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The UCLan PGDip in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for graduates to become healthcare professionals and receive a salary whilst training. Read more
The UCLan PGDip in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for graduates to become healthcare professionals and receive a salary whilst training.

Physician Associates provide care to patients under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their role includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.

Our course will provide you with a foundation of scientific and clinical skills, and the opportunity to build on and use these through a variety of clinical placements in Lancashire and/or Cumbria.

Our programme makes use of case based learning, clinical and communication skills role play and focussed anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology teaching. All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates.

Outside of the classroom environment, the provision of clinical placements includes a full spectrum of opportunities: urban & rural, specialised hospital & general practice; single-handed or multi-disciplinary. Teamwork is essential for every PA and these placements will enable working with a variety of groups whilst under the supervision of medical colleagues. The geographical location of UCLan is ideal to enable this amazing combination of clinical opportunities, of which we are very proud.


This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.


This course is provided in partnership with Health Education England North West (HEENW) as part of the North West Physician Associate Pilot programme.


You will be taught using our state-of-the-art facilities within the School of Medicine. The University’s campus-based clinical skills laboratories have a vast range of equipment - including a number of high fidelity clinical human simulators - to help develop clinical skills in realistic hospital, home and GP surgery environments.

A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy is enhanced with our Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centres (HARLCs) which provide a focal point for students to engage in learning about the human body. You will also have access to our Anatomage table; similar to a body sized touch screen computer. This allows for virtual sectioning of the human body, which is particularly useful when considering medical imaging.

Knowledge and understanding of the full range of applied biological sciences is taught through a range of lectures and practical activities by our experts in a range of disciplines within the medical science field.

Here at UCLan your learning will be enriched by our patient volunteer group who are involved in clinical and communication skills training.

50% of the course will be spent on clinical placements with our NHS clinical education partners across Lancashire and/or Cumbria. This will include rotations in General Practice and a variety of hospital specialties. All students will gain experience in the care of both adults and children.

The course is taught by a variety of clinical and academic staff so that students benefit from a wide range of medical knowledge and expertise.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments, practical and theoretical examinations and workplace based assessments. The students are expected to keep an E-portfolio to evidence their progression throughout their clinical placements.

On completion of the course, students will be well prepared to take the National Exam and successful completion of this will allow them to refer to themselves as a physician associate and apply to join the profession’s managed voluntary register.

You must be prepared to travel to clinical placement sites throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. This survival guide will be useful.


There is currently around 100% employment of UK graduates of Physician Associate programs.

Upon completion of the National Exam, Physician Associates have a wide range of choice of careers in both primary and secondary care.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching A-Level Mathematics is designed for practising secondary Mathematics teachers who wish to develop or enhance their teaching at post-16 level. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching A-Level Mathematics is designed for practising secondary Mathematics teachers who wish to develop or enhance their teaching at post-16 level. The course was developed at Warwick University under the aegis of MEI. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will focus on the theoretical underpinning of learning advanced Mathematics and will explore the evidence base for the teaching of one mathematical topic in more depth.

If you are considering this programme, you may also be interested in the MSc Mathematics Education.


Mode of study: a series of full-day sessions, usually in pairs.

Duration: an academic year.

Location: Durham City campus.

How will I be taught?

The course is very 'hands-on'. Expert tutors come from both Durham University and the University of Warwick. You will work with peers on a range of problems and will reflect on both Mathematics and the appropriate pedagogy.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including a portfolio, written assignments, reports and presentations.

What will I learn?

The certificate is based on two modules: A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy and Classroom-based Enquiry in A-Level Mathematics.

A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy

The module introduces the theoretical and practical underpinnings of advanced Mathematics teaching and learning and introduces existing research findings in the area. It covers issues such as the role of questioning in the A-Level Mathematics classroom, visual representations of complex concepts, proof and reasoning and the role of ICT. The assessment involves the production of a portfolio (33%) outlining both the development of subject knowledge and practical teaching skills, as well as a written assignment focused on a key topic in the learning and teaching of A-Level Mathematics (67%).

Classroom-Based Enquiry in A-Level Mathematics

The module develops the skills associated with small-scale, classroom-based research methods to enable teachers to explore an aspect of teaching and learning around one mathematical topic in their own classroom. Building on an understanding of research methods gained from existing literature, the module will examine alternative pedagogies in A-Level Mathematics, assessment, the role of optional modules (such as statistics, decision and mechanics) in developing mathematical understanding, as well as methodological ideas such as action research. The module is assessed by a presentation on a chosen classroom-based enquiry topic (33%) and a written report of the methods and findings of the enquiry project (67%).

Who will teach me?

Bernard Murphy is the MEI Programme Leader for CPD. After 11 years in the classroom, in England and, through VSO, in Tanzania, he joined MEI in 2003 to set up the TAM programme at the University of Warwick. Most of his work now involves CPD related to the Mathematics A-Level. In addition, he was recently involved in a European Project 'Awareness of Big Ideas in the Mathematics Classroom', carries out reviews of whole Mathematics departments, regularly presents master classes to primary and secondary school pupils, has been an A-Level principal examiner and is an author of textbooks.

Mike Ollerton is mainly responsible for supporting teachers through the two Master's modules. Mike has worked on Master's programmes since 1998 in Cumbria (formerly St. Martin's, Lancaster), Warwick )from 2011) and more recently in Durham (2012).He has 20+ years of secondary school Mathematics teaching and is passionate about seeking ways to make the learning of Mathematics accessible and understandable. Since 2006, Mike has been a freelance consultant, working with may schools and running courses focusing on problem solving and investigative approaches. He is a long term member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

James Frost is a member of the Durham University team that works alongside MEI in offering the TAM programme. His primary role resides within the practical teaching element of the course and thus, he is responsible for ensuring that the ideals and philosophy of the programme are evident within the classrooms of TAM students. James has 20 years' experience as a teacher and educator, working on BA, B.Ed and PGCE programmes both in the UK and overseas (St. Lucia). Currently studying for a doctoral qualification, James is particularly interested in the use of ICT in Mathematics classrooms, especially the role of multiple representational environments in developing mathematical understanding.

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