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Clinical Assessment of Injury and Illness in Children - Single module

Level 6 (20 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): February


Part-time, one semester, intake February


Part-time - £840 per 20 credit module

In Brief:

  • Allows practitioners to develop clinical examination skills and knowledge to examine children, including issues specific to children's history taking and presentations of illness
  • Provides a transitional module for those practitioners who wish to continue to advanced practice
  • Delivered by subject experts
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development.

This module will explore

  • The evidence-base used in the care of sick or injured children
  • Related anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of clinical assessment of the child
  • Principles of physiological and psychosocial assessment of children's health needs
  • Detection of normal and abnormal variants identified during the child's assessment
  • Principles and application of clinical decision-making in practice
  • Issues related to autonomous practice and evidence-based practice
  • Portfolio development
  • Professional practice, guidance , clinical supervision, record keeping and development of a personal development plan

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

  • Registered with an appropriate professional body for example NMC
  • 120 credits at Level 2

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Includes seminars, lectures, practical skills sessions, use of simulation technology, case based discussion, e-learning and work based learning.


  • Formative case-based portfolio 20%
  • Summative 3,000 word client focused case study 80%


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for continuing professional development. On completion you will have the clinical examination skills and knowledge to examine children.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.

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