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Physician Associate Studies (Undergraduate)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

2 Science subjects including Chemistry, and a third academic subject required.

128 UCAS points from Access to Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy to include 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction, and 15 level 3 credits in a second Science subject at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSES including Maths and English Language Grade B

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Clinical medicine

**Course overview**
- The integrated Master’s in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for you to become a Physician Associate, a medical associate profession, combining university study with practical work-based placements.

- This four-year degree takes you through a rigorous training programme to exit with a professional qualification and a master’s degree. The role of a Physician Associate includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.

- PAs are trained to be generalist medical practitioners with opportunities to work in numerous specialties. Our programme teaches the fundamentals of medical sciences in interactive groups, practical sessions and lectures. These are supported by case-based learning and clinical placements, enabling you to consolidate and contextualise your knowledge. In Phase I (Years 1 and 2) you study alongside MBBS students, with slight variation in second year, whilst in Phase II (Years 3 and 4) you study alongside our postgraduate entry MSc Physician Associate Practice students.

- From the start of the course clinical and communication skills are taught using our state-of-the-art facilities, volunteer patients and simulated role players. Utilising a spiral curriculum, knowledge will be revisited and clinically applied to direct patient care, preparing you for clinical practice.

**Why study with us**
- A unique programme, the first of its kind in the UK that leads to an integrated undergraduate master’s degree and ability to practice as a Physician Associate.

- Master of Physician Associate Studies (Honours) is ranked 2nd in the North West with 87% of students satisfied with the quality of teaching (Guardian University Guide 2021)

- Our School of Medicine is ranked as the Top Medical School in North West England (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

**Further information**
- Our programme teaches the fundamentals of medical sciences in interactive small groups practical sessions and lectures. These are supported by case-based learning, providing an opportunity for you to consolidate and contextualise your knowledge. From the start of the course clinical and communication skills are taught using our state-of-the-art facilities, volunteer patients and simulated role players.

- During the first two years of the programme, you will be learning alongside students who are enrolled onto the MBBS programme. The final two years will employ a spiral curriculum principle to enable continuation of developing confident and competent students to begin their career in the healthcare arena.

- Outside of the classroom environment, the provision of clinical placements includes a full spectrum of opportunities: urban and rural, specialised hospital and general practice; single-handed or multi-disciplinary. Teamwork is an essential quality of being a PA. As a new member of the healthcare team you will be able to influence teamwork, within the support framework of your clinical supervisor, to enhance patient outcomes.

- The clinically based placements will help to illustrate how teams work within the NHS. The geographical location of the University is ideal to enable this amazing combination of clinical opportunities, of which we are very proud.

Modules

Year 1: MPAS Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine 1, MPAS Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine, MPAS Medical Skills and Quality Care 1

Year 2: Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine 2, Medical Skills and Quality Care 2, Research Project

Year 3: Integrated Clinical Sciences, Medical Skills and Patient Care, Medical Therapeutics and Prescribing, Professional Placement(Physician Associate Studies) I

Year 4: Evidence-based Practice, Medicine through Clinical Practice, Professional Placement (Physician Associate Studies) II

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Medicine

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
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Clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

16%
UK students
84%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students

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After graduation


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Medicine and dentistry

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This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medicine and dentistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

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