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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Child) Apprenticeship (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Qualification)

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Child) Apprenticeship (Advanced Clinical Practitioner Qualification)

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Study mode

Part time


27 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Masters Degree Apprenticeship at Level 7

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Studies Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary


Combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership. Work innovatively on a one to one basis with individuals as well as part of a wider health and social care team.

Advanced Clinical Practitioners manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents through to the end of the episode, which may include admission, referral or discharge or care at home. They carry out their full range of duties in relation to individuals’ physical and mental healthcare and in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors).

As an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, you will:

  • Have a high level of autonomy and freedom to make decisions about how people should be cared for a treated and act in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Use person-centred approaches to taking an individual’s detailed history and examine body systems to help you make a diagnosis
  • Select, undertake or request a range of appropriate clinical tests and assessments to help you make a diagnosis
  • Initiate and evaluate a range of interventions, which may include for example prescribing of medicines, therapies and care
  • Apply a skillset that may have traditionally been the remit of other disciplines so that you can enhance the care and experience of individuals
  • Analyse, interpret and act on the results of clinical tests and assessments and formulate a plan of care, which may include admission to a care setting such as a hospital, referral to settings for another opinion or discharge from services
  • Drive service improvements, educate others and provide consultancy services within your scope of practice
  • Undertake research activities to develop new knowledge and undertake audit to evaluate and further develop your area of expertise to improve care and services for the people you are treating

Apprenticeship structure

The format of this course is condensed compared to the usual 3 year MSc format for postgraduate study. To enable success within this time frame, you will be required to spend a minimum 40% of your time on “off the job training” for the full duration of the course including Christmas, Easter and Summer periods with time to take annual leave factored into the programme. The timetable will be made up of:

  • Attending the University on a one day a week basis for an average of 6 hours teaching
  • Scheduled self-directed learning activities including use of the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
  • Engaging in a minimum of 6 hours a week supernumerary Protected Learning Time for practice based learning across the calendar year.

This will be tracked across the course to ensure that this takes place.


This style of course is ideal for developing as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. You will have the benefits of highly relevant education that will impact immediately on the care that you give within your work place. You will have the opportunity of planned time out of practice to learn and develop in the university alongside like-minded people who also want to innovate and push the frontiers of clinical practice forward. To complement this you will have dedicated time in the work environment to apply your new knowledge, skills and behaviours in a real context supported by nominated supervisors, experienced clinical colleagues and your managers. This dedicated package extends beyond what is currently available for most students embarking on advanced clinical practice education.


This module aims to develop you to become a clinical role model, advocating for developing and delivering care that is responsive to changing requirements and informed by an understanding of local population needs, agencies and networks. This will involve individual and team leadership, resilience and determination, managing situations that are unfamiliar, complex or unpredictable. Module strategies will aim to develop your capability to optimise collaborative working with an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources, developing and maintaining and evaluating links to manage risk and issues across organisations and settings.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Child) Apprenticeship applicants will be required to demonstrate they have the following before they are eligible to start the course: Professional - Current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - Academic qualifications: GCSE passes (Grade C, Grade 4 or above) in English Language and Mathematics or pass in the Functional Skills qualification at Level 2; Evidence of a minimum of 90 undergraduate degree level healthcare related credits; Practice - A minimum of 3 years post-registration experience on entry to the course On entry to ACP Apprenticeship have been employed at minimum of Band 6 or equivalent; Employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in one relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level. Currently have at least 50% of their role working with infants, children and young people up to the age of 18.

University information

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a highly regarded educational institution located in the London Borough of Southwark. Established in 1882, it is one of London’s oldest universities, with over 15,000 students representing over 130 countries worldwide, and a global network of over 80,000 alumni. The university is both historical and forward thinking and focuses on providing professional opportunities for both employees and...more