Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Nursing Studies (Top Up)

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Three year

Next enrolment

February 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This exciting programme enables you to top up previous study with Level 6 modules to achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in as little as a year. 

Whether you are a home or international nurse, you will develop your skills in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, analysis and understanding of clinical practice. The programme is designed to develop you clinically, as a research-aware practitioner as well as enabling you to become proficient in education and leading change and quality improvement in practice. 

 

You will:
  • Develop your abilities to search for and use evidence for decision making at the point of practice
  • Develop your skills and knowledge to become an effective practitioner, leader and partner
  • Be supported by a personal tutor
  • Have the opportunity to work in the NHS and gain clinical experience (subject to visa restrictions)
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You want to develop your career in health and social care

2.

You are dedicated and hard-working

3.

You want to top up your previous study to achieve a full BSc degree

Course details

All about the course

This course is suitable for health and social care students/practitioners working at different levels and within a wide range of service delivery contexts. International students can apply for the full time route. 

All the modules have a clinical focus relevant to your own area of practice. With access to the University study and library skills team as well as your tutors, you will develop your academic skills as well as expanding your clinical practice. Whilst on the programme you will have the opportunity to apply for a clinical (allied to nursing) role in our local partner NHS Trust, subject to visa restrictions.  

This programme aims to:

  • Enable to make a difference to patients and services in an ever changing health and social care environment
  • Develop your ability to search for and critically evaluate evidence for decision making at the point of practice to enhance the patient/client experience
  • Support you to develop a systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of practice
  • Utilise learning strategies that facilitates work orientated learning and support you in becoming an autonomous lifelong learner
  • Enable you to enhance their professional practice through critical application of learning to their chosen area of practice

This programme runs full time (one year) or part time (three years), starting in either September of February. If you study part time, you will complete two modules per year. 

For International students (Tier 4), only the full time route is available. Please note that if you start your full time studies in February, you will have a break over the summer period and start your second semester in September.

Year one - International students (FT)

Evidence for Enhancing Practice

You will evaluuate how individual, professional and organisational values and beliefs impact on clinical practice and how research can enhance clinical decision making and the patient experience.

Enhancing Professional Healthcare Practice

You will evaluate evidence in relation to your chosen topic and explore the impact of your findings on professional practice.

Leading Change for Patients and Service Improvement

On this module you will plan for real and sustained change to bring about patient and service improvement within your health care organisation; learn how to inspire and create an environment for people to make change.

End of Life Care (Group A)

Develop your understanding of how to meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all disease boundaries.

Tissue Viability (Group B)

You will evaluate the biological, psychological and social factors that affect wound healing.

Clinical Decision Making - Reasoning and Judgement

You will learn how to assess, interpret and respond, in an appropriate and timely manner, to the specific health needs of the patient/client to prevent adverse effects.

Year one - Home students (FT)

Evidence for Enhancing Practice

You will evaluuate how individual, professional and organisational values and beliefs impact on clinical practice and how research can enhance clinical decision making and the patient experience.

Leading Change for Patients and Service Improvement

On this module you will plan for real and sustained change to bring about patient and service improvement within your health care organisation; learn how to inspire and create an environment for people to make change.

Enhancing Professional Healthcare Practice

You will evaluate evidence in relation to your chosen topic and explore the impact of your findings on professional practice.

Clinical Decision Making - Reasoning and Judgement

You will learn how to assess, interpret and respond, in an appropriate and timely manner, to the specific health needs of the patient/client to prevent adverse effects.

You will also select two optional modules - one from group A and one from group B.

End of Life Care (Group A)

Develop your understanding of how to meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all disease boundaries.

Tissue Viability (Group B)

You will evaluate the biological, psychological and social factors that affect wound healing.

Patient Experience of Acute Neuroscience Care (Group A + B)

This module explores the nurse's role, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, in providing holistic and individualised care for clients and their carer. It will help you to understand the relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in nursing practice within the field of neuroscience.

Non-medical Prescribing (Group A + B)

This course will enable you to evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

A blended learning approach will be implemented in the form of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. 

You will receive support from the programme leader who will focus on your learning and development needs. When not attending lectures, seminars or practical sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. We advise that you should complete around nine hours of independent study per week. 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment methods include written assessments - essays, case studies, reports and presentations. 

SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND SOCIETY

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Facilities

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

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What about after uni?

All the modules within this course reflect key aspects of health care and provide the opportunity to influence health care practice today and in the future and impact on delivery of care and service improvement.

On completion you will be able to apply what you have learnt to your area of work and be better equipped to search for and use evidence for decision making. The aim of this course is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to develop within your post.

A BSc (Hons) degree will enhance your continuing professional development and is a requirement for many roles in the NHS and health and social care sectors.

FURTHER STUDY

A taste of what you could become

A rounded practitioner

An influencer in your area of nursing practice

A future nursing practice researcher

A future leader in the healthcare workforce

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with health care practice are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work closely with some of these organisations so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

Requirements

What you need to know

This is a post-qualifying top-up degree programme. Please note that this programme does not enable you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse. 

APPLICANT PROFILE

You must be a qualified nurse, registered with the appropriate country regulatory body and have current experience. We will accept applications if you have a registration that has lapsed in the last six months. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

 

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

 

Which qualifications do I need?

Qualifications and experience

This is a post-qualifying top-up degree programme. All applicants must be qualified nurses (Diploma at Level 5 or equivalent), be registered with the appropriate in-country regulatory body, and have current experience.

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL)

If you have relevant UK academic credits from modules that you have studied previously at University of Salford or elsewhere, you may be able to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and use your existing credits towards the programme.

Up to three modules (60 credits in total) can be used in this way. Please contact the programme team for further information:

BSc-Hons-NursingStudies@salford.ac.uk 

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £10,000per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12,960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

Click here for more information on the Year of the Nurse and Midwife scholarships for international students. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

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Enrolment dates

February 2020

September 2020