PGCert Sleep Medicine

Entry year
Course code
School of Applied Sciences
12 months; part time
Programme leader
Dr Lizzie Hill

Page last updated 29 April 2024


If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

This 12-month Postgraduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine provides healthcare professionals with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to practice sleep medicine. The course will upskill existing NHS professionals to address the sleep medicine skills gap in the current NHS workforce.

Practice-led by design, you'll study at UWE Bristol alongside your existing NHS England healthcare role, with authentic practice embedded in all teaching and learning activities.

Our PGCert Sleep Medicine is led by academic, scientific and clinical experts in the field, ensuring the content is evidence-based and relevant to current practice.



You must take 60 credits from the following modules:

The course content was created by clinical specialists with the National School of Healthcare Science and NHS England, alongside professional bodies. These include the British Sleep Society and Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. This provides a broad core of academic and applied learning associated with sleep medicine.

The content is designed to support students from the broad range of academic and healthcare disciplines across the NHS England area. You'll study one module offering a solid foundation in the clinical investigation and assessment of sleep disorders. This is delivered alongside a second module providing in-depth knowledge and understanding of the full range of sleep disorders.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach is to use blended learning in the delivery to our students, who'll be employed in NHS roles across England. Learning material will be delivered through a balance of synchronous and asynchronous online learning and on-campus block weeks. The course is coordinated through a virtual learning environment, a central repository for provision of course materials, live teaching, discussion and networking.

Teaching and learning is focused on knowledge application, with scientific content delivered in a clinical context. This ensures that learning at UWE Bristol is authentic, and directly applicable to the work-based training that'll be undertaken simultaneously. Throughout the course, assessments are designed to continually aid progression, enabling feedback and reflection to feed forward into subsequent assessments. Cohesion of the course has been ensured by a programmatic design of both teaching and assessments.


Assessments take an applied and practice-led approach, with a range of assessment types to accommodate different backgrounds and learning styles. The two modules, Introduction to Sleep Medicine, and Sleep Disorders, run in-parallel to allow for the integration of knowledge and skills, each with two summative assessments. There'll be opportunities to receive relevant formative feedback before each of the summative assessments.

You'll complete a range of applied, problem-based assessments including case studies, practical skills assessments, written assessments with incorporated clinical scenarios and a presentation and defence. Some assessments offer flexibility, where you can tailor your assignment to your specific interests and career goals.

You're also required to complete a work-based competence portfolio for the Sleep Disorders module. You'll be supported by a work-based training assessor throughout, alongside the teaching team. Final sign-off of the portfolio along with successful completion of both modules is required to complete the course.

You are also required to complete a work-based portfolio of competence, as part of the assessment for the Sleep Disorders module, which is assessed as pass/fail. Support for this will be provided by a work-based training assessor alongside the programme team. Final sign-off of the portfolio along with successful completion of both modules is required in order to complete the programme.


Study facilities

The School of Applied Sciences at UWE Bristol has significant prior expertise of delivering blended learning, through applied practice-oriented degrees, CPD and apprenticeship provision. The content of the PGCert will be delivered by academics and clinical specialists with many years of professional experience in the field of sleep medicine.

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Supplementary fee information

This course is funded by NHS England. You can submit your expression of interest for funding below*:

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*Please note the portal closes on Monday 6 June 2024 15:00.

You’ll  be required to apply for each module, whether you’re  studying for the full course or individual modules as CPD. 

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Entry requirements

Candidates will already be employed within a healthcare setting and must meet the entry requirements: a minimum first-class or 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a science/healthcare subject relevant to the specialism, or equivalent.

Exceptionally and in agreement with the Programme Leader, a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject may be accepted if accompanied by suitable experience, evidenced by a written statement from the candidate's employer.

How to apply

Recruitment of students and provision of funding is managed by the National School of Health Care Science with NHS England, with details being provided to UWE Bristol subsequently in order to compete the admissions process.

Once funding has been approved, you must apply for both modules using the links below:

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