Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, problem-based learning, self-directed learning, small group discussions, clinical and community placements, role playing, presentations and post mortems.

Teaching and learning methods

Problem-based learning

Given a clinical problem, you will use self-directed research to make a diagnosis and suggest an appropriate course of action. Problem-based learning encourages learning in context, self motivation, and deep rather than surface understanding.

Self-directed study

You will study an area of interest in-depth, developing research and presentation skills and gain insight into possible careers, using self-directed studies.

In the first year, lectures are complemented by group work, designed to develop clinical and communication skills. You are allocated a professional development supervisor, who is a general practitioner and will provide clinical skills development support throughout your two years.

In the second year, you'll continue community placements, as well as rotating through a number of clinical placements, including:

  • general medicine
  • paediatrics
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • accident and emergency
  • mental health

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to prepare you for the National Examination and will be a mixture of written papers, written examinations and Objective-Structured Clinical Examinations.

A portfolio of your development of the core clinical skills and competencies is monitored throughout both years for the Personal and Professional Development module, and submitted for final assessment at the end of the course. Written coursework assignments and/or presentations are set for the modules in Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare, Child and Family Health, Personal and Professional Development and Foundations of Clinical Medicine.

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