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B120 / 7D25 BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiovascular & Respiratory and Sleep Science)

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.

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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Programme Overview

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.

View the programme specification document for this course

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
  • Part time Cardiovascular: 7D25


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 per cent of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology/Respiratory & Sleep Physiology) graduates are in graduate level destinations (DLHE 2014/15 and 2015/16)
  • 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
  • 100 per cent of BSc HealthCare Science students agreed their course had provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt, NSS 2017

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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Student Testimonial

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“"My biggest highlight has been securing a job at the Barts Heart Centre when I qualified. Barts is a fantastic hospital and the largest cardiac centre in the UK so I have been able to learn a lot and experience so many new things that I had never even seen before. The high quality teaching and career preparation that was given by my tutors was a massive help in securinq mv job." ”

Sanjay Mistry - BSc Healthcare Science (cardiac physiology)

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

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 including at least one science subject

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on achieving an A grade in the EPQ.

International Baccalaureate 32 points (16 at higher level).
Access to HE Diploma Science based Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 Distinctions and 6 Merits

BTEC Extended Diploma in health studies or science (D*DD).

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

Semester One
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

Semester One
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 3

Semester One
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).

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiovascular & Respiratory and Sleep Science)2018Part-time£6,750Not offered
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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:

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

Career Opportunities

Careers in Healthcare Science

Our graduates work within clinical physiology departments and with multidisciplinary teams in a wide range of settings from theatre environments to outpatients. Our employability rates are excellent with 100% of our 2015/16 graduates in employment or further study (Destinations of Leavers from HE 215/16).

Many of our graduates choose to extend their knowledge at postgraduate level to further advance their careers. Some also pursue clinical academic careers or go on to work in educational settings.

More information about careers in Healthcare Science (NHS practitioner training programme) can be found on the NHS Careers website.

Careers in the NHS

Prinicipal Cardiac Physiologist, Karen Taylor, discusses the career opportunities available to Healthcare Science graduates

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Learning & Assessment

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

University of Southampton

University of Southampton Highfield Campus

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