Duration: 3 years full time or 4 years part time
On the BSc Healthcare Science degree course you will be studying cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology. You will choose which area you would like to eventually follow as your pathway into practice when you apply to us.
Cardiac physiology is concerned with heart function, whilst respiratory and sleep physiology concentrates on breathing difficulties and sleep disorders.
Throughout your studies you will learn how to diagnose a whole spectrum of complaints thanks to our world class learning facilities and highly respected academics. Furthermore, our research groups will give you access to some of the latest scientific discoveries to strengthen your knowledge.
In addition, we put special emphasis on acquiring skills of emotional intelligence like empathy and compassion. These are particularly important because people with undiagnosed conditions will often be deeply worried or anxious.
Full time Cardiovascular: B120
Part time Cardiovascular: 7D25
Full time Respiratory and Sleep: B121
Part time Respiratory and Sleep: B122
This NHS practitioner training programme is a mixture of theory and integrated practical training in using the latest clinical equipment.
Practice placements will be mainly in the south central healthcare region, although students may also be placed in other healthcare regions.
Constantly changing technology means lifelong learning which adds to the interest and challenges of a career in cardiac or sleep and respiratory physiology.
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Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including Maths, Science and English (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7)|
ABB in three A levels including at least one science subject.
|International Baccalaureate||32 points (16 at higher level).
Access to HE Diploma:
Science based access course (27 distinctions at level 3)
BTEC national diploma in health studies or science (DDD)
Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact email@example.com or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.
To enrol on this course, you must meet our entry critieria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.
Applications should be submitted through UCAS (www.ucas.com). Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.
What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?
The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.
Why do you want to be a Cardiac Physiologist / Sleep and Respiratory Physiologist? What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?
What do you understand about the role? To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.
Discuss your relevant academic preparation. What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.
Personal interests – sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession
The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.
What happens if my application is shortlisted?
If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.
Healthcare Science Selection sessions normally last approximately 5 hours and includes:
Group discussion - where small groups of around 6 applicants will have 30 minutes to discuss a particular topic linked to NHS Core Values. Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.
Short Interview - where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the role of a Healthcare Scientist and reflect on your relevant work experience.
Your performance in the group activity and short interview will be considered in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.
During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students and clinicians. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.
As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.
Understanding your offer
If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.
All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.
You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo. |
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Clothing||Lab Coats: You will need provide yourselves with laboratory coat for use in the Centre for learning Anatomical Sciences. These can be purchased from any source.|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php|
|Travel||Travel: Attending lectures: Lectures take place both on the Highfield Campus and at Southampton General Hospital which are separated by a distance of 2.3 miles (by road). The sites are connected by a regular bus service, or alternatively students may prefer to travel by bicycle or on foot.|
|Placements||This programme involves mandatory placements in all years. The placements are organised by the University and will take place with a range of healthcare providers; as such students will need to travel to placements/arrange accommodation. |
|Conference expenses ||Travel & Accommodation: Conference attendance is not normally expected as part of the HCS programme. If you decide to attend conferences then you will normally be expected to cover the cost of accommodation, travel and admission.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.