Nursing - Post-registration

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

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing course explores; research and evidence based practice, organisational and team working, health and chronic disease, ethics and law, care management at the end of life and promoting the older person. This Nursing degree is available part time online 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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two – five years. The ELearn sessions take place in the evenings.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Distance without attendance, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    N/A (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September and January

  • Available part-time online for qualified nurses with a diploma, or equivalent level of study, who want to attain a nursing degree.
  • The course explores research and evidence based practice, organisational and team working, ethics and law, end of life care, and promoting the older person.
  • You will undertake 2 core modules and 4 optional modules that provide a firm foundation to support your development of nursing knowledge.

Course Overview

Year 1

(September –May)

  • Valuing research (C)
  • Promoting health ageing (O)
  • Transcultural Healthcare (O)

Year 2

  • Infection, prevention and control principles (O)
  • Promoting and influencing health (O)
  • Management of long term conditions (O)
  • Developing leadership skills (O) 

Year 3

(September –May)

  • Law and Ethics an introduction (O)
  • Developing leadership skills (O)

Year 4 (September –May)

  • Dissertation (C) 

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

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC
Part-time: TBC
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

  • All candidates must be a qualified nurse in their own country
  • Have successfully attained UK Diploma in Higher Education level study, or equivalent level of study
  • 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.
  • Must have attained English language IELTs with a minimal score of 7.0 (with no sub score lower than 7) in all components for overseas students.

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Further Information

Students undertake two core modules:

  • Valuing research
  • Dissertation

Plus four optional modules from:

  • Law and Ethics and introduction:
  • Care Management for the end of life
  • Promoting healthy ageing
  • Management of long term condition
  • Transcultural Health and Social Care
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Infection prevention & control principles
  • 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.
  • Dissertation enables students to review an area of practice of interest to them and develop the assignment based on their chosen topic
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Care Management at the end of life aims to give you an understanding of the current challenges presented by end of life care. It provides you with an opportunity to critically examine the professional, managerial and the supportive frameworks that are required within the arenas in which end of life takes place.
  • Transcultural healthcare aims to facilitate your understanding of how cultures can affect beliefs and behaviours including beliefs and behaviours that relate to how care is provided. The module will support you if you are seeking overseas placement learning opportunities, while offering home students the opportunity to examine cultural aspects of healthcare from a global and transcultural perspective.
  • Law and ethics enables the student to examine and critically reflect on the impact of law and ethics on the provision of patient/client care.
  • Infection, prevention and control allows the student to explore the prevention, control and management of infections by considering current approaches to infection control and for students to reflect on their role in minimising and reducing the impact of infections. The implications of local, national and global spread of disease will be reviewed.

Clinical Skills Suites


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.

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.

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. Technology is used 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 work, online blogs 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. 

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

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

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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.