You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. All qualifications must have been awarded within the last five years (including year of application).

Standard entry requirements

  • Honours degree 2.2 or above in a recognised health-related subject (or an equivalent overseas qualification)
  • Recognised health-related professional qualification and evidence of current valid professional registration (e.g. PIN number)
  • Normally one year post-qualifying practice experience and working in an area of healthcare practice when you apply
  • Personal statement outlining reasons for applying
  • Two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference. The second should be a reference from your current employer dated within the last year (from date of application)

Module specific requirements will apply to some modules.

Non-standard entry

 Applications will also be considered from applicants who can demonstrate:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M; or
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60 per cent)

Candidates with non-standard qualifications will be asked to complete a short qualifying essay and may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts).

Advanced Practice and Advanced Practice in Clinical Cancer Care route

In addition to the above academic requirements, you will be required to:

  • have a minimum of two years full time experience or the equivalent in part time hours in health or social care employment
  • normally be employed in a senior healthcare role and be working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist module outcomes /advanced practice competencies (DH, 2010)

If you meet these requirements you will be invited to attend an interview to confirm you are in an appropriate role which supports the achievement of the advanced practice learning outcomes and assessments.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.  

English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year. If you have completed a test which is now considered out of date, you may be required to complete another. However, you are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within one year.


IELTS overall 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-test components.

Pearson Test

Pearson (PTE Academic) Test overall 67 with 67 in Listening, 67 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 67 in Speaking.

Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)

Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) with a Pass at Grade B or C (Borderline in all four components) (equivalent to C1).

Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a Level C1 (Weak in all four components).

Read about English language exceptions


Last Updated: Friday, 17 October 2014 11:30

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