The COPD Level 6 multi-professional module focuses upon the assessment and management of the individual with COPD within the context of the wider community. Importance is placed on a patient centred approach, the health needs of the individual, health promotion and self-empowerment whilst acknowledging the professional, political and social climate within which services are provided.

This module is aimed at any healthcare professional who wants to develop a leading role in the delivery and management of services for people with COPD and their families. This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop as autonomous practitioners in safe, effective and evidence-based practice in the field of COPD.

On completion of the course successful students will be able to suggest, initiate and vary treatment in response to individual needs. They will demonstrate sound knowledge of the literature relevant to COPD and an insight into the strategic approaches to delivery of care, to enable them to take a lead on the development of services.

This module is validated by The Open University. The Regulations for validated awards of The Open University can be seen here.

Why choose this module?
Benefits include:

The opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialties.
Access to experts.
Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care
Greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.
Opportunity to build to a Diploma in Higher Education or BSc (Honours) degree.
Gaining academic credit for a named award. A number of credits is assigned to each module, which indicates the amount of learning undertaken, and the specified credit level indicates the relative depth of learning involved. Credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning whenever and wherever it is achieved. Credit may also help you transfer to another programme either within Education for Health or at a different institution.
Upon the completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals.
What will I study?
The subjects covered include:

Professional, moral & ethical issues as they relate to COPD
Psychosocial impact of the disease such as ethical issues & end of life
Organisation & delivery of care services – role of the multidisciplinary team
COPD & society: Epidemiology and aetiology; Morbidity and mortality
COPD as a multi system disease -Physiology, anatomy and pathophysiology
Risk factors and prevention, developing services for screening and case finding
Holistic assessment of physical, psychological and social impact of COPD
history taking, diagnostic tests and differential diagnosis
Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management including treatment and prevention of acute exacerbation
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Strategies for supported self care
Level of study and credit value
This is a Level 6 module, which carries 30 CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme) points.

Where will I study and for how long?
This is a six month eLearning course with optional study days. It has a notional study time of 300 hours which includes time to study learning materials, attend study days where relevant, and complete assessments.

This module is delivered by blended learning, with study days to support the online course. Please note that if low numbers of students book onto this module we may cancel study days at short notice. If this is the case, students already registered will be contacted by our Finance Team and can choose to continue with the course as distance only, or be refunded.

Our study days are optional, although we advise you attend if you can as they are a great help to the eLearning and for networking with other students. However, your eLearning will not be compromised if you cannot attend the study days. The only exception to this is study day 2 for all spirometry modules – this is a practical assessment day and as such this is a compulsory element of your module.

The location of study days is determined by the cohort you choose to join.

How is this module assessed and what is the criteria for a pass?
Coursework 1: Problem solving assessment in divided sections total 2000 words (+/- 10%) Students are assessed by written assignment.

Students are required to submit a written assignment which is focussed on patient management

scenarios supplied to the student. The assignment will follow the problem based approach to learning that is used throughout the learning materials.

The students are required to demonstrate the ability to evaluate the situation and to demonstrate the ability to critically appraise the evidence base to demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding of key concepts in making clinical recommendations.

The problem solving assignment comprises 40% of the total module mark

Coursework 2: Case Study

Students are required to submit a patient focused case study of 3,000 (+/- 10%) words based on a specific patient scenario. This must provide evidence of knowledge and understanding of the management of COPD and its application in clinical practice.

The assignment component comprises 60% of the overall module mark.

Criteria for a pass

The pass mark for the module is 40% in each element of assessment and 40% overall. Reassessment is as per regulations in the Student Guide.

Can I take this module as part of a programme?
Successful completion of single modules can enable progression to DipHE/BSc (Hons) degree programme at Education for Health. More information on our programmes can be found here or contact our Programme Administrators at

What are the entry requirements for this module?
All applicants for The Open University validated modules must be registered or working within the UK. All applicants should have sufficient competency in the English Language to successfully study at Level 5/6.

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

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient proficiency in the English Language to undertake the module or programme to which they are registered

If you plan to undertake one of our programmes, further entry requirements are required, please refer to our admissions policy.