Professional course Asthma Care and Management

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Course Director
Polly Wilson

20 credit level 3 and Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


On successful completion of this level 3 (UZTRUU-20-3) or Masters level (UZTRUT-20-M) module, you will be able to:

  • Identify, justify and critically debate the relevant literature, including policy, professional and academic relating to asthma service provision.
  • Critically discuss and evaluate asthma service implementation/development strategies based upon either your own professional practice or case studies provided within the module.
  • Evaluate and critically review current theories of asthma associated pathophysiology, relating this to a wide range/various types of anti-asthma therapy and management strategies.
  • Articulate and formally review how lifespan influences disease aetiology, management and the health care professional/service user therapeutic relationship.
  • Select and justify a range of diagnostic strategies and ongoing management assessment and management strategies to help identify and care for those with asthma/at risk of developing asthma across the life span.

Careers / Further study

The Level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The Masters level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards




Introduction to asthma

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Pathophysiology of asthma
  • Epidemiology and disease progression

Diagnosing and monitoring

  • *Introduction to Spirometry, lung function testing and peak flow assessment
  • *Physical examination and history taking (recognising a respiratory distressed patient)
  • Multi-professional roles in assessment; diagnosis and monitoring in children and adults

Non-pharmacological and pharmacological management

  • Non-pharmacological treatment for asthma in children and adults
  • Pharmacological treatment for asthma in children and adults
  • Critiquing papers

Assessment and Management of Acute Asthma

  • Lessons from asthma deaths and near-fatal asthma
  • Treatment of acute asthma in children and adults
  • Further investigation and monitoring
  • Hospital discharge and follow up
  • Effectiveness of treatment/intervention


  • Self-management; personalised care planning for children and adults
  • Integrated care pathways

* The introduction to Spirometry lung and function testing and Physical examination and history taking sessions are brief overviews of these processes. They do not provide accredited skills or assure competency in practice on completion of this module. If you would like to do an accredited course regarding spirometry, please consider one of the following courses through the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. For the physical examination and history taking, UWE Bristol runs a Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning module.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning includes lectures and seminars.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading especially activities online, case study preparation and presentation, assignment preparation and completion.

Study time

48 hours contact time complemented by self-directed learning and online learning resources.


Formative assessment
Presentation on effectiveness of treatment: Evaluate and critique a specific area of treatment for an individual with asthma. This promotes peer learning and appreciation of different roles in the delivery of service in healthcare. This will enable you to explore the foundations for the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Assignment on effectiveness of treatment: Writing an essay demonstrating knowledge and understanding of a specific area of treatment/intervention to a person living with asthma (3000 words).

The essay should include the pathophysiology of asthma and how effective the treatment/intervention is in order to meet the person's healthcare needs. The essay should clearly demonstrate understanding of the role of the practitioners in enhancing future practice.

At level M, you are expected to critically evaluate, synthesise and provide independent perspectives regarding the delivery of treatment/intervention and management. This should include a critical exploration of literature and debate the wider socio-political implications of asthma.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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