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Minor Injury and Illness Management


Key facts

Start dates

January 2021 / September 2021 / January 2022 / September 2022

Course length

Part time: 12 months

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.

Student nurse taking part in a simulated scenario with a patient

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

You should have a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

You must hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional Body/Council in the UK.

You will normally have a minimum of 3 years post-registration experience in a relevant care environment.

You should be employed in a role that will support development of clinical skills during the programme.

You should be working in a relevant clinical environment in which you can achieve the clinical skills required.

You should have access to an appropriate practice supervisor within that area.

You should have secured the support of your line manager.

You will need to demonstrate British Council IELTS: overall score of level 7 or above if English is not your first language.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

In addition to the academic entry qualifications, if your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. An IELTS overall score of 7.0 is required for this course.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

Pathways courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

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.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

If you only wish to take one module as a stand alone module (rather than as part of the PGCert), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. 

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£1,060 per single module

Home (UK) full time
£1,080 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£1,060 per single module

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£1,080 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

You will study two compulsory modules on this postgraduate certificate. This consists of:

  • one single module (20 credits at Level seven)
  • one double module (40 credits at Level seven). 

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

Student nurse taking a patient's blood pressure on placement

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced History Taking and Assessment (20 credits)

This single, level 7 practice-focused module provides you with the opportunity to develop your critical thinking through enhanced knowledge and skills in taking a comprehensive patient history and performing a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment.

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.

Minor Injury and Illness Management (40 credits)

This double, practice related module offers you the opportunity to explore and critique theories, models and strategies used in the examination and clinical decision making in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and illness.

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

Learning and teaching

You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused in its approach. 

There will be a combination of structured learning activities and private study as part of each module you complete. 


Assessment methods used on this course

NURS7030 - Advanced history taking and assessment Formative assessment: Practice scenario assessment weeks 8, 9 and 10, and submission of two 'Evaluation of clinical skills practise' forms Summative assessment: submission of final 'Evaluation of clinical skills practise' form (pass / fail), and a Practice Scenario Assessment (100%)

NURS7033 - Assessing and Managing Minor Injuries and Illnesses Formative 2 pieces of evidence (500 words each) plotted against the themes for the portfolio, action plan for poster week 7 Summative 20 minute poster presentation (30%), portfolio of evidence including: reflective statement, 1000 word critique of evidence used for poster and classroom x-ray interpretation test (70%)


After you graduate

Career prospects

Students who complete this module will have a core component toward the Master’s programme requirements for advanced practice, which may facilitate further career progression.

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.