Neonatal Practice BSc (Hons)

Neonatal Practice BSc (Hons)

School of Community Health and Midwifery




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Part time 2 - 5 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September and January

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you are a nurse or midwife and want to explore, develop and enhance your practice skills and theoretical knowledge through processes of enquiry and critical thinking, then the BSc (Hons) Neonatal Practice degree is ideal for you.

The award will enhance your employability and provide you with an opportunity to become ‘Qualified in Speciality’ (QIS) if you have not already done so; share professional practice knowledge and insight.

Principles of family centred and developmental care perspectives inform the ethos of this course and themes of infant and family, culturally sensitivity and technology in care inform your module options.   


Open Day (Saturday 18 November 2017) - Register Now

Course at a Glance

Students must complete 120 module credits to be awarded the award.

Students will progress through the course by undertaking core modules and choices from the list of optional modules

Core Modules:

  • MW3024 Practice Development 40 Credits
  • MW 3107 Neonatal Developmental Care 20 Credits

Optional Modules:-

  • MW3022 High Dependency and Intensive care of the Neonate 40 Credits
  • MW3023 Intensive Care of the Neonate 20 Credits
  • NU3268 Developing Leadership Skills 20 Credits
  • NU3096 Multi-professional Support of Learning and Assessing in Practice (Mentorship) 20 Credits
  • MW3105 Neonatal Vascular Access 10 Credits
  • MW 3109 Maternal Infant Nutrition: Bio-cultural Perspectives 20 Credits
  • MW3011 Maternal Substance Misuse 20 Credits
  • MW3110 Neonatal Community Care 20 Credits
  • MW 3981 Student Initiated Credit 10 Credits
  • MW3982 Student Initiated Credit 20 Credits
  • NU3034 Safeguarding and Protection of Children 20 Credits
  • Nu3800 Safeguarding Children 10 Credits
  • MW3111 Current Perspectives in High Dependency Neonatal Care 20 Credits
  • MW3112 Contemporary Management in Intensive care of the Neonate 20 Credits

Further Information

The course is designed through modules of learning and is based on a framework that meets the course aims and learning outcomes whilst also permitting some flexibility through optional choices.

The pace of progress is down to the individual student but most will be expected to complete within three years of starting and as a rule no more than five years.

Numerous customised progression routes are possible depending upon individual needs and interests.

Throughout this course, your module teaching is delivered by a range of UCLan staff and guest speakers who are experts within their field. All Senior Lecturers have an extensive neonatal experience, a NMC recordable teaching qualification and are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Students will develop key transferable and employability skills during this course and will have the opportunity to discuss these with a personal tutor and record development within your professional portfolio.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will emphasise the creation of a reflective environment that serves as a safe space within which to challenge practice. Formal lectures will provide a focus and stimulus for other forms of learning e.g. seminars, tutorials and discussion. Independent study and personal reflection forms an important and integral element of this course serving to link theory and practice.

The course has a variety of assessment strategies across the different modules. The clinical modules include an assessment in the clinical area by a mentor as well as compulsory academic assessment.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Course Lead

Kath Mears

Before moving to UCLan Kath worked as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and is ideally positioned to support students in obtaining QIS status and beyond.