Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

About the course

Advanced Clinical Practice is delivered by experienced, registered healthcare practitioners and is characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. On completion, apprentices will have a Masters level award and be able to demonstrate Advanced Clinical Practice skills alongside area specific competencies. Throughout the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship (ACPDA), apprentices will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours essential for advanced practitioners critical who are required to act with a high level of autonomy by learning. Learning and the development of advanced behaviours is focused around the four pillars that underpin ACP - advanced clinical practice, leadership and management, research, and education.

This degree apprenticeship includes a Non-medical prescribing module as a mandatory aspect of the programme. Once this has been successfully completed, apprentices gain a recordable prescribing qualification, within their scope of practice, with their regulatory body.

Entry requirements

It is anticipated that potential students will:

  • Ideally hold a degree in a health-related discipline. However applicants with evidence of equivalent professional development or academic proficiency are encouraged and supported with their application.
  • Ideally hold a Maths and English functional skills qualification at Level 2 or equivalent. Applicants with non-European academic qualifications will need to supply evidence of equivalency through NARIC.
  • Current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health care professions.
  • Employment as a healthcare professional in an appropriate setting on a contract of normally a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Evidence of employer support for the application for a programme of study leading to an Advanced Practice role. This will include a formal reference from the employer confirming: the applicant demonstrates professional values and behaviours, alongside clinical readiness’ to undertake the programme.
  • Evidence of employer support to undertake the programme, including the provision of a dedicated clinical supervisor and designated prescribing practitioner (in addition to a line manager) to provide support throughout the programme.
  • Normally at least 2 years post-qualification experience.
  • Apprentices will need to meet the specific regulatory requirements of the Non-medical prescribing module


All successful graduates are awarded MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

English and Maths to Level 2 are included if not held at entry.

Fee - Health and care organisations with a wage bill less than £3m will just pay £600 over two or three years (or £300 or £200 per annum), this is because the government funds 95% of the full fee. If you are a levy-payer, then this apprenticeship will be £12,000 from your levy. As a business of any size, you can also use Manage apprenticeship service to apply for funding from large businesses that want to fund 100% of your apprenticeship training and assessment costs.