MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship

Course details

Course level

Level 7


3 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Study patterns to fit around the workplace.

Course description

On this apprenticeship, you'll gain invaluable skills in contemporary health care practice and cultivate your critical thought, analysis and appraisal skills for advanced level decision-making and problem-solving.

You can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and your professional career aspirations by choosing from a wide selection of modules and by undertaking work-based projects. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

You will learn about the current and future issues for advanced health care practice because the course has been developed in partnership with NHS colleagues, partners and professional bodies from across the health care sector. It is based on the definition of advanced practice provided by Health Education England (2017) and follows the Apprenticeship Standard for the Advanced Clinical Practitioner role.

The apprenticeships includes modules which have been linked to the Department of Health (2010) competency statement and proficiencies, so you can be sure you will build up the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will benefit your service delivery and enhance the care you give to patients. 

If you don't want to take an apprenticeship, you can take the part-time MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice instead, which follows the same programme of study. 


This programme is accredited by the Centre of Advancing Practice.

Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice has been established to standardise post-registration education by accrediting advanced practice courses that achieve the standards outlined in the multi-professional Advanced Practice Framework.

Practitioners who have completed accredited education programmes will be eligible to be listed on the Centre’s Advanced Practice Directory.

Programme accreditation from the Centre for Advancing Practice will bring a new level of consistency to the workforce and help showcase advanced practice within health and social care.

Structure, certificates and assessment

80% of your learning will be through 'on-the-job' training at your place of work. 20% of your learning will come through training sessions or independent learning led by the University of Derby.

You will take the following modules:

Year One (PG Certificate)

Year Two (PG Diploma)

Year Three (Masters)

If you choose not to complete the full masters, you can still gain these awards:

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Entry requirements

Employment requirements

You will need to be working in a suitable role for at least 30 hours per week and have support from your employer. Your employer will need to provide clinical governance, help supervise and develop your clinical skills and be prepared to work closely with the University. 

You also need to be registered with a professional body such as the Health and Care Professions Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Academic requirements

You will need to have:

Fees and funding

Information for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £12,000, but we will consider individual agreements, depending on student numbers and your involvement.

If you pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, this funding will be used. If you are an SME, generous government subsidies are available.

Information for apprentices

The fees will be paid by your employer.

Who will teach you

How to apply

You will need to apply for this apprenticeship through your employer. Your employer can get more information by calling 0800 001 5500 or emailing

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Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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