You will be required to attend one of the induction days prior to commencing the first module of your course (distance learning students excepted). Induction days are running in Carlisle on 15 September 2015, 05 January 2016, 22 March 2016 and in Lancaster on 16 and 17 September 2015 (you only need to attend one date), 07 January 2016, 24 March 2016. If you have studied at the University of Cumbria in the past two years, the requirement to attend the induction day may be waived.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

Why study with us?

The purpose of this award is to enhance and extend your health assessment and clinical decision making skills in order to provide holistic episodes of care delivery. If you are considering advancing to the MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical) but do not feel you have the confidence to directly access a masters degree then this advanced diploma can offer you the skills and knowledge development in order to succeed. This award may also be of interest for those who have specialist interests in long term conditions management, acute care and primary care and who wish to extend their role in health assessment and care delivery.

What can this course lead to?

Having completed this University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Practice Development: Enhanced Health Assessment, you could use it as entry to the MSc/PgC Advanced Practice (Clinical), alternatively you could use this as 60 credits towards a top-up degree in BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice, or Practice Development. You may wish to consider one of the other University Advanced Diplomas (UAD) the University offers, such as the UAD Practice Development: Long Term Conditions, UAD Practice Development: Paediatric Practice, UAD Practice Development: Acute and Critical Care, UAD Practice Development: Wound Care, Practice Development: Emergency Care etc.

Resources and facilities

We are amongst the UK’s leading health and wellbeing faculties and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff. If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent.  

Student work

This University Advanced Diploma is delivered via distance learning using blackboard, our virtual learning environment. You will be supported to develop your skills in online learning and academic writing. 


If you are employed within NHS North West and this module is to be funded by your employing Trust, please contact your Line Manager and CPD Lead for advice relating to funding and the funding application process.

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