Nursing (Post-registration) - top-up BSc(Hons)

Nursing (Post-registration) - top-up BSc(Hons)
Our BSc (Hons) Nursing course explores; research and evidence based practice, organisational and team working, health and chronic disease, nursing children and older people. This Nursing degree is available part time online and full time on-campus for qualified nurses with a diploma or equivalent level study, who wish to attain a degree in nursing. Students do not need to be in practice, but must be registered practitioners in their own country.  

You will engage with global nursing perspectives, different nursing cultures developing their personal skills in managing care in a changing world. Collaborative learning is encouraged.

Entry and Admissions

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Course Length:

Part time: Two-five years

UCAS Code:



School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

September and January

Entry Requirements:
All students must hold a:
  • UK DipHE Nursing (or pass in equivalent qualification)
  • All candidates must be qualified registered nurses, in their own country.
  • Students will present evidence of academic attainment equivalent to 120 credits at level 5, this will be evaluated by the course leader and you may be asked for further information to support your application.
  • For international students an IELTS of 6.0 or above in all aspects is essential.
  • Students without 120 credits at level 5, may be eligible to access NU2018 Personal and professional development, a portfolio based module which, when passed, will enable students to access this degree.
  • Current employment is not a criterion for admission but all applicants are expected to provide details of an appropriate referee.

Please note, there is no accreditation of prior learning or accreditation of prior experiential learning that can be applied to this course, except in the case of students holding a pass in a UK level 6 mentorship module or equivalent, which can be counted as one optional module.

Distance learning students

It is essential that applicants have regular and reliable access to a computer (Windows, or Mac running Windows programs), headset (or speakers) and simple webcam. Access to a broadband internet connection is essential.

Programme Spec:

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification (subject to change).

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2015/16

Course Content

Course Outline:
Students undertake two core modules:
  • Valuing research
  • Dissertation.

Plus four optional modules from:

  • Policy, practice and professionalism
  • Promoting & Influencing Health
  • Change for children
  • Promoting healthy ageing
  • Infection, prevention and control principles
  • Management of long term condition
  • Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing practice
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Transcultural Healthcare

These modules will provide a firm foundation to support your development of nursing knowledge, and to help you develop your personal learning skills and critical thinking skills. These modules provide core content to help you to:

  • Search for, find and use relevant literature and information.
  • Develop critical reading skills and reflect on knowledge and information about nursing and healthcare.
  • Understand the research process, research concepts and its application in nursing and evidence based practice.
  • Consider ideas about professional practice and communication that influence approaches to professional caring and healthcare beliefs.
  • Understand your own values, leadership and learning styles.
  • Understand the organisation of nursing and healthcare.
  • Reflect on the nature of interdisciplinary team working.
  • Review nursing practices at local, national and international levels.

In summary, the modules focus on:

  • Valuing research encourages you to critically evaluate the evidence basis and research relevant to your area of practice. It will not enable you to carry out research but to have a greater appreciation of healthcare research.
  • Policy, practice and professionalism in nursing considers the nature of professionalism, practice knowledge, healthcare policies and approaches to care in contemporary practice.
  • Change for children considers the principles underpinning health, well being and strategies that protect and nurture children and young people in society today.
  • Determinants of health fosters a critical awareness of the influences on health across different countries. Epidemiological and demographic changes in health and illness will be identified and related to a range of cultural social, economic, environmental and age related factors.
  • Promoting and influencing health examines the concept of health promotion, identifies a range of health promoting activities along with strategies to communicate 'health' to individuals and communities. A range of learning materials on a variety of topics will be available for the students to explore in relation to their own interest areas.
  • Promoting healthy ageing examines how the needs of older adults can be met by promoting healthy ageing, self respect, physical and emotional care in illness and health.
  • Infection, prevention and control principles considers current approaches to infection control from the perspective of microbiology, the nursing role in managing infection, the epidemiology of infection and the political, social and economic factors influencing infection control and management.
  • Management of long term condition provides a comprehensive understanding of the clinical presentation of common chronic illnesses and the evidence and/or research based treatments and interventions that patients undergo.
  • Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing practice encourages you to look at the teaching, learning and assessment of student and peer practitioners within the clinical setting. This module is recordable with the NMC for UK students.
  • Developing leadership skills is a module that explores the nature of leading and developing healthcare practices enabling the students to identify their own leadership styles in the context of current clinical practice.
  • Dissertation enables students to review an area of practice of interest to them and develop the assignment based on their chosen topic.

The content of modules within this degree programme are mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework in the UK. Through the subject matter, you will be exposed to a range of perspectives with all modules incorporating intercultural perspectives as appropriate. You will also be encouraged to examine and question your beliefs about the practice of nursing and confront challenging intellectual perspectives.

The module timetable below is a typical schedule for this degree, but is subject to change.

Year 1

  • Semester 1 (September - December)
  • Valuing research (C) (or semester 2)
  • Policy practice and professionalism (O)
  • Promoting health ageing (O)
  • Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing practice (O)
  • Transcultural Healthcare (O)

Year 2

  • Semester 2 (January - May)
  • Change for children (O)
  • Infection, prevention and control principles (O)
  • Promoting and influencing health (O)
  • Management of long term conditions (O)
  • Developing leadership skills (O)
  • Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing practice (O)
  • Valuing research (C) (or semester 1)
  • Dissertation (C)

(C) = Core; (O) = Optional

Attendance/contact time and dates may differ for distance and on campus students.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Our eLearn platform will provide information and offer collaborative links to all students irrespective of their location.

For online learners, the course is delivered by e-learning and is therefore potentially accessible to nurses in all parts of the world. The course will be conducted in spoken and written English. It utilises www (web) technology to deliver multimedia teaching materials and includes live interactive sessions on a regular basis. Online activities are supported by email contact with tutors and peer groups, message boarding and scheduled live personal tutorials. You will have access to our extensive learning and library resources 24 hours a day and will be allocated a personal tutor to support your progress throughout the course

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods, e.g. examination, essays, presentations, seminars, reflective practice work and journal club reviews. Some modules are assessed by a combination of assessment methodologies. All of the chosen methods will enable you to demonstrate your ability to analyse and reflect upon current issues within the practice of nursing.

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.


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

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information on student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages.

£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.

Elearning study (full and part-time)

Applications for this are made on-line via the University Online Application Website. You will need to set up a first time user account and then continue.


UCAS Code: N/A

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

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

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