Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

You will need to: - hold a minimum of a second-class honours degree in the cognitive field of health or be able to demonstrate equivalent academic ability through experiential learning. - be registered with a statutory health care and/or social care regulator with proof of current registration. - have a minimum of two years post-qualification experience. - be employed and have the support of your employer to undertake this qualification. If you’re a self-employed practitioner, assurances of support, appropriate learning opportunities, governance and safety measures will be discussed with the qualification lead. - have evidence of identification of a designated GMC registered medical practitioner or ANP/ACP with evidence of a qualification at Level 7, to support learning in clinical practice. You’ll require a designated registered medical practitioner or practice assessor to undertake Non-medical independent and supplementary prescribing (K803) There are additional entry requirements for Non-medical independent and supplementary prescribing (K803) and you should look at the module description entry checks to decide if the module is suitable for you. You will also need to complete an application form. If you are a Pharmacist registered with the GPhC, or an Allied Health Professional registered with the HCPC, the application form and further guidance can obtained by contacting the faculty at WELS-NMP-Programme@open.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This qualification prepares you for an advanced clinical practice role; you'll learn the advanced health assessment skills and clinical knowledge to work as a highly autonomous practitioner, in a variety of clinical settings, across primary and secondary care. You'll also gain a sound and critical understanding of the clinical and professional attributes required. This course is aimed at experienced, registered allied health professionals, nurses and pharmacists who are employed in trainee advanced clinical practice roles.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc(ACP)
    part time
    48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

0300 303 5303