Skip to content
Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B120, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2021

Apply via UCAS

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 by performing and interpreting high quality diagnostic tests and implementing treatments. Physiologists and scientists are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS and continually develop cutting edge and innovative clinical and technological advancements.

The accredited Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Healthcare Science, a Practitioner Training Programme (PTP), is a three-year undergraduate training scheme that includes work-based clinical placements and academic learning. This course provides professional training in the medical and biological sciences and 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). 

The degree is an entry qualification for application to the Scientist Training Programme (STP), a three-year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master’s degree and the very competitive Consultant Scientist training programme PTP, STP and HSST are all accredited by the NSHS. 

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

The course also offers an apprenticeship scheme for employers. 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.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course for September 2020.

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 on clinical placement in leading NHS physiology departments.

  • 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.

  • 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 salary up to Agenda for change (AfC) 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

Admissions Tutor

View profile

Cynthia Simon

Course Director

View profile

Tuition fees

View all Close all

Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic Year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£9,250

£27,750

*Tuition fees for Home (UK) 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 (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£16,500

£49,500

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.

 

:

“One of the best things about this course is that most of your time is spent on placement which is a brilliant opportunity to learn on the job. You’re treated as part of a clinical team, which comes with real responsibilities. It’s a great way to put your knowledge into practice. ”

- Mariam

Healthcare Science BSc (Cardiac Physiology)

“I found the eight-week placement programme in my first year so beneficial. You do four weeks in respiratory and sleep, and four weeks in cardiology in a hospital environment, which allows you to see how each differs and what’s really involved. It’s a great way to help you decide which one you’d prefer to specialise in for the next two years.”

- Derek

Healthcare Science BSc (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology)

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

View all Close all

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

Some applicants may be eligible for an adjusted A-Level offer. In previous years, eligibility has been determined by the school that applicants completed their A-Levels at (i.e. the average A-Level grade of pupils at the school, and the rate at which pupils at the school progress into higher education) however, the criteria for scheme are reviewed annually and may change scope. For 2021 entry, eligibility criteria for the scheme have not yet been finalised.

Further details on how contextual offers have previously been decided are available here. Details of the eligibility criteria for 2021 entry will be posted on this page once they are available.

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 second and 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. During placements, you will gain experience of working as part of a team, demonstrating professional behaviour and perform (under supervision) a range of routine cardiac and respiratory procedures, including electrocardiograms (ECG), blood pressure, spirometry and pulse oximetry. 

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.

View all Close all

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, scientists 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 speciality (Cardiac or Respiratory/Sleep), in interactive sessions delivered by our core staff of registered Cardiac and Respiratory/Sleep Physiologists, including expert guest lecturers. 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. During placement, you will build on the clinical skills developed in year one and also undertake more advanced procedures. 

View all Close all

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 Specialist module
 

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. During placement you will undertake more advanced clinical procedures. In cardiac physiology, this includes cardiac catheterisation and in respiratory/sleep physiology, this includes setting up and interpretation of sleep studies and setting up of treatments such as CPAP therapy.

You will complete and write up your clinical audit/research project. This includes collection and analysis of data, which is carried out in your clinical placement site. 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.

View all Close all

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 and involved in the treatment of your patients. 

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 specialities 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 (including clinical viva), 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 that offer clinical placements*.

 

View all Close all

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 (e.g. 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 routine and highly complex diagnostic procedures on your patients, 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 (e.g. sleep apnoea), pre-operative assessment or suspected respiratory diseases such as emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer and asthma.

In addition to diagnosis, practitioners are also actively involved in the treatment of patients. 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 advancing, challenging, motivating and rewarding career.

Links

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.

 

View all Close all

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.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Healthcare Science programme. There may be some minor changes to how we deliver the programme – see below table.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.

View all Close all

Module changes

Module/
component

Academic year to which the change applies

Description of change

Clinical Training

(year 1)

2020/21

May be necessary to reduce the number of weeks for clinical placement if placement sites cannot except students on-site at the scheduled time

Clinical Training

(Year 2)

2020/21

Possible to increase the number weeks of clinical placement to make up for time lost on placement in previous year, however, due to the uncertainty of placement sites it may also be necessary to decrease the number of placement weeks.

Clinical Training

(Year 3)

2020/21

May be necessary to reduce the number of weeks for clinical placement if placement sites cannot except students on-site at the scheduled time

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

 

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

 

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

View all Close all

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses we will delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on site due to a health reason, you must let us know by start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

View all Close all

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for students to progress and graduate without delay.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on site, we have developed an alternative strategy allowing assessments to be completed remotely without coming on to campus.

The programme does include practical elements that are delivered in laboratories and, in the case of anatomy, in our Dissection Room. Also clinical skills training is held in one of the clinical skills labs. These will all run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures and PPE where appropriate. There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. In that case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

Current students

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for students to progress and graduate without delay.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on site, you will be aware from the last academic year that we have developed alternative strategies for assessments to be completed remotely without coming on to campus.

The programme does include practical elements that are delivered in laboratories. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures.  There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

Final year students will continue to do final year projects. These are usually conducted on a placement site, under the supervision of clinical coordinators, performing audits service evaluations. It may not be possible to perform any research due to current JRES regulations. We will strive to ensure that alternative arrangements are in place to enable students to complete on schedule. Systematic reviews or meta-analysis maybe an option – this has been discussed with the library and CIDe to review the software for this to be carried out. 

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. Their capacity to offer placements may change if, in the event of a further outbreak of Covid-19, delivering care to affected patients becomes the overriding priority. If that happens, we will limit the impact on students where possible. We will rotate students through the sites that are continuing to accept students and, where possible, we will use our simulation facilities to offer a comparable clinical experience. For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the following academic year to protect student safety. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Additional costs

View all Close all

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Current students

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above the normal level, as previously advertised on the course page.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

View all Close all

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments which might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations) and poster presentations. 

All formal written examinations take place in February, June and July. At this stage, we expect to deliver these assessments as planned. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on site, we successfully developed an alternative strategy in 2019/20 to enable students to complete assessments remotely, without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were taken remotely by students within at a time of their choosing within a window stipulated by us; DOPS were replaced with written scenario-based questions; and CBD were replaced with written questions. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again.

Current students

Assessments where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner can only be delivered on campus or on clinical placement. Assessments within which a student’s ability to communicate appropriately with a patient or simulated patient can also only be delivered on site or clinical placement.

At this stage, we expect to be able deliver assessments of this kind on site or placement.  However, if government advice changes and the campus is closed and students have to leave their placements, we would not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. If that was the case, it might be possible to delay these assessments to the next academic year to protect student safety. If that happens, graduation for some final year students may be delayed until you are able to complete all assessments, because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Award

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

The Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc is accredited by National school of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. Both bodies have confirmed that the programme continues to meet their standards. Graduates from the programme will therefore be eligible to apply for registration when they complete the programme. 

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in the previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements.

Consenting to these changes

View all Close all

Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

Apply now

Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2021

UCAS Code

B120, institution code S49

Find a profileSearch by A-Z