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    Advanced Clinical Practice (General Practice)

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

    The course encompasses the four pillars of advanced practice; clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research. Designed for experienced practitioners, this course gives you knowledge and skills to advance clinically and professionally.
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    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.

    On successful completion of the programme, you’ll demonstrate the core advanced practice capabilities and general practice 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 work.

    This whole programme of development relies on work-based assessment and learning to consolidate the taught content. Because of this, all students on the programme need to complete an e-portfolio of knowledge, skills and capabilities and will need a mentor and supervisor in practice, normally a GP who is able to support and assess them throughout the three-year period.

    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 upon successful completion of the programme.

    Applying (non-apprentice route)

    Before you complete your application, please ensure you have been interviewed and secured a trainee ACP post as this will ensure you have the correct funding and supervision in place.

    To apply you will need to download and complete our “Checklist”.  Once completed this, along with all the required information should be uploaded to your application.  Failure to do this will mean your application will NOT be considered.

    PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 31 JULY 2023.  The whole application process can take up to 6 weeks for an offer to be made.  Please DO NOT contact us before that time period has elapsed for a decision.


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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.

    Apply for the apprenticeship

    Do you have a question? Talk to us

    Book a 15-minute online meeting with our programme lead to find out more information and ask further questions.

    Book an appointment with Elizabeth Mills  or email the ACP team at hss-acpcourse@sheffield.ac.uk.


    This programme is accredited by the Centre of Advancing Practice.

    Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice has been established to standardise post-registration education by accrediting advanced practice courses that achieve the standards outlined in the multi-professional Advanced Practice Framework.

    Practitioners who have completed accredited education programmes will be eligible to be listed on the Centre’s Advanced Practice Directory.

    Programme accreditation from the Centre for Advancing Practice will bring a new level of consistency to the workforce and help showcase advanced practice within health and social care.


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Explore modules

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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    An open day gives you the best opportunity to hear first-hand from our current students and staff about our courses. You'll find out what makes us special.

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    3 years, part-time


    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.

    Entry requirements

    You will:

    • have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in nursing or midwifery which is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
    • have a minimum of a grade 4/C in GCSE English Language and Maths or equivalent (please upload evidence of this to your application)
    • 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

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7 in each other component.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    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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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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    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.