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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. Resits will be considered. 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

Access to HE Diploma

D:21,M:24,P:0

Full Award Diploma. 60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded). Credits must be in pure science subjects, excluding sociology. Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Overall score of 32. A minimum score of 15 points at Higher 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.

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

DDM

Subjects in Science are essential.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

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

UCAS Tariff

120-135

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Clinical physiology

Healthcare science is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS, as well as one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding. Healthcare scientists play a vital role in making accurate and timely diagnoses, carrying out investigations and interpreting and reporting the results. They also monitor, manage and treat patients with chronic disease. They contribute to decisions about patient treatment and are developing some of the most cutting-edge and innovative clinical and technological advancements.

Our Healthcare Science BSc combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It focuses on physiological sciences, one of the four key areas of healthcare science (the others are clinical bioinformatics, life sciences and physical sciences.) Our clinical placement sites are NHS hospital departments, largely in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Many are in teaching hospitals and tertiary centres that can offer a wide range of facilities and experiences, meaning you will be immediately ready for the workplace when you graduate.

The course has two main focuses: cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep physiology. You will experience both of these in academic and clinical settings in year 1, before making an informed decision about which to focus on. Year 3 includes designing and undertaking a comprehensive clinical research project.
This is an integrated apprenticeships programme, which means that it is employer-led: employers set the standards, making sure that apprentices are trained to meet their skills needs; they fund the apprenticeship; and are responsible for employing and training the apprentice.

After completing the course, you will have opportunities to carry on your studies at postgraduate level and specialise further throughout the UK in conjunction with a variety of NHS Trusts. You will be eligible for professional registration and may apply for NHS positions up to Band 5. You will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

**Course highlights**

- 50 weeks spent on clinical placements doing work-based training

- High levels of patient contact and interaction throughout the course

- Small cohort sizes, allowing for excellent and individualised academic support

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

**About St George’s, University of London**

As the UK’s specialist health university, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. Our close links with healthcare providers and our shared campus with one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, means St George’s will provide you with a unique taste of what your future working life holds. 

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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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,500
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

St George's, University Of London

Department:

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
med
Clinical physiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Anatomy, physiology and pathology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
95%
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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

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

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