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St George's, University of London

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

UCAS Code: B120

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Biology or Human Biology is a required subject, plus two other subjects. General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted. AS Levels are not considered for this course. A2 resits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades. Modular resits will also be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades. Adjusted criteria: If you attend a non-selective state school or college in England, you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard. You must meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

National Diploma in Science, overall grades distinction, distinction, distinction. Biology or Human Biology A Level (A2) at grade B.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B

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

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81-120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Clinical physiology

The Healthcare Science course combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. This is now one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding areas of the health system. Healthcare Scientists contribute to 80% of decisions about patient treatment.

There are four areas of healthcare science - Clinical Bioinformatics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and finally, Physiological Sciences. The St George's, University of London course specialises in Physiological Sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology. After completing the course, you will be able to register with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.

**Cardiac Physiology**

If you train as a practitioner specialising in cardiac physiology then you will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Cardiac Physiology Practitioners perform a wide range of diagnostic techniques, including on-going patient monitoring, exercise stress tests, cardio-pulmonary exercise tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (ECGs). They also play a vital role in the treatment of patients, for example catheterisation, pacemaker implantation and follow-up.

**Respiratory and Sleep Physiology**

If you train as a practitioner specialising in respiratory and sleep physiology, then you will undertake a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including spirometry, gas exchange, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, blood gas analysis, allergy testing and sleep studies. Patients may be referred to you for many reasons, including low oxygen levels, abnormal chest X-rays, breathing difficulties, sleep disorders, or suspected respiratory diseases such as emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis and asthma.

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. Opportunities for postgraduate study and further specialisation exist throughout the UK in conjunction with a variety of NHS Trusts.

**Unique aspects of this course**

This 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. 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.

There is also the opportunity to broaden your horizons by completing a part of your clinical training at the Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra, in Portugal. This partnership is offered as part of the ERASMUS programme, and would allow you to take advantage of the first class facilities at this world renowned institution. As well as the potential professional opportunities studying abroad offers, it is also an invaluable social and cultural experience for any applicants to the program.

Modules

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 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.

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

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.

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.

St George's uses 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 only, but marks for the others accumulate to give your final degree classification.

Tuition fees

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£16,000
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The Uni


Course location:

St George's, University of London

Department:

Paramedic Science

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Anatomy, physiology and pathology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Anatomy, physiology and pathology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

72%
Therapy professionals
22%
Health associate professionals
2%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

The stats here cover not just anatomy, physiology and pathology courses, but also neuroscience and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is much the most popular of the four. So, a lot of the data you’re looking at is really for physiotherapists, who have excellent employment rates - although all the subjects under this group do better than average. Anatomy and physiology graduates often take further study — usually moving on to a medical degree - and neurosciences graduates opt for a more academic route in study. Pathology graduates tend to go into work. Physiotherapy graduates mainly go straight into work, and a large majority got into physiotherapy roles within six months of graduation in 2016, usually either in hospitals or private practice. There are shortages of graduates in all of these disciplines although issues with funding roles, particularly in physiotherapy, still mean that these degrees are not a guaranteed path to a job - but the chances of getting a job are very good.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Clinical physiology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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