Dimensions in Healthcare (Various Pathways) - PGCert

Part Time
Various dates

PGCert in Dimensions in Healthcare allows health care professionals to study a specialist pathway that suits their needs.

We are now offering the following Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care Pathways. These Pathways start in September, however if you wish to do stand-alone modules you may start at any point throughout the year. Please contact the relevant Pathway Leader for more information.

We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

We have professional navigators Adele and Nicola who are able to help and advise you on the best options available for your development.

The 2016/17 fees are £600 per 15 credit module.

The modules available are being reviewed for our 2017/18 offering, please speak to pathway leaders for further details.

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Adult Critical Care)

Lorraine Marsons: 0121 331 6106 E: lorraine.marsons@bcu.ac.uk

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Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Burn Care)

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Burns & Plastic Surgery)

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Plastic Surgery)

Jane Leaver T: 0121 331 7164 E: Jane.Leaver@bcu.ac.uk

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Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Cardiac Care)

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Coronary Care)

Simon Dobbs T: 0121 331 7102 E: Simon.Dobbs@bcu.ac.uk

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Haematology)

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Alison Simons T: 0121 331 7012 E: Alison.Simons@bcu.ac.uk

Samantha Toland T: 0121 331 7012 E: Samantha.Toland@bcu.ac.uk

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Cancer Care)

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Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Haematology and Cancer Care)

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Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Neonatal Critical Care)

Sue Ward-Smith T: 0121 331 7064 E: Sue.Ward-Smith@bcu.ac.uk

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Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Tissue Viability)

Pat Davies T: 0121 331 7104 E: Patricia.Davies@bcu.ac.uk

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Entry Requirements

UK students

Your entry credits will be assessed prior to commencing the programme. Based on this assessment and your choice of modules, the title of your award will be ascertained.

You will normally be expected to have six months' experience in a relevant clinical area.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Apply Online

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

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3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Course structure

Our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses support your learning throughout your career, whether you want to update or refresh your knowledge, expand your expertise or explore new areas of practice.

Courses are structured to allow maximum flexibility. You can choose individual modules which can count towards a recognised top-up degree. Courses vary in length and are flexible in delivery: allowing you to fit your professional development around your work and home commitments.

Our CPD Unit facilitates and manages our continuing professional education and training portfolio. We have a ‘professional navigator’ service to help you identify the best career path for you: ensuring you make the right choices to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Module dates

The following spreadsheet gives 2015/16 dates for all Health-related modules:

Postgraduate Module Dates 2015/16


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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 some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

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.

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.

Computer Facilities

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.

Meet our professional navigators

Our professional navigators, Nicola Clarke and Adele Millington, help health and social care professionals to choose the right Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

Many people call to find out which courses can top up their diploma into a degree, or for further information about research postgraduate options. Others need to update their skills to remain members of a professional body or to specialise in a new area.

Dr Nicola Clarke

Senior Lecturer

Nicola's role as a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University is very varied and involves acting as personal tutor for a number of students and teaching on modules wherever she is needed.

Currently, her role includes that of Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies degree. Nicola is also the award leader for the Adult Mental Health Pathway on this programme and she is responsible for a double substance misuse module that sits on this award.

Although she loves mental health nursing, Nicola's main passion and interest has always remained within the field of substance misuse and addictive disorders. She has a special interest in reflective practice and has recently completed an Educational Doctorate with a specific research focus in this area. Nicola is a certified Reality Therapist and has contributed to a chapter in the Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing.

She completed her degree with honours in Mental Health Nursing at Oxford Brookes University. She has an MSc in General Psychiatry which she completed at Keele Postgraduate Medical School.

Nicola was awarded an Educational Doctorate in 2013.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295