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Postgraduate Taught

PG Certificate in Primary Care

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year part time
Entry year 2024
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine
Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • For primary healthcare practitioners and policymakers looking to gain a qualification in primary care
  • Learn the skills necessary to engage successfully in changing and strengthening primary care, wherever you are in your healthcare career 
  • Gain an understanding of the principles behind primary care that apply to clinical conditions present in generalist medicine 
  • Develop expert, up-to-date knowledge using cutting-edge technology 
  • Developed in conjunction with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and NHSE South West to meet the training needs of both international and UK healthcare professionals 
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Programme Director: Professor Alex Harding

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Our Public Health research is 11th in the UK for research power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care. REF 2021

Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent Clinical Medicine research

Based on 4* + 3* research in REF 2021

Developed in conjunction with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and NHSE South West

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Applicants will be experienced healthcare professionals from any registered healthcare discipline, such as medicine, nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions (including pharmacists and healthcare scientists), or policy makers interested in primary healthcare.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

The programme aims to provide you with a qualification that evidences advanced clinical primary care practice, together with mastery of the evidence and theories that lie behind modern primary care. You will be provided with the necessary skills to engage successfully in changing and strengthening primary care – wherever you are and at whatever level you decide to operate. 

Compulsory modules will cover areas such as the principles of leading change, and designing practical solutions to key issues, for example the tension between accessibility and continuity of care. Modules cover the principles relating to care of individual patients, as well as the care of groups of patients. Content also includes practical experience in the design of clinics, tackling inequality, and making interventions to improve the health of communities, such as prevention and health maintenance. 

You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules covering change in health services, management in healthcare, education essentials and the principles of supervision, mentoring and coaching. 

Contact Days

View the draft timetable of PGCert Primary Care contact days 2024/25

30 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
HPDM127 Principles of Primary Care 15
HPDM185 Principles of Primary Care in Practice 15

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
HPDM163 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Primary Care 30
HPDM059 Leading Change in Health Services 15
HPDM080 Leadership in Healthcare 15
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15
HPDM103 Teaching Practitioner 15
HPDM105 Education Essentials 15
HPDM142 Principles of Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching 15


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year: 

£4,250 part-time

International fees per year: 

£9,900 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Funding and scholarships

Funding is available through the SW Primary Academy for approved SW Primary Care Clinicians who are registered on this programme from September 2024.

For more details please contact:

Information about other financial support available can be found on the PGT funding database.

Teaching and research

Our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.


This programme is taught using a blended approach to learning of lectures, classroom discussion, bespoke tutorials and practical exercises, supported by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE).

Throughout this programme, we will provide you with a safe ‘practitioner researcher’ led environment of learning for you to share your ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic scenarios.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include:

  • Interactive arena sessions
  • Masterclasses from highly experienced teachers and educational researchers
  • Practical classes; Practice delivering teaching in a variety of styles
  • Tutorial / small groups
  • Lectures using PowerPoint and other technologies
  • Work-based teaching and learning
  • Using webcams to record your teaching
  • Viewing the teaching of others and giving feedback
  • Practical classes; Practice designing you own assessments
  • Maintaining a teaching portfolio. Collect evidence of your teaching as the course progresses and use it to apply for Membership of professional teaching bodies (HEA and AoME)


This programme enables students to interact with learners from every branch of medicine and at every stage. There are practical sessions on each module and the flipped classroom and hybrid learning approach offers something to suit everyone.

Face-to-face teaching is typically delivered over two days per module, with pre-reading, teaching practice, project work and assessments making up the remainder of learning activities.


Short assessments are tailored to each module, with some assessment taking place in class, and others requiring electronic submission of assignments towards the end of a module.


At the University of Exeter, our research is globally recognised and our partnerships with healthcare providers, industry and above all, the public, mean that this work is constantly at the cutting-edge of innovation in improving lives.  

Explore some of the many highlights of our research on ourresearch impact page. 


This programme is based at the St Luke’s campus in Exeter, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre and just over a mile away from the Streatham Campus. The campus is close to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and RILD building, which is home to the NHS funded Exeter Health Library. Students have studied at St Luke’s campus for over 150 years and the campus enjoys a vibrant atmosphere set around the lawns of the quadrangle.

Facilities at St Luke’s campus include:

The facilities at the University of Exeter have been specifically designed for delivering high quality teaching in this area, with bespoke lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

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Graduates of this course will leave with a career enhancing qualification. Backed by the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan to expand the primary healthcare workforce, they will be able to apply their expert, up to date knowledge to shape and strengthen primary care at local and global levels.