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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.

Unit features

This unit 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 will allow you to:

  • gain a range of advanced clinical and physical assessment skills through workshops facilitated by expert trainers
  • guide development of your knowledge and skills through a range of practice-based activities within your clinical area and under the supervision of a clinical supervisor
  • produce a portfolio evidencing your new skills that will be part of the unit assessment and can be shared with future employers or other credentialling bodies
  • access a dedicated online learning environment and an electronic portfolio

There are also a number of compulsory workshops that 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. With ongoing practise, education and clinical support after this course, you can continue to develop diagnostic competence in a range of clinical areas.

The course will be assessed through an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), to demonstrate technical proficiency of examination skills; a case presentation, to demonstrate an ability to apply examination findings to clinical reasoning; and a number of portfolio tasks, including observed clinical assessments and reflection-based activities.

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

Student testimonial

Hear from Danielle Gorman, a postgraduate pharmacist training in prescribing and clinical practice.

Study pathways

The Advanced Clinical Assessment (ACA) unit is designed for pharmacists who have completed an accredited Independent Prescribing course. It can be taken as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) unit or contribute to a postgraduate award.

CPD (stand-alone unit)

  • 6 months part-time
  • 30 CATS credits
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment can be studied as a CPD unit by pharmacists who have completed the accredited Independent Prescribing unit

PG Cert (Prescribing and Therapeutics)

  • One-year, part-time
  • This award can be successfully achieved by completing Independent Prescribing and Advanced Clinical Assessment units

MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice (ACPP)

  • ACA is a mandatory unit in our ACPP MSc
  • Pharmacists interested in studying an MSc can find additional information on the MSc webpage


The Advanced Clinical Assessment unit has two intakes a year. The next intake will be September 2023.

The Advanced Clinical Assessment unit takes place over six months.

The application deadline for September 2023 will be Sunday 9 July 2023.

The workshop dates for the September 2023 running are planned as:

  • Induction (online) 6 and 7 September 2023
  • 27 September 2023 (in-person at University of Bath campus)
  • 18 October 2023 (online)
  • 29 November 2023 (online)
  • 10 January 2024 (in-person at University of Bath campus)
  • Assessment day 1: 5 February 2024 (online)
  • Assessment day 2 (OSCE): 6 March 2024 (in-person at University of Bath campus)

2024 dates

Next year's cohorts are planned to run in January and September 2024. Please get in touch with the team if you would like further details about planned dates for study days.

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

Dates for September 2023 start

  • Application deadline: 9 July 2023 at 5pm
  • Pre-online induction (for new registrants only): from 21 August - 1 September 2023
  • Live online induction (for all): 6 & 7 September 2023

Apply for Advanced Clinical Assessment unit, September 2023

Application process

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.

Most of our students work in, or plan to work in, the NHS in some capacity, and so 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.


Course fees are based on the costs for individual units and can be combined in different ways to achieve named awards. The final fee for an award will depend on the combination of units taken in any given year. Please note that tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.

Find out about tuition fees on the tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Find out what criteria you need to meet before applying.

You will be eligible to take the unit if you:

  • have completed an accredited Independent Prescribing course
  • are embedded within a clinical setting working within a defined speciality
  • 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
  • have the support of your workplace to complete this unit, including a commitment to protected learning time when you can observe and participate in patient examinations

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.5 overall with no less than 7.0 in all components.

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