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The Royal Marsden School

Advanced Clinical Assessment



Delivery method


Length of module

It runs over 12 weeks with 5 taught days and 1 day for the Viva Voce.

Academic credits and level

15 credits at level 7

Entry requirements

Students to have successfully passed Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning or an equivalent module

Course summary

This clinically focused module looks to expand clinicians' knowledge, giving them the skills to be competent advanced nurse practitioners, supporting them in making differential diagnoses, requesting and interpreting appropriate investigations and managing the patient through appropriate referral and health promotion.

Before beginning an application for any of our Advanced Clinical Practice modules or programmes you need to download the following document and work your way through it.  The completed forms will need to be uploaded along with your professional qualification certificate(s) and your application will not be considered without them:

Download the pre-application form here

This module is in association with:


Key topics

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic skills
  • Development of management plans including follow up and referral
  • Risk management and dealing with uncertainty
  • Application of evidence-based practice

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse and synthesise the evidence base for practice, applying relevant skills and knowledge required by an advanced practitioner to obtain a comprehensive clinical history and physical examination of undifferentiated patients to diagnose and treat a range of diseases
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply relevant critical thinking to underpin clinical decisions and prioritise investigations, actions and referrals as required by the patient’s clinical condition
  • Demonstrate and be able to critically reflect on the use of your clinical skills and reasoning but have an awareness of your scope of practice and when to collaborate with the multi-professional team
  • Critically discuss and synthesise relevant legal and ethical principles underpinning clinical decision making and advanced clinical assessment 
  • Demonstrate relevant communication skills, both verbal and written, in order to work effectively within a multi-professional team, and facilitate patient engagement, education, health promotion, and co-operation


We are working to transition this module on-line. Dates will be added for new applications as they become available. Please check back regularly for updates.


  • Practice Portfolio
  • Minimum of 30 hours of direct supervision throughout the course
  • Working clinically 15 hours per week (minimum of 10 weeks)
  • Viva Voce

Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support are also available from the module leader/personal tutor. 

The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. 

To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Related pathways

This course is currently unavailable.