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

London South Bank University · Health and Social Care

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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:


  • 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


  • 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

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate employer support for the Apprentice to do the following:

  • Attend the University on a one day a week basis for 6 hours teaching in accordance with the timetable AND
  • Engage in a minimum of 6 hours a week supernumerary Protected Learning Time for practice based learning. This requirement extends beyond the University semesters to include the Christmas, Easter and summer periods. This will be tracked across the course to ensure that this takes place.
  • For the student to organise for a Doctor/qualified Advanced Practitioner to act as their designated "Practice Facilitator" to supervise and subsequently support the applicants overall clinical development and facilitate completion of specified practice-based learning activities. Sign off for specific aspects of learning is required during the course (this responsibility can be shared with other senior experienced clinical colleagues however nomination of an overall Practice Facilitator is required).
  • Provision of day-to-day supervision and support by an experienced clinical team while working across the remainder of their working week to enable the development of the knowledge, skills, behaviours, competence and confidence commensurate with this level of practice.

Months of entry


Course content

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

The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance

Fees and funding

The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers

The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    27 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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