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Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) (with Foundation Year)

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2018 intake. Applications for 2019 should be made through UCAS from September 2018. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (with Foundation Year) course page.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Four years
Programme leader:
Dr Kathryn Yuill
Key fact:
Accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, this course offers you direct entry into a career in the NHS as a healthcare scientist.

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Why study healthcare and physiological science?

Healthcare science examines the causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Clinical physiologists need this broad base of science knowledge, alongside specialist skills in areas such as cardiac, respiratory or sleep physiology.

The role is usually a patient-centred one, and requires the use of specialist scientific equipment, so physiologists with strong technical and professional skills are always in demand.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and is the main training route for healthcare science practitioners.

With work-based training built in, you'll get a thorough insight into all aspects of healthcare science.

Explore the latest thinking and practice, using industry-standard equipment in patient-facing environments.

Learn about everything from patient-centred care and evidence-based practice, to clinical audits and multidisciplinary working.

Spend more than 40 weeks on placements, developing knowledge and skills, through our links with local NHS providers throughout the South West.

Where can it take me?

As the main training route into the NHS, the course sets you up with the skills, insights and experience to build a successful career in this field.

You could work in a hospital clinic, as part of a medical or surgical team, or out in the community.

You could take your studies to MSc or PhD level, or undertake further NHS-based training or specialisation.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Biology in Practice
  • Chemistry in Practice
  • Skills for Science
  • People and Science.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Skills
  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Introduction to Physiological Sciences.

Year two

You will study:

  • Practice and Communication of Science
  • Diagnostic and Professional Practice in Healthcare Science.

If you're on the Cardiac Science pathway, you will also study:

  • Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology A
  • Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology.

If you're on the Respiratory and Sleep Sciences pathway, you will also study:

  • Respiratory and Sleep Physiol and Pathophysiol A
  • Respiratory and Sleep Physiol and Pathophysiol B.

Final year

You will study:

  • Healthcare Science Project
  • Professional Practice.

If you're on the Cardiac Science pathway, you will also study:

  • Advanced Cardiac Physiology A
  • Advanced Cardiac Physiology B.

If you're on the Respiratory and Sleep pathway, you will also study:

  • Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Physiology A
  • Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Physiology B.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

With a big focus on student-centred learning, we'll guide and encourage you to learn independently, through a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical work, laboratory and computer-based sessions and our web-based virtual learning environment.

Explore a broad spectrum of healthcare science subjects, to gain a comprehensive overview and understanding of the biology of disease.

Learn about the science underpinning the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Gain insights into the latest developments in healthcare sciences, using specialist equipment, laboratories and learning materials.

You will be supported and mentored by a team of healthcare science specialists at the University and on placements.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


You'll be assessed through a mixture of laboratory tasks, coursework, practical project work and examinations.

During all placement activity, you'll take a Professional Practice in Healthcare Science module which we'll assess against information in the Department of Health's Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Programme Manuals.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.

The RCCP accreditation is recognised by employers and tells them you've studied to a particular level. It sets industry standards and increases your career options.

After completing your professional portfolio, you can register with Health Education England and the RCCP.


Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll finish the course with over 40 weeks of work-based experience and training behind you, putting you in a strong position for employment opportunities with your placement provider.

During your final year, you'll work on a placement-based healthcare project.

Study facilities

BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science is taught at Frenchay Campus.

We've spent £3.2 million on refurbishing our science laboratories, giving you access to the latest analytical facilities and excellent technical support.

Some teaching sessions will take place at the Glenside Campus, where you'll practise your skills in specialist clinical simulation suites.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

This course is a recognised training route for healthcare scientists and will prepare you for interesting careers and postgraduate study.

You could go work in a hospital clinic or department, as part of a medical or surgical team, or out in the community.

You'll develop skills employers are looking for, including teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving and numeracy.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Science AS or A2. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS-Level
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include level 3 credits in Science
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject

Entry requirements

This course is designed to accept a wide range of people with different educational backgrounds. You will be considered on an individual basis.

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations

You must be in good health and be up-to- date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on the course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a selection event including an individual interview with an academic member of staff and a representative from a laboratory practice setting. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) course.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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