Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing
Take your clinical practice career to the next level with our Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. Study for a master’s degree in Advanced Practice (Clinical) while you work, with no tuition fees.
This RCN accredited apprenticeship will develop the skills and knowledge to support a specialised role in either acute, emergency, critical or primary care. Ideal if you're looking to advance your career as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner or Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
Our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work at this higher level of clinical practice.
Upon successful completion of our course, you'll have the opportunity to remain in clinical practice within your chosen speciality, whether it's acute, emergency, critical or primary care. You'll also have the potential to take your career in alternative directions such as healthcare leadership, research or education.
Successful completion of this course allows you to automatically gain the Royal College of Nursing Credential Advanced Level Nursing Practice for free, for a period of three years, after which you will need to pay to renew the credential.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be set out in a learner plan, that details when you will attend full days of university teaching, the dates you will be assessed or need to submit an assignment, and the weeks you will be putting your new learning into practice in your usual work setting or on external placements, as required.
The off-the-job learning for our Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship is delivered from our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses, subject to viability.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the final on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship.
RCN accredited means the course meets the 15 Quality Assurance Standards that are demonstrated by the University’s ethos and vision. They are research and development, workforce relevance, curriculum, assessments and learning resources, programme management and leadership, staffing, learner support and practice experience, and quality assurance.
“ARU has provided an accessible route to increasing my level of practice and my skill set.”
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprentice
"I chose the apprenticeship because I was able to continue working and did not lose any financial benefits. I was able to study at any pace in harmony with my life as a family man."
Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice
When you complete the masters, you will be able to work either as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), according to your areas of specialised knowledge.
You may also wish to consider furthering your research career in your specialised field with a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
* According to the RCN, the Clinical Designated Facilitator must have appropriate professional and academic qualifications (for example, doctor or qualified ANP or ACP) and a minimum of one year’s clinical experience commensurate with the context of care delivery.
**If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.