School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

Do you want to have a key scientific or diagnostic role within healthcare? Delivered in partnership with NHS Trusts South West, you'll experience integrated clinical work placements in all three years of the course. Be trained in clinical diagnostics and health monitoring, support disease prevention and develop future strategies. You'll be primed with the skills for a healthcare role in cardiovascular physiology, respiratory and sleep physiology.

You will benefit from a patient-facing vocational degree. You’ll undertake clinical training in a modern purpose-built physiology training centre. You will gain an SCST certificate in ECG. You will go on to work as physiologists in the NHS or enter their Scientist Training Programme as most of our graduates do. Some go into teaching, research or NHS policy making.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.


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Clearing with Plymouth University

Call our friendly Clearing team on 0333 241 6929.

We will help you find the right course for you.

  • Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17 August.
  • Clearing closes on Wednesday 20 September.

For opening times and further information, visit our Clearing page.

Key features

  • Benefit from a patient-facing vocational degree.
  • Study core modules at Year 1 in human anatomy, physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry.
  • Undertake clinical training in a modern purpose-built physiology training centre.
  • Become a confident effective communicator, able to present your ideas visually, verbally and in writing to healthcare professionals
  • Integrate into the NHS work force via professional training placements in each year of the degree.
  • Become ‘equipped to succeed’: with access to podcasts, a suite of eBooks and an ‘open door policy’ by all course lecturers.
  • Accredited by the RCCP with professional registration upon graduation.
  • Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.
  • Gain an SCST certificate in ECG at Year 2.
  • Go on to work as physiologists in the NHS or enter their Scientist Training Programme as most of our graduates do. Some go into teaching, research or NHS policy making. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll be introduced to the healthcare science profession and receive a sound grounding in the basic science underpinnings of modern disease diagnostics, evaluation and treatment. You'll also undertake a division-specific programme of study and complete a period of ten weeks’ work experience in a healthcare science setting.
    Core modules
    • BHCS1001 Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation

      To introduce the learner to key elements of investigation and experimentation within the biomedical sciences and to support the development of the basic skills and knowledge required for effective practice in these discipline areas

    • BHCS1002 Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems

      This module offers an introduction to the key anatomical features of the body and how physiological function is controlled to maintain homeostasis and health. It will commence with an exploration of cell and tissue biology and the founding principles of genetics, embryology and human development. The module will conclude with an exposition of anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems.

    • BHCS1004PP Introduction to Human Pathology

      This cross-disciplinary module provides the learner with an introduction to the study of human disease, exploring historical, social and scientific perspectives as well as an opportunity to explore how modern pathology services are structured and operated.

    • BHCS1005 Human Disease

      Concepts associated with altered health states due to environmental, developmental and genetic causes are explored. Pathological changes at the cellular, tissue and organ level are discussed. Genomic and bioinformatic technologies are introduced, and their application to clinical and personalised medicine considered.

    • BHCS1007 Foundations of Healthcare Science Practice and Workplace Learning

      This module provides an introductory framework for Healthcare Science practice, being the major vehicle for the understanding, acquisition and development of the theoretical, practical and personal attributes necessary for a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • BHCS1008 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology

      This module provides the learner with the theoretical and practical foundations for practice in healthcare physiological sciences, by introducing the underpinning biological principles of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep physiology

    • BHCS1009 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pathophysiology

      This module provides the learner with the theoretical and practical foundations for practice in the healthcare physiological sciences, by introducing the underpinning pathophysiological principles as applied to cardiac, respiratory and sleep physiology.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll continue to study the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare science professional and begin to specialise in the techniques and methodologies used by healthcare science practitioners in the physiological science disciplines.
    Core modules
    • BHCS2013 Clinical Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

      This module will review the common disorders affecting cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep function. It will include aetiology, risk factors, pathogenesis and the body's responses to a range of conditions. Learners will also develop an understanding of the patient pathway and explore the key principles of measurement techniques underpinning cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep analysis in a clinical setting.

    • BHCS2014 Clinical Physiology Instrumentation and Techniques

      This module is taken by students of both cardiovascular and respiratory & sleep sciences. It provides a familiarisation with the functions and characteristics of clinical equipment used for assessing and recording key physiological parameters

    • BHCS2015 Healthcare Physiological Science Professional

      This module continues the processes of understanding, acquisition and development of the skills and personal attributes necessary for a Healthcare Physiological Science Practitioner. It also provides a foundation in research theory and methodology for systematic study of the evidence base in healthcare science. During this module there will be a work placement in the clinical setting of their chosen discipline, where learners will further develop their skills and professional conduct

    Optional modules
    • BHCS2016 Electrocardiography

      This module introduces students to the routine practical techniques applied in cardiac physiological monitoring. It will allow students to develop the requisite skills and confidence to practice safely and effectively in a healthcare science context. Students will gain insight into patient impact (including carers), whilst developing requisite skills and knowledge of a Healthcare Science practitioner

    • BHCS2017 Monitoring and Analysis of Respiratory Function

      This module introduces students to the routine practical techniques applied in pulmonary physiological monitoring, respiratory gas analysis and oximetry. It will allow students to develop the requisite skills and confidence to practice safely and effectively in a healthcare science context. Students will gain insight into the patient pathway, patient and carer impact for common disorders.

  • Final year
  • You'll spend your final year mostly in the workplace. You'll also complete a research project focused on your chosen healthcare science discipline, and apply everything you have learnt about science, technologies and techniques to the practice of healthcare science in a 25-week placement in a clinical setting.
    Core modules
    • BHCS3012 Professional Practice in Healthcare Science

      This module consolidates material from years one and two of the programme. It extends understanding and acquisition of skills necessary for a Healthcare Science Practitioner, enabling a safe and effective contribution to high quality care in each chosen discipline. This module also contains 25 week work placement in an appropriate clinical setting

    • BHCS3021 Research Project in Healthcare Science

      This module is largely comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. The project will address a specific research question(s) and will include a literature review and report writing.

    Optional modules
    • BHCS3017 Clinical Cardiac Sciences

      This module is taken by cardiovascular science students to enable them to apply specialist aspects of cardiac physiology and pathology to contemporary practice. It will include exposure to provocative and invasive cardiac procedures in a patient-centred context.

    • BHCS3018 Specialist Cardiovascular Investigations

      This module will enable students to apply specialist aspects of cardiovascular physiological measurement to practice. It will include exposure to provocative testing and invasive pressure measurement and cardiac investigations

    • BHCS3019 Applied Respiratory Sciences

      This module is taken by respiratory and sleep science students to enable them to apply specialist aspects of respiratory physiology to practice. It will include exposure to blood gas measurement and challenge testing procedures in a patient-centred context.

    • BHCS3020 Applied Sleep Sciences

      This module will enable students to apply specialist aspects of sleep physiological measurement to practice. It will enable students to explore the use of sleep assessment to investigate sleep physiology and pathophysiology.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Healthcare Sci Prog Spec 4323

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120

Requires interview
Take a look at our interview information.

A level
Three A levels to include grade B in Biology/Human Biology and grade B in a second science subject: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Psychology, Nutrition, or Environmental Science/Studies.

GCSE
Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English Language.

Other: Other combinations and non A level qualifications will be considered. An interview, satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure and Occupational Health checks are required.

IB
28 points including 5 at a higher level Biology and Chemistry. Relevant international qualifications considered.
  
If English is not your first language you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you are considering another equivalent qualification, please contact admissions.

Other
Other combinations and non A level qualifications will be considered.

An interview, satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure and Occupational Health checks are required.

IELTS
Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.


If you are a citizen of a non EU country, please contact the Admissions Team on Tel: +44 1752 584584  prior to submitting an application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.  For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.


Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,500 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Additional costs 

  • The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis branding, or photocopying costs.
  • If/when you are on placement there may be additional costs incurred for subsistence and travel.
  • Failure to attend the requisite immunisation clinics at the times stated would result in you having to self-fund your immunisation schedule.
  • Failure to attend the scheduled mandatory skills training sessions would result in you having to source and self-fund your training.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Graduate insight

I would definitely recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University. It has truly been a fantastic and life changing experience.
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Student insight

One of the best aspects of this course is the involvement of trained cardiac and respiratory, physiologists in our teaching, as they are able to give us insightful and realistic training based upon their experience within their professions.
Read more what Rebecca has to say about studying with us

Placements

Programs are tailored to the Modernising Scientific Careers agenda to educate the future professional clinical workforce in Clinical Physiology.

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