Comprehensive Approach to History Taking and Physical Assessment

Credits: 30 credits at level 6
Start Dates: January 2021 (full) / April 2021 (applications will open in January 2021)
Funding: Open to funded and self-funding applicants dependent on availability
Location: Brayford Pool Campus, Lincoln


The aim of this course is to introduce practitioners to the key skills and knowledge required to take a comprehensive history and physical examination of the adult patient. The programme will specifically enhance the practitioner’s ability to interpret complex clinical information, and patient observations and findings, in order to enhance patient care and management.

Entry Requirements and Pre-Course information

  • The student will be required to identify a clinical supervisor to ensure competencies are met and signed. Supervisors can be: a qualified nurse who has undertaken and passed this course or an equivalent course, or a doctor who is a CT2 or above.
  • If funded for the course you will need to secure managerial/organisational approval prior to application according to your internal prioritisation process.

How to apply

Applications for the November 2020 intake are now full. To register your interest for the next available intake (April 2021), please email

To apply, please click on the 'Apply Now' button at the top of the page. You will need to register to our online application system, OneUni, and start dates will be list on the following page.

Please ensure you are applying for the right course and have gained managerial consent prior to application.

Please note: All communications will be via email, to 'place of work' email addresses provided.


The course is 11 weeks in duration, 1 day per week. In addition, 60 hours supervised practice must be completed, signed and submitted with the portfolio.


1 OSCE Examination (Pass or Fail mark)

2 Portfolio of clinical evidence, including clinical competencies (40% pass mark)

Contact Dates

The course is 11 weeks in duration. In addition, 60 hours supervised practice must be completed, signed and submitted with the portfolio.

These contact dates are provisionally timetabled and could be subject to change depending on minimum application level being reached.

Prior to application you must ensure that you have been approved for funding via your Trust or workplace internal process to avoid disappointment. Application to the course does not indicate allocation of a place and we would check this separately with your employer.

We will confirm with you at least four weeks prior to the programme start date if you have been allocated a place.

Please contact for more information.