If you’re a qualified healthcare professional working as a radiographer, doctor, nurse or midwife, this course will extend your expertise in the production and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound images.
Ultrasound is regarded as a complementary imaging procedure undertaken in the majority of modern diagnostic imaging or x-ray departments. You’ll be taught by practising sonographers who are up to date with current practice.
This new course is in the final stages of design. Once this is complete, and the course has been reviewed and approved as meeting our quality standards, you'll be able to apply directly online as normal. The course starts in September 2017.
We'll be publishing detailed information about all our courses for 2017/18 on the website over the next few weeks, as well as fees and how to apply. Sign up below and we'll send you an email as soon as more information is available.
At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.
That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.
We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.
To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.
We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.
*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
John Deane, Head of School of Allied and Public Health Professions explains why we are changing our courses.
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 some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
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:
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.
You’ll be taught by lecturers with high levels of academic and clinical ultrasound expertise, including David Cole, Lorraine Walsh and Helen Brown.
Lorraine teaches Obstetric and Abdominal Ultrasound as well as being a part-time clinical sonographer at Heart of England NHS Trust. Helen teaches abdominal and vascular ultrasound alongside working part-time as a clinical sonographer at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.
I qualified as a radiographer in 1976 and worked for five years at Wolverhampton Royal Hospital. In 1982 I joined the West Mercia School of Radiography as a student teacher qualifying in 1983 – during this time I also started training in medical ultrasound qualifying as a sonographer in 1985. I have been teaching Ultrasound since 1985, first at NHS schools of radiography and, since 1995, at Birmingham City University. During this time I have held various part time posts as an obstetric sonographer.