Advanced Clinical Skills PGCert


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Qualification name:Advanced Clinical Skills
Duration:1-2 years part-time
Entry requirements:Applicants for the PG Cert Advanced Clinical Practice will usually hold a Bachelor’s degree (2.2 or above).
Other requirements:All applicants must be qualified health care professionals, typically with two years’ experience in professional practice or longer.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Queen's Medical Centre

Course Overview

A characteristic of the health service in recent times has been changing professional boundaries. Increasingly nurses and other registered practitioners take on roles that have traditionally been the domain of doctors. 

The PG Cert Advanced Clinical Skills has been specially created for such practitioners and provides opportunity to develop the in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence to manage complex cases within specific areas of practice. Following in the footsteps of our 62 graduates may be just what you need to boost your career prospects. 

Focusing on high-quality teaching with plenty of opportunity to develop clinical skills in a practical setting, the course provides an educational structure that links to relevant competency frameworks and supports the NHS Career Framework. 

One of the key benefits of the course is that you will work alongside students from a variety of backgrounds and specialist fields, giving you the chance to share experiences and best practice. 

Applications for September entry are usually considered between February and June of the same year. Please contact the course director before you apply. 

For those looking to develop skills and knowledge to a higher level, you may also be interested in our MSc/PG Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice.

For more information download the Advanced Clinical Skills flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014  
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff

Course Details

The PG Cert Advanced Clinical Skills is taken part-time over one year. 

For details of the two modules taken (60 credits) click on the 'Modules' tab. 

It is advisable to contact the course director before making an online application.


Module Number Title Credits Taught 
1 History Taking Clinical Examination and Decision Making 1 30 Autumn
2 History Taking Clinical Examination and Decision Making 2 30 Spring


Modules 1 and 2 are taken by all students. These two modules equate to 60 credits with exit award of postgraduate certificate.


Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands (under certain conditions). These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. The only exception to this is the dissertation which may require self-funding or funding from another source. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School website.

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213. 

In addition, the Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International students

This course is not suitable for international students.


Typically applicants are experienced clinical staff – you may already have the title 'practitioner' or be in a developmental position. Either way this course is a real investment in your career, giving you the opportunity to advance your practice in and widening your career opportunities.

Mark Foss, Course Director
"If you undertake a demanding course like this, you want to know that it will equip you for real life practice and advanced roles that you aspire to. By focusing on the skills required for advanced practice and the knowledge base that supports them, the PG Cert Advanced Clinical Skills does just that. Advanced Practitioners undertake roles that have previously been the preserve of medicine and our students tell us that this course gives them real confidence. This is because we focus on high-quality teaching with plenty of opportunity to practise clinical skills." 

Mark Grenville, graduate
"If you are a clinically focused clinician, as I am, other courses just don’t provide the weight of clinical practice and development seen on this one."

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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Donna Jones
School of Health Sciences
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The University of Nottingham
B Floor, South Block Link
Queen's Medical Centre
t:   +44 (0)115 823 0887
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