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PgDip Physician Associate Studies

This two year course equips you with the skills, knowledge and qualification to work as a physician associate in the UK. It integrates theoretical knowledge with clinical application and benefits from world-class clinical simulation facilities. Hospital and community placements are integrated throughout the two years, so that you are able to relate theoretical learning to the real world of practice and patients. Interprofessional learning opportunities are an integral part of the course, taking place in both university and practice settings. You are taught by a range of academic and clinical experts including Physician Associates, medics, advanced practitioners and physiotherapists.

Course length 2 Years
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

This course is suitable for graduates with a life science degree or similar qualification. It enables you to build on your previous studies and gain a healthcare professional qualification.

Physician associates are a growing group within the UK and are seen as one of the solutions to recruitment challenges within medicine, particularly in general practice. There are excellent job prospects for qualified physician associates as the role continues to evolve in response to changing healthcare needs.

The course provides you with opportunities to develop expert medical knowledge and skills in taking medical histories, examining patients, providing a diagnosis, analysing results and developing management plans and pathways. The course meets the expectations of Competence and Curriculum Framework for the PA (DH 2006, revised 2012) (CCF).

Learning takes place in the classroom, in simulated clinical learning suites and whilst on clinical placement. We give you the unique opportunity to work with students on other healthcare professional courses, such as nursing and physiotherapy.

You complete over 1,600 hours of clinical placements during the two year course. You learn in general hospital settings in medicine and surgery, as well as specialised areas such as paediatrics and mental health, and in primary care in GP surgeries. You attend clinical placements within a month of starting the course, and placements are integrated throughout the two years so that you are able to apply theoretical learning to the real world of practice and the care of patients. Your first and final placement take place in the same GP surgery and you are able to maintain a relationship with your GP supervisor throughout the two years for mentoring and support. A final three month placement in general practice also provides you with an ideal environment to prepare for the National Examination at the end of the course.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to apply for innovative roles throughout the UK, joining a growing body of physician associates in rich and varied employment.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus

• an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a science related subject including biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, chemistry, medical science and sport science

Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

IELTS

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

We are open for applications for January 2018 entry. Successful candidates are required to attend a compulsory study day in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).

*GCSE Equivalents for maths and English

equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
• OCR science level 2
• science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present further official identification before enrolling.

Course enrolment – professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

In addition

• you must attend a compulsory study day to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is due to take place in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).
• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.
• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.
• you must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the professional issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements in University and on placement and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage.

Open day

As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus

• an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a science related subject including biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, chemistry, medical science and sport science

Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

IELTS

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

We are open for applications for January 2018 entry. Successful candidates are required to attend a compulsory study day in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).

*GCSE Equivalents for maths and English

equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents

• OCR science level 2
• science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
>• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present further official identification before enrolling.

Course enrolment – professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

In addition

• you must attend a compulsory study day to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is due to take place in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).
• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.
• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.
• you must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the professional issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements in University and on placement and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage.

Open day

As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

Course structure

Full-time – typically two years

Starts January 2018. You are required to attend a compulsory study day in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).

Typical modules may include

Course content

The course meets the expectations of Competence and Curriculum Framework for the PA (DH 2006, revised 2012) (CCF)

The curriculum content is structured into modules which develop your skills in professional practice, clinical assessment and treatment and underpinning knowledge. Learning takes place in the classroom, in clinical simulation suites and in the real world of healthcare.

In addition you have access to online/distance learning resources to support and enhance your learning experience.

Assessment
  • coursework
  • clinical assessment whilst on placement
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • multiple choice examinationsIf you are successful in all the university assessments and pass the course, you will be put forward for the National Examination.
This may incur a fee of around £500 and may take place outside of Sheffield.

Employability

It is expected that graduates from this course will have access to a wide range of healthcare roles, working under the supervision of a medical practitioner. For example, there are physician associates employed in GP surgeries in the Yorkshire region, in medicine and surgery settings in acute healthcare and in specialised areas of medicine.

Typically, graduate physician associates are employed on band 7 in NHS posts and can progress to band 8. For more information about a career as a physician associate visit the NHS Careers website.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

January 2018 entry

Course fees will be paid by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber and a bursary of £5,000 will be paid to all students per year.

International student

We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

2017/18 academic year

We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Apply now by completing our online application form.

Full time

Apply for January 2018 (36 months)

If you require an alternate version of the application form please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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