Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

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Level: 7 (Master’s degree apprenticeship)

Course duration: Typically 42 Months (39 months practical training plus 3 months EPA)

Next start date: January 2025

Mode of delivery: Classroom study (1 day per week)


The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship facilitates the development of experienced healthcare professionals working at the leading edge of their specialty.

Apprentices develop knowledge and skills in leadership, critical decision-making, and clinical research which can be used to influence service provision. The programme identifies the importance of individuals within the educational process and life-long learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

The apprenticeship is aligned with Health Education England's Multi-Professional Framework, and enables experienced clinicians to grow their expertise across the four key pillars of advanced practice:

  • clinical practice
  • leadership and management
  • education
  • research

Upon completion, apprentices will also gain a master's degree (MSc) in Advanced Clinical Practice.

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Who is it for?

Senior staff working in the NHS or other healthcare organisations who are currently training as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, and hold a minimum of three years post-registration experience.

Participants are viewed as partners in programme delivery - with implicit appreciation of the knowledge and experience brought by each apprentice to a learning group of fellow professionals.

Entry criteria and costs

The cost of the Apprenticeship for 2024/25 entry (drawn down from the monthly employer levy): £12,000 (subject to annual review)

Apprentices should be employed as a trainee ACP (or equivalent *) in a role engaged with UK professional practice, and hold at least three years' registration with the relevant UK professional body.

* Equivalent roles will have been mapped to the Health Education England (HEE) multiprofessional framework and lead to an ACP role on completion of the apprenticeship.

In addition:

  • evidence of degree level study (Level 6) from a recognised UK / overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification
  • have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within the practice, and be fully supported by line management
  • hold English and Maths Level 2 equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • be eligible to join the Apprenticeship scheme in England

Functional Skills English and/or Maths can be studied during the apprenticeship if eligible Level 2 qualifications are not already held; however, both must be completed before progression onto the End Point Assessment. It is an employer's discretion whether they may prefer these to be achieved by staff before enrolling on the apprenticeship.

How to apply

We welcome employers and individuals to contact the Apprenticeships Team by completing the expression of interest form below. Once submitted, we will be in touch to outline your next steps and/or arrange a meeting with the Faculty.

Learning outcomes

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice awarded by Oxford Brookes

  • Ability to examine, develop and evaluate healthcare practice from within the sphere of influence in role specialities
  • Transferable skills in practice, leadership, research, and education to directly influence service provision.
  • Expanded breadth in critical analysis and evaluation of healthcare delivery - informed by relevant international research and evidence-based literature.

Teaching Overview

The core modules are typically delivered across 36 months. Apprentices attend one day-a-week equivalent on-campus and combine classroom study with their job role. On completion of the master's degree, apprentices are entered for the End Point Assessment.

Study modules

  • Advanced Professional Practice

  • Advanced History Taking and Assessment
  • Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice
  • Optional modules - 40 credits at Level 7. Apprentices select two modules, which can be aligned to professional practice
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Dissertation - includes design and management of a small research project relevant to the apprentice's professional practice and central to Master’s programme content.

End Point Assessment

On successful completion of the modules above and the required work-based practice, apprentices complete the integrated End Point Assessment (EPA) module. The EPA comprises:

  • An open book examination assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • A presentation of practice combining two elements that demonstrate the apprentice's integration of knowledge, skills and behaviours across the Advanced Clinical Practitioner standard

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery (OSN+M) is an innovative partnership that seeks to be at the forefront of research-driven education, clinical practice and high-quality healthcare research.

  • In collaboration with other universities and healthcare providers, OSN+M enjoys an international reputation in healthcare research, with the majority of it considered world-leading (Research Excellence Framework assessment 2014).
  • The programme team are all registered professionals who all hold over 10 years' healthcare and teaching experience in their field.
  • Integration of the teaching, learning and support that the University offers alongside mentoring and training offered within your healthcare setting.

Employers we work with

Below are some of the employers we are pleased to work with to deliver our Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree apprenticeship. We also welcome the opportunity to work with new organisations who may be interested in partnering with Oxford Brookes.