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Cardiac Care (Professional Practice)

Currently viewing course to start in 2022/23 Entry.

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....

  • Level Top-Up Pathways
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

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.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this 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.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

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:

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • up to 5 years (part time) or 2 years (full time)
  • £756 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:

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • up to 5 years (part time) or 2 years (full time)
  • £756 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.

Entry requirements

Following the introduction of the 2018/9 regulations students are required to complete a minimum of 100 credits at BCU to be awarded a degree. Therefore students who did not complete their Dip H.E. or 240 credits at the institution will need to complete a 40 credit level 5 portfolio module in addition to 60 credits at level 6.

Students who think this applies to them are advised to contact the Professional Navigators to discuss further.

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. 

Course in Depth

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)

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

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)

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

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):

Option 2

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

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.

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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)

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

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...

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Enquiries

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