This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. You will also learn how to manage common allergic conditions, such as eczema, food allergy, asthma and drug allergy.
This course has been developed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who have a particular interest in clinical allergy. The focus is clinical, drawing on the latest research. The course is suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.
You will study our compulsory allergy module alongside a range of optional modules. The allergy module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and covers:
- basic immunology for clinical allergy practice
- clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches
- allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema
- drug allergy
- food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease)
- 'hot topics' in allergy
I absolutely loved the allergy module and would recommend it to any professional who is involved with allergy within their professional life.
Anne Conway, Health Visitor
Copeland Health Visiting Team
This innovative course is aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in a health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways, whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.
The modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime, anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments and develop your online literacy as a transferable skill. You can select from over 30modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study.
Alternatively, you can choose to complete the allergy module as a standalone course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The allergy module runs over 14 weeks starting in April 2018. You will cover important areas in the field of allergy, with an emphasis on interaction and case discussion. During the module you will take three online assessments that examine your abilities in:
- critical appraisal
- wider understanding of the subject
- clinical evaluation skills
The format of the allergy module draws on clinical cases and uses a variety of interactive tools to enhance learning.
The e-learning course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.
You will be taught by staff with experience and expertise in allergy, such as Dr Gillian Vance, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Allergist.
Dr Vance studied medicine at Cambridge. She then went on to train in general paediatrics and paediatric allergy at the University of Southampton. Here she obtained a PhD for her work on exploring maternal factors that might direct the development of atopy in the infant. She started as a paediatric consultant at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 and in 2012, was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Newcastle University. Dr Vance's allergy practice is based at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her work encompasses all aspects of paediatric allergy, from single food allergy to complex and multi-system allergic symptoms.
You will be given an email address and an account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.
No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:
- operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
- processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
- RAM: At least 2GB
- connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
- screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px
Our allergy module is of high value to those working in primary care. As such we have been awarded Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) accreditation.
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Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs.
To specialise in allergy, you need to select a certain number of allergy-specific credits.
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in allergy
You can choose from over 30 professional and clinical modules to build your bespoke qualification in the areas of:
- clinical research
- palliative care
Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:
- a minimum of 10 credits (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
- a maximum of 40 credits.
To help plan your study, each module details which semester it is taught in. Semester start dates are:
- Semester 1: September
- Semester 2: January
- Semester 3: April
You can read more about how to apply for one of 30 individual modules listed below, as continuing professional development (CPD).
Modules for 2017 entry
Optional modulesOptional modules
- CHS8001 Drug Discovery and Pre-clinical Development (E-learning)
- CHS8003 Therapeutics in Older People (E-Learning)
- CHS8006 Ageing and Health (E-Learning)
- CHS8007 Clinical Research with Older People (E-Learning)
- CHS8008 Biology of Ageing (E-Learning)
- MCR8009 Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning)
- MCR8010 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning)
- MCR8011 Writing in a Research Setting (E-learning)
- MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)
- MCR8015 Clinical Trials (E-Learning)
- MCR8019 Clinical Research Statistics (E-Learning)
- ONC8002 Cancer Pathology (E-learning)
- ONC8004 Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)
- ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)
- ONC8006 Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)
- ONC8007 Research Methods 2 Statistics (E-learning)
- ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8010 Handling, Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning)
- ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning)
- ONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)
- ONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)
- ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning)
- ONC8017 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)
- ONC8018 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)
- ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)
- ONC8021 Health Economics (E-Learning)
- ONC8022 Cancer Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning)
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
We offer flexible payment options. You can choose to:
- pay per module at the start of each semester
- pay annually
- pay for the whole course upfront
Modular fee: £810 per 20 credit module
Modular fee: £810 per 20 credit module
CPD moduleCPD module
£870 per 20 credit module
£870 per 20 credit module
You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2017 and 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
We have received sponsorship from several pharmaceutical companies to allow us to allocate a limited number of funded places each year.
- Allergy Therapeutics (UK) Ltd
- ALK-Abello Ltd
- Aptamil Professional
- Danone Nutricia (Early Life Nutrition)
- Mead Johnson
- Meda Pharmaceuticals
- Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition
- The Graham and Jenny Watson Memorial Fund
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
Any health professional who provides allergy clinical care and who would like to develop their practice in this field can apply.
Educational bursaries are also available from Allergy UK.
A honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. You must also be working in the healthcare profession or related field.
You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a:
- reliable internet connection
We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.
To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and reading and 6.5 in speaking and listening)
Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
How to Apply
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of study on the 'Programme of Study' page.
- if you are applying for September 2017, select 2017/18 in the Academic Year field.
You will then need to insert one of the following course codes:
- 3112P - Clinical and Health Sciences with Allergy, PGCert
- 6047P - CPD Module
If you are applying for a CPD module you should apply on the CPD programme (6047P) and please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Allergy module (CHS 8005)'.