This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

AdvDip(CPD) Advanced Clinical Practice in Oncology (HE7)

Are you a health professional with a desire to become an advanced clinical practitioner in oncology? This short course focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of the clinical management of adults with cancer.

Key information



Mode of Study:



15 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

This stand-alone professional development course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the clinical management of adults with cancer from pre-diagnosis to end-of-life. It's ideal if you're an aspiring advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) working in primary, secondary or tertiary care, including specialist cancer centres and palliative care environments.

The University of Bolton's expert team will support you in developing your knowledge and understanding of epidemiology, pathophysiology and key elements of cancer biology, with detailed application across the four most common cancers in adults in the UK (breast, prostate, lung and bowel). This will enable you to compare and contrast different presentations and consider the clinical implications, including clinical signs and symptoms, sites of disease and metastatic spread.

We'll focus on building your understanding of diagnostic investigations, considering the importance of cancer biology and tumour markers in cancer staging and future monitoring of progressive disease. We'll provide an outline of clinical management in relation to different cancers and stages of the disease, including acute and chronic symptom management. You'll explore clinical management within acute oncology, red flag symptoms, management of cardiotoxicities and oncological emergencies, including sepsis, metastatic cord compression and SVCO.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team will support you as you explore the potential impact of cancer, and associated treatments, on adults of all ages with cancer. We'll consider the implications of cancer in older people and the complex decision-making necessary at different stages of the disease. We'll also support you in developing your knowledge and understanding of different consultation styles and communication skills, with application to advanced clinical practice.

To benefit from this course, you should already be a health professional with a basic understanding of oncology and some experience caring for people with cancer.

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in clinical practice settings, they are also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we'll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, problem-solving, initiative and communication skills.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework. You can use the credits you'll gain by completing the course successfully towards the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Oncology).
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector's needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • Our courses are developed to reflect the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and are updated regularly in accordance with the changing healthcare landscape.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.
  • On successfully completing this course, you'll be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Continuing Professional Development in Advanced Clinical Practice in Oncology worth 20 credits at Level HE7.

  • To undertake this course, you must offer current professional registration as a health or social care practitioner with evidence of post-registration experience of professional practice; for example, registered nurse, assistant practitioner, allied health professional or paramedic. A first degree relevant to your health or social care practice is desirable and/or recent study at Level HE6.
  • You should have a basic understanding of oncology and some experience of caring for people with cancer.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of advanced clinical practice in oncology.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2022/23.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £800 for the academic year 2022/23.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

This advanced professional development course adopts a blended learning approach, using the principles of problem-based learning to develop your enquiry skills and place this in the context of patient care.

We'll introduce topics through keynote lectures involving a mixture of theory and case-based discussions around clinical scenarios. Following the lectures, you'll need to undertake self-directed learning to explore each topic in greater depth and in relation to your own area of practice. These activities will increase your understanding of the common presentations of cancer and treatment options to develop your clinical assessments, communication and decision-making abilities. We'll encourage you to consider current research evidence in oncology and use this to inform your clinical decision-making and information exchange with patients and colleagues.

In terms of assessment, you can expect problem-based learning case presentations, written assignments and multiple-choice question (MCQ) exams.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Carole Farrell
Module Leader and Programme Leader for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Oncology)

+44 (0)1204 903978

Richard Beebee
Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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