Health CPD modules at University of Brighton


Physical Assessment of Adults

This module is for nurses, paramedics and allied healthcare professionals working in acute and primary care who regularly work with patients requiring physical assessment of one or more of the physiological systems. This module is available at level 6 and level 7. If you are an Advanced Clinical Practitioner / Apprentice, you may be interested in NAM29 Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology and Clinical Decision-Making

Module Information 

Module code

NH6157 (Level 6)

NH7157 (Level 7 – Semester 1)

NH71571 (Level 7 – Semester 2)


Structured assessment of the following physiological systems: cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, neurological, musculoskeletal, eye, ear nose & throat, skin and mental health assessment. 

Entry Requirements 

Applicants should be working in the UK as a healthcare professional for a minimum of 2 days per week, working in a clinical area with support available from a designated mentor. Applicants at level 7 would normally possess a bachelor degree or equivalent or have evidence of the ability to study at postgraduate level


2,500-word Clinical Reasoning Account for NH6157 (50%), a VIVA evaluating physical assessment findings and demonstrating clinical reasoning for NH7157 (50%), OSCE of two of the physiological systems which will include either respiratory or cardiac for both NH6157 and NH7157 (50%) and completion of nine skills in practice (Pass/ Refer).

Module Leader 

Kevin Barrett and Lesley White 

Module Dates 

2022-23 Semester 2  Falmer Campus, Brighton

  • April 25
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • June 6, 13

Assessments submission date: Thursday 25th August 2023

OSCE – August 29, 30 2023

2023-24 Semester 1  Falmer Campus, Brighton (dates subject to change)

  • September 20,27
  • October 4,11,18,25
  • November 1,8

OSCE’s – 18th and 19th January 2024

Assessment and skills book submission date: 23rd January 2024.

2023-24 Semester 3  Falmer Campus, Brighton (dates subject to change)

  • April 24
  • May 1,8,15,22,29
  • June 5,12
  • OSCE’s – 17th and 18th September 2024
  • Assessment submission date: tbc


If you are choosing this module as part of a postgraduate or community course, please contact for specific information on the fee for this module

If you are taking this as a single module or part of the BSc / Grad Cert/ PG Cert Clinical Practice or BSc (Hons) Professional Practice course, the module fee is:

2022-23 £1,870

2023-24 £1,889

Key Information 

Please contact for further information about the module.

This module can be taken as part of a course including:

BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice (Acute Care) and (Emergency Care)

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Practice

Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Practice (Emergency Care) and (Acute Care)

BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practice

BSc (Hons) Professional Practice

MSc Health (and Education or Management)

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