Postgraduate Course

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£3,000 (2023/24)

International fee

£3,000 (2023/24)

UCAS code


Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

September, January



Course highlights

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Integrated Urgent Care Practice enables you to develop your clinical decision-making skills and knowledge. Alongside advancing practice in settings that require remote consultation, this programme is also suitable for those looking to further their clinical knowledge and skills, and work towards specialist or advanced practice roles in areas such as primary care, out-of-hours care, or community.

As part of the wider remit to develop the clinical workforce, this programme is informed by professional competence frameworks. We recognise students will join the programme with a variety of backgrounds and experience, and the programme aims to set you on the trajectory towards expertise or mastery.

Develop skills in Remote Consultation

This programme provides the opportunity to develop or enhance your remote consultation skills alongside advancing pre-existing clinical skills.

The programme will help you to advance from a relative novice in an emerging role, towards expertise and mastery, by consolidating learning through the guidance and leadership of others. The educational needs of the wider workforce and changing roles within health services require a flexible delivery that enables you to focus on your individual development and professional profile.

The programme aims to

The programme explores consultation skills, professional, legal and ethical considerations, and informed choice for clinical decision-making in the context of person-centred care with awareness of promoting inclusion, upholding human rights and respecting diversity and cultural differences.

Challenges of remote consultation and safeguarding risks are also be covered alongside the specialist skills required to address them.

Throughout the programme, you will develop critical reflective and evaluation skills, essential to academic and professional competence and autonomous practice within your sphere of expertise.

A stepping-stone towards a Postgraduate Diploma

Upon successfully completing this Postgraduate Certificate, if you wish to further your study, you may be able to join the second year of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinically Enhanced Integrated Urgent Care which is delivered at our Kedleston Road campus.

What you will study

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Advancing Integrated Urgent Care Practice comprise three core 20-credit modules, totalling 60 credits at level 7.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Teaching and Learning

This course is delivered entirely online through our virtual learning environment and student portal where you can access the course materials, learning content and study resources, the online library, your university email account, and virtual student community spaces.

Lecturers will work with you to support your discussions and answer any questions. This support will be through written discussions within the module learning spaces as well as regular live sessions to help you consolidate your learning, support you with your assignments and help you with any questions.

Through Develop@Derby, you will be able to access a resource package of live and recorded sessions covering things such as critical writing and reading, researching and referencing.

Practice Based Supervision

Practice based learning is encouraged through critical reflection on practice, the use of competence frameworks and where possible, engagement with clinical supervision. You are encouraged to identify a practice supervisor who can ensure you receive support and oversight of your practice, and that supervision promotes independent learning. Supervisors are expected to be role models and provide feedback on progression and achievement.

However, it is recognised that not all clinical areas will have ready access to supervisors. Learning within the workplace can also occur through critical reflection on practice, group or individual clinical supervision, through the learners’ clinical audits or peer review.

Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Personal Development planning (PDP) is embedded into the programme to enable you to reflect upon your learning, performance and achievement, and to plan for personal, educational or professional development. Opportunities within the programme for PDP include:

You will be encouraged to include reflection of your learning within your relevant professional portfolio and / or to map against professional competence frameworks.

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend around 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester for the standard study plan.

Assessment method

The course entails practical assessments such as Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) or presentations, as well as course work such as an essay or critical reflection.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Who will teach you

Jill Gould
Programme leader

A Senior Lecturer in health care practice, Jill teaches across postgraduate and post-registration programmes. She is programme leader for Non-medical Prescribing and some online programmes. She also teaches on the community specialist courses. She contributes to learning through authoring, including a textbook on prescribing.

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Entry requirements

Academic Pre-requisites

Applicants should normally have a first degree.

If you do not hold a first degree, you must have successfully undertaken a minimum of one level 6 (undergraduate) or level 7 (postgraduate) module within the past 5 years.

Professional Pre-requisites

In addition to the academic requirements, you will need to be a qualified health professional with active registration as either a Pharmacist (on the General Pharmaceutical Council register), Nurse or Midwife (on the Nursing and Midwifery Register), or a professional on the Health and Care Professions Register.

You will need to be actively practicing in a patient-facing role for a minimum of one day per week.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning: This programme contains some modules that may have previously been undertaken. These previously acquired credits may be recognised towards the awards. Details and extra guidance are available via The Standard Assessment regulations.

Fees and funding

2023/24 for new entrants

Starting between September 2023 and August 2024.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,000 3 £3,000

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,000 3 £3,000

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this will be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from two payment plan options:

*Please note: the discount for paying your fees up front will only be available to students enrolling for eligible online studies between August 2023 and July 2024 and will not be available for the September 2024 intake onwards.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Students should Apply directly to the University..

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Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


Practitioners on this programme are employees or self-employed within health and social care organisations across a diverse range of settings. The programme offers structured professional development for expanding scope of practice within already challenging roles, enabling you to achieve professional qualifications and professional recognition.

The acquisition of the Integrated Urgent Care certificate particularly enhances employment opportunities in the areas of NHS111, Integrated care services, Urgent Care Centres, Urgent Treatment Centres, General Practice (especially if providing out of hours services), and any job role which includes remote consultation.

Personal Academic Tutors will focus on how the learning from the programme is directly related to employability and ongoing career development. The use of personal development planning and mapping against career frameworks helps learners explore and identify a range of potential career directions.

If you are planning to pursue further study, this course enables you to enrol onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinically Enhanced Integrated Urgent Care Practice, where you could undertake non-medical prescribing or other clinical modules to gain the Diploma award.

The Integrated Care Practice programme is distinct from a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, and there is an opportunity to progress to this type of programme and continue expanding clinical competence and scope of practice.

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