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Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc

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Start date September 2019
Duration 3 years full-time
Attendance Full-time degree apprenticeship via blended learning
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Course leader Lesley Davies

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This three-year apprenticeship programme is ideal to for apprentices employed within local trusts, or healthcare organisations who wish to undertake the BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) and are supported by an employer to undertake the course as an Apprentice.

This BSc apprenticeship will be delivered across each academic year in designated periods of placement learning and study blocks. This model allows the apprentice to gain the advantages of the University resources and support processes, become integrated as a Middlesex University student, and develop a sense of belonging and cohort identity. Placement periods are assessed within their own area of employment according to the National School of Healthcare Science programme requirements.

The modules are delivered through attendance at University, independent study days and a range of planned placement experiences. As students they will be employed within local Trusts or Healthcare organisations as Cardiac Physiologist Degree Apprentices (CPDAs). In order to meet the National School of Healthcare Science requirements, the apprentice will complete planned practice placements within their place of work.

The apprentice will have access to My Learning at module and programme level, and all resources provided within it. These resources allow them to undertake the required pre and post sessional work within each module.

Whilst in practice, the apprentice's learning and assessment are supported and assessed by an identified mentor, who have prepared for the role by the University, for learning and assessment in practice. A range of practice learning experiences are planned in line with National School of Healthcare Science requirements.

This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.

  • Qualifications

    The apprentice will have the opportunity to gain professional status and upon successful completion of their degree apprenticeship they will have gained:

    • BSc PHealthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)
    • Apprenticeship Certificate demonstrating they have met the national Apprenticeship Standard for full occupational competence as a Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) Professional
  • Course highlights

    • The apprentice's professional development will take place as part of their integration to the workplace and under continuous guidance from a Workplace Tutor
    • The daily interaction with their work colleagues will help them to appreciate work ethics, develop professional conduct and apply expected standard practices for their chosen sector
    • The apprentice will have the opportunity to participate in planned practice placements within real-life situations of work
    • The apprentice will develop transferable skills such as working in teams, communicating with peers, managing tasks, solving problems and reaching decisions
    • They will benefit from study days at the University and independent directed learning

Course content

This degree will give the apprentice knowledge of cardiac physiology and the many forms of patient testing and treatments. We are focused on improving healthcare for future generations through leading on pioneering research that saves lives and the apprentice will be encouraged to become an independent learner by leading on their own research projects in an area of specialist interest.

Throughout their studies they will develop their skills in state-of-the-art laboratories with professional standard equipment.

What skills will the apprentice gain?

  • Practical skills (gained from placements in clinical physiology)
  • Public speaking skills (through class debates and presentations)


  • Year 1

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, the apprentice will begin developing and understanding the clinical skills, knowledge and professional attitude required for a career as a NHS Practitioner as well as gaining insights into roles and responsibilities.

    • Healthcare Science 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will serve as an introduction to the scientific basis of general healthcare, aiming to provide solid foundation upon which the apprentice can build.

    • Healthcare Science 2 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will aim to develop the apprentice's basic knowledge and understanding of healthcare related sciences.

    • Introduction to Physiological Sciences 1 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will serve as a basic introduction and understanding of cardiovascular and respiratory measurements and sleep sciences. The apprentice will develop their understanding in the recognition of abnormal results.

    • Introduction to Physiological Sciences 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop the apprentice's in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the apprentice with the knowledge and understanding required for the development of analysis and reporting skills for research projects. It will also encourage continued development of clinical skills and professionalism.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide the apprentice with the understanding of principles, properties and techniques of diagnostic instruments used for physiological measurements in a clinical setting.

    • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Within this module, the apprentice will focus on the study of cardiovascular and respiratory disease processes and conditions. They will also focus on pathologies, epidemiology, public health and psychosocial aspects of each disease.

    • Cardiovascular Science (45 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the advanced interpretation and analysis of the ECG and causative pathologies as well as the recognition of abnormal results. The apprentice will also gain an understanding of non-invasive diagnostic investigations.

  • Year 3

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will advance the apprentice's professional skills such as leadership as well as their  understanding of clinical incidents and medical alerts.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will take the form of an independent study of a cardiac based scientific research project.

    • Applied Cardiovascular Science 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will deepen the apprentice's understanding of diagnostic provocative electrophysiology, including pathophysiology, pharmacology, and diagnosis of related cardiac disease.

    • Applied Cardiovascular Science 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will further the apprentice's understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic angiographic procedures and results.

  • Teaching

    This is a professional programme and the apprentice will be taught via a work-integrated blended learning approach which will comprise the following:

    • Work based learning will consist of on the job development and application of skills, knowledge and professional behaviours. The apprentice’s progress will be monitored through regular tutorials with tutors and supervised in the work place by the apprentice’s Coach
    • Module workshops will be taught by professional practitioners and specialist staff introducing new relevant academic and professional content
    • Specialist workshops will be delivered face-to face and/or online
    • Contextualised work based projects where skills, knowledge and behaviour can be applied in a professional working environment
    • Online learning includes structured individual and/or group online learning activities and tasks that involves facilitated tutor and peer group feedback to support learning development.
  • Assessment

    The apprentice will be required to submit a range of evidence of work-integrated learning for assessment that reflect aspects of practice as a Senior Leader. This can include learning journals, portfolios, role playing, work-based projects, reports, professional development plans and a business transformation project.

    End-point Assessment

    All apprenticeships in England are required to include an End-point Assessment (EPA) to test that apprentices have demonstrated all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for full occupational competence as specified in the nationally approved Apprenticeship Standard. For degree apprenticeships, the EPA can either be integrated within the degree or separate to the degree programme.

    The specific requirements for EPA for BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology apprenticeship is detailed in the nationally approved End-point Assessment Plan and this can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Entry requirements


  • Applicants are required to be employed in a role that will enable them to engage in work activities that are relevant to developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to operate as a Chartered Manager.
  • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices. Most candidates will have two A levels (or equivalent alternative relevant Level 3 qualifications), and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Relevant or prior experiential learning may also be considered as an alternative.

Evidence of the ability to successfully engage with reflective work-based learning based on pre-entry assessment


There is no cost to do a higher or degree apprenticeship for the apprentice/student. They will earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices but many companies pay more than this, particularly for higher and degree apprenticeships.

They could potentially earn upwards of £300* per week plus the employer and the government is required to pay the tuition fees, meaning the apprentice won't need a tuition fee loan.

*Information and statistics from GOV.UK


On completion of the programme, the apprentice could be eligible to apply for band 5 physiological science posts in the NHS. They could also further their studies on an NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) to become a physiological scientist, working in the NHS at Band 7 or higher.

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