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.
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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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.
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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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