Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) Swansea University


Cardiac Physiologists work with those suspected or known to have heart disease. This degree is ideal if you enjoy human biology and are interested in health and wellbeing. You should want to work with patients in specialised healthcare environments, be comfortable with technological equipment and be good at problem-solving.

Students on this course spend half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. This course starts before normal University term time and has different leave entitlements.

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.

Cardiac physiologists now perform some tasks that were previously the remit of doctors.
This is an exciting and rapidly developing field that requires a high level of responsibility with many opportunities for specialist role extension following graduation.
The University has strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus. You will also have the opportunity to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities which offer realistic workplace experiences and learning resources including a clinical and technical skills centre and simulated clinical practice facilities.

  • 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 -

  • EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017)

  • AVERAGE EARNINGS: The NHS starting salary for graduate Cardiac Physiologists is £24,000 (Band 5). Typical career earnings go up to £41,787. A significant proportion of our graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles. A Consultant Audiologist can earn £100,431.

  • ACCREDITATION: Accredited by the 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.

  • Graduates are also eligible to join the voluntary register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and are able to enter the workplace as an independent practitioner.

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Singleton Park Campus

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


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
Measurement of Resting Cardiovascular Function
Measurement of Cardiovascular Function During Provocation Testing
Manual Handling 2
Violence & Aggression Passport 2

Year 3 Compulsory:
Professional Practice 3
Healthcare Science Research Project
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2
Cardiac Catheterisation
Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Management
Evidence-Based Practice in Cardiology
Manual Handling 3

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2018.

If you already have a 2018 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B1B8
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Welsh Government funded places on the Healthcare Science (Cardiology) programme are currently only available to UK and EU applicants. International applicants are not able to apply for these places.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level B B B Including Biology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Access to HE Diploma Access to Science: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination. Please note: we do not accept Access to Healthcare or Access to Healthcare and Nursing.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 - 32 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 360 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Pass and either BB at A2 level (including maths or physics) or DD at BTEC

Minimum of five A-C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records check (DBS)



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced tuition fee support package through the NHS Wales Bursary scheme. *to receive funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of the course. Visit for more information.