Respiratory Physiologists work with patients suspected or known to have disease of the respiratory system. The day-to-day work of a Respiratory Physiologist includes the use of a variety of specialist equipment to obtain diagnostic data about respiratory structures and their function, which they will use to produce clinical reports that will be used by the healthcare team to inform diagnosis and direct therapy. The Respiratory Physiologist also diagnoses and treats sleep-related breathing disorders in partnership with the medical team.
Candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile.
GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science at Grade A-C.
Candidates also require a minimum of: BBB at A2 level. One of which must be in a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics).
Alternative entry requirements
Access: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination.
Welsh baccalaureate: Pass and either BB at A2 level (at least one A2 in maths or physics) or DD at BTEC
Irish Leaving Certificate: 360
Any offer of a place will require:
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check).
Occupational Health Check .
Students who´s first language is not English may require an IELTS test minimum score of 7.0.
Year 1 (Level 4)
HE Level 4 Degree / HECert
Professional Practice 1
Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science
Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science
Basics of Mathematics and Physics for Healthcare Science
Introduction to Cardiovascular Science
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
CVRS Patient Pathways and Work-Based Training
Manual Handling 1
Violence & Aggression Passport 1
Year 2 (Level 5)
HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip
Professional Practice 2
Research Methods and Statistics
Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1
Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Diagnostic Interventions
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Physiology
Manual Handling 2
Violence & Aggression Passport 2
Year 3 (Level 6)
HE Level 6 Degree / Honours
Professional Practice 3
Healthcare Science Research Project
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Sleep Diagnostics and Therapy
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Blood Gases and Respiratory Failure
Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Challenge and Exercise Testing
Manual Handling 3
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.
Respiratory Physiology graduates will be qualified to apply for membership of the voluntary register held by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology and will be able to enter the workplace as an independent practitioner.
99% of healthcare science students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.
Almost all of the previous graduates of the healthcare sciences have gone on to work in their chosen profession in the NHS, mainly in Wales but also in England. These students typically commence work in Band 5 Practitioner roles. Significant proportions of our graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles.
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