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Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course content


  • 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


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.


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.


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.


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 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


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.


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.


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

Visit the Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!




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