Minor Injury and Illness Management


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Key facts

Course code


Start dates

January 2023 / September 2023

Application deadline

1 August (for a September start) 1 December (for a January start)

Course length

Part time: 12 months (Sept), 20 months (Jan)

Academic level


Academic credits


This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.


Our Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management is for UK registered healthcare professionals. The course allows you to achieve professional development and gain experience in preparation for practice:

  • as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)
  • within minor injury or illness focused care within urgent or acute care.

You will cover a range of minor injury and illness conditions across the age spectrum, delivering the best outcome of care for the patient and their family. You will critically analyse the assessment, diagnosis management and treatment of patients. And you will develop your:

  • knowledge
  • skills and understanding of assessment
  • planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

We place importance on your experience within the educational process, from both a personal and professional perspective.

Relevant national and international research and evidence based literature informs course content. This helps you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

Minor Injury and Illness Management, PGCert student nurse taking part in a simulated scenario with patient on campus at Oxford Brookes University

How to apply

Entry requirements

  • UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.
  • Students must hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional Body/Council in the UK.
  • Students will have a minimum of 3 years post-registration experience in a relevant care environment.
  • Employed in a role that will support development of Clinical Skills during the programme
  • Be working in a relevant clinical environment in which they can achieve the clinical skills required.
  • Have access to an appropriate practice supervisor within that area
  • Support of their line manager.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2023 / 24
Home (UK) part time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) part time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400


Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

You will study two compulsory modules on this PG certificate

  • one single module (20 credits) NURS7030 Advanced History Taking and Assessment
  • one double module (40 credits) NURS7033 Assessing and Managing Minor Injuries and Illnesses

On completing the course successfully, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management with 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

Minor Injury and Illness Management, PGCert student nurse taking a patient's blood pressure on placement with Oxford Brookes University

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced History Taking and Assessment (20 credits)

    This  practice-focused module provides students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking by enhancing their knowledge and skills in taking a comprehensive patient history and performing a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment.  Students are expected to demonstrate analysis and evaluation through their assessment skills, and ability to accurately communicate a patient / client health history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team.

    Students must have explicit support from their clinical manager to undertake this module of study because there is a requirement for supervision in practice. When on campus there is an expectation that students will practise their skills on each other, in pairs.

  • Assessing and Managing Minor Injuries and Illnesses (40 credits)

    Assessing and Managing Minor Injuries and Illnesses is a double, practice related module, offering students who are registered health care professionals, the opportunity to explore and critique the examination and clinical management of both injuries and illnesses. Students will be encouraged to synthesise clinical findings with concepts from current evidence-based practice to critically analyse their decision making in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and illness. 

    Students must have access to an appropriate clinical environment, a practice supervisor and explicit support from their clinical manager to undertake this module of study.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

This programme is taught via a blended learning approach, it involves a mixture of pre session reading, online activities and presentations blended with face-to-face seminars, problem based learning and clinical skills.

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the programme reflects its student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module has an appropriate division between structured learning activities and private study. Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience, are maximised.


Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess you with a variety of methods. Assessments give you an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

NURS7030 - Advanced history taking and assessment
Practice scenario assessment, and 'Evaluation of clinical skills practise' assessment

NURS7033 - Assessing and Managing Minor Injuries and Illnesses
Portfolio providing evidence of their developing professional practice mapped against the module competencies

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.