitnemal Examinations.
As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table, provided sufficient distinct recognised subjects are passed:

NORWEGIAN VITNEMAL AND LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
5.86+ 600 Leaving Certificate Points
5.5 570 Leaving Certificate Points
5 525 Leaving Certificate Points
4.8 500 Leaving Certificate Points

The average is calculated on best 3 examined over the normal three years if the programme and best 3 non-examined subjects in final year counting only distinct recognised subjects.

The percentages of students attaining each average point in the Vitnemål are compared with the percentages of students attaining the various points levels in the Irish leaving certificate and the comparison is determined on that basis. The uneven relationship reflects the distribution of results.

Please note:

  • Norwegian Vitnemal - Bonus Points for Mathematics: An additional 25 Irish Leaving Certificate points will be awarded for a Grade 4 in Maths VG3.
  • Points guide 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535* which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of between 5 and 5.5.

 

Other European Examinations

For specific information on points conversion of European Examinations other than those listed above, please check out the Guideline Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA applicants other than the Leaving Certificate.

Please note:

  • Points Guide for 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme was 535*.

Please note the Irish Leaving Certificate scoring system is changing in 2017 which may lead to a change in the points profile of Irish school-leavers. Individual countries will be updated for 2018 nand following years when statistics are available. The points equivalent calculations above serve as a guide only.

The onus is on the applicant to check entry criteria for the programmes for which they are applying. Please note, criteria can change from year to year.

 

English Language Requirements

Teaching in RCSI is through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language.

Applicants (whose first language is not English) must either meet the minimum English language matriculation requirement in their secondary school qualifications as outlined above or separately in the IELTS examination (academic stream) with an overall average score of 6.5 and no individual section lower than 6.0.

Note: All IELTS test results must be less than 2 years old at the time of admission.

 

 

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Course Fees

 

Free Fees Scheme

  • EU Fees are set by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
  • RCSI is part of the Free Fees Initiative funded by the HEA. The tuition Fees for EU school leavers who have not previously attended University are therefore normally covered under the Free Fees Scheme.
  • Students are required to pay a student contribution fee for non-tuition costs. For the academic year 2016/17, the EU Student Contribution fee for Undergraduate Physiotherapy is €3,860 per annum (comprising a student contribution charge of €3000, an IT fee of €475 and two one-off fees, a health screening charge of €250 and a National University of Ireland fee of €135).

 

EU Fees

  • Free Fees can only be drawn down once and candidates who have previously attended third level education under the Free Fees Scheme are liable for EU fees.
  • Students who are not covered under the Free Fees Scheme are required to pay a Student Contribution fee in addition to the EU Tuition Fees.
  • In 2016/17, the overall EU fee for Undergraduate Physiotherapy (including the EU Tuition Fee, student contribution charge etc.) is € 9,762 per annum.
  • EU Fees for the academic year 2017/18 are set by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and have not been set at this time.

 

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DARE and HEAR

RCSI participates in the Higher Education Admissions Route (HEAR) which supports socio-economically disadvantaged students and the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) which supports students applying with a disability.

The Admissions Office manages the DARE HEAR Schemes, offering 6% of CAO places on reduced points to DARE and HEAR eligible applicants.

HEAR DARE CAO reduced points places

RC004 Physiotherapy: 13 CAO places, 1 is DARE and 1 is HEAR.

School Leavers applying through the CAO who provide the necessary evidence relating to their socio-economic circumstances and/or disability are eligible to compete for places allocated on reduced points through the DARE and HEAR schemes. Please note that the normal College matriculation and entry requirements apply to DARE and HEAR applicants.

Click here for further information on DARE and HEAR.

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Scholarships

In addition to the 6% DARE and HEAR places, the Admissions Office stewards scholarships for CAO school leaver applicants hoping to study Physiotherapy at RCSI:

  • The Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) Scholarships which are available for members of the Traveller Community applying for Medicine, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy.

School Leavers interested in applying for this scholarship must apply through the CAO by 1 February. Additional information and supplementary application forms are available here.

 

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Policies

 

To review any of the following policy documents and statements, please visit the Policies page:

  • Am I an EU or Non EU Student (for application and fees assessment)
  • Applicants with Disabilities Policy
  • Complaints and Appeals Procedure
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Fees Policy
  • Fitness to Practice Information
  • Policy and Procedure for Admitting Students under 18 years of age
  • Statement on Confidentiality and Declaration of Interest pertaining to admission
  • Statement on Feedback pertaining to admission
  • Statement on Fraud pertaining to admission
  • Statement on Garda (Police) Vetting
  • Statement on Infectious Diseases and General Health
  • Undergraduate Admissions Policy
  • Undergraduate Schools Transfer Policy

 

 

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Visit RCSI - Open Days and Education Fairs

 

Open Days
  • RCSI hosts a number of dedicated Open Days and Open Evenings throughout the year.
  • The School Leaver’s Open Day took place Wednesday 04th January 2017.
  • School leavers will get a taste for what life will be like as an undergraduate RCSI Medicine, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy student.
  • For more details on the event, please visit the Open Days Page.

 

Education Fairs

 

Book a Campus Visit or School Tour
  • To book a guided tour of the RCSI campus, please email the Admissions Office at least one week in advance.
  • Guided tours normally take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-12pm (outside of bank holidays etc.).

 

 

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FAQs

 

  1. Are students guaranteed housing?


    Mercer Court Accommodation is located immediately adjacent to the College and is reserved for new incoming students. Capacity is limited and places are offered to students on a first come first served basis. The Student Services Department maintains a Registry of Accommodation and assists students in finding suitable accommodation. Details in relation to accommodation are available in the Student Life section of the website.

 

 

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Contact Us

 

The Admissions Office is responsible for the admission of students to all of the College's undergraduate programmes.

Address:
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Admissions Office
123 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
Ireland
Tel: 00 353 1 402 2228
Email: admissions@rcsi.ie

 

 

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