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PgCert Clinical Practice

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Study mode

Part time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

If you’re a hands-on health professional with a passion for patient care, our progressive Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice could give you the opportunity to build on your skills with an entirely clinically-focused curriculum.

Course Details

At the University of Bolton, we take a distinctively different approach to clinical practice, focusing wholly on patient care and dispensing with traditional modules in less relevant areas such as professional development and leadership. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice is built around solution-focused problem solving and patient journeys, challenging students to become exceptional thinkers, safe decision-makers and skilled clinicians. You’ll have the opportunity to build your theoretical knowledge and then put your skills into practice safely within our supervised on-site setting.

We’ll cover modules within the areas of human anatomy and physiology, as well as exploring the biological basis and mechanisms of disease. Working with advanced resources such as the Anatomage anatomy table, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of clinical practice and learn to work in ways that aim to improve quality and productivity. Within the Clinical Simulation Suite, meanwhile, you can experience the dynamics of a clinical setting and test your abilities on high-tech, computerised manikins - as well as your classmates!


  • Our Clinical Practice courses are taught in our state-of-the-art, purpose-built Clinical Simulation Suite.
  • You’ll have access to advanced resources, including the Anatomage anatomy table and high fidelity patient simulators.
  • The course is entirely clinically focused, with the aim of enhancing both students’ knowledge and skills.
  • Choose from flexible pathways to achieving your award.
  • On successful completion of the course you will be receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice.

Key Features

  • This course has been developed to offer evidence-based training and is designed especially for problem-solving clinicians, rather than for academics.
  • Modules are built around clinical problems and patient journeys rather than traditional theory.
  • Our Clinical Practice courses have an excellent reputation among many local trusts.

Career opportunities

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to directly care for patients and prepare you to take on more senior clinical roles. It’s designed to develop your knowledge and therapeutic skills, enabling you to manage patient/client health needs within specified clinical frameworks.

Experienced healthcare practitioners can acquire skills in relation to patient assessment, examination, diagnosis and management, as well as transferable employability skills such as critical appraisal, communication, team work, decision making and problem solving.


Clinical Examination Skills are required by all healthcare professionals to enable them to carry out accurate assessments of patients to inform their healthcare journey. This module will help you develop your clinical examination skills, from taking a history to completing specific, system-based examination and will teach you how to examine patients in a systematic and organised way so that you can identify normal, abnormal and pathological changes in those patients. You will learn how to identify red flags, make sense of your findings and link them to specific disease processes in order to aid in the diagnosis of ill health. You will learn the limitations of each examination in the context of individual patients and you will be able to identify a need for more detailed investigation or referral.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

The full time tuition fees for 2022/23 entry is £12,950 per year. It’s a guide for part time students.

Entry requirements

You should be a health professional with at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to health or social care practice, or recent evidence of relevant study at level HE6 or above.

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more