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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

30 April 2020

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B120, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2020

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Healthcare science (HCS) is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS and its importance is continuing to grow. Healthcare science departments make a real difference to patients every day, they are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS and developing some of the most cutting edge and innovative clinical and technological advancements.

A BSc in Healthcare Science combines academic study with clinical placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac or respiratory and sleep physiology. On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the RCCP (Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists) or AHCS (Academy of Healthcare Science) Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences degree apprenticeship.

A rewarding career in healthcare science; by studying for a degree while you work in a relevant role, learning new skills.

An apprenticeship is a job with training to industry standards. It involves a substantial programme of on and off the job training. An integrated apprenticeships programme, is employer-led: employers set the standards, create the demand for apprentices to meet their skills needs, fund the apprenticeship and are responsible for employing and training the apprentice. To achieve occupational competence, an independent, end point assessment will be provided.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Highlights

  • Accreditation: Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and Health Education England.

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • 50 weeks spent on placement doing clinical training.

  • High levels of patient contact and interaction throughout the course.

  • Clinical experience in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology during the first year.

  • Graduation in either Cardiac or Respiratory/Sleep physiology.

  • Study abroad with the ERASMUS programme (limited spaces).

  • Specialist teaching delivered by registered Clinical Physiologists and research-active subject experts.

  • Inter-professional learning in preparation for work within multidisciplinary clinical teams.

  • Excellent job prospects (>90% in work or higher study within six months).

  • Starting point up to NHS Band 5, with clear training and progression.

  • Graduates are eligible for professional registration.

 

Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences degree apprenticeship

Highlights

  • Opportunity in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology.

  • Entry to a recognised occupation and is sufficiently skilled to require employment.

  • Minimum of 3 year training with 20% of the time in off the job training.

  • Employment in a job with legal and contractually acceptable terms and conditions.

  • Starting point up to NHS Band 5, with clear training and progression.

  • Graduates are eligible for professional registration.

Martyn Bucknall

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Course Director

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Tuition fees

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Home (UK/EU) tuition fees

Academic Year

UK/EU (per academic year)

Total fee*

2020/21

£9,250

£27,750

*Tuition fees for Home (UK/EU) students are determined by UK Government Policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the UK Government.

International (non-EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2020/21

£16,000

£48,00

For more information, see our fees and funding pages, and read the UK government information about fees and funding.*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X). They will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item 

Description

Admissions costs

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £5 
Administration fee - £6

Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

 

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With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

Entry criteria 2020

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Nationality

Citizens of the UK, EU or EEA or individuals with indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded C (4) or above

Subjects 

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths, and sciences.

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

Grades

BBB

Subjects

To include Biology and at least one other science subject or Maths. 

Adjusted criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (ie a non-selective state school with an average A Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For BSc Healthcare Science this will be an A Level offer of BCC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Please note that eligibility is determined based on the school/college at which you take your A Levels. If you completed your GCSEs at a school on our Adjusted Criteria list, but then undertook your A Levels at a school/college that is not on this list, you will not qualify for an adjusted offer.

The scheme is reviewed annually, so may change scope in future years.

Additional information

General Studies, Key Skills and AS Levels are not accepted. A2 and modular resits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Overall score

Overall score of 32.

Higher level

A minimum score of 15 points at Higher Level.

Standard level

A minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths at Standard Level if at least a 5 (Grade C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths.

Access Diploma

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Grades

45 pure science-related credits (excluding sociology) graded at Distinction or Merit including at least 9 credits in Biology/Human Biology.

Overall 21 credits must be graded at Distinction and 24 at Merit.

Additional information

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language, Maths and Science alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

Other qualifications

Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life
Sciences 

65 per cent overall.

Advanced GNVQ 

AGNVQ Science at distinction.
Biology or Human Biology A Level (A2) at grade B.

National Diploma
(BTEC) 

Pearson BTEC Diploma in Science: DD, with Biology or Human Biology A Level at grade B

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended  National Diploma: DDM

Subjects in Science are essential

Advanced Diploma 

Society, Health and Development at grade B, or Sport and Active Leisure at grade B.
Supplemented by Additional and Specialist Learning: A Level (A2) Biology or Human Biology at grade B.

Open University 

120 units at Level 1 and 2.
Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units. (Last offering at OU is Feb 2016)
Level 2: Human Biology module, 30 units.
Any other module, 30 units.
All results must be received and verified by 1 September of the year of entry.

Scottish Highers 

Five B grades at Higher level including Maths, English Language and Science.

BBB at Advanced Higher Level at BBB including Biology or Human Biology.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Six B grades at Higher Level, including English, Maths and Biology.

English and Maths must be a minimum of B2 at HL.

Applicants should list their Junior Certificates on UCAS form

Undergraduate Degree

2.2 Honours or higher in a Science related subject.

Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score 65 per cent in a Science related subject.

Other

All qualifications equivalent to BBB at A-level (or better) according to UKNARIC will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language

If English is not your first language and you have not sat an GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.  The test is valid for a period of two years.

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 / B or above.

IELTS 

(International English Language Testing System)


7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and Speaking component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Reading and Listening Component)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years. 

Pearson’s Test 

67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)

Other essential criteria

Work experience

Please see below.

Personal statement

Should demonstrate an awareness of clinical physiology and an interest in a clinical career.

Health and police screening

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.

Professional registration 

If you belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.

Voluntary and work experience

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

Health and police screening

We have an obligation to both patients and to the individual students, so if you are accepted onto a healthcare course you are required to pass occupational health screening. If you are concerned about a health issue you are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so you must have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to you as part of the admissions process.

Professional registration

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If your professional registration has been suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.

Exceptions

If you have studied but not completed a degree at an alternative university or are re-applying on the basis of A Levels, you must provide formal evidence as to why you withdrew from your studies previously. We will review each application on a case by case basis; however, we are not able to consider you if you have been suspended from previous studies due to fitness to practice issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

The following qualifications may enhance your application, but will not contribute to the minimum requirements:

  • NVQs

  • Massage courses

  • Sports Coaching degree, unless you have Biology A Level in addition

  • ITEC Anatomy and Physiology

  • Some international qualifications (to be assessed on application).

Entry criteria 2021

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

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Nationality

Citizens of the UK, EU or EEA or individuals with indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded C (4) or above

Subjects 

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths, and sciences.

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

Grades

BBB

Subjects

To include Biology and at least one other science subject or Maths. 

Adjusted criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (ie a non-selective state school with an average A Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For BSc Healthcare Science this will be an A Level offer of BCC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Please note that eligibility is determined based on the school/college at which you take your A Levels. If you completed your GCSEs at a school on our Adjusted Criteria list, but then undertook your A Levels at a school/college that is not on this list, you will not qualify for an adjusted offer.

The scheme is reviewed annually, so may change scope in future years.

Additional information

General Studies, Key Skills and AS Levels are not accepted. A2 and modular resits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Overall score

Overall score of 32.

Higher level

A minimum score of 15 points at Higher Level.

Standard level

A minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths at Standard Level if at least a 5 (Grade C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths.

Access Diploma

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Grades

Credits must be in pure science subjects, excluding sociology. Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

Overall 21 credits must be graded at Distinction and 24 at Merit.

Additional information

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language, Maths and Science alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

Other qualifications

Birkbeck College
Certificate in Life
Sciences 

65 per cent overall.

Advanced GNVQ 

AGNVQ Science at distinction.
Biology or Human Biology A Level (A2) at grade B.

National Diploma
(BTEC) 

Pearson BTEC Diploma in Science: DD, with Biology or Human Biology A Level at grade B

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended  National Diploma: DDM

Subjects in Science are essential

Advanced Diploma 

Society, Health and Development at grade B, or Sport and Active Leisure at grade B.
Supplemented by Additional and Specialist Learning: A Level (A2) Biology or Human Biology at grade B.

Open University 

120 units at Level 1 and 2.
Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units. (Last offering at OU is Feb 2016)
Level 2: Human Biology module, 30 units.
Any other module, 30 units.
All results must be received and verified by 1 September of the year of entry.

Scottish Highers 

Five B grades at Higher level including Maths, English Language and Science.

BBB at Advanced Higher Level at BBB including Biology or Human Biology.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Six B grades at Higher Level, including English, Maths and Biology.

English and Maths must be a minimum of B2 at HL.

Applicants should list their Junior Certificates on UCAS form

Undergraduate Degree

2.2 Honours or higher in a Science related subject.

Foundation Degree

Minimum overall score 65 per cent in a Science related subject.

Other

All qualifications equivalent to BBB at A Level (or better) according to UKNARIC will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or St George’s, University of London to be ‘majority English speaking’ listed here, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements outlined below. Tests are valid for a period of two years.

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 / B or above.

IELTS 

(International English Language Testing System)


7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and Speaking component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Reading and Listening Component)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years. 

Pearson’s Test 

67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)

Other essential criteria

Work experience

Please see below.

Personal statement

Should demonstrate an awareness of clinical physiology and an interest in a clinical career.

Health and police screening

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox
Enhanced Police Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass an occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

Offer holders will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, and will receive a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of health screening if they firmly accept their offer. However, you may wish to contact your general practitioner (GP) to begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before  you receive an offer, as it consists of three injections over a six month period.

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to offer holders as part of the admissions process, but you can read more about DBS checks here.

Professional registration 

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If your professional registration has been suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.

Voluntary and work experience

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

Health and police screening

We have an obligation to both patients and to the individual students, so if you are accepted onto a healthcare course you are required to pass occupational health screening. If you are concerned about a health issue you are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

You will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.

This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so you must have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to you as part of the admissions process.

Professional registration

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If your professional registration has been suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.

Exceptions

If you have studied but not completed a degree at an alternative university or are re-applying on the basis of A Levels, you must provide formal evidence as to why you withdrew from your studies previously. We will review each application on a case by case basis; however, we are not able to consider you if you have been suspended from previous studies due to fitness to practice issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

The following qualifications may enhance your application, but will not contribute to the minimum requirements:

  • NVQs
  • Massage courses
  • Sports Coaching degree, unless you have Biology A Level in addition
  • ITEC Anatomy and Physiology
  • Some international qualifications (to be assessed on application).

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 1

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.

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Year 1 modules/placements

Module/placements 

Taught

Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 1
 

Taught

Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science
 

Taught

Professional Practice 1
 

Taught

Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 2
 

Clinical

Clinical Training 1 (two weeks preclinical preparation at St George's and eight weeks of clinical placement)

Year 2

In year two you will learn about the pathophysiology of common diseases affecting both the cardiovascular and respiratory/sleep 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 equipment 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.

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Year 2 modules/placements

Module/placements

Taught  
    

Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions

Taught

Instrumentation, Signal Processing and Imaging
 

Taught

Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
 

Taught

Research Methods
 

Taught

Professional Practice 2
 

Taught

Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 3
 

Clinical

Clinical Training (15 weeks of clinical placement)

Year 3

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.

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Year 3 modules/placements

Module/placements

Taught

Applying Respiratory and Sleep Physiology to Practice or Applying Cardiac Physiology to Practice
 

Taught 
 

Research Project in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology or Research Project in Cardiac Physiology
 

Taught

Professional Practice 3

Clinical

Clinical Training (25 weeks of clinical placement)

At St George's, University of London we offer a broad range of learning environments which include traditional lecture-tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory, practical and clinical skills activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery. The modules which make up a course of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling you to demonstrate your capabilities in a range of ways.

This is an accredited NHS Clinical Physiology Practitioner Training Programme, developed under the Department of Health Modernising Scientific Careers initiative to train scientists for a patient centred role within the NHS. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge for a career as a clinical physiologist, either in the cardiac or respiratory/sleep speciality. You will play a vital role in accurate and timely diagnosis, carrying out investigations, interpreting and reporting results

Ours is the largest course of this type and St George's is the only university in London accredited to train students in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Our cohort sizes are small, allowing for excellent and individualised academic support.

Students have the chance to gain academic and workplace experience in both before making an informed decision about their preferred field at the end of the first year.

Graduates are eligible for professional registration, and may apply for NHS Band 5 Clinical Physiology positions.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based learning, data interpretation exercises, group work, computer-aided learning, clinical skills training in simulated environments and clinical placements. In year one you will have anatomy tutorials in the dissecting room, and time spent working with students on other healthcare-related courses (including medical, biomedical, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography) to lay the foundation for future practice as part of a clinical multidisciplinary team.

Over the three year programme, you will spend 50 weeks undertaking Clinical Training modules. Our clinical placement sites are NHS hospital departments, most of which are in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Many are in teaching hospitals and tertiary centres that can offer a wide range of facilities and experiences. Clinical training is delivered by highly qualified, practising Clinical Physiologists with experience in training, supervising and mentoring students. During these modules you will build a portfolio of clinical and professional skills and competencies, to the standard expected by professional organisations, as well as carrying out a substantial clinical audit/research project.

Assessment methods

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.

We use 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, but marks for the other modules accumulate to give your final degree classification.

Placements

Student's studying Healthcare Science spend a large amount of time on placement. Below is a list of hospitals students were placed in the 2017/18 academic year*.

 

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Cardiac placements

  • East Surrey (Redhill)

  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woolwich)

  • St Bartholomew's Hospital - Bart's Health NHS Trust

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Royal Surrey County Hospital (Guildford)

Cardiac and respiratory/sleep placements

  • Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

  • Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

  • North Middlesex University Hospital

Respiratory placements

  • Whipp’s Cross University Hospital

  • Homerton Hospital 

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital

*This list is subject to change and should be used as a guide of where students may be able to go.

Successful students are eligible to apply for NHS positions up to Band 5 in their chosen field, and for professional registration with both the Academy of Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). Once employed, students may gain skills and experience and progress to more senior positions. 

Previous students have also gone on to undertake further study (eg Scientist Training Programme (STP)) or to study medicine. 

Clinical Physiologists are important members of the multidisciplinary teams that provide patient care under the NHS. They play a vital role in accurate and timely diagnosis, effective management and treatment of patients.

Cardiac Physiology

As a practitioner specialising in cardiac physiology, you will undertake a wide range of diagnostic procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Cardiac Physiologists perform a wide range of diagnostic techniques, starting with electrocardiograms (ECGs), including:

  • on-going patient monitoring in the form of ambulatory ECG and blood pressure

  • exercise stress tests

  • cardio-pulmonary exercise tests

  • echocardiogram and electrocardiogram.

They also play a vital role in the treatment of patients, during cardiac catheterisation and cardiac rhythm management.

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

As a practitioner specialising in respiratory and sleep physiology, you will undertake a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including spirometry, measurement of gas exchange, exercise testing, blood gas analysis, allergy testing and sleep studies. Patients (including children) may be referred to you for many reasons, including low oxygen levels, abnormal chest X-rays, shortness of breath, suspected sleep disorders (eg sleep apnoea), or suspected respiratory diseases such as emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and asthma.

In addition to diagnosis, practitioners are also actively involved in treatment regimes. This include ventilation devices in patients with sleep apnoea or respiratory failure and oxygen therapy in patients with low oxygen levels.

Clinical Physiologists also participate in clinical audit and / or research, helping to drive the advances in knowledge, techniques and technologies that make Clinical Physiology a continually challenging, motivating and rewarding career.

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Covid-19 guidance

For information on applications, clearing, work experience and gap years, view our latest Covid-19 FAQs for prospective applicants.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

 

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Application checklist

You must provide:

  • full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades

  • full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades

  • a personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website)

  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

We will send you an acknowledgement email and letter when we receive your application. Please make sure your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview. Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track and direct applicants will be contacted via email.

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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

30 April 2020

UCAS Code

B120, institution code S49

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