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What makes the General Practice Nursing Course at Worcester special?

The Post Graduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing programme is dynamic, exciting, contemporary and developed by experienced clinicians to support General Practice Nurses (GPN) who are new to the role or who have transitioned from other nursing backgrounds. The course will aim to equip the individual nurse with the diverse knowledge and skills that are required to practice effectively in the rapidly changing primary care environment.

At Worcester, we recognise the challenge of level 7 study and this transformative course will offer you a structured programme to develop the specialist knowledge and core skills that are fundamental for the role in a thorough and cost-effective way. It is designed to encourage diversity, self-awareness and recognition of every patient’s personal religious and cultural needs or beliefs , and how this impacts on health care choices.

The University of Worcester promotes inclusive  teaching and learning and our student-focussed approach will ensure that you are fully supported in your academic and professional development as you create your own, individual pathway towards a new career.  

The course is mapped against the new joint Queen’s Nursing Institute Standards of Education and Practice for Nurses New to General Practice Nursing 2020, to ensure that you receive the most innovative and contemporary training.

Clinical competencies are assessed in the practice learning environment by using elements of the Royal College of General Practice Foundation /RCN 2015 competency framework for GP Nurses. This framework is used nationally by both nurses in practice and Higher Education Institutes to demonstrate the achievement of  safe and effective clinical knowledge, skills and competence in your role as a Registered Nurse in General Practice. 



Key features

  • Offered as a Post Graduate Certificate (Level 7)
  • A flexible programme delivered by specialist lecturers and practitioners with extensive experience in General Practice Nursing
  • A blend of face to face sessions, tutorial support and online learning sessions that enable you to learn effectively at home/work or in University classrooms
  • Gain confidence in complex decision-making, develop your critical reflection skills and assist in shaping future General Practice complex care provision
  • Demonstrate GPN specialist knowledge and core clinical skills through clinical simulation at the University, alongside clinical supervision in the workplace and assessment of your competence

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The following video provide information about GP nursing. Further information can be found at the Health Education England website.


Opportunities to register for the Hereford and Worcestershire Training Hub Newsletter can also be found on the Primary Care Training website


We will be offering online open events for this course on the 27th May & 23rd June 2021 (5.30 – 6.30pm)

You can find out more about these events by downloading our information leaflet  - Virtual Information Sessions [PDF]

and book a place using our online form.


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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The Post Graduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing aims to recruit applicants who are nurses registered with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). Applicants must be currently employed in a General Practice Nurse role.

You must be working in a General Practice environment for a minimum of 20 hours a week to enable you to develop an appropriate and safe level of competence in GP nursing skills. All applicants will be interviewed by the course team or practice partner.



A lower second-class Honours degree (2:2) in a Health-related subject.


Qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and where necessary interviewed by the course team.

If English is not your first language you are required to achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element or equivalency according to the University’s English Language admission criteria.

Other information

When assessing a non-standard entrant’s suitability for entry onto the Post Graduate programme you will need to demonstrate your potential to achieve the aims and outcomes of the programme. You will also need to demonstrate that your experiences are equivalent to having achieved a 2.2 at undergraduate level 6.

The following criteria may be taken into consideration:

  • Recognition of prior learning in an appropriate subject
  • Experience of working in a health setting, the roles undertaken and the level of decision making undertaken
  • Awareness of the demands of studying at postgraduate level
  • Interest and motivation for successful study on the course
  • Support from employer to undertake course

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirements:

Post Graduate Certificate General Practice Nursing does not require students to undertake clinical placements, but the modules use work-based learning in areas where you are already employed. All applicants must have a declaration of good character.

If your qualifications are not listed, or if you would like any further clarification, please contact the course leader Sarah Weaver at e-mail for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.

The Post Graduate Certificate awards consists of two mandatory modules 

Each module runs across the semester to facilitate the achievement of the Royal College of General Practice and to incorporate the RCGP competencies. The modules are designed to enable the student to embed the learning they receive into their practice.     

Mandatory modules

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a blended learning approach, with a combination of on-line activities including lectures and seminars, and face to face practical clinical skills workshops. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and clinical workshops are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

Learning in practice provides General Practice Nurses with opportunity to practise and develop their skills under the clinical supervision of a General Practice Nurse and other healthcare professionals, a minimum of 72 hours of supervised practice is expected.

Your progression in the practice setting will be facilitated by your clinical supervisor, the established GP Nurse mentor team and by the University of Worcester Practice Liaison Team and further details can be accessed via the GP nurse mentors video.   

Academic liaison librarians for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Care are available to help you to use information effectively and confidently throughout your course and beyond. You can book an individual appointment via the Library services page. You can also email or message the library team through the chat function.

Our Study Happy programme, meanwhile, is designed to help you to study healthier, happier and smarter and includes a year-round programme of events and advice.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least two occasions throughout the course.

Contact time

Each module will have around 72 contact hours of teaching using a blended learning approach of face to face activities with online activities.

The precise contact hours will depend on the module.

Typically contact time will be 12 x 6 hour structured learning days for each module. This may include evenings and weekends.

Independent study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 12 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.



Part-time, 12 months duration


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and (as at June 2020) over 80% per cent of lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include objective structured clinical examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios and presentations.

An example of a typical formal summative assessment pattern for the course is:

Module 1

  • Presentation
  • Critical reflection + portfolio of competencies

Module 2

  • Quality improvement plan
  • Critical reflection + portfolio of competencies



You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. 

sarah weaver

Sarah Weaver

Sarah is a lecturer in Nursing and a Facilitator for General Practice and the independent sector. She is the course leader for PGCert in General practice Nursing.

Sarah is also a Lecturer in the Advanced clinical practice team and in the Independent and Supplementary prescribing module (MACP 4007). She is a personal tutor and academic assessor and holds associate fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Sarah joined the University in 2019 transferring from her role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in general Practice and as a mentor for nurses and students in General practice in Worcestershire.

For the last seven years, Sarah has worked as an autonomous practitioner in the primary care setting and has recently been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse, in recognition of her outstanding clinical care and desire to promote excellence in both patient care and in supporting the education and development of Nurses in the primary care setting. 


Dr Kerry Gaskin

Kerry is Head of Department for Midwifery and CPD and a Principal Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice, in the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery (TCSNM). She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team in TCSNM and teaches across Nursing, Midwifery, Advanced Clinical Practice and Paramedic Science. Kerry was Course Leader for the MSc ACP 2017-2019 and has previously been Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for Children’s Nursing (2005-2013). Kerry is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered Adult Nurse and has a wealth of clinical and research experience in her subject area having worked in children’s cardiac intensive care; high dependency care, as a Cardiac Nurse Practice Educator and Clinical Practice Development Facilitator at several specialist Children’s Cardiac Unit and Children’s Hospitals in the UK before moving into academia. 

Kerry is the Chairperson of the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association UK and member of the Society of Paediatric Cardiovascular Nurses USA. Kerry has represented children’s cardiac nurses as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission; Consultant for the Royal College of Nursing; Nurse Representative for the British Congenital Cardiac Association and more recently representing the CCNA on the Health Education England (HEE) Children and Young People Model Review Oversight Board - Stakeholder Sub-Group, Advanced Clinical Practice. Kerry led the development of RCN core competencies for children’s cardiac nurses (RCN 2014) which has been recently updated (RCN 2020) and informed the congenital heart disease standards and service specifications (NHS England 2016).

Matthew Harris

Matt Harris qualified as a pharmacist in 2009 and began his career working within the community sector of pharmacy before making the switch to secondary care in 2011. During his time working within the hospital sector he experienced working in a wide range of medical specialties before taking up a role working as a pharmacist within an Emergency Department focussed on admission avoidance and prevention. This role subsequently expanded following the completion of training to become an Independent Prescriber in 2015. Matt went on to develop as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, working within an Ambulatory Emergency Care Clinic within Acute Medicine whilst maintaining his role within the Emergency Department.

Matt moved into academia and joined the University of Worcester at the beginning of 2020. In his current role as Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Medicines Management he works with the Continual Professional Development Team focussing on the development of the future Advanced Clinical Practitioner workforce.  


Emma Innes


  • MSc Advanced Health and Social Care 
  • PG CERT Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
  • Fellow Higher Education Authority
  • PG CERT Health Care Leadership (Open) 
  • Mary Seacole Programme Award 
  • NHS Leadership- Leading Care II award 
  • Independent Non- Medical Prescriber (V300)
  • BSc Advanced Professional Practice 
  • ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice 
  • ENB 928 Nursing People with Diabetes Mellitus 
  • Registered General Nurse

Dr Frances Howie

Francis has held public health roles in practice for over 30 years and feels privileged to now be working with the next generation of health and care professionals.

She is committed to embedding understanding of the prevention of ill-health and the narrowing of health inequalities in student learning at the University of Worcester and believes this to be a key enabler for securing the future of a sustainable national health and social care system.


Where could it take you?


In studying the course, you will establish your role in General Practice Nursing and be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to become a proficient and reflective practitioner. You will also gain the expertise to offer evidence based nursing and provide your patients with excellent clinical care.  

As a priority profession within Herefordshire and Worcestershire, you will be in a great position to join the local General Practice Nurse workforce.

The course is also a natural lead into the Independent Prescribing Course and will offer you a number of opportunities to further your study at Masters level. 


How much will it cost?


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply

How do you apply?

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University of Worcester and any questions should be directed to the course leader Sarah Weaver at e-mail 

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Sarah Weaver

Course leader