This course offers a choice from the following
- First Trimester Ultrasound Screening (level 7)
- Third Trimester Fetal Surveillance (level 7)
- Obstetric Ultrasound Dating for Family Planning (level 6)
- Early Pregnancy Ultrasound (level 7)
- Transvaginal Ultrasound for Infertility (level 7)
- Direct applications
- Course length between 8 months and 15 months
Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating
The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. This course is worth 15 credits at level 6 or level 7 per module.
This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree
What are the aims of the courses?
Level 6 course
- To equip healthcare workers with the skills necessary to undertake obstetric ultrasound dating examinations and estimate the gestational age with a high degree of accuracy.
- To develop the academic and clinical expertise necessary to interpret ultrasound images, write clinical reports and counsel patients.
- To develop the academic skills necessary to evaluate the role of ultrasound in dating the pregnancy.
Level 7 courses
- 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.
On completion you will be able to:
Level 6 course
- Competently carry out an obstetric ultrasound dating examination.
- Critically evaluate the ultrasound findings and produce a clinical report making recommendations for a second opinion where necessary.
- Reflect upon and critically evaluate an ultrasound examination they have performed and evaluate the role of the procedure in managing the patient.
Level 7 courses
- Perform an obstetric ultrasound examination with a high level of competency.
- Critically evaluate the ultrasound findings, produce a clinical report and make recommendations for further examinations.
- Reflect upon and critically evaluate an ultrasound examination that they have performed in light of current research.
Level 6 course
- This is a double module course consisting of:
- Obstetric Ultrasound Dating for Family Planning
Level 7 courses
- These are double module courses:
- First Trimester Ultrasound Screening
- Third Trimester Fetal Surveillance
- Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
- Transvaginal Ultrasound for Infertility
How much study is required?
These are a part-time course delivered at university over six days February to May. In addition you are required to undertake a minimum of 120 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.
The courses are open to health care professionals who are able to arrange (for themselves) a minimum of 120 hours of 'hands-on' clinical ultrasound training. You must also have a named clinical supervisor, who will oversee your training and undertake your clinical assessments.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
- 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:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
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’.
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.
Senior Lecturer and Module Co-ordinator
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.
+44 (0)121 202 4266.