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Advanced Forensic Practitioner Apprenticeship in Custody or Sexual Offences - Level 7

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Including industry spec skills labs and dedicated crime house environment

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Apprentices will learn from several experts in their field, including academic staff

Choose your career

Choose your preferred career path in either Custody or Sexual Offences

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 18 months.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates are September and January.

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Study the engaging Advanced Forensic Practitioner apprenticeship and give yourself the tools needed to operate in a Custody or Sexual Offences setting.


Who is it for?

Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics who are tasked with forensically examining Detainees in a Custodial setting and Doctors and Nurses who are tasked with forensically examining alleged victims of sexual assault in a sexual offence setting. These health practitioners will be autonomously responsible for the health and well-being of the detainee\alleged victim in their care.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Practice in either Custody or Sexual Offences.

Course content

.Throughout the duration of this apprenticeship you will study a range of modules. 


Year 1 Modules:

  • Introduction to Forensic Practice
  • Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers
  • Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice

Year 2 Modules:

  • Progression
  • Gateway

End-point Assessment will follow the completion of all modules.

Entry requirements

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:

  • A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
  • A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or, Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

You will have to have a Maths and English Language GCSE Grade C or equivalent Level 2 Qualification in Maths and English Language. This is a requirement of the apprenticeship and is not negotiable, therefore professional qualifications do not replace this element. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language

You must have been a registered professional with either; the Nursing and Midwifery Council, or if a Paramedic with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and must have appropriate experience (HO, 2012), where forensic experience is part of your role. You will be responsible for identifying a Preceptor and/or mentor in the workplace who meets the Apprenticeship Standards, the UKAFN and Staffordshire University’s Criteria for Advanced Forensic Practice Preceptor.

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree, you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.


The cost of the apprenticeship is £4,000, with 20% going to the End Point Assessment Centre.

Delivery and assessment


Students attend 10 study days across a twelve-month period.  Five sets of two days; all Mondays and Tuesdays to allow for travel. They are divided across the three modules as follows:

  • Day One - Induction Day and First day of Advanced Clinical Practice Module
  • Day Two – Study Day One of Introduction to Forensic Practice
  • Day Three – Study Day Two of Introduction to Forensic Practice
  • Day Four – Study Day Three of Introduction to Forensic Practice
  • Day Five – Study Day Two of Advanced Clinical Practice Module
  • Day Six – Study Day Three of Advanced Clinical Practice Module
  • Day Seven – Study Day One of Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers Module
  • Day Eight – Study Day Four of Advanced Clinical Practice Module
  • Day Nine – Study Day Two of Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers Module
  • Day Ten – Study Day Five of Advanced Clinical Practice Module


The Apprentices will be assessed by various methods throughout the 12-month PgCert, including; Case Studies, Reflective Log, Group work and Reports, Written assignments, Providing oral and written evidence for Court. On successful completion of the course, the apprentice will proceed through a Gateway to the final six months of consolidation in the workplace.  The EPA will be completed in a maximum 6-month period. The 6 month period includes the time needed for the apprentice to prepare for and undertake the EPA.

The EPA consists of 2 discrete assessment methods.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


Typical job titles include sexual offence examiner, forensic nurse practitioner, sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), forensic medical examiner, forensic physician, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Healthcare Professional, Forensic Practitioner, Forensic Nurse, Forensic Paramedic.

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