School of Life Sciences

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

Graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to enter a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep science in a variety of healthcare settings including working in a hospital or in the community. 

Graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to enter a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep science in a variety of healthcare settings including working in a hospital or in the community. 

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Life Sciences
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Why choose this course?

Due to the current climate, we are unable to take applications for entry onto the Healthcare Science course at this time. However, an alternative route is available through the BSc Medical Physiology and Diagnostics course.

Following successful completion of your first year of your Medical Physiology and Diagnostics degree, you may be able to apply to transfer onto our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) award. Transfer to the Healthcare Science award is not guaranteed and is subject to having satisfied Disclosure and Barring Service, Occupational Health check, a selection interview, and the availability of clinical placements

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Academic and practical training work in tandem on this course, preparing students at the University of Wolverhampton for Healthcare Science Practitioner roles with physiological treatment skills underpinned by theoretical proficiency. Structured in accordance with the NHS Modernising Scientific Careers initiative, the curriculum will build on generic healthcare science knowledge with education on more specialised aspects of physiological sciences, teaching provided on abnormalities from normal human body function and the importance of test results compounding competency training in techniques for Cardiac Physiology. Scheduled workplace training and placements in local hospitals are integrated throughout the course, honing your professional practice with mindfulness of the patient experience. Graduates will be equipped with a broad awareness of areas contributing to high-quality care, with scope for progression to careers within defined areas of practice.

Students do not start directly onto this course.  They join BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) and transfer onto this route for Year 2.

What happens on the course?

The end of your first year studying Healthcare Science will see you specialise in either Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Science, having been informed on both areas through the teaching of foundational knowledge and clinical placements in departments for both areas. These experience exercises will continue into your specialised Cardiac Physiology studies, undergoing 15- and 25-week placements in your second and third years, hospital and local hospital trust settings hosting training where your skills will be developed and your theory will be put into practice. Said theory will widely consist of tests available to confirm the diagnosis of diseases which affect cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the physical processes which go into these diagnoses, how these diseases are treated, advanced clinical procedures and up-to-date developments in the area.

Students do not generally start directly onto this course.  They join BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) and transfer onto this route for Year 2.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is accredited by the National School of Health Care Science and Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, organisations which you will receive passage to membership for by achieving your degree. Local healthcare practices also provide input into course content and student development, collaborating with us to inform your curriculum on real-world hospital department practice. The long-standing nature of these partnerships ably demonstrates the University of Wolverhampton’s aptitude for delivering healthcare science courses.

School of Sciences teaching staff aim to provide compelling learning opportunities led by research, scholarly activity and relevant development, employing their specialised skills in the rollout of coursework. We are also keen to involve patients and the wider public in this course, ensuring that information delivered is of utmost relevance. Through the resources available at the University’s Centre for Engineering Innovation and Research, you will make use of specialist techniques and tools necessary for employment or further training upon graduation.

Skills developed on this course encompass specialised and broader concepts in healthcare, enhancing your employability across numerous professions. Your knowledge will cover anatomical structure, cell structure, human body development and disease processes, studied on a level necessary for medical practice in cardiac physiology. Core principles of physics will also be researched, an education provided through embedded practical activities and in-depth theoretical investigation. Professional conduct is encouraged and enforced in this process, stressing the importance of communication, safety, ethics and research. These values will inform your career progression in any area of your choosing.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14950 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15450 per year 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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

We are able to consider entry to Level 5 only - please refer to Faculty for further information

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4+ will be required.   No equivalences are accepted.


The Faculty operates a Gathered Field policy in processing interview results for this course. The result of interviews will be released in mid-March 2023.


International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at

English language requirements also apply

Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes ( will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

"Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the (RCCP)"

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

National School of Health Care Science (NSHCS)

"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."

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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