Advanced practice


Advanced practice

The module is designed for health and social care professionals who wish to develop a critical understanding of the broader context of advanced practice and the professional issues involved when working at this level. Leadership and collaborative practice, and developing self and others underpin this module.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically discuss the concept of advanced practice and underpinning themes.
  2. Analyse critically and reflect upon own development and that of others within an advanced practice setting.
  3. Critically evaluate leadership and change management theories, concepts and strategies in relation to the practice environment.
  4. Analyse critically and synthesise the evidence-base pertinent to advanced practice.
  5. Critically discuss and reflect upon the professional issues that impact the advanced practitioner.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare practitioners normally with at least two year’s post-qualifying practice experience.

Module code: HP7005X

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.
  • Please note applicants will need to be in a clinical practitioner role to meet the course requirements
  • An informal interview will be required to ensure you meet the criteria


Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).


Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).
Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 7

Assessment: Individual scope of advanced practice

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 teaching days

Module dates:*

  • 29 May, 4, 11, 18, 25 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leader: Donna Barleycorn

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc