AdvDip(CPD) Developing a Specialist Interest in Clinical Care

This advanced professional development course in Developing a Specialist Interest in Clinical Care gives you the opportunity to build a sought-after specialist knowledge and understanding in your chosen clinical specialism, through a varied and supportive programme of research and portfolio building.

Developing a Specialist Interest in Clinical Care

Key information



Mode of Study:



15 weeks


The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The way we see it, the best clinicians build specialist knowledge on a broad base of knowledge and understanding. So this module is designed to help you achieve exactly that.

One person alone can’t hold the sheer volume of expert knowledge relating to the range of clinical disciplines in healthcare – or keep a handle on its continuous evolution. In acknowledgment of this simple fact, and in recognition that most people will naturally focus on a specific topic or specialism, we’ve designed this module to support you in developing in-depth knowledge and skills for a specific area of practice.

This means you can pin down and specify your preferred specialism, and then undertake agreed research into the knowledge and skills that you’ll need to advance your expertise. Ultimately, to achieve this qualification, you’ll present a portfolio that shows how you’ve achieved your stated objectives.

  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours that are reflective in current health and social care practice. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect, and commitment to quality.
  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in health and social care settings, they’re also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework, and you can use the credits you’ll gain by completing the course successfully towards the MSc Clinical Practice.
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector’s needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • Our teaching team are inter-professional which reflects the roles within the health and social care arena and enriches student experience.
  • Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression aspect of Agenda for Change.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply relevant health and social care theories and policies.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.
Professional recognition

  • You must have an appropriate healthcare related qualification; for example, registered nurse, allied health professional, pharmacist or paramedic.
  • You’ll be working as a senior/advanced level practitioner within your workplace and have the ability and influence to develop improvements in your practice area.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

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.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2020/21.

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.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

International applications are not possible for this course

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.

  • Developing a Specialist Interest in Clinical Care
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 86%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 14%

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Michelle Powell
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903779

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

Related courses

MSc Clinical Practice

Mode of study
4 Years

The University of Bolton

Postgraduate Options

MSc Clinical Practice

Mode of study
4 Years

The University of Bolton


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