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Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship

Notice for 2021 entry

Please note that the Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship is not being delivered for 2021 entry. However, there are still options available for you to consider.

You may choose to apply to study one of the other programmes offered at DMU. We have a wide range of courses available which start in September 2021, including:

If you would like to discuss your options further don’t hesitate to contact our Enquiry team on 0116 2 50 60 70 or email

The Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship from De Montfort University (DMU) will support experienced clinicians to combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice.

The programme has been carefully developed to fulfil the vision and requirements of the NHS long term plan, and has also been designed to match guidelines from the Department of Health (DoH), Health Education England (HEE) and Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

Aligned to the Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship standard, this programme is allocated a Funding Band of £12,000 by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

Who the apprenticeship is for

Applicants will hold a professional qualification as a health care practitioner and be currently registered with the relevant health care professional body. They should also hold a relevant honours degree (2:2 or above) awarded by a British University or other equivalent approved degree-awarding body. Students who do not have English as a first language must have a combined IELTS score of 7.0 or above. You must also be employed in a role that directly links to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) apprenticeship standard and have the full support of your employing organisation to undertake this apprenticeship. 

There are other apprenticeship entry requirements in relation to UK residency etc. that will be assessed as part of the entry process.

Reasons to study this apprenticeship

Upon completion of this programme your academic studies combined with on-the-job work experience, will provide a sound base on which to build future learning. The teaching staff on this programme are either highly experienced ACPs or senior medical clinicians. Those without a clinical focus are research active, mostly doctoral-level academics, with an interest in advanced practice. The staff are committed to delivering high quality, research informed teaching and learning to enhance the apprentice experience in the challenging role of ACP.

Delivery model

The apprenticeship model has been designed to be delivered as a ‘blended learning’ approach which involves accessing learning material through the university’s virtual learning environment, and attending university for practical workshops, lectures and classroom-based activities. This approach caters for different learning needs and provides a thought-provoking learning experience. In addition, apprentices will be expected to critically reflect and develop their own ideas and theories in order to maximise the learning experience and future development. Apprentices are not expected to do any study in their own time; time should be factored in to their working week to enable them to complete academic work. The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from clinicians, academics and local strategic partners to address both the academic and clinical demands of the role. This is a Masters level qualification and therefore it is expected that you will take responsibility for devising your own learning plan, and accessing support where you require it. Contact hours in a typical week will be between four and seven hours, usually over the course of one day.

Programme content and structure

Year 1

Advanced Consultation and Physical Examination Skills – 30 credits

Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Clinical Practice – 15 credits

Independent Study – Advanced Practice – 15 credits

Year 2

Research Methods for Health Professionals – 15 credits

Applied Prescribing (NMC & HCPC Registrants) – 30 credits

Pharmacology for Prescribers (NMC & HCPC Registrants) – 15 credits


Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (GPhC Registrants) – 45 credits

Year 3

Service Improvement Project – 60 credits


This is an integrated apprenticeship which incorporates on-programme academic and workplace learning. The End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final module of the programme and the assessment is set by the Institue for Apprenticeships. It tests everything that has been learnt over the three year programme and comprises the following elements:

• Open Book Examination

• Presentation of Practice

All apprentices are required to create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. This will contribute to their EPA and enable apprentices to reflect, plan and evaluate their development. E-portfolio software will be used to capture all information and training will be provided to all apprentices on how to use the software.

Final Award

All successful apprentices will achieve:

• MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

• Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship

Contact us

For more information, contact us by completing our online enquiry form.