Healthcare for International Students (Professional Practice) - BSc (Hons)

Part Time (1 year)
September 2018
£656 per module for International Part Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

The international route is a one-year full time programme of study for international students, offering the opportunity to top-up their studies in the UK. This route builds upon existing learning and further enhances students’ academic and professional knowledge and skills.

The route is set in the context of the programme aims of pursuing excellence, being practice-led and knowledge applied, interdisciplinary, employment driven and embracing internationalisation within the health care context.

The UK has a strong reputation for academic excellence in the international education marketplace, and therefore this route has the potential to widen the University’s international portfolio.

What's covered in the course?

The programme covers some of the key academic principles required in health care (academic skills, using research evidence and leadership theory). Additional you will be able to choose to study specific health focused topics from a selection of optional modules e.g. contemporary issues in public health, pain management. All modules are related to aspects of healthcare. You will develop these skills further by undertaking a study of a topic of your choice that is related to healthcare.

The programme is delivered using a blended delivery incorporating both modules with teaching on campus and fully online modules. All modules include a variety of learning activities, such as online lectures, forums, quizzes, workbooks, simulation.

Course tutors have worked for many years within specialist clinical settings from a variety of healthcare providers.

Why Choose Us?

  • Patient and people focussed courses
  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners 
  • Links with healthcare providers
  • State of the art facilities

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place in Autumn 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.

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This course is open to International students

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UK or EU students

Sorry, this course is not available to UK/EU students.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 PT 1 year £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Entry Requirements

  • All students must be working in an appropriate environment in order to fully engage with the chosen modules.
  • For entry onto the BSc / BSc (Hons) students must have a relevant Dip HE or 240 credits of which at least 120 are at Level 5 or equivalent.
  • Students from overseas must demonstrate an IELT of 6 or higher in each area

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments.

Pathway awards in Healthcare for International Students can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

Professional Practice Routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available

Professional Practice Routes

Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module. 

Essential Academic Skills
20 credits
  • Critically analyse and reflect on own strengths, limitations, performance and personal and contextual factors which have an impact on your identified academic learning needs and desired progression outcomes
  • Articulate, with reference to appropriate literature, the process of your personal and professional development. 
  • Demonstrate in line with the marking criteria for level 6 an appropriate writing style and structure with sources accurately referenced in line with the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences referencing policy.
Using Research in Evidence
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Introduction to Leadership, Innovation and Change Management
20 credits
  • Critically examine the concepts of communication, professionalism, multi-disciplinary and collaborative team working to improve innovative practice across the health and social care sector.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Excellence in Care and Risk Management
20 credits
Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from the following:

  • Pain Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Perspectives
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Nutrition.

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module. 

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 (Enter with 240 credits of which 120 must be level 5 equivalent)
Modules completed 
Essential Academic Skills (LBR6585)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Introduction to Leadership, Innovation and Change Management

BSc (Hons)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Excellence in Care and Risk Management
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Healthcare for International Students)
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Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Alison Simons

Senior Lecturer

Alison was a cancer nurse for 18 years looking after patients with a variety of cancer and receiving a variety of treatments. She was the junior sister of a mixed oncology ward within a large teaching hospital.

Alison then went on to become a professional development sister responsible for the educational needs of 200 oncology and haematology nurses.

She joined BCU in 2009 as a senior lecturer and pathway leader for cancer and haematology within the dimensions of health care framework (now professional practice), for post registered nurses. She has since gone on to gain her master’s in education.

Course Enquiries

For any enquiries about this course please contact the course leader Simon Dobbs, on:

International Enquiries

If you are an international student please contact the international office for more information on entry requirements:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on 

Professional Practice Routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available

Professional Practice Routes

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 6295

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Contact the admissions team

+44 (0)121 331 6295