The course focuses on the study of body function, particularly how cell, tissue and organ function is integrated in specific systems such as the nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems in health and disease. You will develop specialist knowledge and have the option to personalise your learning to suit your interests with our range of optional modules.
Depending on the availability of suitable placements, and your choice of options, you can work towards one of three possible degree titles: BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology), BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology).
Teaching methods include lectures, practical work, seminars and other forms of group work. Assessment is by continuous assessment of coursework and by examinations, in a ratio of roughly 40:60.
The Integrated Foundation Year for Biosciences includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you're perhaps a mature student who's been out of education for a period of time, or you've gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
If you're unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us.
**If you've studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade, you'll need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you've not achieved a grade C in maths and English language we may be able to work with you to ensure that you're able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English isn't your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you're from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you're a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student, you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course isn't available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements, and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
At entry level, the work involves obtaining diagnostic data from patients and working as part of a multidisciplinary team that also includes doctors, nurses and radiographers.
Employment prospects are very good for Sunderland graduates in subjects allied to medicine.
Potential employers include the NHS, medical research institutions, clinical laboratories, drug companies, molecular biology companies and other organisations where a strong science background is an advantage.
If you choose this degree you will be well-prepared to apply for roles as a healthcare science practitioner within the NHS, with a specialism in cardiac physiology or audiology.
Our course provides significant amounts of work-based learning, with unpaid placements amounting to 10 weeks in year 1, 15 weeks in year 2 and 25 weeks in year 3.