Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship)


Advanced Clinical Practice is a multi-professional level of practice carried out by experienced clinicians who independently manage the clinical care process from start to finish in partnership with individuals, families, and carers. Working across traditional health and social care boundaries, they combine expert clinical skills with research, education, and leadership, and enable innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes. Across the course, apprentices will be required to demonstrate core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges facing current and future healthcare and has designed this programme in partnership with employers to prepare the workforce for working in primary and secondary care and integrated systems.

This programme will suit registered clinicians currently employed in health or social care and third sector organisations working in the healthcare space.

Key Features

Designed for registered clinicians

Part time

Opportunities to build a portfolio

Blend of classroom and work based learning

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How You Study

Our Advanced Clinical Practice degree apprenticeship is delivered over three academic years on a part time basis. You will learn in the workplace for 80 per cent of your time, and attend university one day a week.

On-campus opportunities for learning will aim to promote skills development and networking, with online learning focusing on content to expand clinical knowledge and theoretical understanding. The programme is underpinned by a continuing focus on clinical capability and research into practice to ensure a sound evidence base.

Modules are mostly 15 or 30 credit blocks, with each credit representing ten learning hours. You will study for 60 credits per academic year. At 160 credits apprentices reach the Gateway point and subject to satisfactory progress will enter the End Point Assessment to conclude their studies.

First year modules, which include Advanced Assessment Skills and Advanced Clinical Reasoning, build and consolidate the skills for autonomous practice and managing risk and complexity.

Second year modules such as Independent/Supplementary Prescribing further the knowledge from your first year. Learning then shifts towards the pillars of education in the module Principles of Teaching and Learning in Health and Care Professions. You can also gain an understanding of research methods through a dedicated module on the topic. 

There are opportunities to further develop your knowledge around research skills through Research in Practice modules in your third year. You can also explore professional skills in the Consolidating Leadership module. 

The programme is underpinned by a Capabilities in Practice portfolio for each year of study.


This degree apprenticeship is accredited with the NHS England Centre for Advancing Practice enabling successful apprentices to be eligible for the Advanced Practice Digital Badge credential demonstrating capability mapped to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education standard ST0564 (2018) and the Multi-professional Standard for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (2017).

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Entry Requirements

You must be a registered healthcare professional with current First Level registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

You must also have at least 36 months clinical experience post-qualification and no current sanctions on your practice imposed by your registering body. 

You should also hold a First or Second-class Honours Degree in a related subject.  

How to Apply

To apply to this course please contact so that necessary employer checks can be carried out. 

Apprenticeship Eligibility

You must have the right of abode and right to work in the UK to qualify for funding

Evidence of GCSE Mathematics and English Language (grade A*-C / 9-4), or equivalent, must be provided prior to application.

A list of acceptable equivalent qualifications is available from the Apprenticeship level 2 requirements website, as well as how to get replacement certificates. It will not be possible for applicants to proceed with their application unless they are able to provide evidence of achievement or proof that they have applied for replacement certificates.

Fees and Funding

Apprenticeship places require an employer who will support your application as the course can be funded through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Level 7 duration 3 years MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) £12000 per annum.

Information for Employers

This degree apprenticeship represents a clinically rewarding career option for your experienced registered clinicians, and enables you to support their development and retention. Having advanced clinical practice led teams can provide system resilience and help you to deliver high quality, safe patient care.

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