First Contact Practitioner Role Development

Short Course - 30 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS points 15
Health practitioner with patient

This short course will enable you to develop a critical and applied understanding of the attributes and role of the FCP in advanced clinical practice. This course is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the key competencies relating to the FCP role including leadership, management, current policy and the evidence base supporting the delivery of advanced clinical practice.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

November 2022

Course Length

12 weeks

This short course aims to provide you with an understanding and awareness of the role of First Contact Practitioner within your own professional practice.

We will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to critique the definitions and components of FCP in health and social care. You will learn to appraise the challenges and opportunities of FCP within your own professional practice.

This course will be delivered online, utilising a mix of workshops and tutorials.

It will be delivered over 6 weeks with six further weeks to prepare the assessment required for completion.

The content of the module will include:
  • Leadership and management
  • Research and advanced evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Person-centred care
  • Advance consultation skills
  • Digital health
  • Policy and quality assurance
  • Inter-disciplinary teamwork
  • Risk assessment
  • Public Health
  • Service redesign and evaluation


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

This course will be delivered online using the University’s virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. There will be a short online induction and introduction session followed by a structured timetable of topic content. Theoretical work will be student-led with a problem-based learning approach to guide learning.

Each topic will include online tutorials and workshops and activities such as case studies, presentations, group breakout activities and discussion forums, which you can study at your own time and at your own pace. You are expected to interact in the online environment with your class mates and tutors.

Activity Summary

  • Tutorials - 10 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 276 hours per semester

Independent Study

This course is completed through online independent study. It is expected that you will spend a minimum of 250 hours study over the 12 weeks of the module, including the preparation and submission of your written assessment. Your academic tutor will be there to support you through the module.

Staff Delivering on This Course

This module has been developed by a team of academic and professional staff with extensive expertise in the role of First Contact Practitioners, both within academic and healthcare practice settings.


Typically, students are assessed via written assignment involving critical discussion relating to an area of advanced practice or clinical case.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support
Enhanced opportunity to apply for FCP roles. 
2:2 degree or equivalent.

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All students: £1,430

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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