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Minor Illness-Diagnostics and Interventions (Can only be studied after completing 7HSK2087 or equivalent)

Key information

Course Leader: Helen Speller

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 100, Independent Hours - 50

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 25


  • 12/02/2025
  • 18/09/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits in this academic year 2024/25. This price relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us.

Entry Requirements

Students must have studied the pre-requisite module '7HSK2087- Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Indicators' or an equivalent course or module that meets the learning outcomes of this module prior to applying for Minor Illness – Diagnostics and Interventions; this is not to be undertaken concurrently.  

Learners must be working in an environment with access to people with Minor Illness Presentations.

If you think you have studied an equivalent module to the pre-requisite at a different university, you must provide and upload the module transcript and a copy of the module handbook as part of your application so the admission tutor can assess the equivalence.

In order to study at Level 7 applicants will normally need a degree in a health-related discipline. Applicants with evidence of professional development or academic proficiency equivalent to level 6 (degree level) study will be considered but will first need to meet with the admissions tutor, Aileen Wilson, to discuss their application. Applicants with no previous level 6 study, or equivalent, will be required to complete a level 6 bridging module.

If you have non-UK academic qualifications you will need to supply evidence of comparability. The organisation ECCTIS will supply this for a reasonable fee   

You should be a qualified health care professional currently working in an appropriate area of practice and have current professional registration (NMC, HCPC etc). 

Course Overview

The module will focus on a specific assessment with attendant, interventions, patient management, health advice and health promotion for patients presenting with minor illness. You will consider your approaches in caring for adults and/or children drawing on advanced communication skills and techniques. The course requires you to develop both knowledge and skills, with practical clinical skills being developed in a minor illness field.

Learners are required to secure an appropriate clinical field of practice and have access to a supervisor or practice assessor. 


Learning outcomes

Successful students will typically:

1. Critically appraise current knowledge relating to contemporary management of patients with a range of commonly presenting minor illnesses.

2. Critically analyse the evidence for a range of interventions, treatment options, health advice and discharge arrangements for patients with minor illness.

3. Critically explore varied referral pathways for onward treatment outside the scope of minor illness context of care

4.Critically evaluate the strategic context of minor illness services and the role of the advanced practitioner.

5.Critically interpret history, presenting symptoms and physical findings allowing for normal variations

6.Critically analyse findings to formulate a differential diagnosis, evaluate referral options available and apply appropriate health promotion in the context of patients with minor illnesses. 

7. Instigate and implement accurate, comprehensive documentation and communication skills to ensure relevant information is transmitted accurately and effectively with the multi-professional team, patients and their families.


The assessment constitutes a piece of written course work and a Clinical portfolio which requires a pass in individual components.