Advanced Clinical practice

Expressions of interest are welcomed – please contact one of the team will respond to your query. 

How to apply

The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the Apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs. On completion of the INA the University will assess the information provided and determine the next steps.

To request the Initial Needs Assessment please contact

Recruitment for September 2023 is now open!
Deadline for submission of INA is Friday 30th June 2023.

Fees and funding 

Apprentices do not pay any course fees. Costs are covered by the government and/or the organisation. As education funding experts, we can support you in accessing funding via the apprenticeship levy or can provide alternative funding options to minimise or eradicate any up-front costs. 

The total course cost for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice is £12,000. 

Funding models

There are currently two funding models available: 

  • Co-funded: Non levy organisations and Levy who have exceeded their Levy contribution.
  • Fully funded: Levy paying organisations.


If you are a non-levy paying organisation or you are a Levy organisation who has exceeded their pot the government will financial co-support your Apprenticeship training – they will contribute 95 per cent of the costs and as the employer you will contribute 5 per cent.

Government contribution £11,400

Employer contribution £600

Apprentice contribution £0

Fully funded

If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account. If you have exceeded your levy contribution you will fund apprenticeship training through the co-funded model – to better understand how this will work please make contact with us.

Employer contribution £12,000

Entry requirements

The apprentice must be on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register or the Allied Health professionals Council register to apply for the Advanced Clinical Practice programme and must meet the University's entry requirements for study at postgraduate level.

They must hold a first degree at 2:2 or above and have a minimum of three years post-registration experience and will be currently working in a role that facilitates advanced clinical practice.


We are delighted to be offering the first Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship in the South West. This is a valuable opportunity for registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to prepare for work in an advanced clinical role, by studying for a work-integrated masters degree in Advanced Clinical Practice whilst in employment.
This programme has been designed by sector specialists to meet the needs of health professionals across all healthcare sectors, giving your employees the opportunity to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice. As an advanced clinical practitioner, you will confidently drive service improvements, provide professional leadership and supervision in complex situations and manage defined episodes of clinical care and treatment independently from beginning to end. 
This contemporary and flexible-focused programme will equip the clinician to take on a lead role in supporting and meeting the demands of the ever-changing health service.
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Programme overview

  • A three-year, full-time programme with a blended approach to learning with face to face study days at the University and highly directed online study resources.
  • Employees will have seven and a half hours of protected study time per week.
  • Apprentices will be employed as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner Trainee throughout the duration of the programme.
  • This is a Level 7 programme – they will graduate with an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.
  • Apprentices will remain as part of the workforce and continue to contribute to patient care whilst working towards their qualification
  • As education funding experts, we can support you in accessing government funding via the apprenticeship levy or provide alternative options to minimise or eradicate any costs.

Key benefits

Advanced Clinical Practice

Who is this programme for?

This is an exciting opportunity for registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. This programme is aimed at multi-professionals from a variety of clinical settings who wish to develop their research and leadership skills and clinical expertise at masters level.

This programme will be of interest to those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in bespoke clinical areas.


Your ACP trainee will be assessed utilising a diverse range of assessment methods which will be linked to their own practice.

Throughout the programme apprentices will also be required to maintain an electronic portfolio of evidence of learning, which on successful completion of the programme will become a lifelong source to evidence your professional practice.


Our experienced clinicians will be there to support the ACP trainees every step of the way; they will receive 12 weekly tripartite meetings with their workplace mentor and a member of our apprenticeship team to discuss their progress, as well as receiving visits from their academic tutor once every semester.

Advanced Clinical Practice
Jo Amy Brancher, Lecturer in Adult Nursing

“We are happy and proud to offer the first Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship in the South West.

On successful completion of this exciting three-year masters degree, the apprentice will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be an independent clinical practitioner. They will be able to manage defined episodes of clinical care, whilst working as part of the wider health and social care team, putting excellent patient care at the heart of their practice. 

We look forward to welcoming your employees onto our programme and supporting them on their learning journey.”

Jo Amy Brancher, Lecturer in Adult Nursing

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