MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
Fees for the course will be a maximum of £12,000* over three years.
How to apply
Apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme. Visit our website for details of current vacancies.
Developed in partnership with local health care providers, the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship is designed to offer a pathway for experienced healthcare practitioners to study and practice as an apprentice to achieve the requirements for Advanced Clinical Practice.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners use their expertise ‘to 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 or discharge or care at home’ (IfA, 2018).
What topics does the apprenticeship cover?
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Assessment and Management of Complex Health Conditions
- Understanding Social Research and Evaluation
- Professional Development in ACP for Apprentices
- Non-Medical Prescribing
- Research in Practice (Dissertation)
How does the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship work?
Apprentices are in full time employment whilst studying for the three-year MSc degree, they practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills within the workplace for the benefit of patients, service users and colleagues.
The course includes a variety of practice experiences and assessments, combined with academic studies designed to complement and underpin the apprentices’ experiential learning. This approach is designed alongside a combination of face-to-face university teaching supported by online learning. Professional development sessions supported by an ePortfolio workbook facilitate practitioners to map their practice to Advanced Clinical Practitioner standards. As this is an apprenticeship, there is a final End Point Assessment.
Where will study take place?
This can be negotiated but it is expected that students will be required to spend the equivalent of one day per week at our City Campus..
Information for Employers
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship prepares experienced healthcare practitioners to demonstrate the Advanced Clinical Practitioner capabilities (through the ACP apprenticeship standard) mandated by the NHS to continue to provide safe and effective healthcare
Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, University and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship.
- Apprentices must be employed and paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role.
- Employers will be responsible for the recruitment of degree apprentices. However, we can promote opportunities via our website.
- Employers pay degree apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying.
- Apprentices require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.
Levy paying employers with an annual payroll exceeding £3 million per annum, make a payment of 0.5% of any staff costs above this threshold into an apprenticeship levy account. These monies are then available for the organisation to spend on accredited apprenticeship programmes.
Non levy-paying employers can draw down government co-investment to cover 90% of the total cost of training, you are only required to pay 10%.
For up to date information on the apprenticeship levy payments visit: gov.uk/guidance/pay-apprenticeship-levy
Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Health. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development modules in order to apply for recognition for prior (experiential) learning. Details of the module can be found at this link.
You should also have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience and be able to demonstrate through your personal statement that you have developed professionally to a level that prepares you for an advanced professional role.
Your personal statement should address the following criteria in no more than 1200 words:
- Identify the main national and local drivers that have influenced the expansion of the advanced practice role and relate this to your clinical area;
- Describe how you will incorporate the advanced practice role into your clinical area and how this will benefit service users
- Evidence how you have used a piece of contemporary research or clinical guideline to develop and improve clinical practice
- Demonstrate how you implemented this change and how you monitored its effect and impact on service uses and colleagues
- Evidence how you have applied recent continual professional development activity to your work place
- Evidence your understanding of the legal and role boundaries of the advanced practice role
For further information please contact P.Mackreth@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
You are required to provide evidence of support from an appropriate work based medical facilitator for support in developing the advanced clinical practice competencies. If applying for an HEE funded place you are also asked to provide evidence of support from your line manager, who will also confirm the release for attendance onto the course.
Applicants will need to satisfy the requirements for access to the Non-Medical Prescribing module as stipulated by the NMC/HCPC.
Your application should be supported by two references, either academic or professional; one of the references should be from a professional who can confirm that you have undertaken the necessary development for Advanced Practice. A template can be accessed at this link and references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.
All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.
Applicants who successfully completed a PG Diploma Advanced Practice or PG Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice course at Leeds Beckett in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 7 credit points for the dissertation module.
Applicants who successfully completed their PG Diploma course more than five years ago or completed a similar PG Diploma course at another university can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.