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Professional Practice - Module

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The Professional Practice Framework is designed to allow 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 modules shown here may be studied for standalone academic credits or selected as optional choices within clinical pathway awards....

  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

This course is:

Open to International Students

Overview

The Professional Practice Framework is designed to allow 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 modules shown here may be studied for standalone academic credits or selected as optional choices within clinical pathway awards. It is important to agree an optional choice with your clinical pathway award lead.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

If you have already qualified as a healthcare professional, such as a nurse or operating department practitioner, and you’re looking to progress and/or specialise in your career, then the Professional Practice Framework is designed to help facilitate that. You can choose from a huge range of modules and perhaps gradually look to build up a qualification. Alternatively, you might have a specific pathway, such as cardiac care, already in mind.

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:

  • 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

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused content
  • A strong focus on current issues and an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge
  • Each module has a bespoke "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest
  • Ongoing support from staff whilst in university to facilitate your development as a learner
  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners
  • State-of-the-art facilities

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Award: Module

Starting: Apr 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Variable
  • £783 per 20 credit module

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Award: Module

Starting: Apr 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Variable
  • £783 per 20 credit module

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.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for Registered Heath Care professionals e.g. midwives, nurses, paramedics, speech and language therapists, radiographers, physiotherapists, doctors (not exhaustive).

Course in Depth

Level 6

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Course Structure

Our modules vary in their delivery method, with some online, others in person, some delivered weekly and some delivered more intensely. You can find information about each module and its delivery in this section.  If you need help deciding which modules or outcome award to study for please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk who will be able to guide you.

How it works

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

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Core Module 
Core Module
Core or Optional Module
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice 

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice
Negotiated Study
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Core Module
Core Module
Core or Optional Module
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry
Leadership for Health and Social Care
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice 

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice 

International

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:

Facilities & Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins 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 manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

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.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Claire Perkins

Senior Lecturer

Claire trained as an undergraduate registered nurse in multiple hospitals in London 1993-6. Subsequent clinical registered nursing roles in A & E and multiple HDU’s and ITU’s across the West Midlands, including a Senior Sister post in critical care at University Hospital Birmingham. During a post-registration intensive care course (ENB 100) in...

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Alison Simons

Senior Lecturer of Nursing & Midwifery

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...

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Enquiries

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also 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 Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.

Module Leaders

If you have any queries about one of the modules, please contact the Module Leader(s). Details can be found in the module description.