Postgraduate study
This course has been specially created for practitioners, developing the in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence to manage complex cases within specific areas of practice.
PGCert Advanced Clinical Skills
1–2 years part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants for PGCert 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
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£6,885 - Terms apply
International fees
Not applicable - Terms apply
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The challenges faced by the NHS include an ageing workforce, rise in chronic conditions and complex comorbidities, recruitment difficulties, financial pressures, all combined with a rise in patient expectations. These challenges require new models of healthcare provision and a flexible workforce. As well as building capacity in the workforce, this includes the development of new and advanced roles and innovative attitudes toward the mix of skills in teams.  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 the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence to take a comprehensive history and through clinical reasoning, make clinical decisions.

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 5th in the UK for physiotherapy and 8th for nursing and midwifery in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • 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  
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • Awarded Nursing Times Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) 2016

Full course details

PGCert 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


PGCert Advanced Clinical Skills, has been designed to meet the needs of individual students and their employers. The course has been developed in response to the evolution of practitioner roles and the perceived need for a robust theoretical and clinical education to support them.

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

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

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.


Careers and professional development

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.

"The post-graduate certificate advanced clinical skills gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to work at an advanced practice level. You are taught by experts in their field who are passionate about advanced practice. Students find the course challenging but appreciate developing the clinical knowledge and understanding that leads to enhanced decision making skills, ensuring high quality, safe and effective patient centred care". Ruth Pearce, Course Director

"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." Mark Grenville, graduate

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £32,000.*

* Based on known destinations of full-time, UK, postgraduates who were available for work or study, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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 University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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