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Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

Duration: 5 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This module gives you the opportunity to study and practice assessment skills and clinical decision making relevant to your working role.

You will develop your skills in clinical practice as well as your knowledge and conceptual understanding with learning in practice as well as in the classroom and simulation suite.

This module will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the concepts, skills, practice and management of the consultation process. This will enable students to acquire advanced knowledge and expertise to undertake both comprehensive clinical history taking and skilled physical assessment.

In addition it will provide the opportunity to develop the in-depth knowledge and understanding of the evidence base that underpins clinical decision making and enable learners to critically explore the inter-professional context of care-delivery and identify professional boundaries in the context of multi-agency work.

Why Bradford?

The flexibility offered by this module will enable you to take forward your current experience, whatever the area of your work, in collaboration with the University of Bradford.

Your learning will take place in multi-professional groups with other experienced healthcare professionals, improving your inter-professional communication skills and networking opportunities.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the module are as follows:

  • A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation
  • Evidence of previous study at level 5
  • Students whose qualifications do not meet the entry requirements above but who have significant experience and other evidence of ability to study at this level
  • Students for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no sub-scores below 5.5
  • Have access to a computer that has a broadband connection and that can browse the internet and has word processing on it
  • Have computing skills commensurate with the demands of programme
  • Have an identified mentor in clinical practice

Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

There is national recognition of the need for health professionals who are able to work across professional boundaries to provide patient centred care. This module will develop your skills and knowledge to improve your clinical practice and to plan, implement and evaluate care.

This module has also been developed in collaboration with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to contribute to the continuing professional development requirements of UK paramedics.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.

For more information on eligibility criteria please visit the HEYH website, or download their funding guide (external links).

Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.

Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The application deadline for the January 2018 intake is 30 November 2017.

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

If you are being funded by HEYH, you will also need to complete a SSPRD funding form:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.