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This exciting programme meets 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 all healthcare practitioners involved in the clinical assessment of patients.

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. Depending upon your choice of option module you will develop knowledge and skills in the interpretation of blood results or the interpretation of medical images.

The programme shares modules with the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

The programme leader is Ian Goulden.

For the School of Healthcare 2019 Admissions policy click here

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The compulsory modules are fundamental building blocks in your learning. The Clinical Examination module provides essential knowledge and skills necessary for a patient-centred, systems-based assessment of patients.

The Management of Patient’s Clinical Conditions gives the student the opportunity to take assessment data a stage further. It requires you to evaluate information elicited from patient assessment and develop diagnostic reasoning skills.

Please note that the range of optional modules available is subject to change

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Clinical Assessment PGCert in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • Clinical Examination
  • Management of Patient's Clinical Conditions

Learning and teaching

School of Healthcare programmes are designed to allow you as much variety as possible in the way that you study.

Methods are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and supervised skills development.


You will be assessed by a combination of unseen examination, OSCE and written assignment.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply by 31 May for September entry.


Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


For more information about fees please visit our website.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

If you are an NHS employee working for an approved provider in the Yorkshire & Humber region or your employing organisation offers services directly to the NHS, you may be eligible for Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) funding for the cost of your course fees. This funding is subject to availability.

For more information regarding the eligibility criteria for funding please download the NHS Health Education England funding guide. You can also email  for further advice.

Students who wish to apply for the above funding will be asked to provide proof of their employment and confirm that their employer supports their studies.

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

Please note that NHS Health Education England have not confirmed the SSPRD funding available for 2018-19 so this advice is subject to change

Please see the How to Apply Section for information on how to submit an application

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

The programme will enable practitioners’ career development by moving towards advanced practice roles. Students who have successfully completed similar modules at the School of Healthcare have gone on to become nurse consultants and advanced and specialist practitioners.

Visit the Clinical Assessment PGCert page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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