Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) at Swansea University

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES: UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package for health related courses offered through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements.

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Graduate starting salary of £24k on average (Unistats 2016)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level including biology, chemistry, physics or maths. Minimum of five A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

ACCREDITATION: Accredited by the 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.

Key features

Why study at Swansea?

  • 50% of time at University, 50% in practice placements
  • 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)
  • Graduate starting salary of £24k on average (Unistats 2016)
  • We are ranked 22nd  in the UK for health professions in the Guardian Good University Guide 2017 
  • Our state- of-the- art facilities and clinical practice suite allow students to gain confidence and experience before moving on to their work placements.
  • Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience
  • Many academic staff are also professional healthcare scientists and still work in practice
  • Strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus
  • There is varied access to further study in health or social care at postgraduate level upon completion
  • The RCCP and the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology have also accredited this degree.
  • Our academics have many research interests. Here is more information about College of Human and Health Sciences research.
  • Respiratory graduates can apply to the voluntary register held by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and enter the workplace as an independent practitioner. 

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Course description

Why take this course?

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.

They use specialist equipment to obtain data about respiratory structures and their function, and produce clinical reports that are used by the healthcare team to diagnose and treat patients. Respiratory Physiologists also diagnose and treat sleep-related breathing disorders in partnership with the medical team.

Patients may be referred because of chest pains, abnormal chest X-rays, breathing difficulties, respiratory disease or sleep disorders. Measurements made typically include:

  • Lung volumes and forced expiratory flows
  • Respiratory gas exchange
  • Blood gases
  • Response to treatment
  • Breathing during sleep
  • Allergy testing, and
  • Physiological responses to exercise

Graduates of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) must be reliable and accurate as patients' lives often depend on their skills. They need a keen interest in science and human biology along with effective communications skills to work with patients of all ages and disabilities.

The University is the Welsh Government's preferred provider for Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) professional pre-registration education in south west Wales.

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.

Take a look at the Facilities at the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Medical Physics Technology students have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences' state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical practice suite allows students of Respiratory and Sleep Sciences, to learn practical skills before using them in a real life situation.

Take a virtual tour of the campus here.

Career prospects

Students of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) at Swansea University have excellent career prospects. As well as working within the NHS it is possible to work in research, education, management and in Her Majesty's Forces, governmental departments and the private sector.

Almost all previous graduates of Healthcare Sciences - 100% - have gone on to work in their chosen profession within six months of graduating.

The NHS starting salary for Respiratory Physiologists is £21,176 (Band 5). Typical career earnings range from £21,176 to £40,157. A significant proportion of Healthcare Science graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles. The maximum earning potential in the NHS for a consultant respiratory physiologist is £97,478.

Individuals with a scientific outlook, an interest in practical applications of knowledge and a desire to help others would find this a rewarding career choice.

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Study options for this course

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  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time N/A N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level including biology, chemistry, physics or maths. Minimum of five A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

Alternative Requirements:

  • 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.
  • BTEC: DDD
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either BB at A2 level (including maths or physics) or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360
  • Students  whose first language is not English require IELTS English language requirement: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5/7.0 in all indicators
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) check, or approved equivalent.
  • An Occupational Health check.
  • Please view our vaccinations policy.

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour. 

 

International students 

Unfortunately this course is currently unavailable to international students. Here is further information about opportunities for International Students at Swansea

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