St George's, University of London
Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc BSc (Hons)
St George's, University of London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Healthcare science is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS, as well as one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding. Healthcare scientists play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis, therapy, monitoring and rehabilitation of patients with a wide range of medical conditions.

St George's Healthcare Science BSc is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). Taught by academics, scientists and researchers, the course provides professional training to equip you with specialist skills and knowledge to test and evaluate the functioning of different body systems, diagnose abnormalities and direct therapeutic intervention and long-term management and care. It offers a unique opportunity to experience both cardiac and respiratory/sleep physiology during your first year, before confirming one of these specialist routes in your second year.

Over the course of three years, you will spend 50 weeks on clinical placement in several different hospitals. This practical experience will build your confidence and competence to produce, analyse and report clinical diagnostics, with a deep understanding of the physical causes of disease or injury and how to evaluate patient conditions and assign the patient along a risk spectrum (known as clinical risk stratification). During these clinical placements you will come across patients with a wide range of cardiovascular (e.g. arrhythmia, heart failure, coronary artery disease and hypertension) and respiratory and sleep disorders (e.g. asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, sleep apnoea and pulmonary fibrosis).

After successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for professional registration and may apply for NHS positions up to Band 5. You will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

Course highlights

  • The only course in London to train in both cardiac physiology and respiratory/sleep physiology.

  • 50 weeks spent on clinical placements doing work-based training.

  • Accredited by the AHCS and RCCP, with eligibility to apply for professional registration with both on graduation.

  • Excellent professional and career prospects: many students have healthcare science jobs lined up prior to graduating, with over 90% in work or higher study within six months of graduation.

About St George’s, University of London

Established in 1752, St George’s is the UK’s specialist health university and is dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research. We share our site with a major London teaching hospital, which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions. At St George's, you’ll study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals working across a variety of healthcare professions.

To accredit degree programmes covering clinical physiology to enable graduates to register with RCCP. I.e. BSc (Hons) ClinicalPhysiology and BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science.

Accredited by the NSHCS (National School of Health Care Science), on behalf of Health education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Health-care Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary accredited register.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 13 graduates of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc BSc (Hons) at St George's, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Healthcare Science.

Overall student satisfaction
62 /100
13 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc BSc (Hons) at St George's, University of London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28500 £29500 £31000
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £30000 £24000 - £37500 £25000 - £38500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Healthcare Science

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £25877 £31595
25-75 percentile range £19978 - £27022 £19873 - £34218 £24613 - £42187

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc BSc (Hons) at St George's, University of London

65% Health associate professionals
25% Other Health Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



This course uses a range of assessment techniques that are chosen to match the competencies being learned and tested within each module. These include written exam papers, academic coursework (essays, posters, presentations, reflective writing), the final year project dissertation, clinical assessments that take place during placements and a portfolio of clinical work. St George's uses some formative assessments early in the course to help you to develop your skills, and provide interactive learning resources to help you judge your own understanding of some of the more difficult material. The Clinical Training modules are pass-fail only, but marks for the others accumulate to give your final degree classification.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Including Biology and one other science subject. General Studies is not accepted. Must also meet GCSE requirements as outlined on website.

To include Biology, and supplemented by 2 Scottish Advanced Highers at BBB. Must also meet GCSE/National 5 requirements as outlined on website.

Full Award Diploma (in a science subject). 60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded). Credits must be in pure science subjects, excluding sociology. Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted. Must also meet GCSE requirements as outlined on website.

To include Biology, and supplemented by 3 Scottish Highers at BBB. Must also meet GCSE/National 5 requirements as outlined on website.

DM with a Biology A Level at grade B. Must be in a science or healthcare subject. Must also meet GCSE requirements as outlined on website.

15 points at Higher Level, including a minimum grade 5 in Biology. At Standard Level, a minimum score of 4 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 4 (C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. We accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations.

Applied Science. Must also meet GCSE requirements as outlined on website.

Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A Levels are acceptable. Three principal subjects including Biology. Must also meet GCSE requirements as outlined on website.

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit the International Qualifications page on our website.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 7 Overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in other three components)

You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/offer-holders/international-student-support. This includes guidance on the visa application process, preparin
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Costs

Tuition Fees Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
EU £17250 year 1
International £17250 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of St George's, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

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What students say about studying Healthcare Science in the UK?

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About St George's, University of London

Founded in 1733, St George’s, University of London (SGUL), is located on the outskirts of London, between Wimbledon and Streatham. St George's specialises in Medicine and other Health-related careers including, but are not limited to, Clinical Pharmacology, and Physician Associate Studies. Applicants can expect to receive hands-on experience in the NHS from early on in their programs, ensuring a wealth of learning opportunities.

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