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PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice

Prepare for the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner in primary or secondary care.

Year of entry: 2020


2 years part-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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There will be significant changes to this course from September 2020 as it is currently undergoing validation. For more information, contact

This course will enable you to develop competency in advanced practice. 

This course will help you to build the knowledge and skills you need to safely assess, diagnose and treat or refer patients presenting with undifferentiated problems within the healthcare setting in which you are working. This includes the prescription or administration of medication according to the rules governing your particular profession.

You'll gain professional skills including risk management, resilience and leadership, in order to progress your journey towards advanced practice. You'll also learn how to manage patients presenting with complex problems, taking into account all the factors which contribute to the individual's problems.

This postgraduate diploma level course is similar in content to the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. However, on the PGDip course you will not undertake Year 3 which includes the service improvement project (dissertation).


Successfully completing the Non Medical Prescribing module will enable you to legally prescribe medicines and appliances.

Expert speakers

Expert speakers are a great feature of the course. We use them to bring in specialist knowledge to enhance your knowledge base and understanding.

Course content

You'll need to be able to work with a mentor (a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, GP, or doctor of registrar level or above) in the area of practice where you are currently employed throughout the course.

You will spend a full day each week with your mentor to work on skills and competencies learned in class and to develop your competency in your own area of practice.

This course is also available as a three-year MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice which provides all the competencies required to be an advanced clinical practitioner as well as giving you the opportunity to undertake a service improvement project (dissertation) in the third year.


Year 1

You'll study the biological basis of illness and explore how pathology relates to signs and symptoms in the individual. You will learn how to assess these signs and symptoms through history taking and physical and mental health assessment and how to formulate this information into clinical diagnoses and a plan of care. You'll also learn how laboratory investigations can help to inform your clinical decisions. 

Year 2

You'll explore professional issues faced by Advanced Clinical Practitioners and look at how to manage risk and gain resilience. You will also examine the broad context of health, including public health, and how the Advanced Clinical Practitioner can influence outcomes in the healthcare context. After this year, you'll qualify as a non-medical prescriber (if you are not already one).

If you undertake the non-medical prescribing module, you will need to be working in the area in which you intend to prescribe and have access to a designated medical prescriber for a 12-day period during this module. The clinical practice hours count for both the non-medical prescribing days and the clinical practice days.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Interpret signs and symptoms in presenting patients, using their advanced knowledge of the pathological, social, environmental and psychological processes underlying medical conditions and mental health problems
  • Assess, diagnose and treat and/ or refer patients presenting with common medical and mental health problems in their own area of practice, using their advanced skills in patient assessment and clinical decision making, and by applying their knowledge of clinical investigations
  • Appropriately prescribe in their own area of practice
  • Develop personal resilience by negotiating and managing their role as an Advanced Clinical Pracitioner through collaboration with other health care professionals
  • Use their knowledge and skills to manage and plan care with patients and families presenting with complex and ongoing needs including medical/social/psychological/ethical elements at the level expected of an advanced clinical practitioner
  • Improve health outcomes in the population by applying their knowledge of the public health agenda in their clinical practice.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).

Additional costs

There are no specific additional fees for this course. You may choose to buy your own textbooks, which will cost around £150, however, these will also be available from the library. You may also want to print out some documents. We would anticipate the cost of printing would be up to £30.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

In year 1, teaching will be on a Tuesday. This will change to a Thursday in the second year. You'll have significant face-to-face time with tutors.

You'll learn through theory sessions followed by discussions and a review of practice. During the patient assessment module, the afternoon session will consist mainly of clinical practice in the skills lab, working on the techniques of history taking and physical assessment.

Patient scenarios and case studies will be available through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for you to continue learning outside of the classroom.

During the course, you will develop an electronic portfolio which will allow you to document your hours, meetings with your mentor, and provide you with a space to add evidence which supports your increasing competency.


You will benefit from our Clinical Simulation Unit which replicates a number of areas of healthcare in which you may work.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Health Sciences which is on Campus West. The majority of your teaching will take place in Alcuin, or at other locations across Campus West. 

Students will work in their own area of clinical practice throughout the programmme. Students may choose to organise placements in other healthcare settings in order to enhance their clinical learning.

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Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Assessments will be through a variety of methods including exams, Observed Clinical Structured Examinations (OSCEs), reflective essays and a poster presentation. In each module you'll complete a formative assessment, which will help you achieve success in the summative assignment.

Careers and skills

The demand for qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) is growing, and on completion of this course you will be able to apply for and work as an ACP. As this is a generic course, you will be able to apply your skills in different clinical settings.

Career opportunities

  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • Strategic leadership and management roles in healthcare

Transferable skills

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Manage risk and influence healthcare practices and policy to become a resilient professional
  • Work in collaboration with others to improve the health of the population
  • Lead on service development and implement change.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree You should hold a undergraduate degree (exception may be given if you have evidence of recent successfully completed modules at level six).
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Additional requirements

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health Care Professions Council, or the General Pharmaceutical Council in order to apply.

This course is open to healthcare professionals who have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health Care Professions Council, or the General Pharmaceutical Council and have at least three years relevant clinical experience.

You need to be able to attend university one day per week during term time and should have the full support of your workplace management.

You may also be required to pass an interview in order to be offered a place on the course.

Extra requirements for students undertaking the non-medical prescribing module

If you intend to undertake this module you need to be a registered nurse, pharmacist or physiotherapist with three years' post-qualification experience and have been working in the clinical field of intended practice for the last year.

You will need to be able to spend a compulsory practice element of 12 days with a designated medical practitioner, and be working in an area where you will be able to prescribe on completion of the module.

You will need separate and specific support from your employing organisation and you must have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check which is under three years old at the time of enrolment.

Recognition of prior learning

Please see our recognition of prior learning policies.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components
Duolingo Minimum overall score of 115

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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