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Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

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.

Standard Requirements

  • You must be appropriately registered practitioners e.g. registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] or the Health Care Professions Council [HCPC].
  • You must have line management support and a clinical supervisor from their area of practice to supervise and assess clinical competency where required.
  • For international students undertaking this course as part of an international cohort, you must be able to demonstrate current professional registration from the country in which you practice.

Statement of Support

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.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

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)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

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:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* 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)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*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.

 

Pre-sessional courses

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:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Course content includes one core and two optional 20-credit modules.

Core module:

  • Clinical assessment

Optional modules (two from three):

  • Common presentations
  • Minor injuries
  • Independent study for Professional Practice

Module Overview

Clinical assessment:

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:

  • primary assessment
  • consultation skills and history taking for the examination of patients across the lifespan

Practitioners undertaking this module shall also critically examine relevant legal, ethical and professional issues pertinent to the expanding practitioner role.

Common presentations:

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:

  • respiratory
  • cardiac
  • abdominal
  • ENT
  • dermatological
  • common paediatric
  • neurological and mental health presentations


Minor injuries:

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:

  • injuries of lower limb
  • injuries of upper limb
  • wounds and burns
  • minor head injuries
  • minor eye injuries
  • ionising radiation (medical exposure) regulations


Independent study for Professional Practice:

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.

Teaching & Assessment

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.

Career Prospects

Jobs

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.

Further Study

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.

Tuition Fees

Part-time / Online Study 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£790 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£790 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£790 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

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:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

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.

Additional Costs

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* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

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.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

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.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

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.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

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.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

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.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

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.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

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.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

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.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

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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