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Acute Cardiac Conditions - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6535, LBR7487
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: November 2020
  • Study mode: Distance Learning (6 weeks)
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2020/21

While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.

Acute Cardiac Conditions are commonly found in a range of healthcare settings and remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity. 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.

Please note that the delivery of this programme in 2020/21 will be fully online in semester one.

What's covered in the course?

You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students from a range of Clinical Environments, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. 

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused content
  • Emphasis on Evidence based care
  • Led by experienced Cardiac nurse with current links to practice
  • Supported with sessions by visiting Specialist Clinical Lecturer
  • Flexible Award Structure


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

Speak to an expert

Do you have a question about this course? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Send your question to the Course Director and they’ll get back to you shortly.

Contact Course Director

Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Nov 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Nov 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20-credit module

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.

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 Health Care Practitioners who provide care and manage patients with Acute Cardiac Conditions in their daily practice, often, although not exclusively within specialist settings.

Level 6

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.

20 credits

Level 7

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.

20 credits

Course structure

Only a small proportion of your study hours will be spent at the university in the class room. The rest of the time will be spent in directed and self-directed study. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive feedback aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

The module can be studied as stand-alone CPD or as part of the cardiac care award.


You will be assessed by a written assignment 

Course dates

Download the course dates for all of our Professional Practice modules here. 

Download 2020/21 course dates

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:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

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.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer 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.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

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. 

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Simon Dobbs on:

Professional Navigator

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, are 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.

Professional practice routes

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

Professional Practice Routes