Cardiac Care (Professional Practice)

  • Level: Top-Up Pathways
  • Starting: September 2019, January 2020
  • Study mode: Part Time , Part Time (per module)
  • Location: City South

This course aims to address your learning needs as a healthcare professional working with patients with cardiac conditions by providing opportunities for you to reflect and improve on your clinical practice. You'll focus on current issues within this speciality, and develop and enhance your theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills in order to best meet the needs of your clients and the service. The course is flexible and our range of modules will allow you to create a programme of study more bespoke to your learning needs.

What's covered in the course?

You'll learn more about assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating the specialist care of patients undergoing treatment for a variety of cardiac conditions, and educating and supporting these patients, their relatives and colleagues. We'll also facilitate your development of higher levels of judgement and decision making, and provide opportunities for you to enhance your understanding and expertise in your clinical area using reflection and critical evaluation of evidence based practice.

The modules are delivered by a qualified nurse with extensive experience in cardiac care and course delivery, supported by colleagues from clinical practice.

The modules focus on ECG interpretation and management of associated conditions as well as acute and long term cardiac conditions including acute coronary syndrome and heart failure.

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused content
  • An opportunity to examine your practice critically
  • A strong focus on current issues and an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge
  • Flexible study options – chose to study over one or more academic years
  • Each module has a bespoke "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, news feeds, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest
  • Ongoing support from staff academically whilst in university to facilitate your development as a learner.

New £10,609 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 £10,609 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is not open to International students
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Course Accreditations

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

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  • UK students
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Starting: Sep 2019

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Starting: Jan 2020

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Award:

Starting: Sep 2019

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  • Part Time
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Award:

Starting: Jan 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • TBC
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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.

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.

Pathway awards in Cardiac Care 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. 

Financial sponsorship

If you will be receiving financial sponsorship, to settle the tuition fees for this course please download and complete the financial support form. Once completed please upload it to your applicant portal.

Professional Practice Routes

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

Professional Practice Routes

Degree (Level 6)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award – Exit Award: Grad Cert / BSc Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Acute Cardiac Conditions
20 credits

Acute Cardiac Conditions are commonly found in a range of healthcare settings and remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity. This module is aimed at Health Care Practitioners who provide care and manage patients with Acute Cardiac Conditions in their daily practice, often, although not exclusively within specialist settings.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the underlying physiology of a number of conditions, and critically explore evidence based, best practice management of these conditions.

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

Long Term Cardiac Conditions
20 credits

Advances in the treatment and care of Cardiac Conditions, coupled with an aging population, has resulted in an increased incidence of a number of Long Term Cardiac Conditions. This increase poses a number of challenges for healthcare providers and individual practitioners alike. Given these challenges this module is aimed at Health Care Practitioners who provide care and manage patients with Long Term Cardiac Conditions in their daily practice, in a variety of clinical settings. 

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

ECG Interpretation and Arrhythmia Management OR RAPID
20 credits

ECG

Cardiac monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation remains a core component in the care and management of patients with Cardiac (and other) illnesses. This module is aimed at Health Care Practitioners who utilise Cardiac monitoring and ECG interpretation in their daily practice.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the ECG, enhance your knowledge and decision-making skills in relation to arrhythmia and conduction disturbance recognition and evidence based best practice management.

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

OR

RAPID

This module allows you, a registered healthcare practitioner with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for acutely ill adults, to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others.

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

Year 2 Pathway Award (BSc Only) – Exit Award: BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module is for all healthcare practitioners if you want to enhance your understanding of evidence based practice to help improve your patient/client/service-user care. The aims of the module are to develop both your understanding of the importance of best evidence in practice, and your ability to locate, evaluate, and use best evidence in developing aspects of practice.

Good reasons to study Evidence-Based Practice: Clinical practice does not remain static but changes frequently. As a healthcare practitioner you must be able to justify and rationalise your practice to ensure quality care is provide and maintained. To ensure best practice is sustained you, as a practitioner, need to understand the concepts of evidence based practice and how to apply these concepts to your area of practice.

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

Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to negotiate learning of a bespoke topic. Under the guidance of facilitators, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learn more about a specific field of study.

The subject area within this module is student led with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to critically review and evaluate and which promotes your clinical development. A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic and clinical facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your progression towards completion of the study.

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

RAPID OR ECG Interpretation and Arrhythmia Management OR Optional Module
20 credits

RAPID

This module allows you, a registered healthcare practitioner with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for acutely ill adults, to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others.

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

OR

ECG

Cardiac monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation remains a core component in the care and management of patients with Cardiac (and other) illnesses. This module is aimed at Health Care Practitioners who utilise Cardiac monitoring and ECG interpretation in their daily practice.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the ECG, enhance your knowledge and decision-making skills in relation to arrhythmia and conduction disturbance recognition and evidence based best practice management.

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

OR

Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Postgraduate (Level 7)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award – Exit Award: PG Cert Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Acute Cardiac Conditions
20 credits

Acute Cardiac Conditions are commonly found in a range of healthcare settings and remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity. Therefore this module is aimed predominantly at Graduate Health Care Practitioners who provide care and manage patients with Acute Cardiac Conditions in their daily practice, often, although not exclusively within specialist settings.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in depth knowledge of the underlying physiology of a number of conditions, and critically investigate evidence based, best practice management of these conditions.

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

Long Term Cardiac Conditions
20 credits

Advances in the treatment and care of Cardiac Conditions, coupled with an aging population, has resulted in an increased incidence in a number of Long Term Cardiac Conditions. This increase poses a number of challenges for healthcare providers and individual practitioners alike. In light of these challenges this module is aimed predominantly at Graduate Health Care Practitioners who provide care and manage patients with Long Term Cardiac Conditions in their daily practice, in a variety of clinical settings.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in depth knowledge of the underlying physiology of a number of cardiac conditions, and critically investigate evidence based, best practice management of these conditions.

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

ECG Interpretation and Arrhythmia Management OR RAPID
20 credits

ECG

Cardiac monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation remains a core component in the care and management of patients with Cardiac (and other) illnesses. This module is aimed predominantly at Graduate Health Care Practitioners who utilise Cardiac monitoring and ECG interpretation in their daily practice.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the ECG, enhance your knowledge and decision-making skills in relation to arrhythmia and conduction disturbance recognition and evidence based best practice management.

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

OR

RAPID

This module allows you, typically a graduate health care professional with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for patients who experience episodes of acute health deterioration to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration in adults with a complex health history. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others, in challenging clinical situations.

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

Year 2 Pathway Award - Exit Award: PG Dip Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
20 credits

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, 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 is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

This module specifically addresses the broader programme aims related to “pursuing excellence” and “practice-led, knowledge applied” through a flexible provision that encourages students to develop their research ideas, enabling those on various Health MSc programmes to satisfy their individual learning needs, whilst contributing to their area of study.

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

RAPID or ECG Interpretation and Arrhythmia Management OR Optional Module
20 credits

RAPID

This module allows you, typically a graduate health care professional with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for patients who experience episodes of acute health deterioration to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration in adults with a complex health history. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others, in challenging clinical situations.

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

OR

ECG

Cardiac monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation remains a core component in the care and management of patients with Cardiac (and other) illnesses. This module is aimed predominantly at Graduate Health Care Practitioners who utilise Cardiac monitoring and ECG interpretation in their daily practice.

The module will provide opportunities for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the ECG, enhance your knowledge and decision-making skills in relation to arrhythmia and conduction disturbance recognition and evidence based best practice management.

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

OR

Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

MSc

Year 3 Pathway Award – Exit Award: MSc Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Option 1

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 60 credits):

Research Dissertation
60 credits

This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 600 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

Option 2

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 40 credits):

Research Dissertation
40 credits

This double module provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

In order to complete this route a student must also successfully complete at least 20 credits from ‘Appendix A. List of Additional Optional Modules’ *.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Optional Module
20 credits

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Acute Cardiac Conditions (LBR6535)
Long Term Cardiac Conditions (LBR6542)
ECG (LBR6538) or RAPID (LBR6525)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
ECG or RAPID or Alternative Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Acute Cardiac Conditions (LBR77487)
Long Term Cardiac Conditions (LBR7494)
ECG (LBR7490) or RAPID (LBR7478)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
ECG or RAPID or Alternative Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)
SNTA winner
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.

Download the 2019/20 course dates

Examples of classroom activities 

  • Keynote lectures to introduce and explore key concepts, topics and case studies to allow the exploration of the links between theoretical knowledge and clinical practice.
  • Guided group study to provide opportunities.
  • Student presentations to develop and enhance your presentation skills.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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.

Simon Dobbs

Senior Lecturer

Simon has been delivering BCU’s post registration Cardiac courses since 2003 and has overseen their development from diploma awards to the current provision at Level 6 and 7. In addition he is part of the Dimensions in Health Care (now Professional Practice award) programme team, facilitating the provision of a variety of BCU’s post registration awards.

Simon qualified as a Nurse in 1991 and worked exclusively in Acute Cardiac environments, predominantly Coronary Care Units in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

He completed the ENB 124 in Coronary Care Nursing as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Cardiology and Education (part of his Masters of Education in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education). Simon currently holds Advanced Life Support provider status.

He delivers modules (and sessions) on both Acute and Long Term Cardiac Conditions with a particular interest in ECG interpretation, associated condition management and Heart Failure. 

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 navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

Professional Practice Routes

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

Professional Practice Routes