PgCert in Clinical Practice (part-time)

University of Bolton

Program Description

PgCert in Clinical Practice (part-time)

University of Bolton

Clinical Practice - PgCert part-time

Our PgCert in Clinical Practice really helps health professionals do what they do best – care for patients. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to directly care for patients and prepare you to take on senior clinical roles.

Our PgCert Clinical Practice dispenses with traditional modules replacing them with modules that are directly relevant to caring for patents. So if questions like “why is this patient’s haemoglobin raised?”, “how do I rule out a secondary cause to this patient’s hypertension?”, and “what am I meant to hear when I listen to the heart with a stethoscope?” are the type that cross your mind then this is the course for you. Built around clinical problems and patient journeys, as well as cases, this course takes a problem solving approach to clinical learning and helps you develop the skills you will need in practice.

On successful completion of the PgCert you have the option of continuing your studies with us by progressing to the PgDip and MSc Clinical Practice.

About the course

Much of the course is delivered in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suite. Here you will have access to a range of anatomical models, high fidelity patient simulators as well as a range of clinical equipment that makes your learning experience as dynamic as possible. This helps draw together all aspects of your learning so you can apply your new knowledge and skills to realistic scenarios. You will gain confidence in your practical skills and decision making abilities before entering live clinical practice situations.

Special features

  • Rigorous evidence-based clinical training
  • Designed for problem-solving clinicians not academics
  • Well respected clinical course used by many local trusts

What you will learn

Our highly experienced and passionate team offer a high level of support throughout the course, ensuring that your study is engaging, challenging and most importantly facilitates your transition to expert clinician.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching activities on this course, including clinical simulations and resource based learning, interactive lectures, demonstrations, tutorials and supervision, problem-based learning, e-learning, podcasts, seminars and self-directed study.

What you will study

During this course you will gain an in depth understanding of how the human body functions as well as the different disease processes that can affect the body. You will learn how to take histories and examine patients in a systematic and organised way so that you can form impressions about an individual’s health status and propose appropriate plans of care which will include investigations.

Knowledge of anatomy and physiology is the foundation of clinical practice. In the first module ‘The Human Body’ you will learn in depth anatomy and physiology as a foundation for your further studies. You will then go on to learn about the mechanisms that cause disease and how these manifest in different organ systems. Alongside this you will learn how medicines act to counter the effects of disease. The Biological Basis of Disease and Therapeutics module houses this learning.

Once you have a good understanding of the underpinning principles of health and disease we will teach you how to examine patients in a comprehensive way. You will learn to identify the clinical signs of illness and build a clinical picture that will assist you in the diagnosis of disease. The module Clinical Examination Skills constitute this second stage.

Overall this is an intensive and interesting course that you will find rewarding, especially when you take your skills back to practice.

Entry requirements

You should be a health professional with at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to health or social care practice, or recent evidence of relevant study at level HE6 or above.

Individuals who do not meet these requirements but who have significant relevant experience, or who show significant promise to excel on the course and have a positive impact on clinical practice, will be considered on a case by case basis.

You will be invited for an interview to ensure that you understand the requirements and level of this course, and to ensure it is the correct course for you.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 31, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Bolton, England
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