Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination (Advancing Practice)

Key facts

  • Module codeADPP011
  • Start date 26 Sep 2022
  • Duration25 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 11 40
  • Fees Fees: £1468. Overseas Fees: £3728.
  • Study mode Mixture of online and classroom delivery


Applications for academic year 2022/23 will open March 2022.

This module will provide the experienced healthcare practitioner in a relevant field of practice, such as an advanced practitioner (or trainee), to develop systematic clinical examination skills. This will provide baseline knowledge to promote autonomous clinical decision making by synthesising key clinical findings in determining differential diagnosis and management of patients.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively, you can use it as credit towards MSc in Advancing Clinical Practice.

Supervision Requirements 

A Practice Assessor Agreement Form must be completed as part of your application and approved by the module co-ordinator prior to your admission to this module. It is important you submit this at least 4 weeks prior to the module starting.

Please complete the ACE supervisor form (.docx) and return along with your application. 

Practice Assessor

The student must have one designated healthcare practitioner, the Practice Assessor, who is responsible for facilitating appropriate learning opportunities and assessing the student’s clinical history taking and clinical examination skills. Other qualified healthcare practitioners may contribute to providing appropriate learning experience as Practice Supervisors, but the responsibility for assessing clinical practice rests with the Practice Assessor.

The Practice Assessor must be a suitably qualified registered healthcare practitioner who:

Is currently registered with NMC, GMC, HCPC or GPC

  • Has had at least 3 years post-registration experience with overall clinical responsibility for a group of patients/clients in their relevant field of practice.
  • If they are registered with GMC, they must be based within a GP practice, or working as a specialist registrar, non-consultant career grade, or consultant.
  • For NMC, HCPC and GPC registrants the expectation is that the practice assessor is a suitably qualified and experienced advanced practitioner who is an expert in clinical history taking and clinical examination.
  • Has support of the employing organisation or GP practice to act as the Practice Assessor for the Advanced Clinical Assessment module and has experience in training and teaching and/or supervising in practice.

Entrance requirements

This module only accepts applicants with current valid registration from either the NMC, HCPC or GPC.
Students are usually required to be supported by their line manager to undertake this module. They must also identify a Practice Assessor who will be responsible for overseeing the clinical practice elements of this module.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23).


A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.


This module will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate competence when undertaking clinical history and assessment of individual patients, including clinical examination of physiological systems.
  • Synthesise clinical data obtained from the clinical history and assessment of individual patients.
  • Evaluate common pathologies within the care context utilising clinical information.
  • Critically examine the challenges in managing and/or appropriately referring and prioritising individual patients with undifferentiated conditions.
  • Demonstrate and apply a systematic approach to documentation skills
  • Critically reflect on the development of personal and professional practice with regard to role in the clinical history, assessment and examination of individual patients

Structure and content

A student-centred approach to teaching and learning is utilised offering flexibility through an online course. A blended approach will be used with teaching taking place on a Wednesday using a combination of online synchronous and asynchronous lectures, which will be recorded and can be accessed at any time.

You will have access to a variety of online learning content and activities, discussion boards and opportunity to participate in live audio-visual interactions with fellow students and the Module Co-ordinator.

Optional skills session may be offered later in the module (this is subject to change).

Delivery and assessment

The module will be delivered predominantly online. The module comprises of three assessments:

A. Clinical Portfolio – 60%

Five sections:
1. Clinical learning hours
2. Clinical competencies
3. Clinical Proforma’s (include reference to the literature)
4. Mini-CEX’s
5. Clinical Checklist’s

B. Reflective case study – 20%
2000 word Critical reflective practice case study

C. Online examination – 20%
Multiple Choice timed online examination

Module coordinator

Mr Dave Kerr


This module will prepare you for a trainee or advanced practice role. You are encouraged to view your participation within this module or as part of the MSc Advancing Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.
This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. However if you wish to exit with a qualification you must enrol on the MSc Advancing Practice programme.

Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students. This module has a cap on the maximum number of students and is very popular therefore, you should apply as early as possible. A waiting list may be in operation.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination module provides an opportunity to develop clinical decision making and assessment skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical settings within the UK and internationally.