Faculty of Health Sciences

BSc (Hons) Gastroenterology (Care)

Continuing Professional Development BSc

Start in September

Full time
BSc (Hons) 1 year

About the course 

This is an online taught course. International students can study the course but are not required to attend in the UK.

This flexible programme will enable you to gain knowledge and understanding across a range of areas of practice. The modules allow you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and needs. The course has been designed to provide opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding within gastroenterology care, with or without endoscopic practice. Students from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, enhancing the sharing of knowledge and expertise within an inter-professional framework.

In the final semester, you will select either theoretical principles of conscious sedation or the practitioner-led consultation – to access modules most appropriate to your area of practice. The delivery of the programme is predominantly online. Each theoretical module is supported by a 1 day workshop.

Assessment information

Cognitive skills are assessed by a variety of methods including examinations, literature reviews and patient care studies.

Practical and professional skills are assessed summatively by a variety of methods including examinations, literature reviews and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Formatively, they are assessed by debate and discussion, skills demonstrations with feedback and patient scenarios.

Summative assessment by a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, examinations, case studies and literature reviews.

Attendance requirements

Students accessing the theoretical modules are expected to undertake extended personal study throughout the semester in order to further underpin the theory delivered via the e-learning platform.

Students should be aware that they are required to attend for at least 80% of the directed contact time online (a total of 200 hours per 20 credit module).

Individual student interaction is monitored regularly throughout each module of study.

Employers should remain mindful of the need for students to have protected time in which to consolidate their learning and practice and hence should make every attempt to ensure students receive time during their working week in which to study.


What you'll study 

This programme is made up mainly of core modules. In the final semester, you will select either theoretical principles of conscious sedation or the practitioner-led consultation, depending on your area of practice.

Core modules
  • Theoretical Principles of GI Endoscopy

    Taught by a variety of clinicians, highly experienced nurses and other allied health professionals, this module will provide you with aspects of the foundation in GI Endoscopy and the basic skill in flexible sigmoidoscopy.

  • Gastrointestinal Disease

    Discover the various diseases and disorders which affect the gastrointestinal tract. You'll gain the knowledge and understanding of gastroenterological disease which can be applied within the practice of gastrointestinal care.

  • Investigation and Management of GI Disease

    Apply knowledge and understanding of the GI tract to the assessment and initial management of the patient presenting with gastroenterology. You'll gain the knowledge and understanding of assessment and initial management strategies used within the practice of gastrointestinal care.

  • Theoretical Principles of Conscious Sedation

    This module has been developed to meet the increasing demands of education within Advanced Practitioner roles within the healthcare environment. The module aims to provide you with extended knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinning of Conscious Sedation. 

  • Practitioner Led Clinics within Gastroenterology

    Gain the necessary knowledge and critical understanding of the role of the healthcare professional within the outpatient setting and how such a role can contribute to service provision and delivery.


Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from ‘bite-size’ taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Fees and funding 

£9,250 per year*

£18,300 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 


Entry requirements 

Applicants must have either:

  • 120 credits at levels 4 and 5, and demonstrate relevant practice within the specialist field
  • Advanced level GNVQ with Merit grade
  • Those already holding diploma or graduate status

Applicants who possess qualifications other than those stated may be admitted to the programme. It may also be possible to consider applicants with prior learning on an individual basis.


Candidates will:

  • Have undertaken recent study at an appropriate level within the last three years
  • Have experience within the field of Gastroenterology and or endoscopy
  • Have a current position within an appropriate environment
  • Be able to demonstrate good communication skills
  • Demonstrate high levels of self-motivation


Careers in Gastroenterology and/or Endoscopy are stimulating yet demanding, rewarding whilst challenging and provide many varied opportunities for personal and professional development and role extension..