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Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc

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

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

Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) Apprenticeship at Middlesex University?

This BSc apprenticeship will be delivered across each academic year in designated periods of placement learning and study blocks.  This model allows you 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 your 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 you 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, you will complete planned practice placements within your place of work.

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

Whilst in practice, your 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.

Course highlights

  • You will have planned practice placements within real-life situations of work
  • Your studying will be divided between study days at the University and independent directed learning

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What will you study on BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) Apprenticeship?

This degree will give you knowledge of cardiac physiology and the many forms of patient testing and treatments. Middlesex University is focused on improving healthcare for future generations through leading on pioneering research that saves lives and we will encourage you to become an independent learner by leading on your own research projects in an area of specialist interest. Throughout your studies you will develop your skills in state-of-the-art laboratories with professional standard equipment.

What will you 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 you 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 you can build.

    • Healthcare Science 2 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will aim to develop your 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. You will develop your understanding in the recognition of abnormal results.

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

      This module will develop your 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 you 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 you 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, you will focus on the study of cardiovascular and respiratory disease processes and conditions. You 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. You will also gain an understanding of non-invasive diagnostic investigations.

  • Year 3

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will advance your professional skills such as leadership as well as your 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 your 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 your understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic angiographic procedures and results.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) Apprenticeship taught?

You will gain from experience in working with others while tackling realistic scenarios and case studies. Your learning will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning, podcasts) which will allow for flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Your tutors will use existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities and will be able to provide any support you may need whilst learning online. You will be given the opportunity to use state of the art tools and techniques, and become aware of their role in business information systems. Your work will also involve the integration of social networks in information systems deployment in modern organisations.

Teaching and learning practices include lectures, seminars, labs and workshops, tutorials, and self study. You will also be taught using other methods such as:

  • Group discussions
  • Research studies
  • Case studies
  • Online demonstrations
  • Off-campus visits and field trips

Degree apprenticeships at Middlesex integrate work and learning, and this course has been designed to recognise that at least 80% of your learning will be derived from your work. The work activities that you undertake on a day-to-day basis as an apprentice will provide an invaluable source of knowledge, information and learning that you can draw on to help you meet the requirements of your degree apprenticeship programme. This will be supported by the allocation of a Workplace Mentor by your employer. Your Workplace Mentor will discuss the on-going development of your knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values in regular one-to-one meetings and comment on your entries in your online Learning Journal as evidence of your developing professional competence. Your Learning Journal will provide a focus for three-way (apprentice-mentor-tutor) discussions to help you develop as a reflective professional practitioner.

It is important to note that the primary source of learning for the programme will be at your workplace, which means that your learning experience will depend on the provisions and support provided by the organisation you will be working for. Your learning experience will be personalised to best fit the needs of your role and the conditions you have at the workplace. The core areas of the subject area will be covered in a way to align the learning process and knowledge acquired at your workplace.


The learning, teaching and assessments will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students. You will be given prompt feedback on your learning as well as opportunities to reflect upon and learn from that feedback. Your active participation will be required in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively in groups. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom. You will be given the opportunity to participate in activities towards subject specific objectives. As part of a team you will be required to demonstrate the ability to work with others, engage in time management, problem solving and decision-making.

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.

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How can the BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) apprenticeship support your career?

On completion of the programme, you could be eligible to apply for band 5 physiological science posts in the NHS.

You could also further your studies on an NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) to become a physiological scientist, working in the NHS at Band 7 or higher.

Lesley Davies
Programme leader

Neville Hall
Director of Programmes - Biomedical Science

Alechia Van Wyk
Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Physiology

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