Short courses


The Heart Through Life, Health and Disease

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days, plus independent study for the assessment (if applicable)


This six-day course for physiotherapists will improve your understanding of the heart and cardiac conditions so you can improve your clinical practice.

This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH).

Course content

The course will cover:

  • the normal development and physiology of the heart
  • aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and presentation of selected congenital and acquired heart diseases and disorders
  • critical evaluation of relevant medical investigations, interventions and outcome measures, in light of the current evidence and service provision

Discussion and debate on the contemporary approaches to prevention and treatment of heart disease will be central to the course.

You'll also be encouraged to reflect critically on your own practice and scope of practice and actively participate in discussions, debate and workshops. 

Who this course is for

You'll need to be a qualified physiotherapist, with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor's degree in the UK.

Teaching, structure and assessment

This course runs over six days and is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures, workshops and seminars. There’ll also be online learning activities which you’ll need to complete.

Lectures will be recorded and made available via UCL's virtual learning platform (Moodle), along with learning resources. You'll also use this platform to communicate with tutors and other learners, and receive feedback.

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes (with certificate of attendance)
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits towards an MSc or diploma

The taster module is assessed by the submission of an evidence-based online resource (2,000 words).

Find out more about the difference between physiotherapy short courses and taster modules on the GOS ICH website.


The fees are:

  • £900 - short course
  • £950 - taster module

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand and have advanced knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected heart diseases, both congenital and acquired
  • understand and evaluate the investigations, interventions and outcome measures used in assessment, diagnosis and management of heart related disorders and diseases within an evidence-based, clinical reasoning framework
  • demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of congenital and acquired heart disorders in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical framework
  • critically reflect on your scope of practice and role within the multi-disciplinary team in the treatment and management of patients with heart disorders and disease

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00