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Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

Please note there are no vacancies for new applications to this course for September 2018.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Three years
Full-time (with integrated placements)
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 6 June 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?

Accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) 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 one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Physiological Science.

Plus the modules in one of the following delivery routes:

Placement (Cardiac Physiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology)

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Skills
  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics.

In post (Cardiac Physiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology, Neurophysiology)

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles in Healthcare Science
  • Scientific Basis of Life.

Year two

You will study:


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

In post

  • Scientific Practice
  • Professional Aspects of Healthcare Science
  • Pathophysiological Sciences A
  • Pathophysiological Sciences B.

Those on placement will also choose one of two pathways:

Cardiac Physiology

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

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

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

Final year

You will study:

  • Healthcare Science Project
  • Professional Practice for Healthcare Science.

Plus one of three pathways:

Cardiac Physiology

  • Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Neurophysiology
  • Applied Cardiac Physiology.

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

  • Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
  • Applied Neurophysiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology.

Neurophysiology (in post only)

  • Applied Neurophysiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
  • Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Neurophysiology.

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 25-week placement, you'll work on a placement-based healthcare project.

Study facilities

BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science is taught at UWE Bristol's main campus at Frenchay.

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 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.

See our funding pages for more information.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections of the test. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C in a science subject. 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 two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Preferably Biology or Chemistry
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit in science, and an additional 15 level 3 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in a higher level science subject

Entry requirements

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 of 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.

Questionnaire. You may be required to complete a biographical questionnaire.

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 don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: Apply for this programme through UCAS Extra between 25 February and 4 July 2018. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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