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Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

St George's University of London

  • 15 Jan 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

The Healthcare Science course combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology.

Healthcare science (HCS) is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS and its importance is continuing to grow. Healthcare science departments make a real difference to patients every day, they are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS and developing some of the most cutting edge and innovative clinical and technological advancements.

A BSc in Healthcare Science combines academic study with clinical placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac or respiratory and sleep physiology. On completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the RCCP (Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists) or AHCS (Academy of Healthcare Science)

This is an accredited NHS Clinical Physiology Practitioner Training Programme, developed under the Department of Health 'Modernising Scientific Careers' initiative to train scientists for a patient centred role within the NHS. You will play a vital role in accurate and timely diagnosis, carrying out investigations, interpreting and reporting results

Ours is the largest course of this type and St George's is the only university in London accredited to train students in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Our cohort sizes are small, allowing for excellent and individualised academic support.

Students have the chance to gain academic and workplace experience in both before making an informed decision about their preferred field at the end of the first year.

Graduates are eligible for professional registration, and may apply for NHS Band 5 Clinical Physiology positions.

There is also the opportunity to broaden your horizons by completing a part of your clinical training at the Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra, in Portugal. This partnership is offered as part of the ERASMUS programme, and would allow you to take advantage of the first class facilities at this world renowned institution.

The Healthcare Science course combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology. Healthcare science (HCS) is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS and its importance is continuing to grow....

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Course Content

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

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...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Cranmer Terrace

Full Time, 3 years

15/01/2020

(64 days left)

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths, and sciences.

Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths

Adjusted criteria 2020

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For BSc Healthcare Science this will be an A-Level offer of BCC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Additional information

General Studies,  Key Skills and AS Levels are not accepted.
A2 and modular resits will be considered, however, you may be required to achieve higher grades.   

English language

If English is not your first language and you have not sat an GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.  The test is valid for a period of two years.

GCSE / IGCSEEnglish Language grade 6 / B or above.

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths, and sciences. Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths Adjusted criteria 2020 If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England...

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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.

We use 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, but marks for the other modules accumulate to give your final degree classification.

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. We use some...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
53%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
59% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
59% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
71% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
65% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
59% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
59% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
29% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
18% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
47% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
24% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
65% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
41% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
33% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
6% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
47% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
53% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
63% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
81% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
53% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
47% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
59% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
41% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
29% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
35% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
31% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points96

  • Employment Rate100%

  • Average Graduate Salary£23000

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