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Swansea University

Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology)

UCAS Code: B1F5

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Minimum BBB at A2 level with at least one being maths, biology, physics or chemistry. Plus a minimum of five GCSEs at A-C grade including; Welsh/English Language, Mathematics, and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

UCAS Tariff

120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

13%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Clinical physiology

Neurophysiology is a branch of healthcare science that investigates nervous system function with the aim of diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders including epilepsy, strokes, dementia, nerve and muscle dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.

You will learn how to undertake specialist procedures in neurophysiology, including: EEG (electroencephalography) - recording the electrical activity of the brain; evoked potentials – measuring brain responses to specific stimuli; and assist in EMG (Electromyography) NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) - assessing nerve and muscle function.

We have a large number of clinical practice rooms, creating an authentic clinical environment. Equipped with the latest technology and equipment, each room offers a unique environment that replicates a wide range of realistic clinical settings. The rooms provide an excellent opportunity for you to put textbook theory into practice and gain confidence and experience in clinical environments.

UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package through the NHS Wales Bursary scheme. *to receive funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of the course.

**Key features -**
- Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience

- 50% of time at University, 50% in practice placements

- Clinical practice suite allows students to gain confidence and experience before moving onto their work placements.

- Many subject-specific academic staff are also clinically active and still work in practice.

- Strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus.

- 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017).

- There are excellent opportunities for career progression in Healthcare Science to Clinical Scientist and Higher Specialist Scientist by masters and doctoral training respectively. Ultimately it is possible to progress to the role of Consultant Healthcare Scientist.

All of our Healthcare Science degrees are accredited by Health Education England through the National School of Healthcare Science accreditation process.

This course starts before normal University term time and has different leave entitlements.

Modules

The Healthcare Science Neurophysiology degree is a full-time, three year degree. The academic year is 45 weeks in duration.
You will undertake approximately 58 weeks of work placement spread over three years at Welsh hospitals, allowing you to experience different working environments, patient types and equipment
Year 1 – 12 weeks, 3 blocks
Year 2 – 21 weeks, 3 blocks
Year 3 – 25 weeks, 1 block
Blocks are spread over the year so you would attend university followed by a work placement which will help you to apply your knowledge to practice.
In year 3 you will attend university in term one and a work placement for the remainder of the year.

Assessment methods

Assessment: There are a number of tools used for assessment; these could include written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work.

A number of modules are shared with students on other healthcare science degrees, giving you a unique interprofessional experience.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

College of Human and Health 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.

76%
med
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

79%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Health professionals
11%
Therapy professionals
9%
Health associate 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.

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.

£21k

£21k

£28k

£28k

£29k

£29k

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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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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