BSc (Hons) Clinical & Professional Practice

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.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 2-5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, February 2023, September 2023, February 2024
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Alder Hey Institute in the Park, Liverpool
      Edge Hill University

      Please note, this course is suspended for September 2022 and February 2023 entry.

      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.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme’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.

      How will I 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.

      How will I 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 me?

      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.


      The 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.


      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.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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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      Compulsory modules:

      HEA3161Advancing Practice Project (40 credits)

      Advancing Practice Project enables you to develop the ability to work independently on a sustained piece of work. You will suggest an area of practice from within your clinical area that would benefit from an in-depth review from an evidence based practice, system redesign or staff/ service user education perspective. You will conduct a review of existing literature and discuss your approach to implementing the outcomes of the review in terms of leadership and change management. A fundamental aspect of the project is the dissemination of the change in practice and its implications for practice. Academic supervision will encourage reflection as well as the integration of theory and practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA3102Research Methods (20 credits)

      Research Methods is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the research process, the nature and variety of research methods, together with the need for an evidence base to guide the decision-making process. The module encourages you to appreciate that qualitative and quantitative methods as equally valuable and often complementary. You will be involved, wherever possible, in using and applying research methods rather than merely talking about them.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

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

      For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      To join this programme you should practice in an environment which enables you to meet the programme 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 programme will meet your individual needs.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      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.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this degree are £35 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £700 per 20 credit module. A total of 120 credits must be studied in order to complete this BSc (Hons) award.

      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 part-time tuition fee rate.


      How to Apply

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

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      27th January 2022 - Change of Delivery Venue

      Modules will typically be taught at Edge Hill University for future intakes, excluding HEA3161 Advancing Practice Project (40 credits) which will be delivered at Alder Hey Institute in the Park in Liverpool.

      Covid-19 - Clinical & Professional Practice Essential Information

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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