2020 start

Advanced Clinical Practice (Neonatal)

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Designed for experienced clinical practitioners, this course gives you the specialist knowledge and skills you need to advance clinically and professionally.
Postgraduate on the Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner course

Course description

This course is for experienced, registered health and care practitioners delivering advanced clinical practice, who wish to learn advanced skills in the management of episodes of care for their client group. It can be studied either as a standard masters degree or via an apprenticeship route.

The course encompasses the four pillars of advanced clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research. On successful completion of the course, you’ll demonstrate the core advanced practice capabilities and neonatal clinical competence. The course includes a clinical leadership module, which ensures that service design, delivery and patient safety remain at the forefront of your clinical working.

The course is aimed at neonatal practitioners with extensive neonatal experience. You need to be working within an NHS neonatal unit, be employed in a trainee ANNP post and have the full support of your nurse manager and medical clinical supervisor.

The programme content is delivered by a range of expert practitioners and experienced academics. A dynamic combination of underpinning knowledge and supervised clinical practice will ensure that you have the capabilities to work as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner on successful completion of the programme.


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Apprentice route

The Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprentice) apprenticeship is a part-time integrated three-year degree apprenticeship masters programme. ACP apprentices are employed by their organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week to undertake a job with training to recognised industry standards.

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You’ll be taught via lectures, skills workshops, simulations, seminars, case-based discussions, supervised clinical practice, tripartite reviews and reflection.


There are a varied range of assessments, which include case presentations, reports, examinations, OSCEs, oral presentations, essays and a specialist electronic portfolio.


3 years, part-time

Induction day will be on 23 September 2020. Details of dates for the academic year to follow.

Your career

After successfully completing your course, there are a wide variety of roles you can pursue, including:

  • Nurse consultant
  • Research nurse
  • Matron
  • University teacher
  • Transport lead

Past students have gone on to work in a variety of health settings such as the NHS, The Resuscitation Council and the Department of Health, as well as UK universities.

Entry requirements

  • You will have a good (2:2 or above) Bachelor's degree in a related health discipline e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, paramedic science, pharmacy
  • A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language and Maths or equivalent
  • Be a qualified, UK registered healthcare professional, working in the pathway-specific area for a minimum of two years
  • Hold a current relevant employment contract in the pathway-specific setting for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Be able to provide evidence of support from a manager and a lead consultant/general practitioner

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Apprenticeship route

Full funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap).

Partial funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for non levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap). The government will fund up to 90 per cent of the apprenticeship programme fees



MMedsci: apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

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Apprenticeship route: you'll need to apply using our Alternative Routes and Programmes Online Application form.

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+44 114 222 2030

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.