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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. Read more

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.

What you study

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Advanced Physical Assessment Skills and Disease Management
  • Competencies for Advanced Practitioner

Year 2 core modules

  • Designing Research Projects

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

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.

Employability

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.



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The MSc Advanced Practice is a generic programme with seven specific pathways and can lead to the award of the specifically named degree. Read more

Course Overview

The MSc Advanced Practice is a generic programme with seven specific pathways and can lead to the award of the specifically named degree:
- MSc Advanced Practice (Audiology)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Dietetics)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Housing)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Musculoskeletal Studies)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Public Health Emergencies)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Speech and Language Therapy)
- MSc Advanced Practice (Sport and Exercise Nutrition​)

It is intended that the programme provides for flexible, variable progression that is responsive to student and employer continuous professional learning needs and the constantly changing practice environment.

Any modules at Level 7 (Masters level) studied elsewhere, that meet the learning needs of the student, can be incorporated into the module mix via the Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) procedure. In addition, it is recognised that many professions engage with CPD activities which are not credit rated. The Reflection on Prior Learning module is a 20 credit level 7 generic option module where students can use relevant CPD activities to critically reflect on those experiences and produce a reflective statement and portfolio.

The programme has been designed to meet the four pillars of Advanced Practice. Further information can be found at: http://www.weds.wales.nhs.uk/advanced-practice.

The modules will be delivered in a blended learning pattern (blocks of teaching with on-line resources) as far as possible.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/MSc-Advanced-Practice-.aspx

Entry Requirements for specific pathways:​

Dietetics - candidates should be registered Dietitians with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Speech and Language Therapy - candidates should be registered Speech and Language Therapists with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Sports and Exercise Nutrition – candidates should have a first degree in Dietetics, Nutrition or Sports and Exercise Science.

Selection Procedure:
Candidates will be considered by the course director and at least one other member of the course team and may be invited to interview. At this stage there will be discussion about the potential areas that the candidate wishes to study as well as consideration of developmental needs.

​Course Content​

The course will have three defined exit points:
- ​Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) – provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills required to begin to develop practice as an Advanced Practitioner.

- Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) – provides students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to function as an Advanced Practitioner.

- Master of Science (MSc) – this aimed at those students who wish to continue their academic study and undertake an extended applied research project which must be relevant to practice.

The structure of the programme is designed, where appropriate, to be flexible and meet the needs of the individual learner. Students can opt to study individual modules for their continuous professional development (CPD); there is a separate fees basis for this type of study.

- Audiology:
The audiology modules focus on diagnosis and assessment in several specific areas of clinical audiology by providing advanced theoretical knowledge and training. The modules are intended to provide post-registration education and will be included in the accredited CPD training list of the professional body (British Academy of Audiology, BAA).

- Dietetics:
The Dietetics pathway is intended to support and promote continuing professional development of dietitians and their practice. As such, it will help meet the needs of those wishing to progress and evidence their ability to work at Advanced Practitioner level in the NHS.

- Housing:
The Housing pathway focuses on the core learning outcomes which set the foundations for all members to achieve CIH CM (Chartered Membership). The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have set a benchmark for Chartered membership which demonstrates that a Chartered member not only has relevant and up to date knowledge but can use this by applying a range of appropriate skills and behaviours in a professional manner. This includes working to the CIH code of professional ethics.

- Musculoskeletal Studies:
The Musculoskeletal Studies pathway is aimed at HCPC registered practitioners – or equivalent – who are involved in the management of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions across a range of patient groups. This has typically included Podiatrists and Physiotherapists,. A key feature is the emphasis on developing an evidence-based approach to practice, and students are challenged to critically analyse a range of issues related to multiple facets of musculoskeletal practice.

- Public Health Emergencies:
The School has worked with the WHO-Collaborating Centre (Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, Public Health England) to develop teaching and training materials on The Public Health Management of Major Incidents, Disasters and Events. The pathway is aimed at policy makers, public and environmental-health professionals, together with clinicians and physicians, this course will provide a contemporary, bespoke and unique approaches to major incident management, drawing upon a number of presentations, case studies, scenarios and international guidance.

- Speech and Language Therapy:
The Speech and Language pathway is intended to support and promote continuing professional development of Speech and Language Therapists and their practice. As such, it will help meet the needs of those wishing to progress and evidence their ability to work at Advanced Practitioner level in the NHS.

- Sport and Exercise Nutrition:
There is a demand for this pathway from Dietitians, Nutritionists and those with a Sport and Exercise Science background. The modules on offer have been aligned to the SENr requirements and accreditation will be sought in the future.

Learning & Teaching

The teaching and learning opportunities on the programme are appropriate for students accessing the modules and have been designed to facilitate the development of the advanced practitioner.

Traditionally Masters level programmes are delivered on a day-a-week basis but increasing work pressures make this form of delivery unsustainable. To accommodate these changes to working practices, most modules will be delivered in a blended format; i.e. with blocks of teaching and online resources.

Module delivery will vary according to specific learning needs but will include lectures, tutorial and seminars, as well as extensive use of Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment used at the University.

The work based learning modules are ideally suited to flexible learning as they delivered in the work place. Students undertaking these modules are allocated a supervisor from the teaching team and meetings are arranged to suit the student as well as email/telephone contact.

The dissertation also allows this flexibility as students are expected to undertake the research in their place of work. All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will offer academic and pastoral support and guidance on pathway specific and option modules to select to meet their individual learning needs.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by coursework; the type varies according to the modules and can include the completion of a portfolio, presentations, reflections, reports and case studies. All the modules are externally moderated. Wherever possible students will be offered formative assessments and feedback.

Employability & Careers​

The Professional working at Masters Level will be able to lead and contribute to developments in their profession through a more pro-active, critical and reflective approach. Additionally they will be an agent of change, a leader and act as an advocate of their profession. Employability will be enhanced by professions who undertake modules on a CPD basis and NHS professionals will be able to use the awards towards gaining recognition as an Advanced Practitioner.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. Read more

This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

This programme will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.

There are two pathways within this Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: Advanced Practitioner and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This programme is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role that sits between your own profession and medicine. If you are looking for education as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner this pathway can also meet your needs. Please see below under the 'Modules' tab for further information.

If you are nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will be suitable for you. Other healthcare practitioners will be awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Practitioner).

Our nursing is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.

Introducing your course

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner) pathways will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to healthcare methods and practices, preparing you for a clinical practitioner role at an advanced level. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced practitioner role within - your health care setting. This pathway is only open to practitioners working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

Overview

In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice (advanced nursing practice or advanced practice)
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
  • Apply communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology.
  • Demonstrate your clinical competence through simulated and practice based clinical assessment.
  • If you are eligible to practice as an independent or supplementary prescriber you will have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification


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If you are an experienced practitioner working in health and social care the MSc in Advanced Practice will enable you to broaden your role beyond its traditional boundaries, enhance your applied skills and knowledge, and support your personal and career development. Read more
If you are an experienced practitioner working in health and social care the MSc in Advanced Practice will enable you to broaden your role beyond its traditional boundaries, enhance your applied skills and knowledge, and support your personal and career development.

You will develop skills and knowledge to achieve the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’ through a personalised work-based programme of learning. This will allow you to tailor your practice to respond to challenges and changes within the health service.
The course combines work-based activities and mentoring with a diverse range of experiences provided in both the workplace and the University, including expert-led lectures, seminars, learning sets, group and individual tutorials, case studies and individual reflective practice.

As the course is work-based it is very flexible and ensures a student-centred approach that is designed to fit your personal circumstances, employment and professional development needs.

The purpose of the programme is the development of your skills and knowledge to the level of an ‘advanced practitioner’ in health and social care, enabling you to advance your practice and assume a role that is more autonomous and clinically expert.
The programme is based on three major aspects of the advanced practitioner’s role – personal, role and organisational assessment; clinical skills at an advanced level and clinical leadership through evidence based service evaluation and development.

The programme is based on three major aspects of the advanced practitioner’s role – personal, role and organisational assessment; clinical skills at an advanced level and clinical leadership through evidence based service evaluation and development.

You will establish an understanding and critical awareness of problems in professional practice, develop the capacity to combine practice and theory and use higher levels of discretion and judgement in decision making in your service delivery and leadership.

You will enhance your ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, to make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and to communicate your conclusions clearly to service users and other stakeholders.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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Our course aims to equip health practitioners with the knowledge required to lead and develop practice, diagnostics, therapeutics, decision-making and clinical management. Read more
Our course aims to equip health practitioners with the knowledge required to lead and develop practice, diagnostics, therapeutics, decision-making and clinical management. Your learning will be client-centred and clinically focused, helping you develop the skills essential for the job of an advanced practitioner working in a primary or secondary care setting, or any other organisation where advanced diagnostic skills are required.

Our Postgraduate Diploma prepares you to function as an advanced practitioner. You would normally be required to undertake the first five core modules listed below in order to achieve this. Our MSc will help you continue with your academic studies as you undertake an extended project, relevant to clinical practice. You will normally be expected to complete the additional 60 credit Research in Practice module in order to achieve this, which will take a further one year.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/advancedpractice_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will build skills that will help you take on a variety of roles such as an advanced practitioner in primary care or out-of-hours service, community matron, practitioner in acute care and other specialist positions within secondary care. Gaining the full MSc will support your progression into leadership and management positions.

- Nurse Practitioner
- Case Manager
- Community Matron

Careers advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

View our careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

We have a long history of providing postgraduate courses in health and social care and this is a well established course. As well as the many senior nurses who study with us, there is growing interest from allied health professionals too, allowing you to mix with those from different professions.

The knowledge, expertise and attitude that you will gain will offer you the opportunity to consider advanced practice in significant depth, whilst also increasing your personal development and academic proficiency. You'll learn skills that you will go on to use in your working environment, such as critique, analysis, clinical reasoning, communication, consultation, team working and time management.

"Completing this course gives you the skills to work as an Advanced Practitioner, allowing you to reach your career aspiration. You can expect high-quality teaching in state of the art clinical teaching facilities, delivered by a team who have worked in Advanced Roles."

Paul Mackreth
Senior Lecturer

Facilities

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This Advanced Clinical Practice Masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. Read more

This Advanced Clinical Practice Masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

This is a pathway through the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice which enables the successful student to apply for associate membership with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.

Introducing your degree

The aim of the programme is to support your ongoing development as a knowledgeable and skilful practitioner in your specialist area. On successful completion of this award you will be enabled to assume a leading role in the provision of high quality, evidence based health and social care which is underpinned by a robust and scientific theoretical knowledge base.

Overview

In the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice, and specifically in relation to the role of advanced critical care practitioner
  • Examine the nature and use of advanced practice, communication and decision-making skills
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to your professional role within advanced critical care
  • Enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become a clinical expert and/or leader in your chosed field of advanced critical care

View the programme specification document for this course



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This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Read more

This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. It is intended for experienced healthcare professionals and for those wishing to formalise and develop their role as an advanced clinical practitioner. The course seeks to focus on decision-making, diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical management. You share learning with others from an extensive range of multi-professional backgrounds to create a vibrant and challenging learning environment.

The core modules focus on the four elements of advanced practice • clinical practice • education • managerial/leadership • research and flexibility is built into this course to enable you to tailor the course and focus on your area of specialism using a wide choice of elective modules.

Recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning have been adopted for these awards to facilitate entry to the course.

The course enables you to

  • develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours required to function as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • apply advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease processes when undertaking patient assessment and diagnosis
  • use a range of knowledge to underpin safe decision making when implementing appropriate pharmacological interventions, and prescribe medications when legally permitted as part of the advance practitioner's role
  • engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, contemporary research and evidence based literature to support clinical reasoning relevant to your supervised advanced clinical practice
  • enhance employability through the development of transferable skills and intellectual attributes necessary for lifelong learning.

Learning in multi-professional groups and being taught by a multi-professional teaching team creates a vibrant and challenging learning environment to enhance and extend your knowledge of working in transformational roles such as Advanced Clinical Practice.

This course is designed to provide a platform of essential skills, supported by a variety of pathways that provides you with a genuine choice. This range seeks to provide you with the opportunity to critically discuss cases, demonstrate knowledge within a simulation and develop critical appraisal skills.

You also take part in practical assessments that are designed to ensure that you are safe and able to make judicious clinical decisions based on your knowledge and understanding. The range of your practice related learning is recorded and documented in the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPDP), which is a personal record of learning through the course. The format of your e-portfolio will be dependent on local and professional body requirements.

The course is structured around a combination of both core and elective modules, some of which are delivered via distance learning.

There is an extensive range of elective modules which may be accessed according to individual need and availability. 

Course structure

Year one core modules

  • advanced physical assessment & consultation skills (30 credits)

Year one options

One of the below elective modules

  • non-medical prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
  • pathophysiology and pharmacology for advanced management (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
  • pharmacist independent prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)

Year two core modules

  • contemporary issues in advanced practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning)
  • researching for practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning)

Year two options

  • minor illness management (30 credits)
  • minor injury management (30 credits)
  • managing the acutely unwell patient (30 credits)
  • managing long term conditions (30 credits)
  • personalised study module (distance learning or taught) (15 credits)
  • personalised study module (distance learning) (30 credits)
  • evidencing your cpd (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • core principles of paediatrics in primary care & the acute sector (30 credits)
  • advancing paediatric management improving care in the primary and acute sector (30 credits)
  • chest radiographic image interpretation -acute and emergency care (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • appendicular musculoskeletal radiographic imaging interpretation (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • introduction to healthcare education (distance learning or taught) (30 credits)
  • leadership in adult safeguarding (30 credits)

Year three options

  • 45 credit dissertation*
  • 60 credit dissertation

* Note that if opting for the 45 credit version you can chose up to 45 credits from the elective modules, or if you do the 60 credit version, you can choose up to 30 credits maximum from the elective modules.

Assessment

  • written assignments
  • reflective case studies
  • examinations
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • videos and practical assessments

Employability

Successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will prepare you to seek an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) post or if already employed as a trainee ACP, to formalise this post with a nationally recognised academic qualification. Successful completion also provides the practitioner with the skill set to take on a more strategic leadership role within a secondary or primary health care setting.

Some typical case study examples of career progression opportunities taken by similarly qualified graduates are • advanced clinical practitioner - emergency department • advanced clinical practitioner - specialist paramedics (emergency and urgent care) • advanced clinical practitioner (trainee) - pharmacist • advanced clinical practitioner - complex mental health needs in prison • advanced clinical practitioner - chartered physiotherapist



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There are 3 formal progression points. - Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (60 Credits). Read more

Overview

There are 3 formal progression points:
- Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (60 Credits)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Advancing Clinical Practice (120 Credits)
- MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (180 Credits)

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/mscadvancedclinicalpractice/

Course Aims

It is expected that on completion of this Award the student will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEWM, 2015) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices.

Entry Requirements

New entrants to Advanced Clinical Practice:
Also, to become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner must have:
Commitment to providing protected learning time for the trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner during the MSc and this is equivalent to:
- One day a week in University (or equivalent) reading, writing and other academic activities.
- One day a week protected time for supported clinical practice (or equivalent)

- Applicants without a first degree:
Universities have a separate policy for applicants who do not hold a first degree at 2:2 but have substantial and relevant clinical or prior study experience.

- Exisiting Practitioners:
Existing Practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a MSc level of education have options to either complete the Masters or continue in the role and update in-line with their CPD requirements.
There are ‘Top Up’ arrangements for existing Practitioners who do not have a full Masters degree. They have the option to complete the degree and to do this they would need to be in a relevant Advanced Clinical Practice post and supported by their organisation.

- Employers:
All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be on-going support from the Trust

Teaching & Assessment

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Award is a programme of 180 credits aimed at multi-professional groups delivered by HEIs in the West Midlands which aims to meet the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice, using a blended leaning approach, including:
- Inter-professional classroom based sessions including, seminars, tutorials, library, self-directed, KLE activities
- Clinical Competency Portfolio
- Reflective Journal
- OSCEs
- Written assignments
- Clinical skills education using simulation
- Physical examination
- Shadowing
- Coaching
- Supervision and Mentoring
- Patient / Carer feedback

Approximately 80% of the curriculum for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice is recognised as ‘core’ curriculum applicable to an Advanced Clinical Practitioner working in any health discipline and setting. The other 20% of the curriculum will be negotiated between Keele and you in order to consider education/training/modules required to support your advanced clinical role.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The MSc in Advanced Practice offers healthcare practitioners the knowledge and skills to function competently in advanced practice roles. Read more

The MSc in Advanced Practice offers healthcare practitioners the knowledge and skills to function competently in advanced practice roles.

This multi-professional, competence-based programme is aimed at practitioners who want to develop their practice, including nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, audiologists, cardiac physiologists, midwives, physiotherapists, ambulance staff and others with clinical practice access and patient management responsibilities.

The programme offers:

  • the confidence, knowledge and skills to challenge accepted wisdom when developing practice
  • a partnership between the University, students and their work-based mentors, allowing real application of theory to practice
  • the knowledge and skills in advanced practice required by professional bodies and the Yorkshire and Humber health environment.
  • A range of optional modules help you develop individual skills, while flexibility within modules lets you to maximise the opportunities provided by your work case load.

More information

The School of Healthcare is one of the largest multi-professional health schools in the country. You’ll have the opportunity to study in a research intensive university, alongside those with whom you’ll work in clinical practice.

Course content

The programme has three compulsory modules focusing on advancing practice, innovation and research.

You choose your remaining optional modules from a wide range of clinical-oriented, practice-orientated and more general modules.

You’ll be expected to progress to fully autonomous study and work. This includes completing an evaluative inquiry focusing on the impact of what you do and how the advanced practitioner can make a difference to the quality of patient care.

Please note that the range of optional modules available issubject to change

Course structure

Year 2 Compulsory modules

  • Issues and Concepts of Advancing Practice 15 credits
  • Research Methods 15 credits

Year 3 Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry 45 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Advanced Practice MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

As a Masters programme for practitioners with considerable clinical experience, students undertaking this programme will have a capacity for independent study and self -management. The programme is designed to build on existing skills and knowledge at undergraduate and equivalent level and facilitate an independent approach to learning. Teaching methods will support students in becoming lifelong learners who take responsibility for their own learning.

Teaching and learning strategies will be focused on skill development for both the academic and clinical competences required for advanced practice roles. In particular, the tripartite arrangements set up for the Advanced Practitioner Inquiry module recognise the responsibility of the student, lecturer and practice-based mentor to provide and gain experiences and knowledge, which will ensure the student has developed the relevant competences by the end of the programme.

This is a flexible practice-orientated programme, which aims to use innovative ways of linking theory to practice and to encourage the development of higher level analytical skills which will be used to inform practice. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used such as case studies, problem-based learning, IT, student-led clinically based seminars, clinical supervision, following patients’/clients’ care pathways, reflection and skills simulations.

The research activities of staff inform our teaching at all levels in the School and also offer opportunities for our students to work with exceptional researchers in the research methods and dissertation modules.

Assessment

Assessment methods are linked to students’ practice and work requirements, meaning all learning bears greater returns in the workplace.

The programme aims to keep the assessment load at a manageable level and to use a range of assessment strategies. Whenever possible assessment methods will support day-to-day practice and will test / exam practice applicable knowledge and skills. The aim is for the assessment to be of use within the workplace, as well as providing evidence that the student has achieved the learning outcomes for the module.

A range of assessment methods are used in the various modules that make up this programme. An individual’s variety of assessments will depend to a large extent on the optional modules selected. However, all students will encounter unseen examinations, written assessments and OSCE.

Career opportunities

Although some students study this programme to expand their knowledge and skills within their current clinical role, many of our previous graduates are employed as fully autonomous advanced practitioners within a broad range of clinical environments.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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IN BRIEF. Strong clinical focus. Facilitated work-based learning driven by client need and service redesign. Protected learning time and support from practice-based mentors and assessors. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Strong clinical focus
  • Facilitated work-based learning driven by client need and service redesign
  • Protected learning time and support from practice-based mentors and assessors
  • A part-time only course

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is aimed at health and social care practitioners who wish to develop the competencies of advanced practice and to facilitate change in patient and service outcomes. It uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status and enhance your career prospects.

COURSE DETAILS

This inter-professional course places work at the centre of learning. You'll have access to expertise and skills from a wide range of professionals including nonmedical consultants, advanced practitioners, medical practitioners and guest lecturers at the cutting-edge of health and social care. You can also draw on the expertise of professorial and research staff across the University.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The full course runs part-time over two years giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over one year
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over one year six months
  • Masters: six modules over two years

This course is aligned with:

  • Department of health Position Statement: Advanced Nursing Practice (2010)
  • Royal College of Nursing Competencies for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (2008)
  • NHS North West Concordat for Advanced Practice (2009).

This course comprises a number of core and optional modules depending on which pathway you choose.

TEACHING

The facilitation strategies within the course will prepare you for the development of generic and specific practice at advanced level. In essence this course embraces the concept of learning at work to develop new ways of working and will develop the 'advanced practitioner' as outlined by the NHS North West Concordat for Advanced Practice (2009).

You will engage in critical self-assessment of knowledge and skills against appropriate competency frameworks in order to identify, in negotiation with their employer and academic supervisor, an individual learning pathway within the course.

The facilitation strategies for the course are dependent on sound group dynamics, trust and cohesion. The course will commence with an orientation programme, which will explore your expectations, roles and responsibilities, work based mentors and assessors and learning facilitators, along with confidentiality and other issues.

Facilitation will be complemented by academic and professional supervision.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment strategies have been developed to reflect the ethos and learning aims and objectives of individual modules and may include:

  • Self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Practice-based assessments
  • Critical reflective commentaries
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Viva Voce
  • OSCA
  • Poster presentations
  • Service delivery and organisational assessment and redesign
  • Assessed essays
  • Client management plans
  • Written reports
  • Unseen examinations

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is normally commissioned by the North West Workforce Modernisation Hub to meet the needs of modernising the NHS and workforce development. On completion, you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner role in your own specialist field such as midwifery, accident and emergency, radiography, mental health and intensive care outreach.

Graduates of this course have undertaken a wide variety of advanced practice roles within their own field of practice. Many have made a significant contribution to improving services for their patient group and have demonstrated evidence of the impact of their role.

Whilst many advanced practitioners remain in post, some have chosen to become non-medical consultants.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The emphasis on work-based learning rather than classroom teaching distinguishes this course from more traditional taught courses. The collaboration between the workplace and academic facilitators is innovative and embraces the ethos of overall course philosophy and design and is in accordance with the University strategic objective of strengthening partnerships with partner organisations.

A learning facilitator will be employed with a particular remit to work with practice-based assessors and mentors in order to assure the quality of clinical and work based learning/assessments.

FURTHER STUDY

As a graduate of this master's degree, you will be eligible to undertake a PhD or Professional Doctorate.



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WHAT YOU WILL GAIN. - Advanced skills and know-how in the latest advanced technologies in power generation through Renewable Energy technologies, for professional or highly-skilled work and/or further learning. Read more
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

- Advanced skills and know-how in the latest advanced technologies in power generation through Renewable Energy technologies, for professional or highly-skilled work and/or further learning
- Credibility as an advanced practitioner in Renewable Energy technologies
- Ability to make independent judgments and high-level decisions in a variety of technical or managerial contexts
- The knowledge and skills to be actively involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation stages of a range of Renewable Energy power generation systems
- An EIT Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies

Next intake starts May 15th, 2017. Applications now open; limited places available.

INTRODUCTION

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies is an advanced program. It is presented at a considerably higher level than the Advanced Diploma and bachelor degree level programs and intending students should be aware of the greater challenge. This Certificate has identical standing and level to that of a university graduate diploma, but is focused on the career outcomes of a professional engineer and technologist. As the title suggests, it has a greater vocational or ‘job related’ emphasis, and focuses more on developing practical skills that you can apply to the workplace, rather than theory alone.

A feature of this program is that in using web collaborative technologies you will not only study and work with your peers around the world on various renewable energy design projects, but you will do this conveniently from your desktop using the latest techniques in live web and video conferencing. The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies focuses on the mainstream technologies viz. photovoltaic, wind and small hydro, but also covers other less common technologies such as biomass, osmotic and tide power generation, among others. The course deals with practical issues of renewable energy that will confront an advanced practitioner in the field. For example, you will be exposed to the modeling and simulation of wind turbines, and the design of wind farms. You will also be expected to undertake advanced design and conceptualisation work in which you will apply the calculations learned in less advanced programs. Some of the work and study you will be undertaking will involve pioneering technology and exploring new approaches. There is a definite ongoing need for highly qualified and skilled specialists in the Renewable Engineering field and this course caters for that need. Upon completing this program you will be able to show technical leadership in the field of Renewable Energy, and be recognised as an advanced practitioner in the field.

PRE-REQUISITES

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Potential students include:

- Practising engineers or technologists with advanced knowledge, experience and education (such as an Advanced Diploma, or undergraduate degree)
- Practising engineers or technicians with demonstrated competence
- Engineers or technologists from another discipline (such as mechanical and chemical engineering) wanting to up-skill in this area
- It would not be suitable for a student with no relevant work experience. We will review your enrolment application and may recommend pre-course studies if required.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Graduate Certificate is an intensive part-time program, conducted over 6 months. Unlike other universities or academic institutions, we operate almost all year round without extended breaks between semesters. The course is composed of 4 units, each conducted over 6 weeks.

Unit 1 - Fundamentals and Balance-of-Plant Components
Unit 2 - Small Hydro and Other Renewable Energy Technologies
Unit 3 - Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Unit 4 - Wind Turbine Systems

COURSE FEES

What are the fees for my country?

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located almost anywhere in the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. A full list of fees in a currency appropriate for every country would be complex to navigate and, with today’s exchange rate fluctuations, difficult to maintain. Instead we aim to give you a rapid response regarding fees that is customised to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student commences study. For a rapid reply to your enquiry regarding courses fees and payment options, please enquire via the below button and we will respond within 2 business days.

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Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and… Read more
Are you a qualified health and social care professional working in Neurological Rehabilitation? Do you want to develop advanced practitioner skills and knowledge along with a critical thinking ethos? Do you want to challenge your current practice and be innovative in applying your studies to your area of practice? This successful pathway is taught by an enthusiastic research active team who are specialists in neurological rehabilitation, and is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Key features

-Progress your health professions career and become a leader in this specialist area with a programme formed on evidence-based clinical practice, incorporating practical skill development*.
-Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base of this cutting-edge subject. -The assignments for all modules are designed to help you link theory to practice.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in this specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s Rehabilitation research group, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Further your research skills through use of the University’s highly advanced equipment at the Human Movement and Function Laboratory.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules. You may also choose specialist skills modules such as Injection Therapy for your continuing professional development (CPD).
-Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.
-Take advantage of flexible study – you can complete the programme over one year full time or two to five years part time. Your study will comprise of a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits.
-This programme is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Advance your practice by developing theoretical knowledge and skills and a creative, critical and analytical approach to practice. Study core modules to develop your advanced practitioner skills: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and a research dissertation. You’ll also study specific and optional modules related to neurological rehabilitation, enabling you to apply your knowledge to the assessment and management of people with neurological conditions, and can take modules as standalone options for continuing professional development (CPD). We use a range of assessments, designed to link knowledge and skills to your area of practice and to develop advanced practitioner skills such as evidence-based case studies, portfolios, service delivery proposals and written and oral work. Our graduates apply what they learn – they disseminate knowledge and skills, leading and developing practice, or choose to progress to further studies.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The distinctive features of the Masters programme are its 600 practice hours and its focus on the four pillars of advanced practice. Read more
The distinctive features of the Masters programme are its 600 practice hours and its focus on the four pillars of advanced practice. This means that the programme produces practitioners who are able to think at a high level in practice, but who also underpin their practice with a high level of scholarship. The programme therefore provides a first-class opportunity for post-registration learning in practice.

Students will be supported by a medical or clinical mentor over the two taught years, a value-added feature of the advanced clinical practice course that is not available in a traditional master’s course. Further, the development of a practice portfolio over the taught elements of the programme demonstrate the student’s capacity to function at an autonomous level in practice, while also illustrating the ability to consider the complex needs of their patients/clients. This again is generally not a feature of a traditional master’s course, and allows students to review and apply enhanced knowledge in practice as part of their clinical roles.

In order to facilitate this, applicants to the advanced clinical practice course will be required to have a responsible role in practice and to either be working as an autonomous practitioner, or to be able to secure a trainee advanced practitioner role.

The programme team work in partnership with the University Health Board and Wales Ambulance Service Trust to select candidates appropriate for this course interviewing applicants.

Key Course Features

-The course features a programme structure based on a 50% theory and 50% practice divide in programme hours
-Assessment of practice learning through a portfolio of evidence allows the student to demonstrate their progression in practice

The programme aims to enable experienced professionals to:
-Develop a systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of their specialist field of practice.
-Develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insights at the forefront of their area of advanced practice that enable further strategic development of practice and practice knowledge.
-Enable practitioners to inform, enhance and develop their competency within their field of practice.
-Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their subject area through the planning and execution of level 7 enquiry.

What Will You Study?

Having studied 60 credits in year one, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. Year one comprises Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing OR Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice, Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice and a negotiated/optional module (for non-prescribing practitioners) for the Advanced Clinical Practice generic route.

For the Therapies route students will study; Assessment And Intervention, Clinical Evaluation and either Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice or a negotiated/optional module.

Students wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma will have studied 120 credits, and will have completed 60 credits in year one plus 60 credits from year two. All students will have studied Research Methods and Advancing Clinical Practice plus either a negotiated module or an optional module. In this way, students will have a structured approach that meets their professional needs, but which allows shared learning across disciplines to take place. As the students are practitioners working in a multi-professional environment in clinical practice, this framework of common elements with the opportunity for optional modules builds on multi-professional learning, but promotes the development of the students’ professional practice within their own speciality.

In year three all students will study the Dissertation. This is a module that is core to all health masters programmes and which allows a variety of approaches to the final project. Within the advanced practice curriculum, it is expected that students will direct their enquiry to a topic important to them as practitioners, and to which they will bring a level of enquiry that demonstrates, and is related to, their position as an advanced practitioner.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice/Advanced Clinical Practice (Therapies) course, students will be eligible to apply for advanced practice roles in a variety of settings, and in Wales, students will be eligible to use the title ‘Advanced’ on completion of the MSc. As it is validated by the relevant PSRBs, on completion of the Non-Medical Prescribing module, students will be able to record this qualification with their professional body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC).

Other admission requirements

To be accepted on to the programme candidates must:
-Hold current registration with a professional statutory body pertaining to their area of advanced practice.
-Have a minimum of two years full time equivalent post-registration clinical experience.
-Be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy or Be able to secure a placement to the above for a minimum of two days per week or Be in a Trainee Advanced Practitioner role.
-Have a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) (for those students undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice modules) and have mentorship support during their practice placement from their employing organisation.
-Obtain a satisfactory DBS certificate.
-*Candidates without a full honours degree at 2:2 and above will be required to submit a 1,500 word essay on a topic chosen by the admissions team as part of the induction process. This will be assessed using the level 6 academic criteria (Appendix I) and must demonstrate achievement at 50% or above for successful admission to the programme. Alternatively, recent successful completion of an appropriate level 6 module such as Research Methods, Non-Medical Prescribing at level 6 or Preparing for Master’s Level Study will allow admission to the programme, subject to programme team agreement.

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This MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to become advanced practitioners who can deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. Read more
This MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to become advanced practitioners who can deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. The clinical components required for nurse prescribing is nested within the overall theoretical and clinical experience.

The M.Sc. Nursing Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate meets the criteria for level 9 programmes as set out by the National Qualifications Framework.

MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate is offered over 2 years for eligible applicants who are current holders of a bachelor nursing degree.

P.Grad. Dip in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate is offered over 1 year for eligible applicants who are current holders of a masters nursing degree.

Clinical Placement Students undertaking the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Nursing) are required to work in an Emergency Department; for a minimum of 1,000 hours (approx 40 weeks). This clinical placement takes place during the first year of the course and occurs in the students own area of employment under supervision of an experienced senior clinician.

Admission Requirements

Academic:
Hold an honors degree in Nursing Studies or equivalent; and
a post-basic qualification in relevant nursing specialty or
otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Professional:
Active Registration with NMBI: Applicants must be registered in the General Nursing Division of the active register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
Have a minimum of five years clinical experience in relevant nursing specialty during the last 8 years and
written commitment from host organisation to support the student for the clinical practicum (to include prescribing of medicinal products and ionising radiation)
satisfactory clinical audit of host hospital as a suitable learning environment for the relevant specialty

Students who already hold a MSc in Nursing or relevant subject and who meet the professional requirements as set out above, may be eligible to complete a one year postgraduate diploma in Advanced Nurse practitioner including Nurse Prescribing Certificate.

Documentation required to support your application

A copy of your current NMBI registration card.
2 references.
Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses.
Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.
Written commitment from your Director of Nursing to support the student during the clinical practicum and to nominate a suitably qualified practitioner to act as a clinical supervisor/mentor during the student's clinical learning experience.
A site declaration form signed by the Director of Nursing must be submitted with the student's application. This must also be signed by the Medical Practitioner.

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Course Description. This programme has been developed in response to an emerging healthcare role, namely the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). It is designed to equip and enhance the healthcare practitioner with knowledge and skills in the expanding field of advanced practice, especially within secondary care. Read more

Course Description

This programme has been developed in response to an emerging healthcare role, namely the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). It is designed to equip and enhance the healthcare practitioner with knowledge and skills in the expanding field of advanced practice, especially within secondary care.

The curriculum and competency framework for Advanced Clinical Practitioner training has been developed by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine. This has informed the curriculum content and structure of this programme.

Central to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner educational process is the development of a five year credentialing portfolio, of which a prerequisite is a master's level Advanced Practice award (Royal College of Emergengy Medicine, 2015); this programme aims to fulfil this requirement. The evidence-based credentialing portfolio is not part of the programme and should be completed in partnership with your employing organisation.

What will this course cover?

This programme will provide you with the core skills and knowledge required in advanced practice, as well as exploring both the professional and practice elements essential to work at an advanced level. Furthermore, it aims to map to the skills and knowledge framework to assist career development.

Careers

The enhanced skills of analysis that students will gain through this programme of study may lead to promotional opportunities either in the clinical area, or in the fields of education, management or research. Students will have access to progression to doctoral studies in their specific subject context, and the generic, transferable skills acquired throughout the programme may also open up employment opportunities outside these areas.

How to apply

Apply here: https://bucks.ac.uk/apply-now



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