Advanced Practice (Primary and Community Care) PGCert
Why choose this course
This course has been tailored to meet the needs of those who want to extend the scope of their clinical practice skills. If this sounds like you, this could be what you’ve been looking for. While in some ways mirroring our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course, we can also offer this course at a PGCert level.
What you will study
Are you a senior community practitioner? If so, our course provides you with a rewarding, unique opportunity to develop your advanced practice skills. While you absorb the in-depth knowledge which supports advanced healthcare practice, such as conceptual models, theories and frameworks, you will enrich your critical thinking and refine your decision-making skills.
We’ll give you the knowledge and abilities you need to potentially spearhead change within the healthcare sector while constantly working towards the advancement of your own practice and that of the wider healthcare sector.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Placement||Start date|
|PGCert||Part-time||60 months||October 2019|
We’ve designed our course to help you develop the skills and knowledge that modern healthcare demands of advanced practitioners. It will help you take your existing practice skills to a more advanced level, enhancing your employability and your appeal to prospective employers.
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Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
Our course consists of three 15 credit modules and one 30 credit module. We can also offer you a one-year full-time or, more commonly, a two-year part-time course with a maximum registration period of five years. Students usually study over one or two years part time.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Unstructured (3-5 years)
|NURSE INDEPENDENT/SUPPLEMENTARY PRESCRIBING (V300)||Core||Year-long|
|EVIDENCING YOUR PRACTICE||Core||2|
|STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP FOR HEALTHCARE||Core||2|
|ADVANCED ASSESSMENT & CLINICAL REASONING||Core||2|
Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
You should have an MSc in Specialist Practice (PHP/PCC SCPHN), or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Applications are screened for standard documentation and then referred to the programme lead for review and interview (telephone or face to face).
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Study mode||Start date||Placement||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|Part-time||October 2019||£5,165||To be confirmed|
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
How to apply
An interview, that can be conducted over the phone with the Programme Lead, will be required as part of the Admissions process.
Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.