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Developing Clinical Skills - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Nursing

Start Dates(s): September; February


One Semester, intake September and February


Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Build on your current skills and knowledge in order to create and implement new approaches to care delivery that meet the needs of your client group
  •  Competently perform specific skills at an advanced level, whilst demonstrating critical thinking skills and the use of the evidence base
  • Delivered by staff who are experts in their area
  • Part-time study option
  • NHS funding available

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of the MSc Nursing

This module will explore:

  • Advancing practitioner roles
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating patient care
  • Legal and ethical principles
  • Strategies for knowledge and skill acquisition
  • Local health issues

Entry Requirements

  • Registered nurse
  • A graduate or graduate equivalent
  • We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
  • Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency equating to IELTS 7 band score or above

You will also need:
  • Line managers support for work-based supervision and assessment of clinical skills agreed through a tripartite learning agreement
  • A practice-based supervisor and assessor to facilitate the development of clinical skills

Supporting Information and Personal statement if you are applying through NHS North West CPD-Apply

Supporting information:

You should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 6/7.

Personal statement:

Please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Suitable For

Qualified nurses who wish to develop their practice further and enhance their career opportunities.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.

North West SHA-SLA funded applications

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system:

Self funded applications

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.


Delivered using a mix of problem-based learning, small group work, peer teaching, role play and seminars.


  • Academic portfolio 50%
  • Clinical skills portfolio/Log of skill activity 50%


Career Prospects

Qualified nurses who wish to develop their practice further and enhance their career opportunities. This module will build on your current skills and knowledge in order to create and implement new approaches to care delivering that meets the needs of your client group.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

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