12 Lead ECG interpretation


12 Lead ECG interpretation

This module will enable students to develop their understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology and the associated electrocardiographical findings that underpin systematic Electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation. Students will gain confidence through the development of knowledge relating to cardiac physiology, the principles of electrocardiography and the criteria associated with conditions commonly observed on the ECG.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Utilise a published analysis tool to structure a systematic assessment of 12 Lead ECG recordings demonstrating knowledge of the criteria for common cardiac presentations seen on the ECG.
  2. Evaluate 12 Lead ECG recordings with reference to clinical data and patient history and identify further clinical assessments necessary to support findings.
  3. Relate ECG findings to an in-depth understanding of electrophysiology and pathophysiology.
  4. Establish the significance of ECG findings in the context of accompanying clinical data and use the information to direct patient care / seek medical intervention.


Who is the module for?

  • Experienced healthcare practitioners, such as nurses and paramedics, wishing to develop their ability to use a 12 Lead ECG as an assessment tool in clinical practice.
  • Students should be healthcare practitioners who use the 12 Lead ECG as a regular part of client assessment.

Module code: HP6022X

Entry criteria:

Applicants are expected to hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification) and normally a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in order to consolidate training. In addition:

  • Applicants should hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent, for entry to the diploma programme or a Dip. H. E., (or equivalent), obtained within the last five years, for entry to the degree programme;
  • Applicants for the graduate certificate are normally expected to hold an honours or ordinary degree, or equivalent

Equivalences of overseas qualifications are assessed using a specialist resource (NARIC) to which SGUL subscribes.

Non-standard applicants

Healthcare practitioners who do not hold a Dip H.E. (or equivalent) will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolments if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Successful completion within the last five years of either certificated learning at level 6 or above, or completion of more than 60 credits at level 5, or a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 at or above a grade B (60%);
  • Successful completion of a level 6 entrance test.

Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and will normally be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where demonstration of the ability to study at level 5 has been achieved through successful completion of an entrance test.

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Unseen examination

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 Half days

Module dates:*

  • 25 September, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October, 6, 13, 20, 27 November 2017, Exam 5 January 2018
  • 8, 15, 22, 29 January, 5, 12, 19, 26 February, 5, 12 March, Exam 20 April 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leader: Emma Menzies-Gow

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert

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