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Advanced Practice (Primary and Community Care) PGCert

University of Surrey
2-5 years
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
October 2021
Application deadline: 22 July 2021

Program description

Advanced Practice (Primary and Community Care) PGCert

If you're aiming to take on more responsibility as a primary and community care practitioner, want to learn how to enhance the capabilities of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, and work towards the constant improvement of patient care, then our PGCert Advanced Practice (Primary and Community Care) course is for you. We'll give you the tools to help spearhead change within the healthcare sector, while constantly working towards the advancement of your own practice.

On successful completion of this course, you can apply to register your V300 independent and supplementary prescriber qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), allowing you to prescribe any medicine, within national and local guidelines, for any condition within your area of expertise and competence.

Throughout the course, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge that supports advanced healthcare practice, such as conceptual models, theories and frameworks, and you’ll enrich and refine your critical thinking and decision-making skills. You’ll explore and analyse key leadership issues in health and social care practice, while challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice.

You’ll study our V300 independent and supplementary prescribing module, to improve patients’ access to appropriate medication, in a timely manner. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and appropriately within your area of practice, and in line with current non-medical independent and supplementary prescribing legislation.

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Admission requirements

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.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programs, offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Unstructured (2-5 Years)

  • Advanced Assessment & Clinical Reasoning
  • Evidencing Your Practice
  • Strategic Leadership for Healthcare
  • Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (NMC/HCPC V300)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

This course can take between two to five years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.


Credits and ECTS Credits: 75 credits and 37.5 ECTS credits

Learning Outcome

  • Critically explore the conceptual models, theories and frameworks that support the provision of advanced practice
  • Develop and be able to articulate, a rational framework of values and beliefs, which underpin their practice
  • Critically explore and assess evidence, cases and situations in practice to allow a high level of decision making and judgement
  • Utilise critical thinking and problem solving skills in the demonstration of complex decision making
  • Demonstrate high levels of autonomous practice in complex decision making in an extended scope of practice role
  • Evaluate links between theory and practice to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and assessment of learning within the work place
  • Critically evaluate their own and other¿s practice, in order to ensure that practice is of a high standard and evidence based.

Career opportunities

We’ll prepare you to take the next step in your career as an advanced practitioner who has additional responsibilities within the healthcare sector. Our graduates typically take on more senior roles within the NHS or in private healthcare.

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University of Surrey

388 Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford, Surrey

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