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University of Plymouth

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

UCAS Code: B902

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


120 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 3 A Levels. Including Grade B in Biology/ Human Biology and Grade B in a second Science subject. General Studies is excluded. Suitable second Science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Nutrition.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Science/ Human Health based) with 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction, including 15 credits in Biology at Merit and 18 credits in further Science subjects at Merit. Suitable second Science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Nutrition.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

To include Grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level and Grade 5 in a second Science subject. Suitable second Science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Nutrition.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

To include Biology and a second Science subject. Suitable second Science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Nutrition.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Dependant on Science units within.

120 UCAS Tariff points including Advanced Highers Grade B in Biology and Grade B in a second Science subject. Suitable second Science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Nutrition.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

120

Including a minimum of 3 A Levels. Including Grade B in Biology/ Human Biology and Grade B in a second Science subject. General Studies is excluded. Suitable second Science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Nutrition.

Considered in combination.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Clinical physiology

Healthcare science

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.

* 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.

* Accredited by the RCCP with professional registration upon graduation.

* Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.

* 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.

Modules

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.

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.

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.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Biomedical Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
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Clinical physiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Therapy professionals
16%
Health professionals
8%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats here cover not just anatomy, physiology and pathology courses, but also neuroscience and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is much the most popular of the four. So, a lot of the data you’re looking at is really for physiotherapists, who have excellent employment rates - although all the subjects under this group do better than average. Anatomy and physiology graduates often take further study — usually moving on to a medical degree - and neurosciences graduates opt for a more academic route in study. Pathology graduates tend to go into work. Physiotherapy graduates mainly go straight into work, and a large majority got into physiotherapy roles within six months of graduation in 2016, usually either in hospitals or private practice. There are shortages of graduates in all of these disciplines although issues with funding roles, particularly in physiotherapy, still mean that these degrees are not a guaranteed path to a job - but the chances of getting a job are very good.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Therapy professionals
28%
Health professionals
18%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Clinical physiology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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