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PGCert Clinical Assessment

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 12 months part time

UK/EU fees £3,500 (total)

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in health science + current registration

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall

This course is available to UK/EU residents only


This exciting programme has been developed to meet the expanding needs of healthcare practitioners. It builds on our reputation for delivering high quality clinically-focused modules.

The Clinical Assessment PGCert is suitable for healthcare practitioners, such as nurses and pharmacists, involved in the clinical assessment of patients. This includes specialist and advanced practitioners in areas such as community, accident and emergency, high-dependency, and critical care outreach.

The programme offers the knowledge and skills to enable you to assess patients from “head-to-toe” and develop evidence-based management strategies. You’ll develop practical skills in taking health history, auscultation, percussion and palpation in addition to diagnostic reasoning skills.

You’ll learn to evaluate and apply current policy, national guidelines and research. You’ll also learn to recognise accountabilities and responsibilities, and awareness of your personal and professional limitations.

The programme may enable you to move towards advanced practitioner status and gain access to the MSc Advanced Practice at the University of Leeds.

The programme leader is Ian Goulden.

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Course content

The compulsory modules are fundamental building blocks in your learning. The Clinical Examination module provides essential knowledge and skills necessary for a patient-centred, systems-based assessment of patients.

The Management of Patient’s Clinical Conditions gives the student the opportunity to take assessment data a stage further. It requires you to evaluate information elicited from patient assessment and develop diagnostic reasoning skills.

Please note that the range of optional modules available is subject to change

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Clinical Assessment PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

School of Healthcare programmes are designed to allow you as much variety as possible in the way that you study.

Methods are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and supervised skills development.


You will be assessed by a combination of unseen examination, OSCE and written assignment.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health science from a recognised higher education institution or certified evidence of an ability to study at level 5 (Master’s level).

Current registration with a UK healthcare professional governing body (eg Nursing and Midwifery Council).

Applicants should have written endorsement from their employing organisation that they will be supported to undertake the programme of study.

Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning and prior experiential learning exist through the School's credit accumulation and transfer procedures.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

Apply by 31 May for September entry.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £3,500 (total)
International fees: Not relevant

Read more about paying fees and charges.

If you are an NHS employee working for an approved provider in the Yorkshire & Humber region or your employing organisation offers services directly to the NHS, you may be eligible for Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) funding for the cost of your course fees. This funding is subject to availability.

If you are self or employer funded please see the How to Apply Section for information on how to apply to secure your place.

Students who wish to apply for the above funding will be asked to provide proof of their employment and confirm that their employer supports their studies. Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

For those who may be eligible for SSPRD funding by Health Education Yorkshire & the Humber (HEYH), please note that as of February 2017, we are still awaiting information from HEYH on funding for eligible NHS Employees within the region for 2018/19, so this advice is subject to change.

In the meantime, we would welcome your application to the programme, however it is important to note that we will only be able to offer a place once we know if funding is available. We will respond to these applications promptly when we have definitive funding details from HEYH.

Please see the How to Apply Section for information on how to submit an application. You can also email admissions@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk for further advice.

For the School of Healthcare 2018/19 Admissions policy click here

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

The programme will enable practitioners’ career development by moving towards advanced practice roles. Students who have successfully completed similar modules at the School of Healthcare have gone on to become nurse consultants and advanced and specialist practitioners.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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