Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Diabetes

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Develop your knowledge and skills in managing patients who have diabetes mellitus. Cover focused consultation skills, diagnosis of diabetes, and the fundamentals involved in managing patients. Study a course accredited at the same level as an undergraduate degree course.

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This module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who have diabetes mellitus to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. This module will cover focused consultation skills, diagnosis of diabetes mellitus incorporating World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, the fundamentals involved in managing patients with diabetes mellitus, pharmacological management of patients with diabetes and complications of diabetes including retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy.

Students will be classroom based for the four full day taught sessions which will be over a four month period and will be expected to work with a clinical mentor in practice to further develop the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. The assessment for this module will reflect achievement at level 6.

Why us?

  • This course will take place in the Sciences Complex which contains the Living Lab, an integrated facility, supported with IT connectivity that enables a range of patient journeys and scenarios to be modelled

Course structure

This course is delivered by University of Sunderland Clinical Sciences lecturers and is taught over four full days over a four-month period at the University of Sunderland. Each day uses a variety of teaching and learning methods including interactive workshops and will focus on a specific topic that you can then consolidate in clinical practice. Assessment will be by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) utilising simulated patients in a variety of Diabetes based consultations. Additionally, there will be a critical review of one cardiovascular condition.

Modules on this course include:

  • Consultation skills
  • Diagnosis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Anatomy, physiology & pathophysiology relevant to diabetes
  • Ongoing management of patients with diabetes
  • Complications of diabetes
  • Health promotion

Sciences Complex,
City Campus,


  • Our Clinical Skills Suite is equipped with a range of clinical equipment for training health professionals. The cutting-edge equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities and helpful IT support staff.

    Clinical Skills Suite
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million-pound investments.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to be health care professionals. You should be working in a clinical setting where your work involves delivering diabetic services.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £350.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.