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This part-time course is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding of health and social care professionals working to, or aspiring to be, advanced practitioners.

This flexible course will allow you to develop your knowledge base from the perspective of your own work, whilst sharing and learning from your colleagues across the interprofessional team. You can choose from over 60 units to undertake a degree that is tailored to your professional development. It presents an opportunity for you to show your ability to critically evaluate your practice and make evidence-based judgements. You'll be able to further integrate new and existing skills in a practice setting while maintaining and developing high-quality healthcare in your current workplace.

Key information

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

Maximum 5 years from registration on to a named award

Entry requirements:

First degree or equivalent and be engaging in practice for a minimum of 20 hours per week. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

We've designed this course to enable busy health and social care practitioners to be able to study individual units allowing you to steadily work towards a postgraduate qualification, flexibly and at your own pace.There are various entry and exit points explained in our course diagram.

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice 

Posgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice

MA in Advanced Practice

  • You can complete a full MA in Advanced Practice by completing an inindependent study in service improvement to consolidate your learning whilst focusing on an aspect of your professional practice and/or service you lead. This includes two units: Preparing for your Service improvement project and Service improvement project
  • You have an additional two years to complete this final stage of the course. 

Units are priced individually so please check each unit for details. 

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MA Advanced Practice.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

This course is designed for qualified health and social care professionals who have already studied to Degree level and wish to expand their sphere of practice to include new elements within their professional role. They must also be engaged in practice for normally a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:

  • Possession of a degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • You must be engaged in practice for normally a minimum of 20 hours per week.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: 

  •  IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.

How to apply

In the first instance you should talk to your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator to understand if there are any contractual arrangements in place and whether your chosen course or unit of study can be funded via this route.

If this situation applies to you, you must submit your completed application form via your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator, who will forward it to the university.

If you are funding the course or unit of study yourself or your employer is sponsoring you (outside any contractual arrangement), please submit your completed application form directly to the university.

Please note: In some cases, we may ask you to provide additional references but we will advise you of this once you have submitted your application form.

Please contact our askBUEnquiry Service if you have any question or if you have any problems downloading the application form.

Careers

This course provides an opportunity for those in a position of advanced practice or aspiring to be in such a position to top-up their qualifications. The chance to further develop your critical thinking skills and undertake independent study based on the development of your role or service is intended to help you feel confident in leadership roles in the healthcare profession.

Career progression may lead to you becoming a:

  • Specialist practitioner
  • Academic lecturer
  • Academic researcher.

Industries you could work in

  • NHS (hospital and community)
  • Private and independent healthcare sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
  • Education
  • Academic research.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

  • All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions & specialist teaching facilities.
  • One set of study-related consumables such as a hard copy/memory stick/ DVD
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, Faculty Librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/ improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our unilinx bus service operates in the local areas, offering a subsided travel rate. We also have a large number of bike storage facilities.
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU wepages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Travel to placement is your responsibility; you may be able to reclaim costs from NHS Student Bursaries
  • Supplementary uniform supplies
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/ securing placements
  • Professional Body membership/registration post qualification
  • Internet access at discretion of your accommodation provider
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please the Student section of the website.

Other possible costs to consider

  • Replacement Student ID card- £10.00 (per replacement)
  • Cost of resit examination- No charge if examined at Bournemouth University, if examined elsewhere costs may be incurred at the Exam Centre
  • Cost of additional transcript results- £10.00 (per year of study)
  • Replacement certificate (Postgraduate and Diploma level students only)- £30.00 (per replacement)

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