Duration & study mode
typically 1 year part-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
Our innovative Graduate Certificate Unscheduled Care is for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively.
If you are currently employed within the area of Unscheduled Care then our course has been designed with you in mind. Our course is vocationally relevant and complements the strategic development of unscheduled care in line with the NHS National Out of Hours and Unscheduled Practice Agenda.
Core Module: Clinical Assessment – This module has been designed for nurses and paramedics working clinically in the field of Unscheduled Care within UK Jurisdiction. Prospective students must be registered with either NMC or HCPC, and as part of their role require enhanced Clinical Assessment knowledge and skills.
Students will develop critical understanding of their professional practice and enhance knowledge, clinical decision making and competency in the following key areas of practice: primary assessment, consultation skills and history taking for the examination of patients across the lifespan. In particular the examination of the chest, abdomen, musculoskeletal system, neurological system and ear, nose and throat. Practitioners undertaking this module shall also critically examine relevant legal, ethical and professional issues pertinent to the expanding practitioner role.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
Note: you must have, in place, a dedicated Clinical Supervisor and have submitted a Statement of Support when applying for this course. See details below.
In order to be considered for this course you must have a Clinical Supervisor in place to meet the assessment requirements. Please download and complete the attached Statement of Support (pdf) and attach to your online application.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Course content includes one core and two optional 20-credit modules.
Optional modules (two from three):
This module has been designed for nurses and paramedics working clinically in the field of Unscheduled Care within UK Jurisdiction. You must be registered with either NMC or HCPC, and as part of their role require enhanced Clinical Assessment knowledge and skills. You must have the support of your line manager and a Clinical Supervisor in order to undertake this module. You will develop critical understanding of your professional practice and enhance knowledge, clinical decision making and competency in the following key areas of practice:
Practitioners undertaking this module shall also critically examine relevant legal, ethical and professional issues pertinent to the expanding practitioner role.
This module examines the safe management of the most common medical presentations and aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to safely examine and offer the appropriate treatment, referral and discharge to patients, whilst respecting the cultural, diversity and vulnerability elements underpinning care delivery.
This module includes the assessment, differential diagnosis and management of:
This module examines the safe management of minor injuries and aims to equip the practitioner with the skills and knowledge required to safely examine and offer the appropriate treatment, referral and discharge to patients, whilst respecting the cultural, diversity and vulnerability elements underpinning care delivery.
Conditions covered include:
This module is designed to provide an opportunity for independent study where you can critically analyse an area of relevant clinical practice and provide evidence and recommendations for development/improvement.
The Graduate Certificate consists of 1 core module and 2 Option Modules; each credit rated 20 points at SCQF Level 9. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods.
All teaching and learning activities occur using our online learning platform, Moodle. To complement this, we use a range of digital and online learning tools to support knowledge acquisition. The assessment methods within the programme are varied and consist of multiple choice tests, case studies, competency assessment and reflective logs.
Our previous students have developed their role as out-of-hours nurse practitioners or gained promotion within their unscheduled care environment. Our Armed Forces students often successfully gain pay/career enhancement on successful completion of the course.
It is possible to progress to undertake further studies at Masters level. UWS offers a wide range of suitable Masters degrees such as: MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner, MSc Health Studies, or MSc Mental Health Practice.
£305 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
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In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.
The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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