Degree (BSc (Hons)) in Long Term Conditions (Respiratory)

Programme Details

Our Respiratory degree pathway educates students to degree level and is suitable for managing diseases such as Asthma and COPD.

This programme is suited to healthcare professionals who:

  • are DipHE graduates looking to ‘top up’ to a BSc (Hons), or
  • may have undertaken standalone Level 5 or 6 modules, or
  • wish to manage teams or services.

The BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions Respiratory programme may appeal to healthcare professionals who participate in the care of people at risk of, or with, respiratory conditions.  It equips students with a broad understanding of the management of respiratory conditions and service development.

The BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions Respiratory programme is validated by The Open University (OU).

Please be aware that from 1 January 2019, the following modules will no longer be available as optional modules for the programme:

  • Performing Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry Level 5
  • Performing and Interpreting Quality Assured Spirometry Level 6

In addition, we do not yet have a start date for The Diagnosis and Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Level 6 module. This means that from the date highlighted above, students on the BSc (Hons) Respiratory pathway will be required to complete Asthma Level 6, COPD Level 6 and the compulsory modules as a minimum.


For the BSc (Hons) Respiratory programme, you will need to achieve a total of 360 credits, at least 120 of which must be studied at the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) level 6 and through Education for Health following your registration onto the programme.

We will award 120 credits of these credits at FHEQ level 4 as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) upon receipt and verification of either:

  • evidence of your Healthcare Professional registration,


  • evidence of study at FHEQ level 4.

An example of a typical BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions student journey is:

  • FHEQ Level 4 (120 credits) – Recognition of Prior Learning (HCP Registration)
  • FHEQ Level 5 (120 credits) – Recognition of Prior Learning (DipHE in Nursing)
  • FHEQ Level 6 (120 credits)
    • Compulsory modules:
      • Evidence Based Healthcare (15 credits)
      • Complexity in Long Term Conditions (15 credits)
      • BSc Project (30 credits)
    • Optional module (30 credits)
    • Optional module (30 credits)
Topping Up to a Degree

If you have previously studied relevant modules with Education for Health or elsewhere, or have a Diploma in Nursing (or similar), we may be able to award up to a further 120 credits of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at a FHEQ level 5 equivalent.

For further information, please see Section 6 of our Policies and Procedures page or contact the Programme Team at to discuss your individual circumstances.

Start Date

You can enrol at any time through the programme page on our online store.

You would need to be registered on the programme before undertaking any modules that you would like to count towards its completion.

If you are currently studying a module with us and would like this to be counted towards the programme, you would need to register before the results for this module are released.

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please do so before registering for the programme.  For further information regarding the process, please contact the Programme Team at


Once you have registered, you have a maximum of five years to complete the programme.

Study Method

Our modules use a blended learning approach, with online learning materials supported by optional face to face study days (with the exception of Spirometry, for which attendance is compulsory for study day two).

Modules are scheduled throughout the year and you can undertake them in any order that you like.  We strongly advise only studying one at a time.


To enrol on our BSc (Hons) Respiratory programme you would normally need to either be:

  • a UK registered Healthcare Professional,


  • working in the UK in a relevant field of healthcare and able to provide evidence of study at FHEQ level 4.

Please note that all learning materials, teaching and assessment are conducted in the English language.  Students will need to apply this to an academic environment.

For more information, please see Section 6 of our Policies and Procedures page .

Programme Specification

Please refer to the programme specification for further information and features of the programme, including module options.

Fees and Funding

You need to pay a £385 fee to register as a programme student with The Open University, which is payable on application, and then pay for each module as you undertake them.  You do not have to pay for all modules for the programme upfront.

The cost of the compulsory modules are as follows (May 2018):

  • Evidence Based Healthcare (15 credits) = £570
  • Complexity in Long Term Conditions (15 credits) = £570
  • BSc Project (30 credits) = £810

The cost of the optional modules varies depending on the academic level and study day location.  The exact costs of these can be viewed by selecting ‘More Information’ next to each module on our online store.

The Funding and Sponsorship page of our website is kept up-to-date with details of any potential financial support for your studies and how to apply for it, on the occasions when it may be available.

How to Apply

You can apply at any time through the programme page on our online store.

Please be reminded that if you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you will need to do so before applying for the programme.