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Duration

Part time, 2-4 years, flexible duration

Application Deadline

01 June 2020

Location

St George's, University of London and Kingston University

UK and EU

Not open to non-EU (international) citizens

  • Application deadline: minimum of 8 weeks before the start of each module.

  • Workforce development course: open to employed professionals within health and social care.

The Healthcare Practice programme is offered as a ‘personalised’ plan of study, with work-based learning modules providing maximum flexibility to suit individual learning needs and clinical backgrounds.

Students can either study a Diploma of Higher Education or a BSc.

This course is currently offered through a partnership with Kingston University, the Joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education. For students enrolling from 2022, the course will be delivered through a structure which is the sole responsibility of St George's, University of London, our Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education. There will be no impact on the teaching or the award of the degree. See further information.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

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Highlights

  • We share our main campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, so you will be integrated into a professional healthcare environment when attending the site.

  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

  • Work-based learning modules and the recognition of prior learning (RPL) allowance provide a personalised learning experience and maximum flexibility to suit individual needs.

Fees

Fees
RPL fee

Please see below.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students on the Healthcare Practice DipHE and BSc programmes can apply to bring in credit from other providers. This has to be in increments of 15, 30, 45 and 60. The maximum credits you are allowed to bring depends on the awards you are enrolled in.

Credits must have been completed within 5 years of when you are applying for RPL.

An administrative fee is charged per module. Each module RPL charge is £200. This fee is applied regardless of whether the claim is successful or not.

Learn more about the RPL fee.

 

Healthcare Practice DipHE

Applicants to the programme will normally be required to meet all of the following criteria.

  • Hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification).

  • Hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent.

  • Have at least six months post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific entry requirements will apply to some modules and these are indicated in the module outlines.

Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and may be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where the ability to study at this level is demonstrated through successful completion of a level 5 entrance test.

 

Healthcare Practice BSc

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Standard programme entry requirements

All applicants to the course will normally be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification).

  • Hold a Dip. H.E. (or equivalent).

  • Have at least six months post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific entry requirements will apply to some modules.

Applicants to standalone level modules

If you do not hold a DipHE (or equivalent) or above, you will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolment if you can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Successful completion within the last five years of either certificated learning at level 6, or more than 60 credits at level 5 or a minimum of 30 credits at level 5, normally at or above a grade B (60%).

  • Successful completion of a level 6 entrance test.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.  

English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year. If you've completed a test which is now considered out of date, you may be required to complete another, though applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

  • IELTS: Overall 7.0 with 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in Speaking.

  • Pearson Test: Pearson (PTE Academic) Test overall 67 with 67 in Listening, 67 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 67 in Speaking.

  • Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English): Cambridge English Advanced overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section.

  • Cambridge English Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): Cambridge English: Proficiency overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section.

Modules are self-contained units of teaching, learning and assessment which usually run for 5-10 weeks. Modules are worth a fixed amount of credit, so if you pass the module you gain the appropriate number of credits which then count towards your award.

Students may also be able to claim exemption for up to 60 credits towards the 120 level 5 credits required for the award, through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) mechanism.

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Healthcare Practice DipHE

In order to obtain the diploma, you will be expected to accumulate 120 level 5 credits from 15 and/or 30 credit modules, over a 2-4 year period. At least 30 credits should be accumulated each year, in order to maintain your registration. You may also be able to claim exemption for up to 60 credits towards the 120 level 5 credits required for the award, through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) mechanism.

Module Title

Credits

Work-based learning

15 or 30 (can be repeated up to a maximum of 120 credits)

The work-based learning module allows students to set individualised learning outcomes and assessments, in partnership with the module leader. This allows repetitions of the module to be undertaken, where the learning outcomes are distinct.

For a full breakdown of the modules that can be completed as part of the DipHE view the Kingston and St George's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education website

Modules are taught at either the St George's of Kingston Hill campuses.

Healthcare Practice BSc

In order to obtain the degree, you will be expected to accumulate 120 level 6 credits from 15 and/or 30 credit modules, over a 2-4-year period. At least 30 credits should be accumulated each year, in order to maintain your registration. You may also be able to claim exemption for up to 60 credits towards the 120 level 6 credits required for the award, through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) mechanism.

The Healthcare Practice BSc (Hons) award comprises:

  • 90 level 6 credits from a free choice of modules within the programme
  • 30 credits from the compulsory 'Honours degree project: appraising evidence and developing practice' module. 
Ordinary degrees

Students who obtain 90 credits at level 6, but do not complete the compulsory honours degree module as part of their studies, may be eligible to exit with an ordinary degree, with the award title of either 'BSc Healthcare Practice' or 'BSc Healthcare Practice (Psychosocial Interventions)'. However, students should note that once the ordinary degree award is given, this cannot be 'topped up' to an honours degree at a later stage.

For a full breakdown of the modules that can be completed as part of the degree view the Kingston and St George's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education website

Modules are taught at either the St George's, University of London or Kingston University's Kingston Hill campus.

Healthcare Practice DipHE

Students who complete the Dip HE, may be eligible to 'top-up' to a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Practice. This will enable participants to keep in step with recent changes to healthcare education, including the introduction of nursing as an all-graduate profession.  

Healthcare Practice BSc

With the recent changes in healthcare education and the introduction of nursing as an all-graduate profession, it has never been more important for existing practitioners to gain a degree-level qualification.

This course will enable you to develop skills and knowledge tailored to your clinical working environment and individual needs, facilitating enhancements to patient care and career progression. Students who complete the Healthcare Practice BSc (Hons) award, may be eligible to apply for the Healthcare Practice MSc programme.

Healthcare Practice GradCert

This course will enable you to develop skills and knowledge tailored to your clinical working environment and individual needs, facilitating enhancements to patient care and career progression.

Students wishing to continue their studies at level 7 after completing a Graduate Certificate may be eligible to use up to 30 credits from the award towards the total credit volume needed for the MSc in Healthcare Practice.

Information about how to apply can be found here

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any changes to the content of the undergraduate healthcare practice programmes (DipHE Healthcare Practice, BSc Healthcare Practice, GradCert Healthcare Practice). We have made some changes to the mode of delivery, with an increased proportion of online learning.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the programme without changes to the content.

Supporting vulnerable students

A large proportion of module content will be delivered online, and live online lectures will be recorded. Module leaders will provide online assessment supervision/tutorials.

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

In the autumn term most modules will be delivered online. This may continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching. Modules that have skills/clinical components will be delivered by blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching). For example, Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives combines online learning with face-to-face, on-site teaching of physical assessment skills. These skills are further developed and practised in the student’s own place of employment.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses we will delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on site due to a health reason, you must let us know by start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the modules/course within the planned timescales, to enable successful students to progress without delay. Although some assessments (mainly exams) are designed to be taken on site, we have developed an alternative assessment strategy to enable you to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus.

The programme does include modules with practical/skills elements that are delivered in practical/cubicle teaching rooms. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we may need to change the mode of delivery of practical components of the programme to protect the safety of students.

Some modules within the programme (e.g. Minor Injuries; Minor Illness; Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) require students to undertake a negotiated placement/practice experience in order to achieve the clinical competencies. In the event that students are unable to negotiate the required practice experience due to Covid-19, extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments which might include essays, reflective essays, reports, oral presentations, dissertations and poster presentations.

Modules with formal written examinations or practical examinations (e.g. OSCE) were temporarily replaced by alternative assessments in 2019/20, to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were replaced by written essay style answers and OSCEs replaced by clinical logs (see above). We anticipate this approach will continue during the early part of the 2020/21 academic year, possibly longer, until government advice on social distancing changes.

Award

The Healthcare Practice programme (Grad Cert/DipHE/BSc) is not an accredited programme and we are not implementing any changes that will impact on the qualifications awarded.

The module ‘Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives’ (NMC approved) will be delivered online. This will not affect professional accreditation.

Location of study

In the autumn term, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, most modules will be delivered online. This may continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching.

Modules that have skills/clinical components will be delivered by blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching). Face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Part time, 2-4 years, flexible duration

Application Deadline

01 June 2020

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