About the course and qualification
Join us for our Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Degree Apprenticeship at either our Colchester or Southend campus. We’ve carefully planned this apprenticeship to work flexibly around your professional needs and commitments to maximise the benefits to you and your organisation. The Apprenticeship includes the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend campus. Delivering the course across two campuses means that we have small, interactive classes to create a stronger learning environment.
This apprenticeship is suitable for health care professionals from a range of backgrounds, to include nursing and midwifery, as well as allied health professions such as pharmacy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. You may already be working in an advanced role but require professional qualifications, or you may be looking to develop your skills set to enable progression to an ACP role.
There are key advantages to you to achieve ACP status as an apprentice. Unlike some other qualifications, as an apprentice, your employer will protect time away from your normal clinical role to study. Your employer will also fund your qualification, so there will be no additional cost to you.
‘Advanced Clinical Practitioner’ is not currently a regulated title but is expected to be in the near future using the national Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice as the criteria to be able to register on a data base of ACPs. The apprenticeship is underpinned by the national framework for advanced clinical practice which means that as well as gaining a level 7 (master’s level) qualification, on completion, you will also be eligible to apply for ACP roles. Depending on the modules that you choose, you will gain skills in leadership, critical thinking and clinical decision-making, as well as enhanced knowledge of specific areas of specialist clinical practice.
To apply for this apprenticeship you will need support from your employer. In the first instance, please speak to your line manager so they can advise you of how to request their support. Following this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can talk you through what you need to do next and plan your pathway.
Course content and delivery
This course maps to the National Framework for Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice.
Before you start, you’ll co-design a pathway with one of our experienced staff that will map out which modules you’ll take. We’ll take into consideration your existing personal and professional responsibilities, and design a part-time programme which will take between one and five years to complete. The advantage of this approach is that we will have many intakes throughout the year, depending on when your chosen modules are running.
With us, you benefit from the expertise of staff from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. This means that you gain a well-rounded education that is research-led and clinically relevant. Where we feel you will benefit, we bring in additional specialists direct from the field.
We are delighted to be the first department in the University to have obtained the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality. This award recognises initiatives we have in place such as our mentorship system, our additional promotion of flexible work and study options, and our work to recognise the barriers to opportunity for BAME and LGBT members of our community.
You will need to complete the following as part of the assessment plan:
- Open Book Examination
- Presentation of Practice
To be eligible to be an Apprentice you must be employed within a clinical practice setting.
- English and Maths, GCSE grade A-C/4-9 or a Level 2 Functional Skill in English and Maths
- Current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions.
- Current employment in a health care role with agreement from their employer to be supported (course fees and salary plus study time) by their employer.
- Undergraduate Degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject
- Equivalent current professional practice experience and qualifications in a health care setting that demonstrate ability to study at level 7.
There are no tuition fees to pay as your employer pays these for you. That means you will earn while you learn.