Single Module Level 7

Tissue Viability (Level 7, 30 credits)

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

This single module will enable you to critically apply theory and practice in the management and care of patients in tissue viability.


Course details

All about the course

Using key lectures, seminars and simulated skills sessions you will explore:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin including stages and phases of wound healing, acute, and chronic wound healing.
  • Holistic nursing assessment including wound bed preparation and evidence based frameworks, tools, and diagnostics investigations.
  • History of wound healing and the impact it has had on current tissue viability practices.
  • Principles of asepsis, wound cleansing techniques, wound infection diagnostics, and restoring wound bed bacterial balance.
  • Wound assessment including wound aetiology, morphology, contamination, tissue type, etc.
  • Interpretation of data in dressing choice and decision making processes.
  • Exploration of the current evidence in pressure ulcer management in relation to pressure redistribution.
  • Product selection – mattresses, beds, and chairs used in the 24 hour management of pressure ulcer prevention and management.
  • Exploration of the political and social influences of wound care management.
  • Evaluation of the professional, legal, and ethical issues of current wound care practice.
  • The nurse’s role in the interdisciplinary wound management team, in providing holistic care for the patient requiring tissue viability management.


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?

Within the module you should expect to receive the below at Level 7:

  • 33 hours direct teaching using lectures, seminars and simulation.
  • 9 hours indirect teaching using group discussion, reflections on practice and industry led workstations
  • 6 hours tutorials to receive support for your assessment.
    152 hours self-directed study from resources on the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment, books and articles from the library, and links to videos and national/international policies.
  • Seminars and lectures will introduce the key concepts and provide structure for the students, to enable them to focus their individual learning. The sessions will be interactive and encourage enquiry and critical thinking.  
  • Simulation will be offered with the use of simulated wounds to allow the integration of theory to its practical exploration, providing an opportunity for group discussions, peer review, and collaborative working.  
  • Individual tutorials will be timetabled through the module to provide formative feedback.
  • Reflection in and on practice and professional development planning to enable critical enquiry and critical thinking.
  • VLE material will be used for independent and flexible learning.

Level 7 Theoretical assessment

The theoretical assessment for this module comprises of a poster presentation based on the care of a patient who requires tissue viability management. The presentation has a 100% weighting, lasts 30 minutes with a further 15-minute viva (questions will be generated from the turnitin submission and actual presentation delivery).

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?

Students who choose to study the Tissue Viability Module at Level 7 do so because they are either currently working or are considering a career as:

  • a Tissue Viability Link Nurse
  • a Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist
  • a community nurse (adult, CYP, MH)
  • a surgical nurse (adult, CYP)
  • a nurse working on accident and emergency (adult, CYP, MH)
  • a nurse working in level 3 and 4 critical care (adult, CYP)
  • a nurse working with patient who regularly self-harm (adult, MH, CYP)
  • A nurse advisor for a wound care/mattress/seating company
  • Registered nurses who wish to set up a service in their locality, place of work i.e MH Wound Clinic, Nursing Home Lead Role.
  • Podiatrists looking to expand wound care knowledge.

Career Links

The module links with industry partners from dressing, mattress, beds and seating.

Some students choose to evaluate a product from an industry partner as a case study for their poster presentation and then use this to attend Wounds UK Conference in November.


What you need to know

Potential students looking to enrol on the module should be Registered Nurses, healthcare professionals (OT, Physiotherapy, Podiatry), medical staff or nurse/industry advisors.

    Standard entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    Potential students looking to enroll on the module should be registered nurses (adult, CYP, MH), healthcare professions (OT, Physiotherapy, Podiatry), Medical staff, nurse/industry advisors.

    To apply for this course, you will need to demonstrate evidence of studying at Level 6. 

    Alternative entry requirements

    Accreditation for 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 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module

    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

    September 2024

    September 2025