Degree Apprenticeship MSc

Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship)

School of Health and Society




Two and a half year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Master's Degree Apprenticeship is a programme for experienced clinicians who wish to advance their professional practise to independently manage holistic episodes of physical and mental healthcare in a range of settings. Working across traditional health and social care boundaries, Advanced Clinical Practitioners combine expert clinical skills with research, education and leadership to facilitate change in patient and service outcomes.

This course is aligned with the HEE Multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical practice (2017). It uses a work based learning approach to develop the higher level skills that will lead to advanced clinical practitioner status and enhance your career prospects. You will be supported in clinical practice by experienced advanced clinical practitioners, consultants, specialist registrars or General Practitioners. You will be taught by experts in the field including specialist consultants, lecturers, advanced clinical practitioners, pharmacists and radiographers. You will develop advanced clinical skills in our brand new simulation suites with our award-winning human simulators.

You will:
  • Be able to undertake any specialty work based learning in conjunction with the course for external accreditation.
  • For example: for those working in Critical care – FICM, for those working in Emergency medicine - RCEM.
  • This may continue beyond the course depending on the accreditation requirements.

This is for you if...


You are a registered health professional (nurses, midwives and allied health professionals)


You are from a regulated professional health or social care background.


You have been working in the appropriate clinical context for a minimum of two years.


You have between 3-5 years post qualification experience.

Course details

All about the course

Year 1

Clinical Examination

This module introduces the concepts and context of advanced practice and enhances students' current knowledge and skills to enable the development of core and bespoke advanced practice competencies.

Work Based Project

This module will enable you to make explicit the link between theory and work-based practice and to allow you to develop as reflective practitioners. This will be done as a project based on a work-based issue/problem in your workplace.


This module provides the scientific underpinning for the academic and clinical development of experienced and competent practitioners to facilitate the appropriate assessment, diagnosis, prescription and therapeutic management of clients/service users by the application of life sciences.

Contextualising Advanced Practice

This module provides a framework enabling you to consolidate generic competencies of advanced clinical practice; critically reflect upon your development in the context of your professional role; develop leadership skills to identify and manage risk appropriately; use research and audit skills to lead service improvement in your clinical practice.

You will critically examine your personal job description in conjunction with the national multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice which incorporates the fours pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education, Research.

Non-medical Prescribing (Optional)

This module has been integrated into the programme to enable those registered health professionals who will be able to prescribe as part of their Advanced Practice role. The module prepares the practitioner to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively. In order to undertake the module, it is essential there is additional learning time in practice in order to meet the required practice hours.

This is split into two 15 credit modules: Theory and Practice. 

Year 2

Project Management and Methods of Inquiry

This module helps you develop the skills needed in developing practice and policy. This module will develop your skills in different project management methodologies and methods of inquiry, enabling you to construct a business in relation to service improvement.

Reasoning in Clinical Practice

(pathways within this module: Mental health; Primary Care; Critical Care & Urgent and Emergency Care)

Knowledge and skills related to client management and advanced clinical reasoning will be developed alongside justification for differential diagnoses, investigations and treatments.

Practitioner Competence

The skills required to complete a portfolio of high-quality evidence of achievement of the elements of advanced practice will be developed throughout this module.

Advanced clinical practice preparation for end point assessment

The EPA will provide independent synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. The assessment will deliver a valid, reliable and independent judgement that the apprentice has achieved the standard required in order to be awarded the Integrated Degree Apprenticeship for Advanced Clinical Practitioner at Level 7.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

How will the programme be taught?

The emphasis on work-based learning rather than classroom teaching distinguishes this course from more traditional taught courses. The co creation and collaboration between the workplace and academic facilitators is innovative and embraces the ethos of overall course philosophy and design. A learning facilitator will be employed with a particular remit to work with practice-based assessors and mentors in order to assure the quality of clinical and work-based learning/assessments.

This course has a strong clinical focus throughout all modules with specialist pathways being offered in: Mental Health; Primary Care; Critical Care; Emergency and Urgent Care in addition to the Generic Adult pathway.

The programme is taught using face to face teaching in lectures and seminars, action learning sets, the use of online teaching, and practical sessions using plinth rooms and the high fidelity simulation suite.
Apprentices will be taught by an expert multi-professional team, many of whom work in clinical practice as Advanced Clinical Practitioners alongside their academic commitments.
Assessment strategies have been developed to reflect the ethos and learning aims and objectives of individual modules and may include:

Self assessment
Peer assessment
Practice-based assessments: Including case based discussions; integrated systematic health assessment records, DOPs, core and bespoke skills.
Critical reflective commentaries
Portfolio of evidence
Viva Voce
Poster presentations
Service delivery and organisational assessment and redesign
Assessed essays
Client management plans
Written reports
Unseen examinations

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

On completion of this course, you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced clinical practitioner role in your own specialist field such as midwifery, emergency medicine, critical care, mental health, acute medicine or surgery, and primary care.

Whilst many advanced clinical practitioners remain in post, some have chosen to become non-medical consultants, and hold leadership roles within Clinical Practice.  Upon completion of the course some students may also wish to progress onto a PhD or Professional Doctorate.

A taste of what you could become

Advanced Clinical Practitioner in their field of practice. This is a multi-professional role.



You will normally be a graduate in health and/or social care and be working in an area that will support and facilitate the development of advanced practice. There is a requirement for you to have access to relevant and sufficient clinical patient/client case-load for the duration of the course.

As part of the requirements for admission to clinical modules, you must identify and have the agreement of a service manager and clinical expert mentor/assessor to facilitate access to the case load.

The mentor/assessor will provide practical training, supervision and ongoing formative assessment via a log of clinical cases. All students on this course are registered or regulated health and social care professionals who are accessing the clinical training within their own work-place.

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).

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).

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

All apprentices must have English and Maths at level 2 (GCSE grade A* - C or equivalent) 

Professional health and social care practitioners who are supported by their employing organisation in an advanced clinical practitioner training role. Required competencies are broadly determined by the NHS North West agreement (2009) and the HEE Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice (2017).

Application Deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

September 2020 – Friday 31 July 2020


Standard Entry Requirements


English language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above


The total cost of this apprenticeship is £12,000. The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Additional costs


The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022