Clinical History Taking and Examination Skills for Advancing Practice

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS Points 7.5
Clinical History Taking and Examination Skills for Advanced Practice 15 Credits Level 11 | ECTS Points 7.5

This course will prepare you to independently undertake a clinical history and examination and critically explore the impact of pathophysiological processes and their impact on patient care to aid clinical decision making.

This module is part of the MSc Advancing Practice programme but can also be undertaken as a stand-alone module.

This course has multiple study options

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus
  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

January, April and August

Course Length

8 - 12 weeks
  • Clinical history taking and clinical assessment across the lifespan
  • Clinical examination skills of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and neurological systems
  • How to construct a differential diagnosis, clinical decision making and documentation of findings
  • Autonomous practice and scope of practice


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

This module is delivered using a blend of face to face learning (5 single study days) and online learning (including online chat, virtual classroom and discussion forums). In addition, you will engage with directed and self-directed learning activities supported by the module team.


The course is assessed via OSCE and examination.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

This module is suitable for registered nurses, midwives and health and social care professionals.

Normally, you are expected to be able to demonstrate degree level study; however, if this is not the case, you are encouraged to make contact and discuss your circumstances.

In addition to course entry requirements, you must identify a clinical mentor within your workplace to facilitate supervised practice of clinical skills.


For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students: Fees to be confirmed

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • All Students: £880

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice Professional Development Team and we'll do out best to help.

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