Neonatal Practice

Neonatal Practice BSc (Hons)

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Part time 2 - 5 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September and January

  • Designed for Midwifes and Nurses to become ‘Qualified in Speciality’ (QIS).
  • Students can pick their own modules to tailor the course to their own area of interest.
  • Students study at their own pace.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £880 per module (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Neonatal nurses with diploma level qualification who have  completed the NW induction programme or equivalent  and wish to gain qualification in specialty status.

International Students

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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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Clinical Skills Lab - Paediatrics

Clinical Skills Suite

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.


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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.