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Clinical & Professional Practice BSc (Hons)

Tailor your studies to your professional development needs on this flexible degree that enables registered professionals in health and social care to develop specialist knowledge and skills.

We are not accepting applications for this course at this time.


Course length: 2-5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
February 2023
September 2023
February 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
and Alder Hey Institute in the Park, Liverpool
Subject(s): Health and Social Care
Department: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

The programme provides health and social professionals with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced within a variety of healthcare settings.

A broad range of module choice will help you to develop a body of knowledge that will influence your practice and the practice of others in your professional sphere.

You can choose to follow a generic pathway or specialise in areas such as child and young person’s palliative and end of life care practice, paramedic practice or perioperative practice. Before the start of the course, you will have an interview with a pathway coordinator to help ensure your chosen pathway is the one to best meet your individual needs.

If you want to build upon your own clinical experience as well as develop and exercise higher levels of decision-making and critical judgement in clinical and professional practice, then this is the course for you.

What you'll study

The course’s core modules introduce you to the skills and methods of research and subsequently involve the completion of a dissertation.

The Research Methods module will help you to develop skills in specific aspects of research methodology and equip you to prepare a proposal to undertake a small scale piece of research. The emphasis throughout is on the practical application of research principles to ensure that practice is evidence-based.

The Advancing Practice Project module offers you, with the support of an academic supervisor, the opportunity to develop your ability to independently produce a sustained piece of work.

In addition to the two core modules, you will select modules from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s undergraduate professional development module portfolio and/or opt for specific modules relating to one of the pathways.

Compulsory modules:

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Advancing Practice Project

Research Methods

You will select an additional 60 credits of modules from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s professional development portfolio.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please see our Continuing Professional Development Modules for Health and Social Care Practitioners pages.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Module delivery approaches vary from face-to-face classroom-based activities to solely online delivery. Many modules involve a blended approach combining online study with taught sessions on campus. The Advancing Practice Project module is delivered at Alder Hey Institute in the Park in Liverpool.

The course is designed for busy professionals to study on a part-time basis whilst in employment. It is possible to study the degree as a full award or study a module on a standalone basis.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. 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 or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

The programme utilises a variety of assessment techniques and strategies are used including written assignments, interviews, practicals (observed structured clinical examinations), seminar presentations, examinations and portfolio development.

Who will be teaching you

The teaching team comprises research-active senior lecturers with extensive clinical and professional expertise and experience. Guest lecturers with specific subject and clinical speciality experience from all professional disciplines will also contribute to the richness and variety of the programme.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

To join this course you should practice in an environment which enables you to meet the course outcomes.

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professionals Council or hold an overseas nursing or allied health professional qualification and IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (with 6.0 achieved in the written and spoken language element of the test, completed within the last two years).

You should have 240 UK credits with 120 at level 4 (Cert HE) and 120 at level 5 (Dip HE). Alternatively, students who are over 21 will be considered if they can demonstrate the ability to study at degree level by the successful completion of a 20 credit Edge Hill University degree level module.

You will have an interview with a pathway coordinator to verify that you meet the entry requirements and plan your pathway to ensure the course will meet your individual needs.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement

How to apply

Unfortunately, we are not accepting applications for this course at the present time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Faculty of Health, Social Care and MedicineThe Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

The Advancing Practice Project module is delivered at Alder Hey Institute in the Park in Liverpool, a dedicated research, education and innovation centre in children’s healthcare.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


Tuition fees

UK Part-Time

£35 per credit

for 120 credits

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Your future career

Due to the flexibility of this programme and the wide range of modules available, you will be well-placed to either progress in your current role or consider a career change within health or associated areas.

You will learn how to problem solve, apply relevant knowledge and skills, communicate information and reflect on your practice.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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