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Advancing Paediatric Physical Assessment Skills University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

This award prepares you 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 caring for infants and children.


10 weeks


Course overview

Develop your skills in caring for sick children, supported by a practice-based workbook which you can use in your clinical setting.

Gain the skill set to take a patient’s history, complete examinations, and request and synthesise investigations. This helps aid diagnosis and ensures you can provide appropriate first-line treatment from newborns to young people.

This multi-disciplinary award benefits you professionally as a qualified nurse, paramedic, health visitor, pharmacist or other allied health professional. You must have been qualified for a minimum of two years, and wish to expand your role in areas such as history taking, examination and basic diagnosis of sick infants and children.

You must be practising in a community or acute health care setting that includes care and support for infants, children, and their families. This could be in hospital wards, accident and emergency departments, walk in centres, primary care teams, emergency services or out of hours services.

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Course details

What you study

You learn about the heart, respiratory system, HEENT (head, eyes, ears, nose and throat) and abdominal systems, considering the infant up to the young person. You use case histories and top-to-toe examinations within a lab environment.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through an objective structured clinical examination.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need to have worked as a health professional with children in a community or acute setting for two years, studied at level 6.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Start date: October and March
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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