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Advanced Clinical Assessment unit

The Advanced Clinical Assessment unit is specifically designed for prescribing pharmacists taking the next steps into advanced clinical roles including ACP.

Apply now for the Advanced Clinical Assessment unit

Our course is tailored to meet the profession-specific needs of Pharmacists, focussing on clinical examination and consultation skills and their effective application in prescribing practice.

The Advanced Clinical Assessment unit results in the award of 30 academic credits (CATS credits), which can be used to contribute to a range of academic awards including Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

If you complete Independent Prescribing and Advanced Clinical Assessment units, you will gain the award of PG Cert in Prescribing and Therapeutics.

You can take Advanced Clinical Assessment as a standalone CPD unit if you have already completed an accredited Independent Prescribing course.

The key features of the Advanced Clinical Assessment unit are:

  • you will gain a range of advanced clinical and physical assessment skills through a series of workshops facilitated by expert trainers
  • you will develop your skills through a range of practice-based activities within your clinical area and under the supervision of a clinical supervisor
  • you will also be supported to complete 25 hours in practice developing your clinical assessment skills

Please note that the course covers examination skills for adult patients, we do not have a paediatric component in this unit.


This unit has two intakes a year. The next intake will be September 2022.

The Advanced Clinical Assessment unit takes place over six months. You'll have access to a dedicated online learning environment and an electronic portfolio.

There are also a number of compulsory workshops which will enhance your learning. Some of these run remotely and others are in-person on the University of Bath campus, where you will be able to develop your assessment skills using our clinical simulation equipment and by working with medical actors. The workshop dates for the September 2022 running are planned as:

  • Induction (online) 7 and 8 September 2022
  • 29 September 2022 (in-person at University of Bath campus)
  • 13 October 2022 (online)
  • 24 November 2022 (online)
  • 12 January 2023 (in-person at University of Bath campus)
  • Assessment day 1: 2 February 2023 (online)
  • Assessment day 2: 8 February 2023 (in-person at University of Bath campus)


  • You have completed an accredited Independent Prescribing course.
  • You are embedded within a clinical setting working within a defined speciality.
  • You will be required to have a Clinical Supervisor in place to supervise your learning in practice. This could be the person who acted as your Designated Prescribing Practitioner during the Independent Prescribing course.
  • You have the support of your workplace to complete this unit.

Fees and funding

Please refer to the fees section for information on the cost of the course.

Apply now

Please make sure you have completed all additional forms and upload these to your application tracker as required.

  • Apply to Bath starting 1 September 2022. Induction is on 7 & 8 September 2022.

The application deadline will be 10 July 2022.

Download the guidance notes and forms.

Please complete each form individually and upload through application tracker. Emailed forms will not be accepted.

Application process

We will review all applications and contact applicants with information about interviews, which may be face to face or via telephone.

After interviews, you will be notified of the decision of the University as soon as possible before the start of the course.

Please note that all elements of the application must be submitted on time for you to be considered for a place on the course. If the demand for places is greater than the number of places available then the admissions panel will review applications following agreed selection criteria.

Values Based Recruitment

If you are working in or plan to work in the NHS, we follow the NHS Values Based Recruitment Guidance. We strongly believe in the NHS values and will be looking for them in our applicants.

All applicants will be assessed on individual merit, as well as their understanding and practice of NHS values in pharmacy. This assessment may take a variety of forms, including an interview. We strongly encourage all applicants to read the NHS Constitution before attending the interview.

Future dates

Please email to register your interest for future intakes and we will let you know when applications open.