- Foundations of Clinical Practice for the Physician Associate
- Foundations of Clinical Medicine
- Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making for the Physician Associate
- Personal and Professional Development of the Physician Associate
- Foundations of Primary Care for the Physician Associate
- Applied Pharmacology
You will also be able to select an elective module form a range of topics. You will have an opportunity to develop your practice skills in a range of clinical settings.
Physician Associate’s are required to work mainly 9.00 am -5.00 pm Monday – Friday, however on occasions they may work outside of these hours including evenings, nights, weekends and Bank Holidays if required. You will be working alongside medical staffing and the shift patterns they work too.
Will I be able to work during the course?
This is a very intensive two-year course. There is a lot of material to cover in the two years, therefore it is difficult to undertake part-time work.
Will I be able to practise as a PA abroad?
Currently UK qualified PAs can practise in the UK only.
What is the minimum entry requirement for the course? Which undergraduate degrees will you consider?
Applicants are required to hold a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2.1 ) in life sciences subjects such as Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy, Optometry, Paramedic Medicine, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Engineering, Human Biosciences, Radiography, Genetics, Medical Science, Pharmacology and Pharmacy.
Applicants should also hold GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualification.
Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a place on the course. Admissions staff will review applications which meet the entry requirement together with personal statement and reference to assess applications.
I have a 2.2 Honours degree or lower. If I undertake an MSc will I be accepted on the course?
The minimum entry requirement is 2.1 or above, additional qualification such as an MSc is unlikely to improve your chances of acceptance on the course.
What if my degree is not Medical or Health-related science?
We recommend you still send in your applications. Admission tutors will review your applications. We will not be able to advice on degree type until we have received the full application.
I have experience in healthcare but without a degree.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Physician Associate course you will not be considered.
My qualifications are from abroad, will it be accepted?
Yes, we accept international qualifications if they meet UK entry requirement, but we are not able to accept applications from international students. We use UKNARIC to assess.
My degree was not taught in English can I apply?
For those applicants whom English is not their first language or their degree was not taught in English, an IELTS - minimum 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in each component) is required.
I dropped out of another PA/medical school; will I be accepted on the course.
This depends on individual circumstance. We require the full circumstances before we can advise you on this.
Do you interview applicants?
Yes. Applicants successful at the shortlisting stage will be required to attend an interview. Those successful at interview will be offered a place subject to passing DBS and occupational health screening.
When should I expect to hear about my application?
You will receive confirmation from the Admissions department that we have received your application, but you're unlikely to hear from us again until we have made a decision on your application which could be, an invitation to interview/rejection or advice to send us further information.
Do you provide funding for the course?
Applicants are expected to have sufficient funding before they accept a place on the course. Health Education England do sometimes offer partial funding, but this is subject to change yearly. For previous years, the partial funding was roughly £2500 per year.
Can I defer my entry?
You can defer your entry under exceptional circumstances. Please contact us in advance. Please note that the funding and fees subject to change in the subsequent years.