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Advanced Clinical Practice
Postgraduate course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Applications for September 2018 are now open and will close on Thursday 31st May at 4pm. Applications received after this date will be considered if places are still available.
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Healthcare professionals are developing new skills to meet the needs of growing numbers of people who live with complex and long-term conditions. Your learning will be based upon the NHS four-pillar framework for advanced clinical practitioners: clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. To achieve this, you will develop advanced health assessment skills and professional expertise in order to work as an autonomous practitioner. With your expert knowledge, complex decision-making skills and clinical reasoning you will be able to apply this knowledge to your clinical setting. Your learning will be client-centred and clinically focused, helping you develop the essential skills required by an advanced clinical practitioner working in acute, primary or secondary care settings, or for any organisation where advanced diagnostic skills are required. You will also undertake a dissertation, where you will explore a topic relevant to your area of practice, refining your expertise and underlining your leadership potential to employers.
We have a long history of providing postgraduate courses in health and social care and this is a well-established course. As well as the many senior nurses who study with us, there is growing interest from allied health professionals too, including paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists, allowing you to mix with those from different professions. The knowledge, expertise and attitude that you will gain will offer you the opportunity to consider advanced practice in significant depth, while also increasing your personal development and academic proficiency. You will learn skills that you will go on to use in your working environment, such as critique, analysis, clinical reasoning, communication, consultation, team working and time management.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Specialist facilities
  • 24/7 Library

Entry Requirements


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
Further information for applicants is available here. 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.
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
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.


Carla Moore


Teaching and learning

Enhance your knowledge and expertise in core body systems that practitioners are required to assess, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, head and neck etc.

Your studies will build upon the Advanced Health Assessment module to focus upon complexity and pathophysiology

Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest to demonstrate developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills.

Identify and critique your future learning goals in the context of your professional role and the wider context of healthcare.

Explore how knowledge is constructed through the research process, different study designs and research methodology, and how to propose a research project to learn more about practice.

Achieve the required professional standards to be able to register as a non-medical prescriber. This module will be recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council/Health and Care Professions Council as applicable.

Fiona Needham
Senior Lecturer

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in clinical skills in the School of Health & Community Studies and course leader of Advanced Clinical Practice. She is a registered nurse with more than 25 years' clinical experience.

Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £833.20 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.66. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation. See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course essentials

  • Diagnostic equipment: For this course, you will need access to good quality diagnostic equipment. In many cases your employer will supply this for you, we can also loan some items during your period of study. However, if you need to purchase the equipment e.g. you’re in private practice, then the approximate costs are approximate £300 plus insurance.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.


  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • 24/7 Library and learning spaces
    24/7 Library and learning spaces

    Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.


City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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