AdvDip(CPD) Clinical Examination Skills (HE7)

This Advanced Professional Development course in Clinical Examination Skills is ideal if you’re a health professional who may be required to clinically examine adult patients and make sense of clinical findings.

Clinical Examination Skills (HE7)

Key information



Mode of Study:



15 weeks


The University of Bolton

Start date:

18/01/2021, 20/09/2021

Course Details

Through this sector-focused professional development course you’ll have the chance to hone your skills in examining adult patients in a systematic and organised way – so you can identify abnormalities and pathological changes accurately, link these changes to specific disease processes, and identify any need for more detailed investigation or referral.

We’ll support you to learn how to interpret clinical findings accurately, so you should already have a good understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

The course is designed to improve your communication skills, so you can get qualitative information from patients and create appropriate action plans for focused clinical examinations.

We’ll focus on the cardiovascular and nervous systems, the abdomen, the genitourinary system, the ear, nose and throat system, plus the muscular-skeletal and integumentary systems, and the ‘suddenly-taken-ill’.

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in health and social care settings, they’re also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect, and commitment to quality.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework, and you can use the credits you’ll gain by completing the course successfully towards the University of Bolton’s MSc Clinical Practice or MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care).
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector’s needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression aspect of Agenda for Change.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.
Professional recognition

  • You must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification; for example, registered nurse, assistant practitioner, allied health professional, or paramedic.
  • You’ll need to have a good understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology from your previous studies or professional experience – this will be assessed when you apply.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • 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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2020/21.

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 2021/2022.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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

You should 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.

We use a variety of teaching methods that include a mix of lectures and practical sessions using patient simulators and peers to enable peer support and critique in a safe environment. We’ll also expose you to pathological findings that cannot be readily identified in healthy people. Mock patients’ notes are used to promote clinical reasoning skills by providing context to the examinations and specifically designed forms are used to ensure consistent documentation of clinical findings.

You’ll be given the opportunity to video each other performing examinations and then receive formative feedback on your progress. Online videos that demonstrate the examination sequence will be available for you to use as a resource for revision. After you have mastered each systematic assessment, case studies will be used to contextualise your learning for clinical practice.

A number of assessment methods are used; for instance, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and multiple choice assessments.


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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Stuart Smith
Joint Module Leader

+44 (0)1204 903781

Liz Midwinter
Joint Module Leader

Carole Farrell
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Practice

+44 (0)1204 903978

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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