PgCert Clinical Practice

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.

PgCert Clinical Practice

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!

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 21/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: PgCert
  • Duration: 18 months

Course highlights:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 21/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: PgCert
  • Duration: 18 months

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.

If you don’t meet these requirements but have significant relevant experience, a professional qualification, or show significant promise to excel on the course and have a positive impact on clinical practice, we’ll be happy to consider your application.

You’ll be invited for an interview to ensure that you understand the requirements and level of this course, and ensure it’s the correct course for you. We may also ask you to submit a portfolio of evidence in support of your application, or undertake an assessment so that we can gauge your current academic ability.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

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.

What can I do with this qualification?

Postgraduate Certificate holders can progress to a varied range of clinical positions. These positions can include nurse clinicians, nurse practitioners (both in hospital and community settings), ward managers, advanced paramedics, community matrons, critical care outreach teams and nurse specialists.

On successful completion, the PgCert also offers you a clear progression pathway onto a full Master’s award such as the MSc Clinical Practice.

Alternative career options

  • Medical communications
  • Medical writing
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Health care/services management
  • Armed forces
  • Clinical psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Overseas aid and development
  • Prison service
  • Occupational health
  • Counselling
  • Mental health

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Biological Basis of Diseases
  • Clinical Examination Skills
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • The Human Body Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care

Teaching, learning and assessment

To provide you with a comprehensive learning experience, we use a range of teaching methods, including one-to-one sessions and online learning. Case studies are an integral aspect of this course, with patient studies forming the basis of learning activities to provide appropriate context for the knowledge learned. You’ll also attend seminars, where you can discuss and debate issues with your classmates, and tutorials with your tutor, which are designed to provide guidance and support. Additionally, self-directed study is an important aspect of this course. You’ll be expected to spend time engaging in background reading and preparing for assessments.

Problem solving is a key area of learning, so you’ll investigate seminar content in practice using enquiry-based learning methods. You’ll be asked to research particular cases and present your findings to your peers for review, with the aim of preparing you for independent learning while building your research and analytical skills. You’ll also participate in clinical simulation and resource-based learning activities using specialised equipment, and use the virtual learning environment to access online course material.

Your work and progress will be assessed through a variety of techniques, including structured clinical exams, online questions, presentations and journal article submission. We use a range of assessment methods to maximise opportunities for successful achievement, taking account of how different students have preferences for different assessment and learning styles.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (25%), Written exams (75%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019 or 21/01/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    18 months

Contact us

Carole Farrell
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903978

Mark Holland
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903277

Stuart Smith
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903781

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903