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

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

School of Nursing




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Part time: Two-five 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) - Top-up

Why study this course?

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 Requirements 2016/17

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.

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Course at a Glance

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.

Further Information

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.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Learning Environment and 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.