Managing Cancer, NU3129 Short Course

Managing Cancer, NU3129 Short Course

At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

This module is aimed at healthcare professionals who work with, or encounter, people with cancer. It enables you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of disease processes, treatment and care of patients with cancer at various stages in their illness, and to explore the impact of disease and treatment, and associated patient and carer needs.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:


Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

1 module

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

September 2016 - Mondays: Sept 19; Oct 03, 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 12; Jan 09, 23; Feb 06, 20; March 06. From 10am-5pm.

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.

DBS Checks:

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Course Content

Course Outline:

This module examines the care of people with cancer, and their carers, across the illness trajectory. Key themes addressed in the module are epidemiology and disease processes; prevention and early detection; major treatment options and decision-making; the management of some specific cancers; management of symptoms and side-effects; and person-focused issues.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The assessment for this module is a 4000 word written assignment.

Academic Expertise

This module is taught by academic and clinical staff with specialist knowledge of cancer care, treatment and research.

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Explore cancer disease processes and critically discuss the consequences for the patient and family
  • Critically examine current influences on the epidemiology of cancer and the role of cancer prevention strategies in reducing the burden of cancer
  • Critically examine and apply knowledge of the principles of cancer therapies and their application in specific forms of cancer
  • Evaluate strategies for care of patients undergoing cancer treatment and their carers, including the psychological impact of cancer and treatment
  • Critically analyse and apply research related to cancer care, evaluate own practice and make recommendations for future development
  • Evaluate strategies for effective symptom assessment and their application within a holistic framework of care
  • Critically examine the role of multi-professional teams in delivery of cancer treatment and care

This module aims to give the student a thorough understanding of cancer disease processes, the main treatments used in cancer care, the management of their effects and the patient trajectory. The module also aims to enable practitioners to question, explore and challenge practice issues; to evaluate and develop effective interventions; and to develop practice within a multi-professional framework of care.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

You can study this module on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development, or as an option module on BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
NHS Contracts Unit
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
01772 893836/893839

For further information:


Module information: Loraine Derbyshire, Senior Lecturer, 01772 895547

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839