Radiography: Breast Evaluation PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Why choose this course?

Breast cancer care, diagnosis and treatment exist in a changing professional environment that requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice. If you are a registered healthcare practitioner working in the field of breast evaluation, this course is relevant to you.

This interprofessional programme enables participants to gain competence in the multi-skilled practice of breast evaluation. Shared learning for different healthcare disciplines is facilitated through a range of modules provided by collaborative partners at the Jarvis National Breast Screening Training Centre, Guildford, and at the South West London National Breast Screening Training Centre at St George's. By developing your multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, care and management of breast disease, this programme enables the enhancement of service provision to the client requesting or requiring breast evaluation.

You may be granted credits for your previous academic and professional qualification through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme. An independent work-based learning module enables you to study around your individual CPD and workplace needs.

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 2–5 years Normally five days per module Flexible start between September to June depending on initial module start date. For module dates, see available modules below.

Please note: this programme is only available to home/EU students.

Location This course is taught at a range of partnership sites, depending on the study route taken.

2021/22 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between August 2021 and July 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • These courses are delivered in partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London. You will benefit from the expertise and facilities of both institutions.
  • State-of-the-art facilities include VERT, a treatment planning suite and a diagnostic radiography simulation suite comprising two X-ray tubes, X-ray table, erect bucky, mobile machine, image intensifier and four ultrasound machines. Imaging facilities include computed radiography and digital radiography.
  • Mammography pathways are delivered in collaboration with two specialist breast screening units.

What you will study

You will study modules relating to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, research methods and ethics as well as independent work-based learning topics to meet your personal and clinical needs. Some of the modules are developed in partnership with the Jarvis and St George's Breast Screening Centres.

Modules

Available modules

Advanced Principles and Practice of Breast Interventional Techniques

30 credits

This module is designed around attendance of 2-3 days to provide the foundation for both the academic and clinical components of a variety of breast interventions, either using either X-ray or ultrasound guidance. It is then followed by 12 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. This is a very student centered module in that each student designs their own learning outcomes, in addition to those given in the module descriptor. This enables them to personalise the outcome to their scope(s) of practice of interventional methods, within the Breast Screening Unit or Imaging department. The assessments are equally adaptable being a Logbook of clinical cases, plus a Portfolio with several listed components such as a Mapping Document, Theoretical mini-essays, Audit on practice and self-assessment, and a Reflective Summary.

Clinical Breast Examination and Client Communication

30 credits

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in breast diagnosis. It is then followed by 6 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. This develops and extends the participants' clinical expertise necessary to contribute to the multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of breast disease. It will facilitate the participants' decision making skills based on a broad appreciation of the tools and techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities and incorporates both academic and clinical components. The module will also facilitate and enhance the necessary development and application of the participant's communication, counselling and interpersonal skills and will include interactive participatory learning.

Interpretation and Reporting in Mammography

30 credits

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in ‘reading' breast images followed by 9 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. This module is designed for health care professionals, such as breast clinicians or radiographers who wish to perform as Advanced Practitioners. It is related to the image interpretation of screening mammograms, detecting & identifying any abnormalities, classifying those possible abnormalities, and then making a decision on the likely probabilities whether to recall the woman for further clinical assessment, with all the associated patient anxieties. The module assessment components consist of evaluating clinical skills, self-analysis, and academic skills of essay writing on an associated topic.

PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) Administration

30 credits

This module provides you with a broad overview of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) from image capture and storage, to operational management within the modern healthcare environment. The module aims to develop the knowledge required to enable Healthcare Professionals to provide effective day to day PACS administration within a modern radiology department.

In addition, you will be able to appreciate the application of digital imaging technologies at an advanced level within your own working practice. This knowledge will in turn lay the foundation for a more strategic managerial understanding of the use of digital imaging systems as a critical part of radiology service management.

Ultrasound of the Breast

30 credits

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in breast diagnosis. This is then followed by 6 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. The module is designed to provide the academic and clinical components to enable students to fulfil their role in reviewing current application and uses of ultrasound to detect and evaluate breast abnormalities and then to interpret and report on findings. It will facilitate the participants' decision making skills based on a broad appreciation of the equipment available and scanning techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities. The module also focuses on the necessary physical processes underlying safe ultrasound practice.

Advanced Practice - Negotiated Independent Work Based Learning

30 credits

This module is an independent learning module that is available to a wide range of practitioners and of particular value to Advanced Practitioners or those preparing for an advanced practice role. In consultation with the module leader, students will identify a particular topic that is of interest to them or pertinent to their practice or role. This negotiated specified area of practice forms the foundation of the module; students will address each learning outcome in relation to their specified area of practice. The module learning outcomes and activities are generic and based around the knowledge and skills required in order to be able to effectively function as an Advanced Practitioner.

Management of Resources and Quality within Healthcare

30 credits

This module is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking professional and managerial tasks. The module can be taken as an option module for any pathway. The module focuses on making effective use of resources; adding value to personal and organisational effectiveness such that quality of service can be achieved. The module aims raise awareness of key concepts and theory associated that can be applied in order to manage people, co-ordinate streams of activity and achieve quality outcome measures. The module explores a range of contemporary issues and highlights the impact of these on the provision of service to the clients. The assessment utilises Problem Based Learning and encourages students to consider practical solutions in the context of practice which is complex and multifaceted in nature.

Practice Education and Mentorship

30 credits

This module is of value to practitioners who educate and mentor learners within the clinical setting. The module focuses on developing appropriate knowledge and skills in order to effectively facilitate the development of others. Throughout the module students draw upon their clinical experiences and relate these to theoretical frameworks. The module places emphasis on the development of self, through personal development planning. Throughout the module participants engage with a wide range of learning activities which augment learning and act as a foundation for reflection.

Satisfactory completion of Practice Education and Mentorship confers eligibility for accreditation under the College of Radiographers Practice Educators Accreditation Scheme (PEAS).

Professional Practice in Mammography 1

30 credits

This module runs concurrently with Professional Practice in Mammography 2 (RA7014). The module introduces students to the basic knowledge and skills in mammography to enable them to develop professional clinical competencies. The module will also develop critical evaluation of the basic mammographic technique in the clinical environment. Core factual material is provided via keynote lectures during attendance of the identified academic week.

Satisfactory completion of both Professional Practice in Mammography modules (1 & 2) confers eligibility for application to the College of Radiographers for the Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice.

Professional Practice in Mammography 2

30 credits

This module runs concurrently with Professional Practice in Mammography 1 (RA7013). It further develops the knowledge and skills obtained from Professional Practice in Mammography 1 (RA7013) module and introduces additional mammographic assessment technique and associated breast pathologies. The module will also develop the student's role as a mentor enabling educational support to junior colleagues. Core factual material is provided via the keynote lectures during attendance of the identified academic week.

Satisfactory completion of both Professional Practice in Mammography modules (1 & 2) confers eligibility for application to the College of Radiographers for the Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice.

Required module (PgDip students only)

Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare

30 credits

The module is designed to foster an understanding of the research process, hone skills of critical appraisal and develop research skills as applied to both quantitative and qualitative research. The delivery follows a logical progression which starts with the scientific process and hypothesis formulation and ends with the production of a research protocol. Along the way reviewing the literature, selecting an appropriate research method, sampling, data collection analysis and presentation and ethical issues are covered. The module has preparatory work, a taught component and self-directed learning/assignment time. The taught component is delivered in two parts, a two day introduction/critical reasoning component and a five day research methods component. The preparation time prior to the two periods of attendance, the guided study/exercises between the two periods of attendance and the self-directed learning/assignment time after the second period of attendance are equally important parts of the module as a whole. The preparatory work includes pre-reading of recommended texts and the basic critique/critical analysis of provided materials, papers and evidence with the emphasis being on the ease of information extraction and strength of evidence. StudySpace is used to support learning and provide clarification and practice via student based activities.

Required module (MSc students only)

Dissertation (for MSc)

60 credits

This module builds upon the principles outlined and knowledge acquired during the Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare module (RA7015). It provides the component beyond postgraduate diploma to enable the completion of a Masters degree. Professionals are consistently expected to be able to provide an evidence base to prove the effectiveness of their professional interventions. This module provides students with the experience of utilising all principles of research design. Following submission and approval of a dissertation proposal the student is provided with a project supervisor to facilitate support for both the project and dissemination material. The students will be required to undertake an independent piece of research study into a topic relevant to their own field. The aim of the module is to develop in-depth theoretical, analytical and research skills.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

What you need to apply for this course

  • Registered clinician in a relevant healthcare field.
  • At least two years' full-time clinical experience.
  • Evidence of the academic potential needed to study at postgraduate level, either at a personal interview or through professional references and examples of previous academic work.
  • You must also have mentoring support from appropriate personnel at your workplace for those modules with a clinical element.
  • Students who are undertaking modules that incorporate a clinical component conducted within a UK NHS trust need to be registered with UK Health and Care Professions Council.

International

Please note: this programme is only available to home/EU students.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0.

Teaching and assessment

This flexible course is one route in our postgraduate radiography programme, which allows you to focus on your own area of interest. As well as developing your understanding of your specialist area, this course will make sure you:

  • keep up to date with recent developments, legal requirements and ethically-sound practice;
  • reflect critically on your practice;
  • develop your judgement and decision-making skills;
  • improve your networking skills; and
  • gain skills in managing others.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Contact hours will vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises of case studies, research protocols, dissertation, essays, portfolios, practical assessment, OSCE and a reflective log book.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Who teaches this course?

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London. This means that you benefit from the expertise and facilities of two complementary institutions

  • Kingston University has a long-established reputation for vocationally-relevant education; and
  • St George's, University of London combines teaching and research excellence in healthcare sciences.

We gained an 'excellent' rating in the last Quality Assurance Agency Review for our radiography teaching.

Many teaching staff are research active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge, and others are expert practitioners. This combination of academics and practitioners provides a uniquely dynamic environment. Many of the modules are taught in partnership with NHS Trusts.

Fees for this course

2021/22 fees for this course

Home 2021/22

  • 30 credit module price: £1,800

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Facilities

The unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London means you have access to excellent resources across two organisations. You will benefit from a modern environment with the latest equipment, including:

  • clinical teaching facilities;
  • dedicated radiography resources, including: a radiography lecture suite, with a practical room and other learning materials; two X-ray sets enabling you to gain simulated practical experience under safe conditions; anatomical models and other educational materials; virtual simulation suite; eclipse treatment planning suite; and a comprehensive image library with viewing arrangements;
  • computing facilities at both Kingston University and St George's, University of London including a range of software applications, plus free email and internet access; and
  • dedicated Graduate Centres on each Kingston University campus, providing seminar rooms, computing facilities and social spaces.

You can also access libraries at:

  • Kingston University campus - offering online database subscriptions, resource materials, PC clusters and a wireless network for laptop use, as well as subject libraries;
  • St George's, University of London including a specialist medicine and health sciences collection of more than 42,000 books, videotapes and multimedia materials;
  • Clinical teaching/assessment resources at the Jarvis breast screening centre; and
  • Postgraduate centres at clinical placement sites.

Resources in London

Kingston is just a 30 minute train journey away from central London. Here you can access a wealth of professional resources, including the Society of Radiographers and many top hospitals. For example, many students make use of the British Institute of Radiology Library, incorporating the College of Radiographers Library.

After you graduate

Graduate destinations

  • Advanced practitioner
  • Consultancy
  • Researcher
  • PhD

What our students say

I currently hold the post of Superintendent Sonographer at the Royal Marsden Hospital (Sutton branch). I perform a multitude of scans including abdominal, deep-vein thrombosis, paediatric and small parts which includes breast.

Breast ultrasound constitutes about 80% of the scanning I perform. I started my masters at Kingston University in breast evaluation with the intention to extend my role.

I had not studied for many years due to changes in my professional life. I worked in industry for GE ultrasound for five years and then started my family. I found the assistance from the lectures in my first module extremely helpful and supportive which encouraged me to continue my studies.

The next most important module - to me - was Breast Intervention; once again I may not have survived this module without the advice and support from the lecturers. Practically I found this module relatively easy but it took longer than I had planned and I needed the encouragement I was given to complete the module.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Research Module and looked forward to my dissertation.

I have completed and passed my Breast Evaluation MSc. Now along with scanning the breast I perform fine needle aspiration (FNA), biopsy and wire localisations in the breast, which I have been doing for several years. I have since trained another sonographer in these procedures, I currently have one student who has just completed her FNA log book and will now proceed to perform biopsies of the breast and I have another sonographer waiting to start her intervention training.

Linda Hastings, Radiography: Breast Evaluation MSc

Links with the health sector

Close links with the NHS and other healthcare providers give a practical basis to our courses. They also help to ensure your studies are up-to-date and relevant to the current and future needs of the workplace.

Many of our modules on our suite of Radiography courses are taught in partnership with healthcare providers, including:

You will also benefit from:

  • teaching from staff who are fully qualified in their area of expertise many are also expert practitioners;
  • collaboration with clinical colleagues from a variety of health and social care institutions, including St George's Hospital;
  • teaching input from NHS staff; and
  • courses that are developed with input from NHS staff.

Current research in this subject

Many of our staff in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education are research active, often in partnership with NHS trusts and the Jarvis Breast screening Centre. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies. 

Research themes and programmes include: 

  • Health Informatics; 
  • Radiography education - improving education both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and enhancing clinical education and training; 
  • Interprofessional education - Developing strategies to better prepare Radiographers and students for interprofessional collaboration; 
  • Children and Families; 
  • Health and social care for people with long term conditions and their family carers - research that informs policy and practice to support people with long term conditions; 
  • Innovation and development in the healthcare workforces and organisation - addressing a broad range of workforce questions, including how best to educate and train people for their current and future work in health and social care. 

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government's advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.