This programme explores 2 areas relevant to current paediatric studies. It will consider the psychological, physical and social development of the child and also, complex cases in paediatrics. The programme seeks to develop practice and practitioners able to provide enhanced clinical care and child-centred practice. University based elements encompass principles that the student may apply to their personal engagement with paediatrics

The programme is therefore, designed to give professionals the opportunity to explore and evaluate the evidence base for their practice thus, enabling them to develop more effective and innovative approaches to practice within their area of interest.

Topics covered include:-

  1. Psychological, Physical and Social Development of the Healthy Child This module will cover a range of topics and begin looking at the psychological development of the child; this will incorporate reviewing concepts of self image, adolescence, managing chronic disease. And the psychological effects of child illness on the family. This will then link to the social development whereby social learning, development of language and education will be incorporated so that conditions such as Aspergers, ADHD and other learning disabilities can be reviewed. In addition, culture and ethnicity will also be discussed throughout the module and its implications on development discussed.
    Further to this, principles of physiological development will be woven through the module and look at the development of posture and gait, muscle development and immunology. The module will conclude with an investigation into consent, ethics and legalities of care. You will be expected to consider and critically evaluate current literature pertaining to the issues covered and apply these to your practice.
  2. Complex Case in Paediatrics To support the effective management of children with complex cases this module will look at the complexities of paediatric care relevant to modern practice and inter-disciplinary care. This will consider the factors that impact on access to health care and barriers to social inclusion. In addition, we will explore health belief models, review the issues of peer-groups and their impact upon children with complex disease, and consider the physical limitations crated by these complex diseases. To support the understanding of the concepts a number of cases will be used as vehicles for exploration. These will include the chronically ill child, the child with neurological disease, the child with rheumatological disease, and the active child.


The programme is interdisciplinary and students work together exploring the contribution each discipline makes to patient care. Through this approach students will develop a better understanding of other disciplines and develop approaches to working together to provide a child-centred service.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee Not specified
Credits The overall credit-rating of this programme is 60 for PGCert
Duration full-time 5 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

The programme forms part of our Post Graduate Framework for Health Professions which offers a wide range of accredited short courses and modules focused around patient centred care and evidence based practice.

Full time Students complete the programme in 5 months.

Part time students may take one to three years - undertaking modules at a pace to suit their busy lives.

Students are required to complete two core modules:-

  • Psychological, Physical and Social Development of the Child
  • Complex Cases in Paediatrics

Learning environment

The modules are studied through a variety of activities including keynote lectures, Seminar, tutorials, practical sessions, workshops, web-based learning. Self direction is encouraged from the beginning and develops throughout the modules.

The modules use:-

  • Presentations, which encourage students to communicate their ideas, make interpretations and develop critical awareness with their peers from across the disciplines
  • Case studies which encourage the students to review and evaluate their own practice;
  • Group discussion which encourages peer learning and develops an understanding of interdisciplinary care in child-centred practice.

Typical duration

Full-time mode: 5 months (Sept - Jan or Feb - June)

Participants wishing to study full-time begin studying in September or February (as offered). International students are advised to attend the Preparation of Higher Education programme offered by the University. The full-time participant will complete the 2 modules

Part-time mode: One to Three Years

Participants wishing to study part-time may begin studying in either September or February. The modules are distinct entities in themselves and student will register for each module individually. Both modules must be completed within three Calendar years.

It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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Students will all have:-

  • A first degree in a health related discipline classified as second class or above
  • Professional registration with the relevant regulatory body from their home country and/ or
  • Current membership of the relevant Professional Body.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable but the applicants overall profile will be considered during the admissions process.

We anticipate that the programme and modules offered may be of interest to a range of health disciplines including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Nurses. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Students who apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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