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B120 BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)

Acquire the skills and expertise to detect and quantify cardiac and respiratory health problems in people of all ages and pathologies, in the rewarding field of clinical physiology. Based at University Hospital Southampton and Highfield Campus at the University, this NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) offers high levels of patient interaction with its supervised practice placements and state-of-the-art learning environment.

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Introducing your degree

Our BSc Healthcare Science degree can be studied over three years full-time or four years part-time. It offers a pathway to professional registration with the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and presents an exciting opportunity to combine science with patient care.

As a student on our programme you will be at the forefront of technological advances that aid the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac and respiratory conditions. You will study cardiac physiology as well as respiratory and physiology in year one before specialising in cardiac physiology in years two and three.

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My biggest highlight was securing a job at the Barts Heart Centre when I qualified. Barts is a fantastic hospital and the largest cardiac centre in the UK.
Sanjay Mistry, BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)
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Cardiac physiology is concerned with heart function, whilst respiratory and sleep physiology concentrates on breathing difficulties and sleep disorders. During your studies you will learn how to diagnose a spectrum of health issues. Furthermore, our research groups will give you access to some of the latest scientific discoveries to strengthen your knowledge.

You will undertake practical training in a dedicated skills lab at University Hospital Southampton using the latest clinical equipment to prepare you for clinical placements. 2,000 hours of placements will allow you to apply and develop your clinical skills. Practice placements tend to take place in the south central healthcare region.

Health Sciences are committed to the active involvement of patients and carers across our provision. Learn more about how this important perspective feeds into your education.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for part-time 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

  • Full time Cardiovascular: B120


This programme is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists with whom you will be eligible to register.

Key Facts

  • Duration: 3 years full time or 4 years part time
  • 100% of Healthcare Sciences students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (NSS 2018)
  • 85% of  Healthcare Sciences students agreed that they have received sufficient and guidance in relation to their course (NSS 2018)
  • 92% of Healthcare Sciences students agreed that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course (NSS 2018)
  • 92% of Healthcare Sciences students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating (NSS 2018)
  • 100% of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology/Respiratory & Sleep Physiology) graduates are in graduate level destinations (DLHE 2016/2017)
  • Nationally accredited programme with pathway to professional registration and rewarding career following graduation
  • Opportunity to combine science and technology with patient interaction
  • Practical training using the latest clinical equipment at University Hospital Southampton
  • 2,000 hours of practical placements requiring you to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • 50/50 split of academic and practical learning
  • Dedicated physiology team teaching and supporting you from day one right through to your final year

Life in Healthcare Sciences

Find out more about the typical day of a Healthcare Science student at the University of Southampton

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Typical entry requirements

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GCSE  Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C), Mathematics (minimum grade 4/C) and Science (minimum grade 4/C) if not offered at a level 3 qualification.
GCE A-Level  ABB from 3 A-levels including one science or social science subject.
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)  If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:
BBB from 3 A-levels, including one science or social science subject, plus grade A in the EPQ.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Health Sciences applicants are not just applying for a degree but a professional qualification. This is a very demanding programme and we need to be confident that students can cope with the expectations of academic achievement and placement experience. Our values based interview techniques have been developed with clinicians and service users to ensure we recruit the best applicants. We use contextual information when reviewing an application understanding that perhaps the individual has had less support writing a personal statement compared to others, however we will continue to be mindful of all our applicants from all backgrounds that apply through difficult circumstances, whatever that might be.
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AB from 2 A levels including a pure science subject and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.  
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level including a pure science.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 must be at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 including a pure science
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AAABBB including a pure science Irish Leaving Certificate additional information
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 M2 M2 in three Principal subjects including a pure science subject
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Subsidary Diploma plus BB in two A-level subjects
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC National Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus BB in two A-level subjects. We accept Health studies or science
European Baccalaureate offer 77% overall to include a pure science subject
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams
Non-academic entry requirements You will be required to attend a selection day. Satisfactory Occupational Health and Police Checks. Recent relevant study within 3 years
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band G IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components

For 2019 entry

Please note these may be subject to change

GCSE 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 4-9 including Maths, Science and English Language (or IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 7).
GCE A-level ABB – BBB including science at A Level or AS Level
International Baccalaureate 32 (16 at Higher)
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at L3 including 33 distinctions and 9 merits
BTEC in health studies or science BTEC (RQF) DDM BTEC (QCF) DDD
Irish Leaving Certificate 5 Higher Level subjects. At least 1 subject at H1 and 3 subjects at H2, including science subject. Plus English and Maths ILC Ordinary Level O4 or higher.
Other Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact  or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.
Selection process:

To enrol on this course, you must meet our entry criteria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Application process

Applications should be submitted through UCAS ( 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? 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”.

Typical course content

The BSc Healthcare Science degree (NHS practitioner training programme) is delivered with a mixture of theory at our university campus and will use integrated practical training on the latest clinical equipment. Placement opportunities will predominantly be in the South Central healthcare region although students may also be placed in adjoining healthcare regions.

Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 2

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 3

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) 3 yearsBSc (Hons)2018Part-time£6,935Not offered
Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) 3 yearsBSc (Hons)2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) 4 yearsBSc2019Part-time£6,937£10,485
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
ClothingLab 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 copyingIn 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
TravelTravel: 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.
PlacementsThis 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

Throughout this Healthcare Science degree course you will be assessed on your skills and knowledge. You will be expected to complete essays and written exams, along with practical exams.

Your practice experience will also count significantly towards your final award.

Study Locations

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