Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Managing Common Ear Conditions

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Develop your knowledge and skills managing patients with conditions involving the ear. Cover anatomy and physiology of the ear, as well as the pathophysiology of common problems affecting the ear.

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This module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who may present with conditions involving the ear to develop their knowledge and skills in this area.  The module will cover anatomy and physiology of the ear and the pathophysiology of common problems affecting the ear. This module will also cover focused consultation skills, the fundamentals involved in managing patients with conditions affecting the ear including management of obstruction with earwax (cerumen) or foreign bodies, otitis externa and otitis media and principles involved in ear irrigation.  

Students will be classroom based for the three full day taught sessions 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 be a portfolio and reflect reflective study. This is taught 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 three 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 a portfolio and reflective essay.

Topics covered on this course include:

  • Consultation skills
  • Obtaining informed consent
  • Examination of the external auditory canal
  • Management of infections of the ear
  • Management of earwax (cerumen) 
  • Ear irrigation, principles and processes 
  • Referral Pathway
  • Management of Common Ear conditions in primary care

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.

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  • 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 ear conditions services.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £350.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.