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AdvDip(CPD) Advanced Clinical Practice in Oncology

Are you a health professional with a desire to become an advanced clinical practitioner in oncology? This short course focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of the clinical management of adults with cancer.

Advanced Clinical Practice in Oncology

Key information



Mode of Study:



15 weeks


The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

This stand-alone professional development course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the clinical management of adults with cancer from pre-diagnosis to end-of-life. It is ideal if you are an aspiring advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) working in primary, secondary or tertiary care, including specialist cancer centres and palliative care environments.

Our expert team will support you to develop your knowledge and understanding of epidemiology, pathophysiology and key elements of cancer biology, with detailed application across the four most common cancers in adults in the UK (breast, prostate, lung and bowel). This will enable you to compare and contrast different presentations and consider the clinical implications, including clinical signs and symptoms, sites of disease and metastatic spread.

We’ll focus on building your understanding of diagnostic investigations, considering the importance of cancer biology and tumour markers in cancer staging and future monitoring of progressive disease. We’ll provide an outline of clinical management in relation to different cancers and stage of disease, including acute and chronic symptom management. You’ll explore clinical management within acute oncology, red flag symptoms, management of cardiotoxicities and oncological emergencies, including sepsis, metastatic cord compression and SVCO.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team will support you as you explore the potential impact of cancer, and associated treatments, on adults of all ages with cancer. We’ll consider the implications of cancer in older people and the complex decision-making that is necessary at different stages of disease. We’ll also support you to develop your knowledge and understanding of different consultation styles and communication skills, with application to advanced clinical practice.

To benefit from studying this course, you should already a health professional with a basic understanding of oncology and some experience of caring for people with cancer.

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in clinical practice 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 designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, problem-solving, initiative and communication skills.
  • 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 Advanced Clinical Practice (Oncology).
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 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 contemporary theories.
  • On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Advanced Clinical Practice in Oncology worth 20 credits at Level HE7.
Professional recognition

  • You must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification; for example, registered nurse, allied health professional, or paramedic.
  • You should be working in a health and social care setting in a role where you’re involved in primary, secondary or tertiary care.
  • 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 903 394.

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.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of advanced clinical practice in oncology.

Course fees

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.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

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

Call Admissions

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.

This advanced professional development course adopts a blended learning approach, using the principles of problem-based learning to develop your enquiry skills and place this in the context of patient care.

You’ll be introduced to topics through keynote lectures that will involve a mixture of theory and case-based discussions around clinical scenarios. Following the lectures, you’ll be expected to explore each topic in greater depth, and in relation to your own area of practice, through self-directed learning. These activities will increase your understanding of the common presentations of cancer and treatment options to develop your clinical assessments, communication and decision-making abilities. You’ll be encouraged to consider current research evidence in oncology and use this to inform your clinical decision-making and information exchange with patients and colleagues.

In terms of assessment, you can expect problem-based learning case presentations, written assignments and multiple-choice question (MCQ) exams.


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.

Programme Contacts

Carole Farrell
Module Leader and Programme Leader for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Oncology)

+44 (0)1204 903978

Richard Beebee
Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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