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Advanced Practice MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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Overview

Advanced Practice is a part-time programme for experienced healthcare practitioners in hospital and community settings. The programme builds on your existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and delivery of evidence-based practice. Module outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework so NHS employees can identify learning to support career progression.


Key benefits

  • Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.

  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

  • A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Typically students take one year to complete a certificate, two years for a diploma and three years for an MSc. Maximum of six years PT.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 10-15

Course leaders Dr Geraldine Lee, gerry.lee@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact for further information

Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact email pg-healthadmissions@kcl.ac.uk

Awarding institution King's College London

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Employment/work experience requirements:

You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner.

Academic Requirements:

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). 

Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered: if you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research. 

Application procedure

Apply using the College application form available online. In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.

Personal statement and supporting information

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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Course detail

Description

This programme is  suitable for practitioners, educators and managers from many healthcare disciplines who are developing autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership. Practitioners may choose to follow a generic pathway or choose from a number of clinical specialities. Applicants are generally expected to be working within the chosen specialist field.

The programme is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the following areas or roles: Cancer Nursing, Cardiac Care, Child Healthcare, Critical Care, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, District Nursing, Leadership, Midwifery, Palliative Care, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Community Matron/Case Manager, Women's Health Care.

Modules will only run if there are sufficient numbers of students enrolled and the minimum number is 12.

Please see our frequently asked questions here.

Course purpose

This programme is intended for experienced healthcare practitioners who are seeking to advance their practice, enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare, and develop their roles.

Further literature

Faculty Post qualifcation Programmes brochure.

Course format and assessment

This programme is part-time with taught sessions comprising a mixture of one day per week attendance and study blocks. Students select from modules rated at 15 or 30 credits. Students may elect to undertake one or more practice portfolios where practice accounts are used to demonstrate specialist or advanced practice.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations. In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam, such as an unseen written examination or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical-based competency assessment as part of the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Practice pathway. This assessment is a clinical hurdle with 0 credits and is undertaken in the student’s workplace with an assessor.

Structure

  • Required Modules

    There are two core modules:
    Evidence-based Decision Making In Healthcare
    Measurement and Evaluation For Healthcare Practice

    Optional Modules

    Students can select optional courses from a wide range of available options, including:

    Prior learning:

    Students who have already studied clinically-focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able to incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits, provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).

  • Students wishing to undertake an empirical study as part of the dissertation module will need to have taken and passed an additional module entitled Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research. This module is available in term 3 only.

    Please note that the dissertation can only be undertaken when students have completed 120 credits and achieved 55% or above in their modules.


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Career prospects

Possible options after taking this programme include advanced practice roles such as nurse consultant, specialist practice roles, education, research and audit.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

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Full time tuition fees - Overseas

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Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,000 p.a. (PGCert, PGDip, MSc, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£5,850 p.a. (PGCert, PGDip, MSc, 2016/17)*

*This tuition maybe be subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 - Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Staff from contracted Trusts are eligible to have their study funded, subject to agreement by their manager. Students not sponsored by their employer may wish to pursue other sources of funding. Some scholarships may be available. Prospective students may also wish to consult the Directory of Grant-making Trusts and Charities (available in local libraries).

 

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