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Physical Examination and Assessment of Children and Young People

Module code PCH4100 (level 7)
Start date January 2024
FeesSee Fees and funding further down the page
Module leader Stephen Whyte


This module aims to develop and apply the required knowledge, skills, and behaviours to independently undertake the physical examination and assessment of children and young people (up to the age of 18 years) holistically, safely, and effectively.

This module can be taken standalone or as part of either of these full courses:


Active learning will allow students to learn via collaboration, cooperation, and peer-based learning. Activities may include interactive lectures, clinical skills demonstration and supervised practice, small group activities, case-based discussions, workshops, practice simulations and tutorials.

Synchronous and asynchronous learning and teaching activities are delivered via a combination of study days and digital strategies at local sites or online using the Virtual Learning Environment.

Clinical skills development and simulation are delivered in fully equipped, state of the art skills labs using a range of low and high-fidelity learning modalities.


Formative assessment will be:

  1. Weekly quizzes
  2. Mock assessments
  3. 1000 word practice essay
  4. Work-based learning portfolio.

For the summative assessment, learners will perform an Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA).

Teaching dates

This module will involve a mixture of online and face to face days.

Dates: 15/01/24, 16/01/24, 17/01/24, 18/01/24, 19/01/24, 05/02/24, 04/03/24

Assessment date: TBC (week commencing 22/04/24)

Provisional feedback: TBC

Academic board: TBC

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree achieving 2:2 classification or above in a healthcare related subject
  • Current registration as a healthcare professional with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • A minimum of 3-years full time experience (or equivalent) in the relevant area of practice

Fees and funding

The fees below refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Part-time students: £64 per credit* (15 credits)

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.

How to apply

Please apply using our application form. If you have any questions about the module, please contact academic.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk.

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