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Advanced Clinical Practice Level 7 Apprenticeship MSc

Start date

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Three years
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This MSc qualification is available as an apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship course.

The programme is designed for practitioners to develop in-depth knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner within your speciality, setting or sector.

With a growing demand on our healthcare services there is a need for highly skilled professionals to lead and transform healthcare that puts patients first.  Our programmes provide an educational structure to meet the requirements of the Multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England. It also provides practitioners the opportunity to evidence and develop where necessary the core capabilities and specialty specific competencies across the four pillars (Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education, and Research) of advanced clinical practice.

You will learn to lead from the front, educate, develop the research skills synonymous with working as an advanced clinical practitioner and tackle the complex problems encountered in modern healthcare. You will be taught by a team who are passionate about advanced clinical practice, and they will support you throughout the course to aid your professional development into a competent practitioner. You will collaborate with students from a variety of backgrounds and specialist fields, giving you the chance to share experiences and best practice across multi-professional teams.

You will study in our brand-new purpose-built Health and Allied Professions Centre on our Clifton Campus, featuring mock hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, creative teaching spaces, and specialist equipment.

What you’ll study

The course is aligned to the multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, and the Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Standard. You will be required to undertake five modules (totalling 180 credits) including the end point assessment. The end point assessment is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the programme.

If you work in a profession where you are not eligible to prescribe or in a role where you are not required to prescribe, you will undertake the Medicines Optimisation module to complete 40 credits that meet the advanced clinical practice programme learning outcomes.

The modules on the MSc and Apprenticeship route are the same.

Application of Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making

This module introduces the principles of history taking, risk management and clinical reasoning skills.

Advanced Health Assessments

This module will introduce holistic assessment of the person and the social determinants of health. It will enhance critical understanding and complex decision-making skills across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.

Leading and Influencing

The aim of the module is to enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of leadership processes that promote innovation and collaboration across complex organisations.

And one of the two following modules:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Non-Medical Prescribers
  • Medicines Optimisation (for professional groups who cannot prescribe)

Transition to Advanced Clinical Practice

This module reflects on the four pillars of advanced practice and your role as an advanced practitioner.

End Point Assessment

End point assessment of the course as directed by the apprenticeship standards.

Completing your Apprenticeship

To achieve the apprenticeship, all apprentices must complete an End-Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is an independent assessment that ascertains whether an apprentice is competent in their occupation.


Gateway is the period of time between the end of the off-the-job training (practical period) and the beginning of the assessment period when EPA will take place.

At Gateway, the apprentice, employer and training provider will review the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours to determine whether they are ready to take their EPA. This is normally done at a Gateway review meeting which takes place near the end of the apprenticeship. At this meeting, all three parties will check that the mandatory aspects of the apprenticeship have been completed and that the apprentice is ready to take their final assessment(s).

Apprentices must meet the Gateway requirement set out in the assessment plan before taking their EPA.

End-Point Assessment

This apprenticeship is integrated. This means that the end-point assessment is administered by Nottingham Trent University and is usually linked to the academic award that apprentices study whilst in their off-the-job training period. The assessments are conducted by Independent End-Point Assessors who have been selected to assess apprentices against industry-specific competences.

Details of the assessment elements can be found in the assessment plan.

There are two elements to this end-point assessment:

  1. Open book examination
  2. Presentation of practice

How you’re taught

The course is delivered using a variety of teaching and learning methods which include, lectures, hands-on practice, problem-based learning, collaborative learning, and reflection on professional practice.  The course is delivered on campus and is co-delivered by a variety of experienced academics and professions with specialist knowledge.  This offers a synergistic approach to course delivery to ensure that the course remains current and responsive to changes in current practice.  There will be input from patients/service users/carers to enrich the learning experience.

There will be one study day a week over the duration of the course, some being face-to-face followed by periods of independent study to allow for consolidation of learning and preparation for the summative module assessments. A lot of the learning will be undertaken in the student’s speciality area.

Tutorials and personal contact time are an important part of our courses, and we ensure you are supported in both one-to-one and group-learning environments. You will have your own personal tutor, and range of informed module leaders. Throughout the programme, we will give you all the support you need: from advice and feedback, to helping you deal with any unforeseen personal circumstances or difficulties.

Campus and facilities

You will be taught at our self-contained Clifton Campus which provides an ideal learning environment to complement your studies.

Our purpose-built Health and Allied Professions Centre on our Clifton Campus is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions. It contains a variety of facilities to support simulated learning as well as an immersive virtual reality room.

As a student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Health and Allied Professions Centre and other facilities at Clifton Campus, including:

  • Lecturer theatres and teaching classrooms
  • Open access PC's and secure wireless points
  • Study areas and social spaces
  • Pavilion Cafe
  • The Point Student Union.

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree 2.2 or above and/ or a recognised healthcare/health-related professional qualification
  • GCSEs – Maths and English Grade C / 4 or Level 2 (or above) or have been assessed at English and Maths Level 1 or 2 and be prepared to achieve Level 2 Maths and English functional skills by the end of Year 1

It is a condition of the admission process that you are working in a practice setting that supports your learning and there is an opportunity to develop into the role of as an advanced clinical practitioner. You must identify a workplace clinical supervisor and the support of your employer. The clinical supervisor will provide clinical guidance and support, helping to identify learning opportunities in the clinical environment and assist with the development of your competency portfolio.

You must hold current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions

It is recommended you have at least five years’ experience of post-registration clinical practice. Relevant clinical experience or previous postgraduate qualifications will also be considered.

You must also have employer and Clinical Supervisor support within a practice setting which enables the achievement of the advanced clinical practice outcomes relating to the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England, and Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Standards.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

Unfortunately English apprenticeships are not available for EU or international students.

Fees and funding

MSc fees

Study routeHome (UK students)

Apprenticeship fees

To undertake an apprenticeship you must be employed - as such, your employer will pay your tuition fees.

If you or your employer have any questions regarding the fees and funding available for this apprenticeship, please see our Apprenticeships pages, contact our Apprenticeships team at, or call +44 (0)115 848 2589.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Unfortunately English apprenticeships are not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

MSc (non-apprenticeship) route

If you wish to undertake the non-apprenticeship route, please download and complete this application form and send it to

Apprenticeship route

If you’re currently employed and have an agreement with your employer to study an apprenticeship at NTU – apply today! Apply through our Applicant Portal and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

If you are not currently employed but would like to undertake an apprenticeship at NTU, you can browse current opportunities available with employers on our Apprenticeship Vacancies page as well as sign up for notifications of new vacancies once released.

For more information on apprenticeships at NTU, contact our Apprenticeships team at or call +44 (0)115 848 2589.

Unfortunately English apprenticeships are not available for EU or international students.