Principles and Practice of Triage Short Course

Principles and Practice of Triage Short Course
This is a single Level 3 module that aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge, skill and competencies to manage demand for same day consultations and minor ailments via a telephone triage system.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

One Semester.


School of Health

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:
Applicants are required to be actively registered with a relevant professional body.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Components of the course include professional issues for triage, principles of assessment, clinical decision making theories, protocol development for triage, management of a range of common conditions eg. diarrhoea, vomiting, paediatric fever, respiratory conditions, back, chest and abdominal pain.

A specifically designed telephone triage laboratory provides students with the unique opportunity to practice their newly acquired telephone triage skills within a safe environment.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The emphasis of the teaching and learning strategy will be student-centred and aimed at utilising and maximising individual experiences to assist the learning process. Particularly the use of practical exercises in simulated settings, lectures, case study analysis, group activities and web based learning.

The summative assessment is two-fold:

Part 1 is a critique of case scenarios from telephone triage consultations that will specifically test the student's knowledge of communication, problem solving skills and documentation.

Part 2 is an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) history taking examinations that assess the student’s ability to elicit a structured and comprehensive history.

Students who successfully complete the Management of Same Day Consultation in addition to this module will be awarded an Advanced Certificate in the Management of Minor Ailments.

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Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

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At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

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The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the School of Health. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

School of Health

University of Central Lancashire,
PR1 2HE,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839