The Masters course which underpins this programme is modular and delivered via a distance learning model. All modules are delivered at NQF Level 7 over 3 years, which is why PiPC trainees should feel confident to study at postgraduate level.
Financing the Masters course
The cost of the academic (tuition) fees for the entire Masters programme is currently £6,700. This may change slightly as new university providers become available. Health Education England has recently decided to provide funding for the first two academic modules at an approximate cost of £1,400. Should students wish to continue to study through years two and three they should consider other funding opportunities such as apprenticeship Levy, HEE CPD allocation or self fund through the Government’s Postgraduate Masters Loan.
The Post Graduate learner loan is currently to a maximum of £10,906 (full loan-2020 figures) and individuals can apply for the scheme to finance the costs of the Masters, (the loan allows you to borrow the course fees only should you wish). Trainees should make themselves familiar with the terms and conditions of the loan ahead of Year two, as the loan agreement is between Student Finance England (SFE) and the individual trainee only. It should be noted that in applying for PiPC, trainees are under no obligation to complete the course, however they are encouraged to do so as ACP is becoming the national standard of quality for non-medical clinicians working in Primary Care.
HEE does not provide further support for study and any costs around (for example) transport and equipment, any such costs must be borne by the individual trainee.
It is possible that some trainees may be sponsored by employers or commissioners for payment of academic fees, this is by local agreement only.