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Swansea University

Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology)

UCAS Code: B121

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

Access to Science: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination. Please note: we do not accept Access to Healthcare or Access to Healthcare and Nursing.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33-32

345 points.

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

DDD

Pass and either BB at A2 level (including Maths or Physics) or DD at BTEC.

UCAS Tariff

120

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33%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Healthcare science

Students of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) go on to become Respiratory Physiologists. They work directly with patients suspected or known to have diseases of the respiratory system and those with sleep-related breathing disorders. Respiratory and Sleep Physiology is a branch of Medical Physics Technology. Practitioners deliver diagnostic tests of breathing and perform diagnostic sleep studies and provide treatment for patients with sleep-related breathing conditions, in hospital and at home. Respiratory Physiologists also diagnose and treat sleep-related breathing disorders in partnership with the medical team.

Students need a keen interest in science and human biology along with effective communications skills to work with patients of all ages and disabilities. Students are advised to visit a hospital medical physics department to familiarise themselves with the role and daily activities of medical physics technologists before applying.

The degree will:

- Equip you with the skills to work in the NHS or private sector

- Provide transferable skills in team working, communication, problem-solving and analysis

The University has strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus. Medical Physics students have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities. Students on this course spend half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. These placements are organised by the College.

- UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements. Conditions for funded places apply, for further information please visit our website-www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/nhsfunding/

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

- AVERAGE EARNINGS: The average NHS starting salary for graduate Medical Physics Technologists is £22,128 (Band 5) Typical wage brackets go from £22,128-£41,787.

- ACCREDITATION: Accredited by the RCCP and the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. NSHCS (National School of Healthcare and Science), on behalf of Health Education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary register.

Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories :- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/employability/

Modules

Year 1 compulsory:
Professional Practice 1
Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science
Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science
Basics of Mathematics and Physics for Healthcare Science
Introduction to Cardiovascular Science
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
CVRS Patient Pathways and Work-Based Training
Manual Handling 1
Violence & Aggression Passport 1

Year 2 Compulsory:
Professional Practice 2
Research Methods and Statistics
Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1
Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Diagnostic Interventions
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Physiology
Manual Handling 2
Violence & Aggression Passport 2

Year 3 Compulsory:
Professional Practice 3
Healthcare Science Research Project
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Sleep Diagnostics and Therapy
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Blood Gases and Respiratory Failure
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Challenge and Exercise Testing
Manual Handling 3

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment methods

There are a number of tools used for assessment; these can range from unseen written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work.

Students on this course spend approximately half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. These placements are organised by the College of Human and Health Sciences.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

College of Human and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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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
100%
high
Employed or in further education
56%
low
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
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