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Advanced Clinical Practice
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Advanced Clinical Practice

Applications are now open for the next cohort of this course starting on 16 April 2018. Applications will close on 16 March 2018.
Applications for September 2018 are also now open.


Develop your advanced health assessment and professional skills in order to work as an autonomous practitioner. With your expert knowledge, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies, you will be able to work in a variety of clinical settings.

Your learning will be client-centred and clinically focused, helping you develop the essential skills required by an advanced practitioner working in acute, primary or secondary care settings, or for any organisation where advanced diagnostic skills are required.

If you study for the postgraduate diploma, you will undertake the core modules listed. On successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, you may want to progress on to the masters, when you will complete an extended study module lasting an additional year. 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, 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, whilst also increasing your personal development and academic proficiency. You'll 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.

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.

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


Carla Moore
Community Matron and Integrated Care Coordinator Bradford District Care Trust

MSc Advanced Practice

“I've been in nursing for 17 years and decided I wanted to progress into a more senior and patient centred role. Studying at the University gave me the confidence to advance my career in a clinical environment and develop in the job I love.

Modules & learning

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The module recognises the importance of all body systems, but introduces six as 'core' that practitioners are more commonly required to assess. These are cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal and head and neck.

The module recognises the importance of all body systems, but concentrates on supplementary body systems such as male and female genitourinary, dermatology, endocrinology and integumentary systems.

Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

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

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

Fiona Needham
Fiona Needham
Senior Lecturer

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer in clinical skills in the faculty of HSS and course leader of Advanced Clinical Practice. she is a registered nurse with over 25 years clinical experience.

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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 taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £677.6 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 £33.88. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Health and social care staff within Yorkshire and Humber whose organisations provide NHS commissioned services may be eligible for Yorkshire and Humberside LETB funding. NHS funded places are limited and you may need to seek an alternative funding source. To apply for NHS funding use the statement of support form which can be found using this link.
Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.


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