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Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)


This course is designed to increase your employability across a range of healthcare settings, with a focus on critical care. As an apprenticeship it gives you the chance to gain credits for conducting your own projects during your current job.

Providing the theoretical underpinning and practice base to enable health care professionals to deliver safe and effective autonomous care, this course will prepare you to work at a senior clinical decision making level.

Consistent with national guidance, this structured professional development will enable non-medical clinicians to undertake a full systems examination (child and adult) and to develop the knowledge and skills to clinically and critically interpret results of tests and investigations.

Taught by senior practising clinicians and health care professionals, this is an interactive programme where you will learn through seminars, group work and individual study.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people from a range of professional backgrounds including nursing, paramedic practitioners and other health professionals working in all primary, secondary and tertiary areas either as generalists or specialists.

Applicants who have successfully completed a non-medical prescribing course at another UK HEI and have registered this qualification with their professional body will automatically be granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 40 CATS points towards the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing module in year 2. Applicants will be required to provide original evidence of their qualification and professional registration of this qualification.


PG Certificate (60 CATS points):

PG Diploma (120 CATS points): The PG Certificate modules above plus:

MSc (180 CATS points): The PG Certificate and Diploma modules above plus:

Induction module

Before completing the course, you will undertake the Induction and Professional Development module, introducing you to all the underpinning regulations, guidance, and support available to you during your postgraduate study.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should:
- be in a clinical post at Band 6 or above in a trainee ACP post or similar
- have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council or Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- hold a BSc degree at 2nd class level, or evidence of Level 7 study.

Those without the academic qualifications will have a telephone interview with the course director for a special case request to be made.

English language requirements: Band A with specific component scores of 6.5 in reading and writing.

Teaching methods:

This is an interactive programme. You will learn through lectures and seminars, practical group work and guided reading. You will benefit from guided discussions and have the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt during the sessions.


Assessment for each module can be seen by looking at the relevant module page but typically consists of written essays of 3,000-4,000 words, a portfolio and/or an Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER). The Professional Project is assessed by a 4,000-word project report and a poster presentation.


Key Facts


Eva Mussio / Claire Runaghan / Evon Conway

Tel: 024 765 74263

Course Director
Samantha McDonnell

Deputy Course Director
Rebecca Johnson

3 years part time

Location of study: University of Warwick and in the workplace.

Information for current Apprentices can be found here.

Case studies

Read interviews with our course director and one of our Advanced Clinical Practice students to find out more about the course


We are now recruiting for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Module running dates for the 2024/25 academic year will be available June/July 2024.