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University of Central Lancashire

Physician Associate Studies (MPAS)

UCAS Code: BB96

Master of Physician Associate Studies – MPAS

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

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

128 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry and 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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128

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physician associate studies

The integrated Master of Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to become healthcare professionals, combining university study with practical work-based placements. 50% of the final two years of the programme is spent in clinical environments. Physician Associates (PA) provide care to patients under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their role includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management. This role is an exciting alternative to studying medicine and becoming a doctor.Our course will provide you with a solid foundation of scientific and clinical skills, and the opportunity to build on and use these through a variety of clinical placements in Lancashire and/or Cumbria. All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates.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 & rural, specialised hospital & general practice; single-handed or multi-disciplinary. Teamwork is essential for every PA and these placements will enable working with a variety of groups whilst under the supervision of medical colleagues. The geographical location of UCLan is ideal to enable this amazing combination of clinical opportunities, of which we are very proud.All applications must be accompanied by an academic reference. As part of the application process, candidates who successfully pass the initial selection panel will be invited to interview. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process All successful applicants will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to enrolment.

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.

88%
high
Physician associate studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

Resources and organisation

65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

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.

£21,909
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
12%
Caring personal services
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Physician associate studies

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

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£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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