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Advanced Practice in Urgent Primary Care PG Dip/PG Cert

This is a 120 credit, master’s level programme for registered nurses and allied health professionals employed within General Practice who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and practice to autonomously manage patients who attend with urgent or unscheduled illness.


Applications are now open for 2018 students who are self-funding or sponsor-funded.

The programme is aligned to the Royal College of General Practitioners, GP competencies and also the East Midlands Advanced Clinical Practice Framework (HEEM 2014). The course is suitable for Nurses, Paramedics, Pharmacists and other allied health professionals working within a General Practice or Urgent Care setting.

The aim of this programme overall is to prepare registered nurses and allied health professionals to develop advanced skills required to work as an autonomous practitioner in urgent primary care.  This will allow employers in the future to expect a safe, competent practitioner and a certain level of consistency in terms of knowledge, skills and competence from the advanced clinician in urgent primary care.

After completion of the core modules, students will either complete the non-medical prescribing pathway OR a range of choice modules dependent upon their previous experience and regulatory body.

Students will require a GP to mentor and support them and this GP should be based at the same practice or the same group of practices. Students will be required to work with this GP mentor at least one day a week seeing urgent and unscheduled illness. This does not need to be direct supervision and can be indirect.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: Two years part-time

Attendance: Every Wednesday for 10 weeks per module in the first year. Days may vary in the second year and days of attendance for assessment may vary

Start date: September 2018

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

Potential funding is available through Health Education East Midlands (HEEM). If you do not qualify for this funding, please contact us to find out more.

The fees for the second year will be dependent upon the modules/pathway that you chose.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply

Please contact the programme leader to discuss eligibility:

Shona Green:
0116 257 7289

For more information please contact:
T: +44 (0)116 257 7700


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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or relevant regulatory body (e.g. Health and Care Professions Council or General Pharmaceutical Council)

  • They should normally possess a first degree 2:2 or above
  • Employed within a setting which supports the management of patients requiring urgent care

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


Year 1

  • MPHE 5801 - Advanced Consultation and Physical Examination Skills

  • MPHE 5802 - Advanced Minor Illness Management

  • MPHE 5803 Advanced Practice in Urgent Primary Care

Year 2

Students will complete either the Non-medical prescribing pathway OR a range of choice modules depending upon their regulatory body. Please contact the programme leader for further information

Teaching and assessment

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include;

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Clinical skills simulation
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection
  • Experiential teaching methods 

Academic expertise

A key strength of our team is that they are experienced and specialist Practice and Community nurses; familiar with a wide range of accompanying issues and contemporary debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.

Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 


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Graduate careers

This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, and will enable HCPC registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services.

Please be aware that the course by itself does not qualify you for registration as a biomedical scientist. In the UK registration with the HCPC requires evidenced training in a pathology laboratory as well as a relevant degree.

Many of our recent graduates have also progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science.

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