Nurse Practitioner BSc(Hons)

Nurse Practitioner BSc(Hons)
Our BSc(Hon) Nurse Practitioner course will prepare you to admit patients with undifferentiated diagnoses, or existing diagnosis, to the health care system by diagnosing/evaluating, initiating, managing treatment and arranging referral as appropriate

This degree develops the knowledge and skills of a nurse practitioner through theoretical teaching which underpins critical examination. The course has been designed to allow the integration of an in depth knowledge of consultation theory and pathophysiology in Year 1, with the practical skills required for autonomous practice being acquired in Year 2.

The Nurse Practitioner course has been developed alongside the RCN Domains and Competencies for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (2010). 

Entry and Admissions

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Study Mode:

Part time

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Course Length:

Part-time: Two years, can take up to five years


School of Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



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Entry Requirements:
  • Qualified and registered nurse with a minimum of 3 years post-registration experience.
  • Working in a healthcare setting where there is opportunity for clinical exposure and a wide range of clinical consultations.
  • Working a minimum of 18.5 hours a week in an appropriate healthcare setting.
  • Have achieved 120 credits at level 2 in health related subjects, or equivalent.
  • Identified clinical practice time with a named practice supporter.
Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Requirements to undertake this programme of study and practice at an autonomous level, are normally students with diploma level study in a related subject. The student must also be working within a clinical environment that exposes them to situations to support their learning usually with a minimum of 18.5 hours per week contracted hours.

Students will generally be expected to study one day a week, with University attendance equal to one day a fortnight, including 10 hours/week for personal study and approximately two hours/week in clinical practice with their practice supporter.

Prior to starting this programme of study, students must identify and obtain practice support from suitably qualified health practitioners who are prepared to assist students in the development of history taking skills and physical assessment and decision making in the clinical arena.

There are two pathways within this programme both consisting of six modules, or equivalent:

Pathway 1

This includes patient assessment, history taking, physical examination, anatomy, physiology with pathophysiology, to develop the students understanding of disease processes. Other areas of learning include public health, clinical decision making, risk assessment, principles of paediatric and adult assessment. Comprehensive patient assessment and diagnosis modules will prepare the student to undertake physical assessment of all twelve bodily systems.

This pathway additionally provides students with the opportunity to undertake the double module of Non-Medical Prescribing. This will allow successful students to exit as qualified non-medical prescribers. Students who choose this route are referred to the course information sheet for Non-Medical Prescribing and will need to complete the rigorous application process via their prescribing lead at their NHS trust.

Pathway 2

Within this pathway you will study the same core contents as Pathway 1 with the additional modules of Valuing Research and Practice Based Study. Valuing research is aimed at building on students’ knowledge and understanding of research and the relevance of evidence in the development of clinical practice. The practice based study module will draw together the students' learning by helping to improve patient care and explore an in-depth area of interest within a chosen specialty, which will demonstrate how their clinical practice has moved forward through studying on this programme.

Course at a Glance

Students generally undertake the equivalent of three standard modules each year.

Year 1

Pathway 1

  • NU3074 Theories Underpinning the Consultation Process (C)
  • NU3075 Pathophysiology Applied to Practice (C)

Pathway 2

  • NU3074 Valuing Research (O)
  • NU3074 Theories Underpinning the Consultation Process (C)
  • NU3075 Pathophysiology Applied to Practice (C)

Year 2

Pathway 1

  • NU3072 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (A) (C)
  • NU3073 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (B) (C)
  • NU3023 Non-Medical Prescribing (O)

Pathway 2

  • NU3072 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (A) (C)
  • NU3073 Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (B) (C)
  • NU3092 Practice Based Study (O)

Students who wish to undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing double module as an option, may do so in lieu of Valuing Research and Practice Based Study. It cannot, however, be undertaken until year 2 of the programme.

(C) = Compulsory

(O) = Optional

Learning Environment & 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 module 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.

Academic Expertise

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

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

For more information about the course please contact the course leader Allan Gardner at

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/ 3839


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

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

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839