St George's, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

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Course summary

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Healthcare science is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS, as well as one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding. Healthcare scientists play a vital role in making accurate and timely diagnoses, carrying out investigations and interpreting and reporting the results. They also monitor, manage and treat patients with chronic disease. They contribute to decisions about patient treatment and are developing some of the most cutting-edge and innovative clinical and technological advancements. Our Healthcare Science BSc combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It focuses on physiological sciences, one of the four key areas of healthcare science (the others are clinical bioinformatics, life sciences and physical sciences.) Our clinical placement sites are NHS hospital departments, largely in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Many are in teaching hospitals and tertiary centres that can offer a wide range of facilities and experiences, meaning you will be immediately ready for the workplace when you graduate. The course has two main focuses: cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep physiology. You will experience both of these in academic and clinical settings in year 1, before making an informed decision about which to focus on. Year 3 includes designing and undertaking a comprehensive clinical research project. This is an integrated apprenticeships programme, which means that it is employer-led: employers set the standards, making sure that apprentices are trained to meet their skills needs; they fund the apprenticeship; and are responsible for employing and training the apprentice. After completing the course, you will have opportunities to carry on your studies at postgraduate level and specialise further throughout the UK in conjunction with a variety of NHS Trusts. You will be eligible for professional registration and may apply for NHS positions up to Band 5. You will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). Course highlights

  • 50 weeks spent on clinical placements doing work-based training
  • High levels of patient contact and interaction throughout the course
  • Small cohort sizes, allowing for excellent and individualised academic support
  • Inter-professional learning in preparation for work within multidisciplinary clinical teams
About St George’s, University of London As the UK’s specialist health university, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. Our close links with healthcare providers and our shared campus with one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, means St George’s will provide you with a unique taste of what your future working life holds. 

Course details

Modules

This is a modular degree that begins with a broad foundation of knowledge about all of the body systems and the disease processes that affect them but becomes highly specialised by the third year. Year one combines an introduction to the biomedical knowledge underpinning healthcare science as a whole, and especially the field of physiological sciences. From the start the course is explicitly designed as a preparation for clinical practice, slanted towards medically relevant information and clinical context. During this year you will undertake 10 weeks of clinical training, divided between different sites to give you a variety of experiences. You will work in both Cardiology and Respiratory/Sleep departments at this stage. At the end of year one you will select your speciality preference, either Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Thereafter your learning will be divided between modules that are common to both strands and specialist modules that are specific to your choice. In year two you will learn about the pathophysiology of common diseases affecting both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, taught by clinicians and researchers who specialise in these subjects and aided by time spent working with the specimens in our extensive pathology museum. You will learn to understand the scientific basis for the complex instruments that Clinical Physiologists use, calibrate and quality assure. You will also receive training in the research skills necessary for successful completion of your third-year audit/research project. Most importantly, the specialist modules cover the detailed physiology of your chosen system (Cardiac or Respiratory/Sleep), in interactive sessions delivered by our core staff of registered Cardiac and Respiratory/Sleep Physiologists. They will cover the highly skilled diagnostic techniques, methodologies and interpretation required for clinical practice, reinforced by 15 weeks of speciality-specific training in your designated clinical placement site. Year three focuses on developing your ability to apply everything that you’ve learned so far to the practice of Clinical Physiology. University-based teaching will focus on developing your specialist academic skills, while 25 weeks in the clinical workplace will complete your clinical training, providing the hands-on experience needed to build real expertise. You will complete and write up your clinical audit/research project. The third year will see you transform from a student to someone who has the knowledge, experience, professionalism and clinical competencies required of a Clinical Physiology Practitioner.

Assessment method

This course uses a range of assessment techniques that are chosen to match the competencies being learned and tested within each module. These include written exam papers, academic coursework (essays, posters, presentations, reflective writing), the final year project dissertation, clinical assessments that take place during placements and a portfolio of clinical work. St George's uses some formative assessments early in the course to help you to develop your skills, and provide interactive learning resources to help you judge your own understanding of some of the more difficult material. The Clinical Training modules are pass-fail only, but marks for the others accumulate to give your final degree classification.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP)

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

Course code:
B120
Institution code:
S49
Campus name:
St George's, University Of London
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/offer-holders/international-student-support. This includes guidance on the visa application process, preparing for your studies, enrolment, support during your studies, and English language requirements.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/healthcare-science#entry-criteria

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)77.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and a minimum of 6.5 in all others components)

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
92%
Student satisfaction
60%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
100%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) at St George's, University of London - UCAS