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may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by December 2020 after
which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the
outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University
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AdvDip(CPD) Respiratory

Respiratory medicine is a broad, exciting and challenging specialty. This short course offers health professionals working in primary care a comprehensive understanding of the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. You’ll explore presentations and clinical management across adults of all ages.


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Mode of Study:



15 weeks


The University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

This clinically-focused stand-alone professional development course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of adults with a wide range of respiratory conditions. Taught by the University of Bolton in collaboration with expert clinical practitioners from practice, this course will support you to develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions, exploring presentations and clinical management.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team will support you as you develop advanced knowledge and clinical skills in the systematic assessment of patients who present with acute and chronic respiratory disease. An understanding of normal physiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology underpin respiratory medicine so we’ll help you to build your knowledge of these concepts. We’ll provide an overview of different respiratory conditions; for instance, pulmonary infection, airways disease, cancer, interstitial lung disease, autoimmune diseases, sleep-related breathing. We’ll also support you as you explore the role of a range of diagnostic tests (including pulmonary function tests, chest x-rays, computed tomography (CT) imaging and arterial blood gas sampling) and help you learn to interpret the results of such investigations.

Clinical management in respiratory medicine requires significant interaction with many other specialties within the hospital and primary care setting so we’ll focus on building your understanding of the interface between respiratory medicine and acute medicine, ambulatory care and primary care. You’ll also learn about effective discharge planning and follow-up for patients with respiratory conditions.

To benefit from studying this course, you should already a health professional with a basic understanding and some clinical experience of working in respiratory medicine.

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in clinical practice settings, they’re also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • We aim to develop your understanding of respiratory medicine by consolidating and building upon the knowledge you have already gained through your clinical experiences.
  • The course explores common presentations as well as rarer clinical presentations.
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, team working, problem-solving, initiative and communication skills.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework, and you can use the credits you’ll gain by completing the course successfully towards the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Respiratory).
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector’s needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression aspect of Agenda for Change.
  • We’ll support you as you learn to critically appraise the evidence base so that you can develop new knowledge and skills independently and continually improve your practice.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.
  • On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Advanced Clinical Practice in Respiratory worth 20 credits at Level HE7.
Professional recognition

  • You must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification; for example, registered nurse, allied health professional, or paramedic.
  • You should be working in a health and social care setting in a role where you’re involved in the care of adults with respiratory conditions.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of respiratory medicine.

Course fees

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021-2022.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

This advanced professional development course adopts a blended learning approach, using the principles of problem-based learning to develop your enquiry skills and place this in the context of patient care.

You’ll be introduced to topics through keynote lectures that will involve a mixture of theory, case based discussions and facilitated group discussions. Teaching will be to the wider group to enhance your understanding and decision-making, taking into account what the investigations and interventions represent for the patient. This approach will ensure that you encounter a wide range of case histories and abnormal findings. It will also develop your ability to make defensible decisions rather than simply arriving at the correct answer without a logical argument to back up the decision.

Following the lectures, you’ll be expected to explore each topic in greater depth, and in relation to your own area of practice, through self-directed learning. You’ll be encouraged to consider current research evidence and use this to inform your clinical decision-making and communication skills.

In terms of assessment, you can expect problem-based learning case presentations, interactive quizzes, written assignments, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and extended matching questions (EMQs) exams.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Gareth Hughes
Module Leader

Michaela Bowden

Carole Farrell
Programme Leader for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Respiratory)

+44 (0)1204 903978

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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