University of Wolverhampton
Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc (Hons)
University of Wolverhampton

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Healthcare Scientists perform key scientific roles within the National Health Service (NHS) these include diagnostic investigations, monitoring and treatment of patients. The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science programme at Wolverhampton aims to equip graduates to be able to enter the NHS workforce where they will provide the underpinning clinical investigations for diagnosis and health monitoring, support disease prevention and help develop treatment strategies for patients. The Modernising Scientific careers agenda underpins this course which forms part of the Practitioner Training Programme. The course is designed to provide education and training in cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep science to enable a student to enter practice as a Healthcare Science Practitioner upon its completion. The programme is highly clinical and patient-focussed and benefits from the involvement of a range of lecturers and practitioners who have experience of working within a healthcare environment.

Cardiac physiology involves assessing patients with heart disease using a variety of tests and equipment. Cardiac Healthcare Scientists have direct patient contact often working in large teams to provide appropriate patient care. They interact with patients of all ages performing electrocardiographs (ECGs), blood pressure monitoring and a range of other techniques. Healthcare scientists who specialise in cardiac physiology assist in the diagnosis of heart disease, pacemaker implantation, on-going patient monitoring and exercise stress testing.

Respiratory physiology and sleep science involves assessing patients with a range of breathing disorders. Respiratory and sleep scientists interact with patients of all ages performing a range of tests that require considerable encouragement and technical accuracy combined with a dedicated and caring approach. They perform a range of tests including spirometry, measurements of lung volume, allergy testing, blood gas analysis, full cardio-pulmonary exercise testing and overnight monitoring of patients with sleep disordered breathing.

The academic component of the programme provides an understanding of the scientific basis of healthcare science along with discipline specific study in cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep science. Practical training is provided in partnership with a number of local NHS hospitals. Placements are provided in each year of the programme so that competency can be achieved in the required techniques. The aim is to provide the opportunity for students to develop the practical skills required to enable them to be employed as healthcare science practitioners in either cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep science upon completion of the course.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 8 graduates of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc (Hons) at University of Wolverhampton for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Healthcare Science.

Overall student satisfaction
55 /100
8 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc (Hons) at University of Wolverhampton

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) 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 £25000 £23500 £26500
25-75 percentile range £24000 - £26000 £17000 - £30000 £18000 - £33000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Healthcare Science

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £26830 £32977
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27000 £21022 - £35666 £25332 - £42896

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 (Hons) at University of Wolverhampton

30% Natural and social science professionals
20% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
15% Other Health Professionals
10% Customer service occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Caring personal services
5% Health associate professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

including Biology and at least one other Science subject

Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits of which 36 credits must be in Science based units and achieved at Distinction or above with the remainder at Merit..

Applied Science

All students being accepted onto the course will need to have been selected for a hospital placement through selection interviews which involve a formal skills-based assessment prior to admission

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.0
    • All Degrees
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Tuition Fees Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

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 University of Wolverhampton in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Wolverhampton in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #45 
    • #55 
    Health Professions
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]

See all university rankings of University of Wolverhampton

What students say about studying Healthcare Science in the UK?

  • *real* day in the life of health science student
  • Part One: What is Healthcare Science – Physiological Sciences?
  • Health science: What will your university day look like?
  • What can you expect as a Healthcare Science student?
  • A Career in Healthcare Science

About University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton (UWO) is a government funded university divided into four campuses across the West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire in England. The main campus is situated in Wolverhampton city centre, with the other campuses being in Walsall and Telford. Specifically for Nursing students, the university runs a Health Education Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.

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Where is this programme taught

Wolverhampton City Campus
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