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Key facts

UCAS code: B810

Start date: September 2019

36 months full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
Additional cost information

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: No
Work placement option: Yes

This course is available to UK/EU residents only


Cardiac physiologists work in a challenging and stimulating environment. They combine caring and analytical problem solving in order to provide excellent patient care and support.

Our BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) course focuses primarily on diagnosis and assessment of heart disease. The course integrates both academic and workplace learning. You will benefit from our well-established network of high-quality placements, where you’ll receive clinical training from experienced cardiac professionals. Our students often describe their placements as the highlight of the course and the degree has an excellent employability record. The course received 96% for course satisfaction - NSS 2016

We have over 12 years’ experience of providing clinical physiology training and you'll be taught by experienced practising professionals. Being part of the School of Medicine links our academic expertise with world-leading research.

On successful completion of the programme students are eligible to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Science as a Practitioner.

High student satisfaction

96% overall satisfaction in the NSS, 2016

Course contact email:


Visit our Cardiac Physiology @ Leeds webpage for further information.

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Course content

In year 1 you’ll gain a broad understanding of the principles of Healthcare Science. Alongside this, you’ll be introduced to the theory and practice of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep studies. You’ll also learn about professional working and will start to develop your independent and critical thinking skills. You will complete 10 weeks of clinical placements.

In year 2 you’ll learn about a range of non-invasive cardiac diagnostic assessments, which will prepare you for your specialist clinical placement. In particular, you’ll focus on ECG interpretation, ambulatory monitoring and exercise tolerance testing. These are the procedures you’ll train in during 15 weeks of clinical placement. In addition, you’ll study the pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory diseases.

In year 3 you’ll learn about a range of invasive cardiac diagnostics and explore more deeply a wide range of cardiac disorders and the options available to treat and manage these conditions. You’ll also conduct a research project in one particular area of cardiology. You’ll continue to develop your practical skills both in the on-site clinical laboratories and in your dedicated final clinical placement in semester 2 of this year. In total you will complete 25 weeks on clinical placement during the final year.

Throughout the course you’ll develop the skills necessary to become a cardiac physiologist. You’ll also gain more general skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, scientific enquiry, professional working and reflective practice.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Professional Issues for Healthcare Scientists 30 credits
Biological Basis of Healthcare 30 credits
Cardiovascular Science 20 credits
Cardio-Respiratory Practice 20 credits
Respiratory and Sleep Science 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Research Methods and Evaluation 10 credits
Measurement and Instrumentation 20 credits
Principles of Non-Invasive Cardiology 1 20 credits
Principles of Non-Invasive Cardiology 2 20 credits
Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions 20 credits
Clinical Practice 2 30 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Independent Study for Healthcare Scientists 10 credits
Research Project 30 credits
Advanced Cardiac Principles 30 credits
Clinical Practice 3 40 credits
Preparation for Practice 10 credits

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Methods of training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.


The School has a dedicated cardiac physiology clinical skills area. The rooms consist of a separate ambulatory monitoring room, where students can be taught and can practise fitting, downloading and analysing ambulatory information. There is also a larger room for dedicated clinical skills teaching, with the equipment to perform ECGs, basic spirometry and blood pressure monitoring – all basic skills required for the Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc.


We use a range of assessment methods to assess your clinical and professional skills. These include presentations, group assessments, unseen examinations, practical skills examinations, seen examinations, along with essays and clinical practice profiles of evidence.

You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics). Other science based subjects will be considered.

We consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except general studies or critical thinking.

GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths, English and science - or new grading 4 - 9.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects + GCSEs, as above. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): distinction/distinction/distinction and must contain at least one-third science content at distinction.

    Health and Social Care qualifications have insufficient science content and will only be considered with an additional science A level – biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics.

    All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    Three Merits (M1) in 3 Principal Subjects, one of which must be a science

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, one of which must be a science subject

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    (Leaving Certificate): AABBBB, including English, maths and 2 science subjects

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    ABB, including 1 science. We consider all subjects for the remaining grades

  • Other Qualifications

    Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%

    Interdisciplinary Foundation Programme (PHE): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Science Foundation Year Programmes

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PHE - Preparation for Higher Education


You will be expected to have achieved an overall mark of at least 65%.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The School of Medicine does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the Healthcare Sciences (Audiology) BSc degree course. You must tell us in your UCAS application if you want to defer entry and if you have any prior criminal convictions.

To view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the admissions process, please CLICK HERE


We shortlist applicants against agreed criteria, using the information you submit on your UCAS form only. You must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme, at application or within the academic cycle. Your academic background and personal statement help us to assess your interest in the academic subject and are an important part of the process. The reference you provide on the UCAS form must also support your application.


Shortlisted applicants will normally recieve a written invitation inviting them to attend an interview at the School of Medicine. This allows us to further assess your aptitude for, and interest in, the course. It’s also an opportunity for you to visit the facilities, find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

If shortlisted, you'll receive a written invitation from the School to attend a selection event on a specific time and date. If this date is unsuitable, contact the School and where possible we'll offer an alternative date. If you don't notify us and don't attend a selection event, your application will be rejected.

Admissions policy

School of Medicine (LICAMM) Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

Travel costs you incur in attending your clinical placements are currently reimbursed. Accommodation costs are also covered, where travel to and from placement on a daily basis is not possible. Provision of this financial support is assessed on an individual basis, depending on placement location and circumstances.

Additional cost information

Travel costs you incur in attending your clinical placements are currently reimbursed. Accommodation costs are also covered, where travel to and from placement on a daily basis is not possible. Provision of this financial support is assessed on an individual basis, depending on placement location and circumstances.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Cardiac disease is a major problem of the Western world. In the UK the demand for cardiac physiologists is greater than the number practising, ensuring a continued future for registered cardiac physiologist professionals.

The NHS employs the majority of cardiac physiologists. Some cardiac physiologists work in the private sector and in GP surgeries. Opportunities arise for cardiac physiologists to work in industry as application specialists, supporting clients in using and troubleshooting equipment.

Cardiac physiologists work largely autonomously, making clinical decisions and providing clinical reports. As well as conducting diagnostic assessments and providing treatment, cardiac physiologist roles can also include consultant, counsellor, advisor, educator, facilitator, researcher and therapist.

In recent years 100% of our students pursuing a career in cardiac physiology were employed within six months of graduating.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Clinical placements

You’ll undertake placements in Cardiology departments throughout the course, benefiting from our excellent and well-established network.

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