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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Advancing Paediatric Physical Assessment Skills
University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development


Course overview

  • HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

The award prepares appropriately registered professionals to work autonomously in history-taking, examining, diagnosing and treating sick infants and children. You must be an experienced healthcare professional extending your role in the care of infants and children.

The award uses a systems-based approach to developing skills. You develop your practical skills, supported by a practice-based workbook which requires you to have supervised practice in your clinical setting.

On completion of the award you will be able to undertake a patient history and examination, request and synthesise investigations to aid diagnosis, and provide appropriate first-line treatment for the infant or child.


Course details

What you study

Lectures and skills sessions develop knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology as applied to the diagnostic process. Facilitated workshops develop your clinical history-taking and examination skills. Practice-based supervision develops your application of clinical skills to your practice.

How you learn

Teaching methods used in the course, eg lectures, seminars, laboratory skills work

How you are assessed

You are assessed through an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and a viva voce evaluation of a fictitious case study.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need to have worked as a health professional with children in a community or acute setting for two years.



2020/21 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Credits: 20, Level: Master's
  • Enrolment date: September

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