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Applications for this course close on 31st March 2017. Applicants may not be notified of the outcome until applications have closed.

PG Dip
Advanced Practice

Postgraduate course

Further your nursing career by learning how to lead in specific clinical areas and enhance your management skills

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    18 Months
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus
Applications for this course close on 31st March 2017. Applicants may not be notified of the outcome until applications have closed.

Your Course

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You’ll get to observe, learn and try out new skills, in our £1 million state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite.
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.


  • Samantha Auckland


Samantha Auckland
Community Matron, NHS

PG Dip Advanced Practice and MSc Advanced Practice

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“I’d been working for a number of years and was ready to develop myself further. My postgraduate qualification has given me the opportunity to progress to a more senior role.


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.

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.

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

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

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.
  • Leeds Beckett University
    Paul Mackreth Paul Mackreth
    Senior Lecturer

    Completing this course gives you the skills to work as an Advanced Practitioner, allowing you to reach your career aspiration. You can expect high-quality teaching in state of the art clinical teaching facilities, delivered by a team who have worked in Advanced Roles.

  • Postgraduate Study - Invest in yourself

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 2016/17 on this course is £1080 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 £54. 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.
  • 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.

  • Library



    Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities


    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

An amazing place to spend your days

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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