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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship)

Start date
3 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
The Apprenticeship is paid for by an employer, there are no costs incurred by the learner.

Our Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) level 7 programme represents a new and exciting opportunity to gain an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, supported by employers and funded by the Degree Apprenticeship Levy.

The Centre for Advancing Practice Accredited CourseThis programme is accredited by the Centre for 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. 

The programme facilitates the development of highly skilled registered allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to enable delivery of clinical practice to an advanced level within a variety of clinical specialities and practice areas.

Our aim at the University of Birmingham is to support registered allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to undertake advanced clinical roles across the healthcare sector.

Aligned to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Standard and the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, the programme has been developed to extend learner’s competence to advanced clinical practice level with the support of theoretical and experiential learning; with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart.

With specialty specific competencies integrated with the generic core capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practice, this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.

As a Russell Group University, our programmes bring together world-class research and cutting-edge facilities to produce exceptional results.

The University also offers a specialist Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) (Degree Apprenticeship) that integrates generic modules, including Advanced Physical Health Assessment and Advanced Clinical Decision Making, with specialty specific components including Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice. 

Guidance for Employers and Employees

The programme is fully levy-funding compliant. Talk to our Degree Apprenticeships team to understand what this might mean for you.

Why study this course?

  • With a clear focus on the four pillars of advanced clinical practice (Clinical Practice, Education, Leadership and Research) this innovative course, designed in collaboration with healthcare professionals, aims to meet the challenges encountered by current healthcare services and providers by preparing dynamic and reflexive practitioners to ensure effective delivery of care for patients with increasingly complex needs.
  • Drawing on theory, research, and clinical experiences the programme will enable learners to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice
  • The programme is aligned to the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, with core modules exploring the four pillars of advanced clinical practice, and additional flexibility to undertake specialist learning in specific areas.
  • Opportunity to work collaboratively and network in a multiprofessional learner environment with experienced practitioners from a wide range of clinical specialities and practice areas.
  • Flexible mode of delivery to suit both learner and employer needs through a blend of online and on-campus delivery.
  • Invaluable to a learner’s career progression, this programme enables individuals to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.
  • On-campus learning in year one is delivered across two-day blocks, every two weeks to a fixed schedule enabling work commitments to be balanced. Learning in year two permits a greater level of flexibility according to individual module selection, with modules including Independent Prescribing (subject to professional regulations) and a range of specialist clinical modules delivered within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and across the wider College of Medical and Dental Sciences.


Learners will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours through the selection of modules designed to enhance one’s ability to take on key clinical roles within organisations. The clinically focused course integrates generic modules, including Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making, and Independent Prescribing (subject to professional regulation), with specialty specific components to meet individual work-based requirements.

The development of understanding in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and advanced health assessment skills, along with associated work-based learning experiences, facilitates effective clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision making within practice. 

All level 7 apprentices will take three core modules plus a specialist negotiated clinical module from the School of Nursing and Midwifery or the wider College of Medicine and Dental Sciences level 7 stand-alone module portfolio. There is also a mandatory End Point Assessment to complete the final 20 credits of the award.

Core modules: 

  • Advanced Physical Health Assessment* (20 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Decision Making* (20 credits) - NB: Students will need to undertake supervised clinical practice
  • The Reflective Advanced Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Research Project/Dissertation (40 credits)

Route 1: Prescribing route:

Incorporates the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (for students eligible to undertake independent prescribing qualification). Students must complete and pass both to record their prescribing qualifications with their regulatory body. 

Please note: Students will need to undertake 90 hours of supervised clinical practice relating to prescribing practice over the duration of these modules.

Route 2: Research or Clinical Route 

Level 7 apprentices will choose a further two option modules from within the School of Nursing and Midwifery or the wider College of Medicine and Dental Sciences in line with their clinical specialist area of practice or role development requirements. 

Optional modules can include:

*These modules are available on a stand-alone basis. For more details click on the module title. 

All students taking the MSc must complete the Dissertation module and carry out an independent research project.

All apprenticeship students will be required to undertake an end point assessment undertaken as part of the final 20 credit module in year 3. 

Learners are required to complete supervised practice within their clinical area with the support of practice supervisors and assessors and maintain a clinical portfolio reflecting the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. 

The University will maintain a close partnership with practice areas for the duration of study to facilitate an inclusive and supportive learning environment. During clinically focused hours, students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated practice supervisor or assessor to facilitate the completion of competency-based assessments and the development of a comprehensive evidence portfolio to demonstrate developing competence across the four pillars of practice. Learners are encouraged to engage with specialty specific competencies from their respective Royal Colleges or Specialty Societies to supplement their portfolio development during the duration of the course. 

Read more about the Apprenticeship Standard for Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Degree).


The Apprenticeship is paid for by an employer, there are no costs incurred by the learner.

Discover all the latest information on the apprenticeship levy. Find out more about University of Birmingham Degree Apprenticeship provision here.

Guidance for Employers and Employees

The programme is fully levy-funding compliant. Talk to our Degree Apprenticeships team to understand what this might mean for you.

How To Apply

You will need to apply for the Apprenticeship programme through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this Degree Apprenticeship programme please contact our Apprenticeships Team:


Our Standard Requirements

Typical entry requirements

All apprentices should:

  • be employed by a health or social care organisation.
  • hold current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions i.e. NMC or HCPC or GPhC.
  • have at least 36 months clinical experience post qualification.
  • normally hold an honours degree in their clinical field of practice.
  • demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at Masters level. 

All routes require current registration with relevant professional/regulatory organisations and a full support from their employing organisation to facilitate the requirements of the clinical supervision. 

The ESFA rules state that all apprentices must achieve English and Mathematics at level 2 (GCSE grade A* - C or equivalent) prior to taking their End Point Assessment. 

Please note: the ability to offer the independent prescribing route is subject to final approval by professional bodies. For this route, you will need to provide evidence of current professional registration and current DBS clearance.  

International students:

This course is not available for international students. The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare programme is offered within the School of Nursing and Midwifery designed with international students in mind.

Please note: this programme does not offer a route to NMC registration/employment in the UK.

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