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First Contact Practice

Improve the health of patients by being their first point of contact in a primary care setting.

Course overview

The PGCert First Contact Practice is the taught route to becoming a recognised First Contact Practitioner (FCP). The taught route is underpinned by six main areas:

  • Advancing knowledge and skills of First Contact Practice
  • Utilising evidence-based practice
  • Enhancing autonomous professional practice
  • Enabling collaborative working
  • Developing person-centred practice
  • Facilitating continuous professional development

This course is aimed at providing Allied Health Professionals the opportunity to develop as competent, evidence based first contact practitioners. You will study FCP Level 7 modules that have been mapped against the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes required to meet the First Contact Practitioners Roadmap (HEE, 2021) at an organisation that has achieved recognition by the Centre for Advancing Practice as meeting the FCP roadmap stage 1 and 2 requirements.

Please refer to the entry requirements and course details below for full details on application criteria and modules.

Why Study First Contact Practice at AECC?

  • Our FCP course is recognised by the Centre for Advancing Practice as meeting the FCP roadmap stage 1 and 2 requirements
  • We are one of only a handful of providers of training for First Contact Practitioners in England with funding from NHS England, meaning your tuition fees are covered for the course.
  • You will be supported by the Primary Care training hubs with appropriate placement opportunities to transition into a role in Primary Care at the end of the first unit of study, before commencing Unit 2.
  • We deliver both FCP education and clinical services which means we are in a unique position to be able to offer FCP placements for MSK practitioners in our fantastic onsite clinical services here at AECC UC.

Key Information

Course title:
PGCert First Contact Practice
12 months
Study mode:
Intakes take place 3 times a year; September, January and June.
AECC University College

Course details

This is a 60 credit award at Level 7 (Masters Level). There are two units within our First Contact Practice course with make up the PGCert, these are:

  • Clinical Assessment and Reasoning for First Contact Practice (40 credits)
  • First Contact Practice Stage 2 (20 credits)

Both units have been mapped against the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes required to meet the roadmaps for each profession (HEE, 2021). The units have been developed in wide consultation with a number of experts and stakeholders. The delivery of the units will be supported by a wide-ranging clinical faculty of experts. The majority of the taught content will be delivered on an interprofessional basis with some elements of delivery which are specific to a roadmap delivered to that profession.

Unit breakdown

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the criteria for their relevant roadmap:

MSK Roadmap - HCPC-registered physiotherapists or GOsC-registered Osteopaths, who have achieved a minimum of 5 years post-qualifying experience (3+ years minimum musculoskeletal experience)

Paramedic Roadmap - HCPC-registered paramedic with 3-5 years post-registration/ post-graduate experience

Dietitian Roadmap HCPC-registered dietitian with typically 5 years post-registration/ post-graduate experience

Occupational Therapy Roadmap HCPC-registered occupational therapist with typically 5 years post-registration/ post-graduate experience

Podiatry Roadmap HCPC-registered podiatrist with typically 5 years post-registration/ post-graduate experience


In addition, all applicants must be able to meet the following criteria

  • Support of their line manager to undertake the course
  • A suitable clinical mentor must be identified prior to unit 2 (First Contact Practice Stage 2 Placement)

Please note: Some of the roadmaps require students to be required to complete E-LfH modules as stated in the roadmap before enrolling on the units.

How to apply?

Applications are now open. Please download and fill the correct LNA (Learning Needs Analysis) form and email it back to us.

An LNA is an iterative process which you start by providing details about yourself, your education, experience, and relevant education including a self-assessment mapping exercise against a series of questions – based on the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes specific to the FCP roadmap for your profession.

Once this form is completed, please email it to The FCP team will analyse the response and advise you on a pathway to achieving the FCP roadmap.

LNA Form: Dietetic Roadmap

LNA form: MSK Roadmap

LNA form: OT Roadmap

LNA form: Paramedic Roadmap

LNA form: Podiatry Roadmap

To register your interest or ask any questions about the course, please complete the 'Register your interest' form.


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