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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£3,333 (total)

For this programme, new enrolment is open to applicants and LETB credits are available to staff meeting the following eligibility criteria as set by the Local Education and Training Board.


  • All NHS employees are eligible as long as they have signed approval from their line manager.
  • Practitioners working in GP practices employed by the practice and not by the NHS, for example practice nurses, are eligible.
  • Pharmacists employed outside of a hospital setting who are either self-employed or are employed by a private company are only eligible when they are working as part of a GP practice.
  • Practitioners working in the private sector (such as at the Spire, Nuffield etc) providing services for the NHS and are taking pre-reg students on placement are only eligible for accessing mentor/SLiP programmes.
  • Practitioners working for a hospice providing services for the NHS and taking pre-reg students on placement are only eligible for accessing mentor/SLiP programmes

We are pleased that a commitment is being made to returning students. For clarity, returners to the programme are classed as:

  • Any student who initially registered for the Masters, having completed the Cert or Dip stage already and continuing in 2016-17.
  • Any student that has registered for the Cert or Diploma originally, and has completed and been awarded the Cert or Dip stage in the past two years (i.e. after 1st October 2014), now applying to undertake the next stage.
  • Any student completing the PG Cert or PG Dip more than two years ago (i.e. the award was made prior to 2014) would NOT be eligible to return.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

0113 343 1347