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BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound

BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound

Level 6 degree apprenticeship

Female student wearing blue scrubs conducts ultrasound on a manakin laid on a bed beside her.

Earn while you learn and gain skills, knowledge and behaviours that will inform and develop your clinical skills in the area of ultrasound in diagnostic imaging.

Sonographer is not currently a protected title in the UK and, at this present time, graduates will NOT be eligible to be registered with the HCPC, although it is hoped that this will become a possibility in the future. For this reason, employment may not be possible in certain NHS trusts and some private sector organisations, although many organisations already employ sonographers from non-traditional backgrounds.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Sonographer (Integrated Degree) apprenticeship standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is March 2023

The course normally takes three years (36 months) part-time to complete, excluding End Point Assessment (EPA) within three months of gateway module.

1. Course summary

As the first university in the UK to offer this opportunity to train in this dynamic and ever-evolving imaging modality we are committed to providing the skills and support needed for you to start your career in this profession.

This course will provide you with the ability to integrate theory and practice through intellectual enquiry and reflective practice. You’ll be able to engage inter-professionally as a valued member of the health care professions to deliver high quality, patient centred care. You’ll develop employability skills, both specific to sonography and wider transferable skills. In doing so you’ll demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development in your future career.

2. How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll learn how to acquire, interpret and analyse ultrasound images and work in a team that provides diagnostic imaging to a range of patients and conditions. You'll work with independent professional practitioners responsible for managing their own work and for a wide range of specialist ultrasound scanning equipment and resources.

The Integrated Care Curriculum (ICC) modules are a key feature of all our health courses. Apprentices learn with and about each other through each level of the degree apprenticeship, working in mixed interprofessional groups.

Career progression is further enhanced through a programme of embedded continuing professional development that runs through the apprenticeship.

Course delivery

A blended mode of delivery is employed throughout. You'll attend the programme through a mix of 1 or 2 week block release of either face to face or online live teaching throughout the year, in addition to self-directed/blended learning and workplace learning supported with online anytime access learning materials.

You'll learn through

  • workplace learning supported with online anytime access learning materials
  • equivalent of one day per week (negotiated) self-directed study time
  • seminars, lectures, tutorials and practical workshops
  • specialist visiting lecturers who are experts in their fields of practice
  • assessment of proficiency in clinical practice
  • written assignments
  • reflective care studies
  • poster and group presentations
  • end-point assessment
  • professional portfolio

End Point Assessment (EPA)
EPA will be assessed through the following methods

  • Professional discussion
  • Simulated or live case studies
  • Image interpretation

3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities at our Collegiate Campus, run by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff. The university has simulation equipment available to support your learning in a safe and stress free environment and a fully operational ultrasound machine to learn practical and technical skills on.

Additional facilities and equipment include

  • ultrasound simulation suite
  • intelligent Ultrasound Scantrainer and cloud-based resources
  • Bodyworks EVE simulator
  • ultrasound machines and phantoms for simulated learning

4. Entry requirements

The course entry requirements have been developed to ensure that apprenticeships are accessible to a wide and diverse range of applicants whilst still ensuring appropriate standards to allow those to be successful on the course.

Maths and English form a mandatory part of all apprenticeship standards, and the government requires that all higher and degree apprentices demonstrate evidence of English and maths qualifications at Level 2 or above (Nb. Grade 4 or higher for current GCSEs, previously Grade C or above), before an apprentice can pass through the Gateway and complete their apprenticeship. Where an apprentice during our onboarding process does hold a Level 2 qualification or cannot evidence achievement at Level 2 or above in English and Maths we will refer the apprentice to our Functional Skills Training Partner to complete the relevant English and/ or Maths Functional Skills qualification during the first year of their apprenticeship.

We also require evidence of successful formal accredited study at level 3 and a minimum of 6 months experience in a health and social care capacity (including any placements or work-based learning undertaken as part of a level 3 qualification).  This is because we place high value on experiential learning obtained through health and social care experience.

Where applicants do not have a minimum of 6 months experience working in a health and social care capacity we would still invite to apply but as they do not hold health and social care specific experiential learning, we would need evidence of higher academic learning from previous study at level 3 and above. We would expect applicants with no health and social care experience to normally hold one of the following:

  • 96 UCAS points or above from A levels or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, OCR Nationals and T Levels.
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course 
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ’S) New or existing Level 4 or 5 qualifications (such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees, Certificate HE or Diploma HE)
  • Previous degree

Other qualifications may be considered in discussion with the University.

Where applicants have undertaken qualifications in a related subject, we will consider this on an individual basis.

An applicant’s understanding of health and social care and the profession is assessed throughout the selection event processes.

5. Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change.

Compulsory modules

• Collaboration for Individual and Community Wellbeing • Personal and Professional Development • Introduction to science of medical ultrasound • Introduction to professional ultrasound practice • Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound practice • Obstetric ultrasound practice 1 • Medical Ultrasound competence for practice • Evidence and Enquiry for Practice • Assessing and addressing complexity • Fundamentals of professional ultrasound practice • Abdominal and gynaecological ultrasound practice • Obstetric ultrasound practice 2 • Medical Ultrasound competence for practice 2 • The Advancing Professional • Professional Leadership • Working with complexity in practice • Professional Ultrasound practice • Individualised topic ultrasound practice • Medical Ultrasound competence for practice 3 • EPA Medical Ultrasound

Specialist modules • Individualised topic ultrasound practice - allows the apprentice to research an area of ultrasound practice that interests them for their own personal development

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. If your organisation doesn’t pay the levy, you can still access government funding to cover at least 95% of course fees. Funding options for employers. Fee amounts vary depending on your exact requirements. Please contact us to find out more.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed in a suitable role and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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