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Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management


Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

The Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in preparation for practice as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) or within minor injury or illness focused care within urgent or acute care. You will critically analyse the assessment, diagnosis management and treatment of patients within a range of minor injury and illness conditions across the age spectrum.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. As well as an understanding of assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of care of patients and families in minor injury and/or minor illness environments.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management with 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

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

Available start dates

January 2019 / September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Part time: 12 months

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will become knowledgeable and competent in managing the care of patients and families in minor injury and/or minor illness environments, through evidence based practice and working effectively with colleagues.
  • There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.
  • Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.
  • Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.
  • You will benefit from the importance placed on your individual experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links within those areas locally or across the region.
This postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory modules, one single (20 credits at Level 7) and one double (40 credits at Level 7). Both modules are delivered face to face and make use of online resources.

P44011 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.

P44015 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.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the programme is underpinned by student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approaches. 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. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group. 

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies  chosen on the basis of their appropriateness for an individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning present. Assessments are used to give an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

Assessments also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

Attendance pattern

You are expected to attend the University one day per week. 

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £1,020 per single module 2020/21: £1,040 per single module

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see funding for Postgraduate students from the UK and EU

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.

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

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

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

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

Note: 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. Please contact the Programme Administrator on cscshsc@brookes.ac.uk / +44 (0)1865 483017 for further details and an application form.

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.

How this course helps you develop

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies include the development of a range of the core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy. 


Students who have completed similar health and life sciences postgraduate certificates have been employed within the relevant speciality both locally and nationally.This course enables practitioners to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to gain career progression and positions such as Emergency Nurse Practitioners/Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, Advanced Care Practitioners in an Emergency Department or Practitioners in urgent or acute care specialities.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.