Single Module Level 7

Foundation Cardiac (Level 7, 30 credits)

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

January 2023


In a nutshell

This module is aimed at health care professionals working across the specialism of cardiac care. The module will provide core knowledge on some of the more common cardiac diseases and how these are managed in clinical practice using the most up to date evidence base.

The module is delivered by experts in the field and will use a number of different pedagogies to provide you with a range of learning opportunities. You will complement your learning by using Virtual Learning Environments in order to share blog, wikis and discussion boards. This will provide a forum for debate and discussion on some of the more topical issues in delivering cardiac care.  



You will:

  • develop leadership and management skills
  • critically examine the underlying pathophysiology associated with the development of cardiovascular disease
  • critically explore the evidence that supports a range of health promotion and disease prevention strategies
Course details

All about the course

Topics covered include: 

  • ​Background and context of cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular disease and pathogenesis
  • Investigative Measures and Diagnostics
  • Pharmacology
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Heart Failure
  • Valvular Heaet Disease
  • Arrythmias
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Secondary Preventative Strategies 

Module aims: 

  1. To display a detailed knowledge and understanding of adult cardiovascular care and to be able to demonstrate the requisite clinical skills to support such practice within legislative and regulative frameworks.
  2. Demonstrate the delivery of high quality age / gender appropriate and culturally competent care, characterised by a caring and compassionate approach and underpinned by effective communication skills whilst reflecting upon and applying the ethical and legal principles.  
  3. Work in partnership with all members of the health and social care teams, service users and carers and families to prevent illness, identify health needs, promote positive health and develop individualised plans of care leading to positive healthcare outcomes.    
  4. Identify and implement clinical guidelines and other sources of research evidence relevant to healthcare professional  practice in order to provide nursing care that is safe, effective and evidence based.     
  5. Develop leadership and management skills and contribute to service design and delivery in order to maintain and improve standards of care​.

On successful completion of the module you will be able to: 

  1. Critically examine the underlying pathophysiology associated with the development of cardiovascular disease. 
  2. Critically explore the evidence that supports a range of health promotion and disease prevention strategies that may be used to optimise cardiovascular health for people and populations.  
  3. Demonstrate and critically examine the knowledge, skills , attitude necessary to assess, plan, and deliver person and family centred care for patients with cardiovascular disease. 
  4. Critically analyse the theoretical principles of adult learning and the factors that can influence the efficacy of education and communication in the clinical setting.
  5. Critically analyse the strategies that can be used to support and evaluate physical, emotional, and spiritual well being in cardiovascular care.     ​

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Teaching and Learning

The module offers a blend of online learning along with face to face teaching and tutorials supported by the module team. The teaching and learning will be co-delivered by a  range of experts within the specialism of cardiology.

Teaching will be delivered in lectures, seminars, workshops, SIM and in your clinical practice. You will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (BlackBoard) to support your online learning. The use of online lectures will allow you to participate outside the classroom environment. The use of videos, podcasts, wikis, blogs and discussion boards will enahnce the students learning experience.


Assessment will include a range of on-line quizzes, learner presentations, wikis and blogs.

The summative assessment will include a 5,000 word case study.   

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This course can be taken as a standalone module for continuing professional development to enhance your practice and career options.


Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

This module is open to healthcare professionals working across the specilaism of  acute medicine and cardiology.


    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    Applicants will normally hold one of the following: 

    • a Bachelor's degree with honours from a UK University;
    • an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6;
    • a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate from a UK University. 

    In addition, applicants will need a professional qualification and be registered with a relevant professional body. Applicants need a minimum of 12 months experience of cardiac care provision.


    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2022/23 £1,380 per 30 credits

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    January 2023