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Ultrasound Scanning Short Course - 1st Trimester

Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging


This module covers all aspects of first trimester ultrasound and provides a theoretical underpinning and clinical competencies.

Who the module is aimed at 

The module is available to health professionals using first trimester ultrasound as part of their role. The cohorts are multi-disciplinary and include for example, Diagnostic Radiographers, Sonographers, Nurses, Midwifes and Medics.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The module will allow you to develop safe practice and achieve clinical competencies in first trimester ultrasound scanning.

What you learn 

This module aims to provide the theoretical underpinning to support and compliment the practical training necessary to achieve competency in patient centred first trimester ultrasound practice.

General areas covered 

  • normal female pelvis, foetal anatomy and foetal abnormality and assessment of gestational age
  • the role of current relevant diagnostic tests, including patient management
  • the role of the sonographer in the care of women including communication and ethical issues and patient centred care
  • differential diagnosis, report writing, communication of results and referral pathways
  • safety aspects of diagnostic ultrasound with particular regard to appropriate guidelines
  • multiple pregnancies and chorionicity

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills 

The module includes clinical competencies in first trimester ultrasound allowing you to practice as an autonomous practitioner.

Unique or interesting features

Group discussions and student presentations feature prominently including reporting sessions and problem solving exercises. The multi-disciplinary nature of the student cohort is used to advantage in that students are encouraged to actively participate through group discussion, sharing experience through practice in a range of ultrasound disciplines. This activity facilitates reflection and exchange of different practices, perspectives and current literature on the same topics, for example, the limitations of ultrasound imaging.

Workshops provide an environment for learning and debate on current issues, including role development in ultrasound. Practical sessions using dedicated mannequins and simulation trainers will be used to demonstrate anatomy and techniques for a range of first trimester ultrasound examinations.

Case studies are also utilised for example, a clinical case of the month which you are asked to comment on and may identify specific areas for further reading or learning.

Professional recognition

This module is accredited by The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £800

International students: £1,125 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • DCR(R) Diploma of the College of Radiographers or equivalent health qualification;
    • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent, relevant health professional qualification;

    In addition, this programme of learning is essentially an in-service programme and, as such, applicants joining the programme must be employed in, or have written agreement for, an appropriately supervised clinical placement. The University is not responsible for finding clinical placements for applicants. Entry into the programme will be determined by the suitability of the clinical placement and access to appropriate workload to support student learning.

    (The above must be evidenced in the applicants application form)

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery in September 2019 and is delivered by a mixture of online distance learning and face-to face attendance days at the University as follows:

    • 17th September 2019 (induction)
    • 24th September 2019
    • 8th October 2019
    • 12th November 2019
    • 28th January 2020

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Report
    • Case Study
    • Practical Assessment

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Catriona Hynes - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2373

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