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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

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Advanced Clinical Practice is for experienced healthcare practitioners in hospital and community settings. The course builds on your existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and delivery of advanced clinical practice. Module outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework and the NHS England Advanced Clinical Practice framework so NHS employees can identify learning to support career progression. This MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is accredited by Health Education England Centre of Advancing Practice. For those who are applying for HEE funding, as part of the pre-submission process, you are required to complete the ACP Readiness checklist with your employer. A completed copy of this will need to be submitted with your ACP application to KCL.

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the top nursing faculty in the UK, ranked 2nd in the world (2020 QS World University Rankings).
  • The programme is accredited by Health Education England Centre of Advancing Practice.
  • 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.

The ACP course is an excellent program because it harnesses your experience, formalises it and make it recognisable at cooperate and practice level.

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This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice, in any healthcare discipline. Applicants are expected to be working in an advanced clinical practice role before commencing this postgraduate course. The course is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the community or acute care setting including emergency care, critical care, chronic disease management and other specialist areas. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. We will consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for previous modules relating to advanced practice. For more information please visit (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nmpc/cpd#prior_learning)

Course Aims

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

Base campuses

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Course accreditation

Awarding Institutions

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King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

A typical academic year for students of this course might have approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops, and approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen. Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations with emphasis on clinical competency assessment in advanced clinical practice. 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 OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer based assessment.

    All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document based on the NHS England 2017 ACP Multi-Professional Framework. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

    Structure

    Required modules

    There is one core module and MSc students are also required to take. Visit our short course page for more information: (kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/nursing-5)

    Advanced Assessment Skills for Non -Medical Practitioners (30 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, students take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include: Visit our short course page for more information: (kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/nursing-5)

    Prescribing (60 credits)
    Advanced Practice Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)
    Developing Professional Leadership (15 credits)
    Applied Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice (30 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Possible options after taking this programme include advanced clinical practice roles.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Part time: £3,680 per year (PGCert,PG Dip, MSc, 2022/23);

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. For those who are applying for HEE funding, as part of the pre-submission process, you are required to complete the ACP Readiness checklist with your employer. A completed copy of this will need to be submitted with your ACP application to KCL.

    Deposit

    Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Binding costs
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationery 
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice, in any healthcare discipline. Applicants are expected to be working in an advanced clinical practice role before commencing this postgraduate course. The course is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the community or acute care setting including emergency care, critical care, chronic disease management and other specialist areas. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. We will consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for previous modules relating to advanced practice. For more information please visit (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nmpc/cpd#prior_learning)

    Course Aims

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

    Base campuses

    waterloo-banner
    Waterloo Campus

    Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

    campus guys
    Guy’s Campus

    The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

    St Thomas
    St Thomas’ Campus

    Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

    Course accreditation

    Awarding Institutions

    kcl logo

    King's College London and Affiliates

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    A typical academic year for students of this course might have approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops, and approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen. Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

    Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations with emphasis on clinical competency assessment in advanced clinical practice. 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 OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer based assessment.

      All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document based on the NHS England 2017 ACP Multi-Professional Framework. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

      Structure

      Required modules

      There is one core module and MSc students are also required to take. Visit our short course page for more information: (kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/nursing-5)

      Advanced Assessment Skills for Non -Medical Practitioners (30 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, students take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include: Visit our short course page for more information: (kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/nursing-5)

      Prescribing (60 credits)
      Advanced Practice Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)
      Developing Professional Leadership (15 credits)
      Applied Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice (30 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Possible options after taking this programme include advanced clinical practice roles.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Part time: £3,680 per year (PGCert,PG Dip, MSc, 2022/23);

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. For those who are applying for HEE funding, as part of the pre-submission process, you are required to complete the ACP Readiness checklist with your employer. A completed copy of this will need to be submitted with your ACP application to KCL.

      Deposit

      Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Binding costs
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees 
      • Stationery 
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      Please note that applicants who are not working in the UK cannot be considered for this programme.

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

      September 2022 entry:

      • Our first application deadline is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time).

      After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

      • The deadline for applications from non-EU (overseas) nationals is  Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)
      • The deadline for applications from UK/EU nationals is Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)
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