Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Nursing Studies (Top Up)

School of Health and Society




One year

Next enrolment

February 2020

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In a nutshell

This course offers you the opportunity to top-up your previous study to achieve a full BSc degree.

It is a top-up programme offering modules at level 6 to enable practitioners to complete their honours degree. 

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

students accepted

This is for you if...


You want to develop your career in health and social care


You are dedicated and hard-working


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. 

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

Please note that if you start your studies in February, you will have a break over the summer period and start your second semester in September.

Year one

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 Health 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

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

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.

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?


A blended learning approach will be implemented in the form of lectures, seminars, work related activities and online materials, incorporating experience through enquiry, critical thinking and reflection, and relating this experience to personal and professional development.

You will receive support from the programme leader who will focus on your learning and development needs.


Assessment methods will vary depending on the module and learning outcomes. A variety of assessment methods are used across the programme, these include portfolio development, presentations, patient journey and essays.


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.


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.

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.

We have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance your learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures.

We also have a home birth room which can be used to simulate giving birth at home or a water birth.

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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 broaden scholarly activity 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.


A taste of what you could become

A qualified nurse

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.


What you need to know


You must be a licensed nurse (Diploma at Level 5 or equivalent) and be registered with the appropriate in country regulatory bodies, and have current experience.


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.

Which qualifications do I need?


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

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 £12960per 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

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