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Advanced ECG in Practice University Certificate in Continuing Education

This award facilitates healthcare professionals from primary care, pre-hospital care and the acute care setting to develop, enhance, appraise and evaluate evidence-based knowledge underpinning the issues relating to electrocardiography interpretation and treatment of the adult patient with cardiac disease.


15 weeks

100% online


Course overview

The award addresses the multi-professional care and management of clients who require cardiac monitoring.

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Where you study

Learning materials are delivered using the VLE. Tutorial support is provided as required.


Course details

What you study

• ECG recording using current guidelines
• normal sinus rhythm, junctional rates, idioventricular rates
• action potential
• axis
• supraventricular arrhythmias - atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, premature atrial contractions (PACs), junctional tachycardia - effects on patient and treatment
• ventricular arrhythmias - ventricular ectopics, accelerated idioventricular rhythm, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation - effects on patient and treatment (ICDs)
• atrioventricular (AV) blocks - sinus block, atrioventricular blocks (pacing)
• bundle branch blocks (pacing, CRT)
• acute coronary syndromes (STEMI/NSTEMI/U/A)
• ECG - miscellaneous changes

How you learn

Twenty hours of direct engagement with the VLE/learning materials is expected and includes presentations, blogs, tests and activities to support learning.

Formative feedback is provided for students engaging in four case studies provided in the VLE, which help you prepare for the exam and create an opportunity for students to systematically interpret a 12-lead ECG and discuss their thoughts on diagnosis and treatment options.

How you are assessed

Summative assessment is a two-hour unseen written examination. You are provided with a selection of 3- or 5-lead rhythm strips and 12-lead ECGs to interpret, analyse, evaluate and discuss.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Evidence of ability to study at Level 6
• Working in an environment where ECG interpretation can be employed
• Access to IT equipment for students choosing the distance learning option



Career opportunities

This award will enhance the CV of health professionals working with adult patients requiring cardiac monitoring, care and management of arrhythmias.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 15 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: September and January
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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