Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) at University of Leeds - UCAS

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Cardiac physiologists work in a fast-paced, stimulating environment, combining patient care, diagnostics and problem-solving to provide excellent person-centred care and support. The profession is fast moving and continually evolving, providing essential services to the modern healthcare system. Our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) course focuses primarily on the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of heart disease. Throughout the programme you will develop the required skills to become a practising cardiac physiologist, eligible for professional registration through an integrated approach of academic, simulated and workplace learning. As a cardiac physiologist you will use a range of procedures to support the diagnosis and treatment pathway of patients with cardiac disease. You will benefit from our well-established network of high-quality placements, where you will receive clinical training from experienced cardiac professionals. Our students often describe their placements as the highlight of the programme as they are able to put theory into practice. Work based learning helps students to develop their employability, and the degree programme has an excellent employability record. We have over 20 years’ experience of providing cardiac physiology training and you will be taught by experienced practising healthcare professionals. Being part of the School of Medicine links our academic expertise with world-leading research. On successful completion of the programme, students are eligible to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Science as a Practitioner. Why choose Leeds?

  • The only cardiac physiology course in the UK that sits within a School of Medicine.
  • Use of simulation computer technology for enhanced ECG learning.
  • Work with patients from the Patient Carer Community group to help prepare you for placement.
  • Clinical placements are undertaken within departments across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
  • Develop your clinical skills through practical sessions utilising dedicated simulation equipment.
  • Study specialist areas of interest undertaking a research project in your final year.
  • We are based within the globally renowned Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine meaning that our students have access to leading researchers and can attend and participate in academic research seminars alongside practising cardiologists and senior medical researchers.
  • There are opportunities to present your research at conferences and in professional journals.
Facilities The School has a dedicated cardiac physiology clinical skills area. The rooms consist of a separate ambulatory monitoring room where students can be taught and can practise fitting, downloading and analysing ambulatory information. There is a larger room for dedicated clinical skills teaching, with the equipment to perform ECGs, basic spirometry and blood pressure monitoring – all basic skills required for cardiac physiologists. The programme has also invested in cardiac catheterisation and pacing VR simulator to support student learning as well as echocardiography simulation equipment.

Assessment method

We use a range of assessment methods to assess your clinical and professional skills. A range of assessments are utilised to reflect the range of learning outcomes in the programme and specific modules. This enables you to demonstrate your capabilities and achievements and take into account individual assessment strengths. Academic assessments across the three years include presentations, group assessments, unseen examinations, practical skills examinations, seen examinations, along with essays and clinical practice profiles of evidence. You will need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

All students will complete a pre-registration screening questionnaire which allows our occupational health team at the University support you to meet your true potential on the programme despite any pre-existing health concerns you may have. It is important that you notify us even if your symptoms are currently under control as we can ensure that you continue to be supported even if you are moving from different areas of the country. The process also allows our occupational health team to check your immunity requirements so we can ensure that both patients and you are protected and kept safe. This will involve understanding your immunisation record to date. Further details can be found on HEOPS offers guidance on occupational health resources and health surveillance.


Shortlisted applicants are normally receive a written invitation to attend a multiple mini interview with the School of Medicine. This allows us to further assess your aptitude for and interest in the course. If shortlisted, you'll receive a written invitation from the School to attend a selection event on a specific time and date. If this date is unsuitable, contact the School and where possible we'll offer an alternative date. If you don't notify us and don't attend a selection event, your application will be rejected. Offers are made on the basis of merit and the decision to make an offer after interview depends entirely on your performance at mini-interview, not on your predicted or achieved academic performance, or other scores

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Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) at University of Leeds - UCAS