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Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, your apprentices can develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to manage defined episodes of clinical care independently.
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Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) is designed to support the development of professionals that will perfectly match the current and future needs of your organisation. You can offer structured on-the-job training and an internationally recognised qualification in advanced clinical practice, helping you to attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Integrating study into the normal working week will allow your apprentices to put their new skills and understanding into practice immediately, benefitting your organisation without delay.
Advanced clinical practitioners are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice. They manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents through to the end of the episode, which may include admission, referral, discharge or care at home. With expert support from our knowledgeable and supportive staff, your apprentices will learn to combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice. We’ll guide them as they learn to work innovatively on a one-to-one basis with individuals, as well as part of a wider team. Working together with your organisation, we’ll support them as they gain experience working as part of the wider health and social care team and across traditional professional boundaries in health and social care. Your apprentices will spend 80% of their time at work and 20% at the University, usually on a day-release basis.
Our dedicated team will support your apprentices as they develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values required as an advanced clinical practitioner. They will be encouraged to gain the confidence needed to work with a high-level of autonomy, and make decisions about how people should be cared for in complex and unpredictable situation. They will gain experience in using person-centred approaches to taking an individual’s detailed history and examining body systems to aid diagnosis. They will also explore clinical tests and assessments, learn to initiate and evaluate a range of interventions, including prescribing medicines, therapies and care, and gain expertise in care planning. Throughout the course, we’ll guide them as they build a portfolio of evidence representing the projects and tasks they have completed while working as part of your team.
If you’re looking for postgraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer who is offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.
Currently, ‘advanced practitioner’ is not a restricted title although this issue is being explored by the professional bodies; for example, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) programme is designed to meet the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Degree) Level 7 Apprenticeship Standard (ST0564). Developed by employers, this apprenticeship standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that supports apprentices to achieve the requisite postgraduate knowledge and skills.
This Level 7 apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of advanced clinical practitioners. On successful completion of the end point assessment, apprentices will be well prepared to take on demanding roles in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors). Career opportunities may include positions in areas such as primary and intermediate care settings, acute medicine and A&E, geriatric medicine, oncology and mental health.
Graduates who have completed this programme may progress into a wide range of fields, including directors of social enterprise organisations, consultant children’s nurses and advanced practitioners in audiology, mental health, palliative care, podiatry, falls management, cardiovascular, sexual health and substance misuse services. The programme also provides a platform to move into the field of research and complete a PhD.
Apprentices will need to be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your organisation will also need to commit to sponsoring apprentices to complete this qualification.
For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.
Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. If your organisation has a wage bill of more than £3 million per annum, then it may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship through its Apprenticeship Levy contributions. If your organisation does not pay the levy, it may be eligible for government support to fund apprenticeships. This support, called co-investment, covers 95% of the apprenticeship’s tuition fees with your organisation funding the remaining 5% of the fees.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Programme Contacts section of this page.
For support and advice regarding apprenticeships, please visit our Apprenticeship web page.
Advanced clinical practice is a multi-faceted discipline, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them to develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours that are essential for success in this field. Learning focuses on your workplace environment – your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.
As well as attending timetabled lectures, tutorials, discussions, demonstrations and computer-aided learning sessions, apprentices will also be expected to allocate significant time to independent and self-directed studies. For example, building a portfolio of evidence, background reading, revisiting practical work, preparing for seminars, working on assignments and revising for exams will support their timetabled learning and develop good habits for lifelong learning. Our friendly and supportive tutors will be here to guide them, and will gladly help them devise an independent study regime focused on their individual development needs. Learning will also be supported by the university's virtual learning environment, Moodle.
Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a university tutor. The workplace mentor, university tutor and apprentice will work together to create an individual learning plan.
For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s performance through a strategic blend of assignments, practical work assignments, projects, oral presentations (including viva voce) and formal end examinations. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors.
In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake the end point assessment (EPA), at the end of the apprenticeship period. Apprentices are also required to develop learning logs/professional development plans and build up a skills portfolio in preparation for the EPA.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 47%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 40%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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