Dimensions in Healthcare Framework

The Dimensions in Healthcare Framework allows healthcare professionals to choose their own path, by cherry picking the core modules, area of specialisation and optional modules that suit their needs and areas of interest.

The type of award you receive upon graduating depends on both your existing qualifications, and the combination of modules and pathways that you choose to study.

The qualifications available are:

  • Advanced Diploma Professional Studies Dimensions in Health Care
  • Advanced Diploma Professional Studies in a chosen pathway
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Dimensions in Health Care
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in a chosen pathway
  • BSc (Hons) Dimensions in Health Care
  • Graduate Certificate in a chosen pathway

Dimensions Module Dates 2016-2017

Students can select a whole pathway to achieve an Advanced Diploma, BSc, Graduate Certificate in their area of study. The type of qualification achieved depends on the person's entry qualification.

Clinical pathways can also be used as individual modules towards other awards –the "How does it work" tab illustrates all of this in greater detail.

Clinical pathways

Students can use modules to achieve an Advanced Diploma, BSc, BSc (Hons) or Graduate Certificate in Dimensions in Healthcare. The type of qualification achieved depends on the person's entry qualification.

  • Advanced Diploma Professional Studies/BSc/Graduate Certificate
  • 4 modules worth of study (a total of 60 credits)
  • BSc (Hons) Dimensions in Health Care
  • 8 modules worth of study (a total of 120 credits)
 
  • Strand Modules
  • For a BSc/Advanced Diploma/Graduate Certificate you must choose either one  Strand 1 module or one Strand 2 module.
  • For a BSc (Hons) you must select one from each strand.
 
  • Clinical Pathways
  • Students select a whole pathway, to achieve Advanced Diploma, BSc, Graduate Certificate or can use the pathway as individual modules towards other awards (see the course pathways tab).
 
  • Option Modules
  • A selection of stand-alone modules.

The type of award you receive upon graduating depends on both your existing qualifications, and the combination of modules and pathways that you choose to study.

Here's how it works:
Entry Qualification
All Entrants
Modules completed on
1 strand modules + 3 options (60 credits @ L6) Download module information
1 clinical pathway (4 modules) (60 credits @ L6)
Exit Awards
Advanced Diploma Professional Studies Dimensions in Health Care
Advanced Diploma Professional Studies (title determined by package of modules completed)
Entry Qualification
Dip HE (or 240 Credits, 120@ L5)
Modules completed on
3 individual modules + 1 strand module, (60 credits @ L6)
1 clinical pathway (4 modules)(60 credits @ L6) Download module information
Exit Awards
BSc Dimensions in Health Care
BSc (title determined by package of modules completed)
Entry Qualification
Dip HE (or 240 Credits, 120@ L5)
Modules completed on
2 strand modules + 2 options plus 1 clinical pathway (4 modules) or 4 option modules (120 credits @ L6)
Exit Awards
BSc (Hons) Dimensions in Health Care
Entry Qualification
Dip HE (or 240 Credits, 120@ L5)
Modules completed on
3 individual modules + 1 strand module, (60 credits @ L6)
1 clinical pathway (4 modules)(60 credits @ L6) Download module information
Exit Awards
BSc Dimensions in Health Care
BSc (title determined by package of modules completed)

NB – This model assumes the selection of single modules of 15 credit value. The total required number of credits (i.e.15, 60 or 120) rather than the number of modules should be considered.

Please visit our Applying to a CPD Course pages.

How do I choose my modules for the Dimensions in Healthcare?

Please follow the step-by-step process on the 'How it Works' tab to find and select the modules and pathways that suit you. We have also produced PDF downloads that will help you decide how many modules to select.

Alternatively, our Professional Navigator is on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements. Use our enquiries tab to contact her.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is based around a combination of:

  • Classroom sessions
  • Student-centred learning
  • E-technology
  • Self-directed study.
How will I be assessed?

Assessment is varied and depends on the modules you choose. The CPD team will be able to advise you.

How many credits is each module worth?

All modules are at Level 6 (degree level) or Level 7 (postgraduate).

A single module is worth 15 credits, double = 30 and triple = 45 credits. Unless otherwise stated, all modules are single 15 credit modules.

I've studied before, does this count?

If you've already studied in the past, you may be able to use the credits you gained towards a course here.

Universities offering Continuing Professional Development education have a system in place to enable health and social care professionals to accumulate credit towards degree qualifications. This system is called The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Systems (CATS).

You may even find that educational and training programmes offered in-house; through the NHS; or by other training organisations, can also be accredited within the Faculty's CATS system. Similarly, experiential learning, when assessed through portfolios, can lead to the award of CATS points.

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, will be able tell you whether you are eligible for CATS. Use our enquiries tab to contact Adele and Nicola.

What qualifications can I achieve?

What support is available?

Students will be introduced to the Programme Director, module leaders and Professional Navigator where appropriate, who can support students in selecting an appropriate package of education.

A team of staff based at the Personal Development Department is also on hand to offer personal and professional support while you study. They can help you gain accreditation for prior learning or even develop a personal plan to help ensure you achieve your aims.

As a student at Birmingham City University, you will also be able to access help and guidance from Student Services (ASK).

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.