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Digital Healthcare Science (BSc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Digital Healthcare Science (BSc)

Technology, Health and Wellbeing Sciences (BSc)


  • UCAS Code
  • I511
  • Qualification
  • BSc
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: ABB
  • IB: 34
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)

There is a recognised need for a new type of health science practitioner, educated in 'fusion sciences', taking on a role focused on health and wellbeing. With our Digital Healthcare Science (BSc), you will be taught how to support individuals to help themselves to better health and wellbeing.

Please note, this course was previously called Technology, Health and Wellbeing Sciences (BSc).


Are you good with people, interested in health and wellbeing, curious about digital technologies?

By studying WMG’s new BSc in Digital Healthcare Science, you will learn how to support individuals to help themselves to better health and wellbeing, and to use leading edge science and technology to contribute to improving health services for individual users. The degree has been developed as a result of a recognised need from our NHS partners for a new type of Health Science Practitioner, educated in ‘fusion sciences’.

With four fusion sciences – behavioural science; healthcare and physiological sciences; science of digital healthcare; science of shared clinical decision-making – interwoven throughout the programme, this course will provide a breadth of scientific training. This will include high-level consultation skills; a holistic, evidence- and values-based approach to shared decision making; and clinical physiology. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to work with the digital technologies that play an ever-increasing role in supporting health and wellbeing.

The course will be a mix of taught sciences and practical placements. There are seven taught modules in each of the first two years, blended into five concentrated learning blocks. Between these blocks, you will complete a programme of activities including an average of one day per week on an NHS placement. Your third year continues to build on this and addresses practice and research in more depth.

With four fusion sciences* interwoven throughout the programme, this course will give you a breadth of scientific training including high-level consultation skills; a holistic, evidence- and values-based approach to shared decision making; and clinical physiology. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to work with the digital technologies that play an ever-increasing role in supporting health and wellbeing.

The theme for Year One is ‘individuals, wellbeing, choices and decisions’. You’ll be introduced to the concepts of digital healthcare, and of personalised health and wellbeing. You will gain an understanding of the science of wellbeing; nutrition, metabolism and physical activity; health behaviour; and clinical decision-making. In Year Two you will learn to support people within their context, and to optimise digital healthcare technologies as part of that support. From big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the design of digital healthcare systems, to applied behavioural science and the psychology of mental health, you will be able to understand the importance of context and personalisation and the digital systems that can support this approach.

Year Three continues to build on this and addresses practice and research in more depth.

*The four fusion sciences:

1. Behavioural Science

2. Healthcare and Physiological sciences

3. Science of Digital Healthcare

4. Science of Shared Clinical Decision-making

The course will be a mix of taught sciences and practical placements.

There are seven taught modules in each of the first two years, blended into five concentrated learning blocks each year. Between these concentrated blocks, there is a programme of activities including an average of one day per week on an NHS placement.

Before each teaching block, you will study a virtual case designed to integrate the different strands of science learning on that block. This case-based learning will incorporate personal and group study, web-based discussions and tutor interaction.

The third year comprises four taught modules, a placement-learning project, and a 30-credit work based project/dissertation.

The course has been designed so that your learning is integrated across the fusion sciences and a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) strand, and so your assessments will also be integrated to reflect that.

In the first two years you will complete three written assignments per year, as well as being marked on the quality of the work demonstrated in your learning log, which you will maintain throughout the course. At the end of each year there will be a practical examination known as an ‘Objective Structured Science and Clinical Examination’.

Throughout the course you will have formative tests to help you ensure that your learning is on track. You will also have regular tests within your Health placements. These comprise Case-based Discussions, (CBD) where you will talk about someone you have engaged with in the workplace, showing your supervisor that you have a grasp of the important points, and Directly Observed Practical Skills (DOPS) where you demonstrate your competence to an educational supervisor.

Your third year research project is assessed not only through your written report, but also by your presentation. You’ll also be expected to engage in a professional discussion with an assessor and in an ‘Observed Clinical Event’ to demonstrate your handling of a typical situation that might be encountered by a health and wellbeing scientist.

Vacation placements

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust is offering six students the opportunity for a paid summer vacation placement at the end of Year 1. Two places will be available at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital, and four at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Full details of how to apply for one these posts (offering anticipated earnings around £3,000) will be available in November 2019, and appointments will be made early in Term 2 of the course, by which time you will already have had one term’s experience of placements at the Trust.

Transfer to an NHS Degree Apprenticeship Programme

At the end of your first year you may apply to transfer into Year 2 of a BSc Degree Apprenticeship with the NHS (continuing to study with Warwick on a part-time block-release basis while working as an NHS employee) or continue as a full-time student on this course.

Please note that the BSc Degree Apprenticeship is currently subject to final NHS approval, so this is not guaranteed, and those seeking apprenticeships will need to be accepted by NHS or other employers.

A level: ABB including one or more of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Human Biology, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics

IB: 34 points including a higher level in either Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics

There is also the requirement to pass a DBS check and health screening and attend an interview.

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
    All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year
    Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews
    We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days
    All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year One: Individuals, wellbeing, choices and decisions
  • Introduction to Digital Healthcare
  • Personalised Health and Wellbeing Stratification
  • Eating Behaviour
  • Science of Wellbeing
  • Nutrition, Metabolism, and Physical Activity
  • Science of Clinical Decision-Making
  • Personal and Professional Development 1
Year Two: Supporting people in their context and optimising digital healthcare
  • Design of Digital Health Systems
  • Big Data in Healthcare, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Psychology of Mental Health and Behavioural Change
  • Applied Behavioural Science
  • Mental Health, Addiction and Sleep
  • People in Context: Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal and Professional Development 2
Year Three: Practice and research
  • Health Ergonomics and Human Systems Integration
  • Self-help Across the Lifespan
  • Activating Health and Wellbeing
  • Contributing to a Health and Wellbeing Service
  • Research Project
  • Personal and Professional Development 3
There are no optional modules for this course.

This is a new course so our first cohort of students have not yet graduated. However, we expect that our students will have an interest in areas such as career posts in the NHS, in private practice, in occupational health within industry and commerce, and in wider digital health practice.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Career planning for WMG students
  • Options in Engineering
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Effective Applications for WMG students
  • Researching Employers for WMG students

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: ABB including one or more of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Human Biology, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics

IB: 34 points including a higher level in either Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics

There is also the requirement to pass a DBS check and health screening and attend an interview.

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code
I511

Award
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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