BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)

Course Overview


EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Healthcare Science students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating in 2015.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: The average NHS starting salary for graduate Cardiac Physiologists is around £21,478. Typical career wage brackets go from £21,478 to £40,157.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level including biology. Minimum of five A-C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Maths 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. Graduates are also eligible to join the voluntary register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and are able to enter the workplace as an independent practitioner.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • 50% of time at University, 50% in practice placements
  • 100% of students are satisfied with the course (Unistats 2015)
  • 100% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2015)
  • 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 

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Cardiac Physiologists work with those suspected or known to have heart disease. This degree is ideal for students who enjoy human biology and are interested in health and wellbeing. Students should want to work with patients in specialised healthcare environments, be comfortable with technological equipment and be good at problem-solving.

The University is the Welsh Government’s preferred provider for Healthcare Science (cardiac physiology) professional pre-registration education in south west Wales.

The degree will:

• Equip students with the skills to work in the NHS or private sector
• Provide transferable skills in team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving and analysis.

Cardiac physiologists now perform some tasks that were previously the remit of doctors. Students on this course spend half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work.

Students will also have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities which offer realistic workplace experiences and learning resources including a clinical and technical skills centre and simulated clinical practice facilities.

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Entry Requirements

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


  • Access to Science: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination. Please note: we do not accept Access to Healthcare.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either BB at A2 level (one in biology) or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360
  • IELTS English language requirement: 7.0 

Any offer of a place will also require:

  • 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.

How To Apply

UK and EU students wishing to apply for the funded Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) course must apply through UCAS. We do not usually offer deferred places. 

An early application is advised because there is strong competition.  Prospective applicants are expected to fully investigate the profession. Evidence of this will be sought during the selection process.

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For more information call +44 (0) 1792 518531 or email

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying, buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • Students are urged to buy some textbooks but  the library is well stocked with essential texts for those unable to do so
  • Students may be required to meet the costs of attending teaching sessions at hospitals away from the University

Fees and Funding

Welsh Government pays tuition fees for successful UK applicants who may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year. Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea University.  

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available. Students not eligible to receive the means-tested bursary will be required to cover the cost of accommodation and travel to placements themselves. Find out more at this NHS Funding page.

 Find out more about general scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

CURRENT STUDENTS: You can find out more about the fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees here.

Course Structure

Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) is a full–time three-year degree. Students attend 42 weeks per year. The course starts in September, before the usual University term times.

Also, students have different leave entitlements.

The degree comprises academic study at the University and hands-on clinical placements at hospitals across Wales, organised by the College.

Over the three years, total direct contact time at University will be about 850 hours. This will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, laboratory and clinical simulation work.  

Students will attend 61 weeks of placement before graduating. While on placement the student is expected to work 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, with a half-day to study each week. This totals about 2,200 hours over the three years. 

The College has the support of many healthcare providers and is able to offer a wide range of clinical experiences to students across a wide geographical area.

Students will be expected to travel to different clinical environments and live in nearby accommodation. 

When not on work placements, students will be taught at Swansea University’s main campus.

ASSESSMENT:  If you study to become a Cardiac Physiologist, you will be assessed in a number of ways, including by exam, assignments and on practical work.


Careers in Cardiac Physiology

Almost all previous graduates of Healthcare Sciences have gone on to work in their chosen profession in the NHS, mainly in Wales but also in England, within six months of graduating.

This is an exciting and rapidly developing field that requires a high level of responsibility with many opportunities for specialist role extension following graduation.

The NHS starting salary for Cardiac Physiologists is £21,478 (Band 5). Typical career earnings range from £21,478 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 in this role is £97,478.

Those who study Cardiac Physiology also have excellent prospects to work in in research, education, management, Her Majesty’s Forces, governmental departments and the private sector.

Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories. 


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All healthcare sciences degrees are accredited by the Health Education England Healthcare Science Programme Board (MEE HCSPB). 

This degree is also accredited by the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (SCST) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology (RCCP).