Students of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) go on to become Respiratory Physiologists. They work directly with patients suspected or known to have diseases of the respiratory system and those with sleep-related breathing disorders. Respiratory and Sleep Physiology is a branch of Medical Physics Technology. Practitioners deliver diagnostic tests of breathing and perform diagnostic sleep studies and provide treatment for patients with sleep-related breathing conditions, in hospital and at home. Respiratory Physiologists also diagnose and treat sleep-related breathing disorders in partnership with the medical team. Students need a keen interest in science and human biology along with effective communications skills to work with patients of all ages and disabilities. Students are advised to visit a hospital medical physics department to familiarise themselves with the role and daily activities of medical physics technologists before applying. The degree will:
- Equip you with the skills to work in the NHS or private sector
- Provide transferable skills in team working, communication, problem-solving and analysis
- UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements. Conditions for funded places apply, for further information please visit our website-www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/nhsfunding/
- EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017).
- AVERAGE EARNINGS: The average NHS starting salary for graduate Medical Physics Technologists is £22,128 (Band 5) Typical wage brackets go from £22,128-£41,787.
- ACCREDITATION: Accredited by the RCCP and the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. NSHCS (National School of Healthcare and Science), on behalf of Health Education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary register.
Year 1 compulsory: Professional Practice 1 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science Basics of Mathematics and Physics for Healthcare Science Introduction to Cardiovascular Science Respiratory and Sleep Physiology CVRS Patient Pathways and Work-Based Training Manual Handling 1 Violence & Aggression Passport 1 Year 2 Compulsory: Professional Practice 2 Research Methods and Statistics Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1 Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Diagnostic Interventions Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Physiology Manual Handling 2 Violence & Aggression Passport 2 Year 3 Compulsory: Professional Practice 3 Healthcare Science Research Project Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Sleep Diagnostics and Therapy Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Blood Gases and Respiratory Failure Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Challenge and Exercise Testing Manual Handling 3 Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.
There are a number of tools used for assessment; these can range from unseen written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work. Students on this course spend approximately half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. These placements are organised by the College of Human and Health Sciences.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Welsh Government funded places on the Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) programme are currently only available to UK and EU applicants. International applicants are not able to apply for these places.
Minimum of five A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
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