Taught course

Advanced Practitioner

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You should be a registered healthcare professional with an honours degree in a health-related subject and previous physical assessment skills experience, normally employed at equivalent of band 6 (or above) in a role with responsibility for a patient caseload. You should have a minimum of three years post-registration experience and be able to organise a suitable practice supervisor to support you in practice.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

If you are not working as a band 6, your experience and role may be taken into account. Evidence of learning at degree level may also be considered if you do not have a BSc (Hons). Please contact the course leader to discuss entry criteria:

Paula Hodge, senior lecturer in nursing
01642 384906

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed around the four pillars of advanced clinical practice: research, leadership, education and clinical. It facilitates your professional development as an advanced practitioner by providing you with the robust education required to support your role.

Course Details

The challenges faced by the NHS, including an ageing workforce, rise in chronic conditions and complex co-morbidities and recruitment difficulties, have encouraged the development of advanced roles and innovative attitudes toward the mix of skills in teams with advanced practitioners increasingly seen as key to delivering healthcare services.

The course is clinically focused and helps you develop an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competences – characteristics shaped by the context of your practice. In your third year, you complete a student-negotiated independent integrated portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of the four pillars of advanced practice, and culminates in you developing an article for publication.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Advanced Physical Assessment Skills and Disease Management

Competencies for Advanced Practitioner

You develop your knowledge and skills within the four pillars of advanced clinical practice – research, education, leadership and clinical. You are supported to develop and apply advanced knowledge and skills to your practice through work-based learning.

Year 2 core modules

Designing Research Projects

How you learn

You learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, laboratory-based learning, structured resource-based learning, electronic discussion, action learning sets, masterclasses, formative assessment, distance learning, tutorials, small-group work, research tutorials, practical skills-based sessions and work-based learning. In the Designing Research Project module you can opt for a traditional taught approach, a distance-learning route or a combination of both. You focus on an area of your practice that you can develop in subsequent study which culminates in an article prepared for publication on your specialist subject.

How you are assessed

You are assessed using various methods. These may include written assignments, work-based learning through advanced practitioner competencies, consultation clinics, reflective accounts, portfolio development, critical appraisal and evaluation of the evidence base, modified objective structured long examination review (MOSLER), viva (oral exam), patient case studies to develop and exhibit high levels of clinical reasoning, and practical examinations to demonstrate advanced decision-making skills.

Career opportunities

Through this course, you develop your core transferable skills as an advanced practitioner with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles which require assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations. It is suitable if you are already operating in an advanced clinical role and require advanced skills development.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office on +44 (0)1642 342171 or email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384110