Cancer and Haemato-oncology (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018, April 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)
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This course is designed for health care practitioners working with patients with a cancer and/or haemato-oncology diagnosis who wish to expand their theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of care of patients with cancer and/or haemato-onocology malignancy undergoing care for their disease from diagnosis, treatment and living with their disease.

What's covered in the course?

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 and simulation.

Course tutors have worked for many years within the specialist clinical setting from a variety of healthcare providers. Specialist current clinical healthcare staff also deliver lectures within this programme. 

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 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.

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New £10,280 postgraduate loans

If you are completing the MSc Professional Practice, you may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is open to International students

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UK or EU students

Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Cancer and Haemato-oncology NA Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Cancer Care NA Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Haemato-oncology NA Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module

International Students

Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Cancer and Haemato-oncology NA TBC PT TBC See below
Cancer Care NA TBC PT TBC See below
Haemato-oncology NA TBC PT TBC See below

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.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) 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.

You can complete one of three pathways:

  • Cancer Care
  • Haemato-oncology
  • Cancer and Haemato-oncology

Pathway awards in Cancer Care, Haemato-oncology or Cancer Care and Haemato-oncology can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc 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. 

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

This course is available part-time

Degree (Level 6)

How it works

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

Fundamental Principles of Cancer Biology
20 credits

The Fundamental Principles of Cancer Biology module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine cell biology and the principles of cancer initiation and progression.
  • Evaluate the presenting features, pathophysiology, aetiology and epidemiology of a specific malignant condition.
  • Relate the diagnostic journey to the underlying pathophysiology.
  • Critically analyse the importance of preventative measures and early diagnosis strategies.
Enhancing Current Practice in Cancer Care
20 credits

Enhancing current practice in cancer care module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the modalities of therapy used to treat solid tumours.
  • Apply and analyse the essential knowledge and theory required to care for a patient undergoing a specific anti-cancer treatment for solid tumours.
  • Debate the psychosocial impact of a cancer diagnosis on the individual and their family.
  • Explore the ethical issues and attitude to cancer. 
Enhancing Current Practice and Care in Haemato-oncolog
20 credits

Enhancing current practice and care in haemato-oncology module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Analyse the modalities of therapy used to treat haematological malignancies.
  • Apply and analyse the essential knowledge and theory required to care for a patient undergoing treatment for a haematological malignancy.
  • Debate the psychosocial impact of a haematological malignant diagnosis on the individual and their family.
  • Explore the ethical issues and attitude to haematological malignancy.
Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use research evidence in practice which will help contribute to your development as a qualified healthcare professional. The module will enhance your knowledge of evidence and its uses to help inform your practice. You will be able to understand how evidence can be implemented to improve practice.

Negotiated Study
20 credits

Negotiated topic module allows 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
Optional Module
20 credits

Optional modules for these pathways include:

  • The Impact of Living with and Beyond Cancer
  • Systematic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy: Principles Management and Care
  • The Care of Patients receiving a Stem Cell Transplant.

Postgraduate (Level 7)

 
Applied Biology of Malignant Conditions
20 credits
 
Innovation and Leading Practice in Cancer Care
20 credits
 
Innovation and Leading Practice in Haemato-oncology
20 credits
Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

Optional Module
20 credits

Optional modules for this course include:

  • Innovative Approaches of the Consequences of Cancer
  • Systematic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy: Leading innovation in Practice and Care.
Research Dissertation
60 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Fundamental Principles of Cancer Biology (LBR6537)
Enhancing Current Practice in Cancer Care* (LBR6541)
Enhancing Current Practice in Haemato-oncology* (LBR6539)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Cancer Care/Cancer Care and Haemato-oncology/Haemato-oncology)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module*
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cancer Care/Cancer Care and Haemato-oncology/Haemato-oncology)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Applied Biology of Malignant Conditions
Innovation and Leading Practice in Cancer Care* 
Innovation and Leading Practice in Haemato-oncology*
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Cancer Care/Cancer Care and Haemato-oncology/Haemato-oncology)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module*
PG Dip Professional Practice (Cancer Care/Cancer Care and Haemato-oncology/Haemato-oncology)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Cancer Care/Cancer Care and Haemato-oncology/Haemato-oncology)

*Optional modules are listed above to replace these options.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Samantha Toland

Senior Lecturer in Haematology

Haematology and Cancer Care Pathway of Dimensions in Health Care award. 

Enquiries

For all course enquiries please contact the Cancer and Haemato-oncology Pathway Leader, Alison Simons 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 navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

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 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295