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UWS Nursing & Midwifery Course Funding Information | University of the West of Scotland

Overview

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Neonatal/Child/Adult/Mental Health) provides an opportunity for you as a health or social care professional (nurses and allied health professionals) to explore this developing role.

You will explore dimensions of advanced practice through the four pillars of:

  • Advanced Practice: Clinical Practice
  • Leadership
  • Facilitation of Learning & Evidence
  • Research and Development

The MSc is designed to educational principles which reflect the expertise of students and accommodates their motivation to learn. This is achieved through online and blended teaching and learning approaches that encourage autonomous, independent learning.

Through innovative assessments strategies, you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and to share your experience further, providing an opportunity for inter-professional learning within the academic setting.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Prescribing in Advanced Practice module enables registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Placement Opportunities

Our Advanced Clinical Practice module is based within your own clinical area and requires 200 hours of advanced practice to be demonstrated.

Employment Requirements

You should normally be currently employed as an advanced clinical practitioner or have secured a trainee/seconded position in an advanced clinical practitioner role, in order to complete the assessment requirements of the modules in this course.

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Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate students (iGraduate Student Barometer 2017-18)

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You should normally have a relevant health or social care-related degree or equivalent.

Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning may be considered.

If you possess other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent then you may also be considered.

Professional Requirements

You must hold Professional Registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You should have a minimum of three years’ experience within your field or practice.

Employment Requirements

You will normally be currently employed as an advanced clinical practitioner or have secured a trainee/seconded position in an advanced clinical practitioner role, in order to complete the assessment requirements of the modules.

You must also have the full-support of your employer and an identified Clinical Supervisor in order to be able to undertake this course.

We may be unable to consider applications from those individuals who aspire to work in an advanced clinical practitioner role (ie currently do not work in such a role).

Prescribing in Advancing Practice Module Requirements

You must have one year’s clinical experience working within a clinical environment where you will be prescribing.

You must have previous research knowledge/experience within the past five years at SCQF Level 9, or equivalent. This requirement will be met through undertaking the Research for Health & Social Care module as part of the normal flow of the programme.

You must identify a designated medical practitioner (DMP) from the same area of your clinical practice, who can provide a minimum of 78 hours of supervision, and who meets the criteria for supervising on this module.

Please Note: A separate application pack must be completed for this module and submitted for approval, prior to commencing the module. This application pack will be sent to students whilst on the course before commencing the module.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our course will develop your knowledge and ability to create robust and credible advanced practice skills which impact on health outcomes across the clinical setting. Upon graduation you will become an advanced practitioner who can practice safely, and will be aware of developments as they occur on a global basis. You will also have the ability to adapt and respond to the evolving practice role within a variety of clinical settings.

The PgCert comprises the following core modules:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • Assessment and Decision making in Adv Pract. (core, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to proceed to the PgDip, which consists of the additional following core module:

  • Prescribing in Advanced Practice* (core, 20 credits)
  • Research for Health & Social Care (core, 20 credits)

To complete the PgDip stage, you will select one or two modules (20 or 10 credit modules respectively) from the following optional ones:

  • Ambulatory Care (optional, 10 credits)
  • Assessment of Capacity (optional, 10 credits)
  • Clinical Supervision: Health & Social Care (optional, 20 credits)
  • Clinical Teaching (optional, 20 credits)
  • Dementia Care Principles (optional, 20 credits)
  • Enhancing self through reflective leadership (optional, 10 credits)
  • Frailty in Later Life (optional, 20 credits)
  • Independent Study (HSCE) (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • Master's Research & Enquiry Dissertation (60 credits)

* Prescribing in Advanced Practice may not required by certain professional groups (registered with HCPC - Allied health professions). In this case, this module will be replaced by another optional module (from the list above).

Attendance

This course is mainly delivered online however certain modules have specific attendance requirements at our Lanarkshire campus:

Assessment & Decision Making in Advanced Practice (core, 20 credits)

  • Students are normally expected to attend for 10 days on campus.

Advanced Clinical Practice (core, 20 credits)

  • Students are normally expected to attend for 2 days on campus.

Prescribing in Advanced Practice* (core, 20 credits)

  • Students are expected to attend for 26 days on campus (usually delivered as one week on campus every third week). This module is available at our Lanarkshire or Paisley campuses.

* Prescribing in Advanced Practice may not required by certain professional groups (registered with HCPC - Allied health professions). In this case, this module will be replaced by another optional module (from the list above).

Teaching & Assessment

Our course adheres to educational principles which reflect the expertise of students and accommodate their motivation to learn. This will be achieved through teaching and learning approaches that encourages the autonomous independent learner.

Through innovative assessments strategies, you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and to share your experience further, providing an opportunity for inter-professional learning within the academic setting.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

  • Independent Study: 56%
  • Scheduled Learning: 28
  • Placement: 17%

ASSESSMENT

  • Coursework: 83%
  • Practical: 6%
  • Examination: 11%

Coursework normally includes: essays, case studies, portfolios of written work as well as your dissertation, and our practical assessments will normally include presentations, work-based learning and objective structured clinical examinations. You will also undertake written examinations as part of this course.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner Course Structure

Career Prospects

Jobs

The MSc aims to create graduates who have the ability to adapt and respond to the evolving practice role within a variety of clinical settings. It will develop your knowledge and ability to create robust and credible advanced practice skills which impact on health outcomes across the clinical setting. Graduates from this course will become advanced practitioners who can practice safely, and will be aware of developments as they occur on a global basis.

Our course will provide added value to your employability and the scope to contextualise the advanced practice role in areas associated with your job i.e. within acute settings or community.

Upon graduation you will be enabled to be employed as an Advanced Practitioner within your field of practice.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Health: PgCert/PgDip/MSc Online Study 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£790 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£790 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£790 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£820 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

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How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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