Obstetric Ultrasound (Focused Courses) - 40 credits - Module

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: February 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 days over 5 months)
  • Location: City South

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The course is aimed at qualified healthcare professionals –such as radiographers, midwives, nurses and doctors – who want to extend their field of expertise into the production and interpretation of diagnostic obstetric ultrasound images.

Ultrasound is regarded as a complementary imaging procedure undertaken in the majority of modern diagnostic Imaging or X-ray departments. Sonographers scan patients/clients with a variety of diseases and conditions and, under written protocols, report on the images produced.

You’ll be taught by practising sonographers who are up to date with current practice.

The course will further enhance your skills professionally, personally and practically

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

These courses take between 6 months and 15 months to complete depending upon the amount of time spent in clinical placement each week.

Why Choose Us?

  • The aim of the course is to provide qualified practitioners with a high level of specialist ultrasound knowledge and clinical experience. The course also develops investigative and analytical skills in order to help you to become a highly competent ultrasound practitioner
  • Although typically aimed at radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses, anyone with a health based or science degree and a clinical placement may apply
  • In addition, the course aims to develop interpersonal skills so that you become a highly effective communicator within the context of medical ultrasound
  • The course teaching team are all practising sonographers and are therefore up to date with current practice. Innovative methods of teaching and learning are embedded in the academic programme. These include: audio and video lectures, online learning and the use of an ultrasound simulator for learning scanning techniques and recognising pathology
  • You will receive a high level of support from the course team. Lectures are delivered to small groups, we have an open door policy and always answer emails and return phone calls. Expect to experience a spectrum of academic studies that you can use to support your clinical and professional development


This course is worth...

40 credits

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded Early Pregnancy Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
First Trimester Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
Obstetric Ultrasound Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
Third Trimester Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
Ultrasound for Fertility Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded Early Pregnancy Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
First Trimester Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
Obstetric Ultrasound Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
Third Trimester Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months
Ultrasound for Fertility Module Feb 2020 SC 6 days over 5 months

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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.

Entry requirements


You will normally be expected to hold either a first degree lower second class (2.2) or above, or an equivalent professional qualification. However for level 6 we will also consider applicants such as health care assistants working in sexual health clinics with the specific agreement of their employer. These students will be expected to have achieved 5 Cs at GCSE including English language, mathematics and science plus a level 3 (or above) qualification.

The majority of applicants will be midwives, radiographers and nurses. However we will consider applicants with health based or science degrees providing that they are able to obtain a clinical placement.

You must ensure that you have a satisfactory clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 160 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - this is equivalent to 22 days over a 6-15 month period.

You must complete the ultrasound clinical placement form when you apply, unfortunately we cannot consider your application without your proof of placement. 

Download the ultrasound clinical placement form

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.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.


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’

Level 6

Obstetric Ultrasound Dating for Family Planning
40 credits

Level 7

First Trimester Ultrasound Screening
40 credits
Third Trimester Fetal Surveillance
40 credits
Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
40 credits
Ultrasound for Fertility
40 credits

Course Structure

These are a part-time courses delivered at the university over six days February to May. In addition you are required to undertake a minimum of 160 hours of 'hands on' clinical ultrasound training. This is normally at your own hospital. You will also need to allow approximately 100 hours for study and preparation for assessments.

Course Outcome

  • To equip the experienced professional with the skills necessary to undertake obstetric ultrasound examinations with a high level of competency.
  • To develop the academic and clinical expertise necessary to interpret ultrasound images, take responsibility for clinical decisions and counsel patients.
  • To develop the academic skills necessary to evaluate and reflect upon the role of ultrasound in the management of pregnancy.
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anushka sumra

Anushka Sumra

Focus Course Lead and Senior Lecturer - Ultrasound

Since studying for her post graduate degree in medical ultrasound in 2009 here at BCU, Anushka has spent the majority of her clinical ultrasound career within a dedicated Womens teaching hospital. Anushka's areas of expertise include obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatric ultrasound. 

Anushka is fortunate to have an in-depth knowledge of current and emerging modern practice in ultrasound, with recent experience of working in clinical practice, this helps her to contribute to the postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and assessment in all aspects of ultrasound.

She is module co-ordinator for all focus course modules, postgraduate obstetric ultrasound and undergraduate obstetric ultrasound.

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