Taught course

Unscheduled Care

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally hold a relevant degree or equivalent. Candidates must be appropriately registered practitioners and employed in an unscheduled care environment within United Kingdom jurisdiction. All prospective students must have line management support and a clinical supervisor from their area of practice to supervise and assess clinical competency where required.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma programmes in Unscheduled Care have been developed for professionals working in this clinical environment. Suitable candidates will include registered nurses and paramedics. The programmes have been designed to be vocationally relevant and complement the strategic development of Unscheduled Care in line with the NHS National Out of Hours and Unscheduled Practice Agenda.
Students will be encouraged to develop and enhance their clinical skills, reflective practice, decision making and achieve core competencies focused on their own practice within Unscheduled Care while studying this part-time, distance learning UWS course.
The flexible delivery options enables students to study at a time and place to suit their individual learning needs. Academic support is provided by the module team and personal tutor. Programme content includes clinical assessment theory and competencies, common presentations of illness, assessment of minor injuries, nonmedical prescribing theory and practice and finally, an opportunity for either developing skills in the area of the unplanned care of children/young people in an unscheduled care environment or an independent study.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12-24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)