University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Advancing Healthcare Practice

This course has been developed to embrace the dynamic challenges faced by advanced practitioners in a modern healthcare setting; it therefore integrates research, education and management issues to enable students to evolve a high degree of professional autonomy and independent practice; by building on our students' existing knowledge base, and by providing them with the necessary advanced theoretical and clinical expertise, this course helps them become efficient at managing their own clinical case loads and undertaking advanced health assessment, as well as developing their diagnostic reasoning skills; these issues relate strongly to the ever-changing climate within healthcare arising from agenda for change; the national health service plan; skills for health; the knowledge and skills framework; nursing and midwifery council recommendations for 2010 for advanced practice; the royal college of nursing and other government health initiatives and agendas such as the National Service Frameworks (NSFs); during the course students: focus on their specialist area of clinical practice; experience an evidence-based approach, involving key staff who are actively engaged in clinical practice and research; explore relation of theory to practice and practice to theory; benefit from innovative and flexible learning; have opportunities for conference attendance and presentations; and experience a variety of teaching methods e.g. e-learning, work based learning, problem based learning, simulation and role play.

Entry requirements

Available to all health and social care practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds; with Honours degree or the equivalent in terms of advanced study, research or professional experience; it is a requirement that students are employed in clinical practice during this course as they are expected to practice skills development within the workplace.

Course modules

Core modules: assessment and diagnostic skills; managing multiple health needs; influencing people and organisations; project management in health and social care; dissertation; plus option units from: assessing and evaluating performance; examination of the newborn; human factors, environment and design in patient safety; nurse and midwife independent and supplementary prescribing; PDP learning contract; supervising learning and development.

Assessment methods

Combination of portfolios; learning contracts; exams; practicals; essays; reports; poster presentations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 750 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 750 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 750 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 750 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 750 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 750 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Luton Campus Luton LU1 3JU South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01234 400400