Masters Degree Apprenticeship Postgraduate: MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical) Advanced Clinical Practitioner

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.

Course highlights

  • Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Study while you work, with no tuition fees
  • Work-based approach allows you to advance your specialist practice and make a positive impact on your workplace as you learn

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.

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Key facts

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.


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Accredited by the RCN

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.

What our apprentices say


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.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course, with a confirmed, assigned Clinical Designated Facilitator*
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Initial Needs Assessment Form
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents**
  • Evidence of a first degree, with honours, at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent.
  • You must have undertaken a period of three-year post-qualifying consolidation and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council regulatory body

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How to apply

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.

For employers

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.