Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

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Level: Master’s degree apprenticeship (level 7)

Course duration: 36 months

Available start dates: September 2022

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

 Announcement 2022 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


The Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship programme facilitates the development and progression of experienced healthcare professionals working at the leading edge of their specialty, developing knowledge and skills in leadership, critical decision making, clinical expertise and research which can be used to influence service provision.

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

  • clinical practice
  • leadership and management
  • education 
  • research. 

On completion, successful graduates will gain a master's degree (MSc) in Advanced Clinical Practice.

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Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is 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 year's post-registration experience.

Entry criteria and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship for 2022 entry: £12,000 (drawn down from the monthly employer levy)
  • Evidence of degree level study (level 6) from a recognised UK or overseas institution, or an equivalent professional / other qualification
  • At least three years' registration with the relevant Professional Body in the UK
  • When English is not the first language, an overall score of level 7 or above for IELTS or equivalent is normally required
  • English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • Access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within the practice and fully supported by line management
  • Engaged in professional practice in the UK in a role that enables acquisition of the required clinical skills
  • Employed as a trainee ACP or equivalent. Equivalent roles will have been mapped to the HEE multiprofessional framework and lead to an ACP role on completion of the apprenticeship.

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

How to apply

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

Learning outcomes

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Modules and teaching overview

The course runs for 36 months. Apprentices attend the University for the equivalent of one day a week and combine classroom study with their job role. On completion of the master's degree, apprentices are entered for the End Point Assessment.

Apprentices complete:

  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Advanced History Taking and Assessment
  • Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Optional modules - 40 credits at level 7. Apprentices select two optional modules as part of the master's which can be aligned to their professional practice
  • Compulsory Dissertation - 50 credits at level 7 involving the design and management of a small research project relevant to the apprentice's professional practice and central to the learning of the Masters programme.

End Point Assessment

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

  • An open book examination assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • A presentation of practice combining two elements that demonstrates the apprentice's integration of the 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 exciting and innovative partnership which 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 apprenticeship programme fully integrates the teaching, learning and support the University offers with the mentoring and training offered within your practice.
  • The programme team are all registered professionals who all hold over 10 years' healthcare and teaching experience in their field.
  • The apprenticeship programme integrates 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.