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Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics). Other science based subjects will be considered.

45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above (or 4 or above) required in Maths, English Language, and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, one of which must be a science subject.

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

DDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): distinction/distinction/distinction and must contain at least one-third science content at distinction. Health and Social Care qualifications have insufficient science content and will only be considered with an additional science A level – biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics. All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.

Scottish Higher

B,B

BB at Advanced Higher level and AABBB at Higher level OR B at Advanced Higher level and AAABB at Higher level. For applicants without Advanced Highers, we require AABBBB at Higher level. Each of these options requires 1 science, from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Clinical physiology

Cardiac physiologists work in a challenging and stimulating environment. They combine caring and analytical problem solving in order to provide excellent patient care and support.

Our accreddited course focuses primarily on diagnosis and assessment of heart disease. The course integrates both academic and workplace learning.

**Why choose Leeds?**

- The only cardiac physiology course in the UK that sits within a School of Medicine.

- Use our 4D computer technology for enhanced learning.

- Work with patients from the Patient Carer Community group to help prepare you for placement.

- Clinical placements across Yorkshire and Humber.

- Develop your clinical skills through practical sessions in our dedicated laboratories.

- Study specialist areas of interest undertaking a research project in your final year.

- Undertake novel research with the opportunity to present at conferences and in professional journals.

- Careful timetabling means you can enjoy an extended summer break.

- Based within the globally renowned Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine means that our students have access to leading researchers and can attend and participate in academic research seminars alongside practising cardiologists and senior medical researchers.

**Excellent employability record**

You'll benefit from our well-established network of high-quality placements, where you’ll receive clinical training from experienced cardiac professionals. Our students often describe their placements as the highlight of the course and the degree has an excellent employability record. In fact, 87% of our students go on to work and/or study within 15 months of graduation (Discover Uni, 2020).

**Accreditation**

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course is also accredited by The College of Radiographers (SCoR).

**Visit our Cardiac Physiology webpages for additional course information.**

Modules

Year 1
You’ll gain a broad understanding of the principles of Healthcare Science. Alongside this, you’ll be introduced to the theory and practice of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep studies. You’ll also learn about professional working and will start to develop your independent and critical thinking skills. You will complete 10 weeks of clinical placements.

Year 2
You’ll learn about a range of non-invasive cardiac diagnostic assessments, which will prepare you for your specialist clinical placement. In particular, you’ll focus on ECG interpretation, ambulatory monitoring and exercise tolerance testing. These are the procedures you’ll train in during 15 weeks of clinical placement. In addition, you’ll study the pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory diseases.

Year 3
You’ll learn about a range of invasive cardiac diagnostics including: diagnostic angiograms and pacemaker implants, and explore more deeply a wide range of cardiac disorders and the options available to treat and manage these conditions. You’ll also conduct a research project in one particular area of cardiology. You’ll continue to develop your practical skills both in the on-site clinical laboratories and in your dedicated final clinical placement in semester 2 of this year. In total, you'll complete 25 weeks on clinical placement during the final year.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop the skills necessary to become a cardiac physiologist. You’ll also gain more general skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, scientific enquiry, professional working and reflective practice.

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment methods to assess your clinical and professional skills. These include presentations, group assessments, unseen examinations, practical skills examinations, seen examinations, along with essays and clinical practice profiles of evidence.

You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM)

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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.

79%
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Clinical physiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

74%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
75%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Health associate professionals
12%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Medical sciences

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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£34k

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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