How to apply for Health CPD study

Continuing professional development by studying a Health CPD programme at the University of Northampton is a great way enable you to learn new skills, progress into specialisms or take on new responsibilities.

You can further advance your skills by studying a Master’s course, single module or by attending a short study skills session. There are various Health CPD courses you can apply for, depending on what and how you would like to study.

More detailed information about the specific CPD programmes which are available for study can be found on our Continuing Professional Development page.

Health CPD Application Process

This guidance is informed by the Admission Policy, Admissions Guidance, Special Admissions Policy and Special Admissions.

If you would like to check the status of your application at any point, please visit our application portal.

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  • For course specific enquires please refer to the following email addresses below:

    For general course queries and further information for Health CPD please contact:

  • If a student is interested in pursuing a Health CPD programme as either a Standalone module or a full course, a completed application must be made online for all programmes. Additional documentation required to accompany the application is listed below.

    Even, if you have been advised by your employer or Trust that you have approval to join your chosen programme, you are still required to make an official application to the University through the online portal.

    Entry points are fixed for full programmes: September/October, January/February and May/June, as stated on the course web pages. Standalone modules have their own specific course start date. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible for their chosen programme, and at least one month prior to the course start date, to avoid disappointment in joining their specific programme. In certain circumstances, particularly popular courses may close to applications at an earlier stage than this, so no guarantee is made that you will be able to join a specific intake.

    You will need to submit the following documents with your application, so it is advisable that you have these documents ready before making your application:

    • photocopies or scans of your qualifications, such as your undergraduate degree certificate and transcript and any professional qualifications you may hold
    • proof of your NMC or HCPC PIN (as applicable)
    • change of name document, if your application and certificates are in different names
    • Passport (or a Driving Licence is acceptable if you are a UK National).
    • evidence of English language ability (where English is not your first language)
    • Additional forms (link to PG interview page)– For specific courses please see either the entry requirements for your chosen course (link to course search)

    If you would like to apply for Health CPD study, please apply directly to the University using the Apply Now button either on your chosen course page.

  • Once an application is received, the Admissions team will make necessary registry checks including checking whether minimum entry requirements have been met. The Health CPD entry requirements vary so please check individual courses for details.

    Where the candidate’s first language is not English, evidence of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) must be presented:

    • Bachelors degrees (Level 4, 5 and 6) study: IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (or equivalent)
    • Masters degrees (Level 7) study: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other band (or equivalent)

    Please be aware that some courses, such as Health CPD, MSc Advance Occupational Therapy etc, have specific English language requirements (normally IELTS). Where this is the case, it will be shown under the English language requirements on our course pages.

    English Language requirements must be met prior to joining the programme.

    In addition to Qualification checks there maybe additional non-academic based entry requirements you will be asked to adhere to depending on the programme you wish to join.

    Any subsequent offer of a place on a Health CPD programme is subject to provision of evidence of qualifications, English language scores, NMC/ HCPC PIN proof (if relevant) and any outstanding conditions of offer. These must be provided to the Admissions Office prior to enrolment.

  • If all entry requirements have been met, the Admissions Office will make a formal offer to the student in writing, including links to the relevant Admissions policies. Candidates will be asked to confirm their understanding and acceptance of their place. Failing to accept your offer may result in you missing out on further information from the University.

    If the candidate has been unsuccessful at this stage the Admissions Office will formally advise the student that they have been unsuccessful in writing.

    Where an applicant has been made a conditional offer of completing a Standalone module, it is expected that this will be completed prior to joining the full programme. This may mean that the intake you join for a full programme may be different to the one originally applied for.

  • The University’s APL Policy shall apply to students wishing to transfer on to a full Health CPD programme or use relevant previous study to allow for possible Module exemption. Applicants looking to complete a Standalone Module are not able to seek APL.

    Most Health Students are asked to complete an additional APEL Module as part of the APL process, which may impact on the start date of your chosen programme. The APEL module is used for seeking experiential credit exemption.

  • Once an applicant has accepted their offer and provided proof of qualifications, English language scores and met any other conditions, they will be eligible to enrol. At this stage fees will become payable. Please contact our finance Office at, regarding any fee related enquiries.

    The Admissions Office is responsible for inviting students to complete Pre-enrolment. This must be completed for a student to enrol at the University.

    Applicants will also be invited to book onto a relevant enrolment session and will be sent webpage links setting out the induction programme. Applicants who are Unconditional or Unconditional Firm are eligible to attend enrolment. Applicants at other stages of the application process or Enquirers who are yet to make an application may be turned away from Enrolment and Induction.

    Enrolment is overseen by the Student Information Team. Induction programmes are the responsibility of the Programme Leader and the Faculty Manager, these can be found on the New Student Web pages via our website.

If you are studying Advanced Clinical Practice PGCert/PGDig/MSc, the NURM080 standalone module, Non-Medical Prescribing (NISP), or Return to Practice (RTP), there are further documents you need to send to admissions. You can find information and the documents to download on the PG and CPD additional documents and interview information page.

Additional documents information

We recommend that all applicants submit their applications as soon as possible and ideally at least a month prior to joining their chosen programme to avoid disappointment in starting your course. Please note that some popular courses may fill up earlier than this so we cannot guarantee you will be able to start on any given intake.

After you have applied, you can use the Applicant Portal to review the status of your application, update your contact information, complete and review Admissions tasks sent to you by the Admissions office, and accept offers and interview invites, if applicable.

If you would like more information about applying for a Health CPD course at the University of Northampton or for more information on Health CPD study, please email the enquiries team: Alternatively, you can phone or phone them on 0300 303 2772.

Further information about studying a health CPD programme

Find out more about our Continuing Professional Development page. Please visit the funding page for more details on how to fund your study.

If you are studying a full programme, you may be asked to complete a module choice form.

You will need to complete this to receive a timetable. Whilst we are unable to provide you with a specific course timetable at application stage, you may find it useful looking at previous and course specific timetables for your chosen programme to give you an idea about your programme.

If you would like to discuss your options to study CPD or postgraduate programmes with our post-registration healthcare academics, please book onto a Virtual Clinic.

How to apply for the Health APEL/APCL module (HEA006)

At the University of Northampton some of our Health CPD programmes require some students to gain APEL/APCL credit prior to joining their chosen programme at the University of Northampton.  This module is designed for applicants who wish to apply for a health-related course but do not meet the standard entry criteria of our full programmes.

The module will support students in the completion of a claim for Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL/APCL).  The Module will enable you to identify appropriate evidence of learning to be mapped against the UON unit/module learning outcomes and articulate individual learning through commentaries or other appropriate media.  Presentation of the claim for accreditation will be through the completion of an APL/APEL Portfolio of Evidence.

If you would like to complete the Health APEL/APCL module (HEA006) module or you have been asked to complete this programme after a discussion with one of our Admissions tutors.  You will then need to complete the following steps:

We would recommend that the above steps take place 6 months prior to your preferred intake for your main programme.

Once your completed interest form has been received by the Admissions office and your details verified with your chosen academic, we will then contact you with regards to making an application.  If you have any further questions regarding joining the Health APEL/APCL module (HEA006) module, then please email

The University’s Academic Regulations and Admissions Policies are all available on the University policies, procedures and regulations page.

For all enquiries please contact:

If you have already applied to the University, you can check for updates on your application via the Applicant Portal. Here you will be able to review the status of your application, update your contact Information, complete and review Admissions tasks sent to you by the Admissions office, and accept offers and Interview invites, if applicable.

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