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Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert

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The Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. This course offers a combination of work-based learning and lectures that cover the underlying theoretical concepts of ultrasound scanning and clinical applications of Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST), Assessment of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm (AAA), Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (ELS) and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access (VA). In addition basic assessment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and emergency assessment of the female pelvis will be covered.


Key Benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.
  • You will be supported to undertake learning in your own workplace to support the academic learning and to construct a Clinical Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Located in the heart of London, across three of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s).
  • Flexible part-time study pathway with the opportunity to extend modules studied and gain either a PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 9 Months

Study mode Part-time

Credit value 60

Programme accreditations Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

Course leaders Susan Halson-Brown

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Life Course Sciences



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Course detail


  • The course is an intensive and enjoyable training experience which has been designed to bring together the core elements of RCEM with additional features of other point-of- care areas of ultrasound that provide decision making tools to guide patient triage.
  • The course focuses on the theoretical areas required for understanding the principles of ultrasound followed by intense practical sessions. The practical areas will have clear objectives leading to competence assessment and preparation for use within a clinical setting and progression to the Level 2.



Course format and assessment


The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Academic Contact Hours

Work Based Learning

Study Time

132 hours in total on a block release (3 or 4 days per block) pattern

Minimum 14-21 hours per week of supervised scanning for all clinical pathways throughout the programme

Recommended 15-20 hours per week

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include Forms of assessment may typically include, coursework assignments, written examinations, Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE), presentations, case studies, reflective diaries, assessment of clinical proficiency in practice and clinical portfolio of evidence and clinical assessment where appropriate.
Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.  However, they may change if the course modules change.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Extra information


The course is primarily taught at the King’s College London St Thomas’, Waterloo and Guy’s campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements   A second class honours degree or higher in a life science or a professional qualification in Radiography, Nursing Studies, Midwifery, Medicine or related area.
International requirements   

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

Note: Overseas applicants are only eligible to apply for this programme if they already have a suitable UK/EU clinical placement and are holding a valid work visa that covers them for the entire duration of the programme. Overseas applicants who do not meet the above criteria are not eligible for this programme due to UKVI restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK.

English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.


Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline will pass on 30th September. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 23rd October 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 23rd November 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home fees: £4,100 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,500 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

•             If you receive an offer before September, payment is due by 30th September.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st September and 30th September, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st to 31st October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st November and 30th November, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer in December, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.


If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

This course has been taken by healthcare graduates in emergency and critical care and pre-hospital care, to develop the use of ultrasound in their professional roles.


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