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Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc

This Level 7 apprenticeship is designed for experienced healthcare professionals to develop their skills, knowledge and specialist capabilities. Upon successful completion, learners will achieve a master’s degree.

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About the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship MSc

This level 7 programme is for experienced healthcare professionals wanting to develop their skills, knowledge and specialist capabilities across the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: clinical practice, leadership, education and research.

It supports workforce development needs of contemporary healthcare providers by utilising innovative models of care to develop personal and professional skills, while also providing the learning, teaching and quality assurance of Master?s level study. Apprentices come from a range of backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, paramedic science and occupational therapy, and within this programme they will develop the skills and knowledge to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the people they care for.-

Teaching is delivered over 3 years, and the modules within this programme are designed to support health and social care practitioners as they make the transformation into advanced clinical practitioners.

The use of a portfolio throughout the programme supports learners in demonstrating their professional development and modules are mapped against national standards for advancing practice, focusing on the four pillars (education, clinical practice, research and leadership). Learners critically explore, evaluate and apply theory from the classroom at work, reflecting upon and identifying their own learning needs in order to enhance their practice in the workplace.

Delivered by an experienced advanced clinical practitioner, the curriculum is designed to take learners on a journey of transformation towards advanced practice. They are supported to expand the boundaries of their current scope of practice, with the aim of providing an enhanced service for their patients.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprentices should have employer support with an identified ACP role development, as identified by NHSE.

What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.


City Campus

Teaching for this apprenticeship will start at Oxstalls Campus, then transfer to the new City Campus in Gloucester in the 2024-25 academic year. This provides time to ensure a smooth transition and familiarisation with the new facilities for all.

Our new City Campus is partly funded by Gloucester’s successful £20million ‘Levelling Up’ bid, the building is being refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and will include state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for all our learners.

We have also secured a landmark £29million in funding from Barclays linked to our commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals: to recruit a higher proportion of UK-domiciled young BAME students; widen access, engagement and participation for students from deprived areas; and to reduce gas and electricity CO2 emissions as part of its commitment to Net Zero by 2030.  

As part of its decarbonisation drive, the University has also secured £3.3million funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of its Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, delivered by Salix. The scheme aims to put the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings in the UK.  

As well as training the region’s future nurses and teachers, it is estimated that over its lifetime, City Campus will add over £300million of direct and indirect value to the county’s economy, as well as more than 4,000 jobs. 

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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