Professional Practice

Professional Practice BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

UCLan’s Professional Practice degree offers opportunities for students to develop their career; enhance knowledge and skills; gain an academic qualification; develop and promote practice development; take modules individually, accumulate credit towards the degree and pace their study to suit them. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two-Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Nursing at UCLan is 1st in the North West for teaching quality, learning opportunities and assessment & feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • For qualified health and social care practitioners who wish to develop their career within practice.
  • Wide range of modules, encouraging you to select and plan the route that meets your individual needs.
  • Study part-time at your own pace to enhance your personal and professional development.

Course Overview

You may choose any module, in any order, but in order to gain the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice, the following are compulsory:

NU3047 Valuing Research (Taught or e-learning) (20 credits)
NU3113 Work Based Practice Project (This is studied in your final year) (20 credits)
NU3593 Dissertation
A further 80 credits at Level 3 from the available module list.

Scheduling of modules may vary. Modules may not be scheduled to run twice per year.

More information about the modules can be found at:

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: TBC
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements


Have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council, Social Care Council.
Provide at least one reference.
Please note that for individual modules you may be required to be working in clinical practice for at least 18 hours a week.
Hold 120 credits or equivalent at Level 2 study: this should preferably be via a diploma course but for those students with no prior academic credit/ qualifications, an APEL claim demonstrating the ability to study and achieve Level 2 outcomes should be developed (please note that this takes time, an APEL claim should be started at least nine months prior to the start of the academic year in September).
Have the ability to be self-funding or have the commitment of their employer to support course fees.
Have your manager’s support for the course (where appropriate).


You must work at least 18 hours per week in practice.

Informal enquiries are welcomed. Your application will be considered on its merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme. You may be invited for an informal discussion before being offered a place. The purpose of this discussion is first to ensure that you understand the nature of the programme and its demands and to plan your modular route leading to the identified award. Identification of financial support will be noted.


Accreditation of prior learning will not be available in relation to entry to the final year of Honours degrees, including Top-up degrees. Exceptions up to a maximum of 20 credits will only be considered in the case of recognised awards within a national/regional framework, for example, the professional requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Credit transferred in from outside the University will not be graded. Credit transferred from one UCLan course to another will retain its grade.

International Students

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

This course will be of interest to health and social care practitioners who are already qualified in their field but who wish to develop their career within practice; enhancing their knowledge and skills, whilst working towards an academic qualification. This degree offers you a wide range of choices, encouraging you to select and plan the route that meets your individual needs, enabling you to enhance your knowledge and skills within your current role and to transfer that knowledge and skills to care for patients and their families across the healthcare continuum. The course will enable you to enhance your knowledge of your role or speciality, clinical competence; expand your clinical capability within the multidisciplinary team, and participate in developing and promoting appropriate practice development to facilitate the delivery of quality health and social care.

This course covers a broad range of subject areas in nursing and health care across a range of themes including; clinical knowledge and skills; mental health and psychosocial care; personal and professional development; children and public health and vulnerable individuals.

How to Apply

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.

Application for part-time courses is made directly to the University. Application forms can be obtained from:

Post-registration Recruitment, Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839 or Email:

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.

Students will have access to on campus facilities including library IT and tutorial support. Some modules may utilise the skills laboratories depending on the module content being studied. A broad range of facilities will be available as is appropriate to the specific module being undertaken.

A range of assessment strategies are used, with the most popular being:-
Written assignments, eg essays, case studies, reflective accounts;
Presentations - oral and poster presentations;
Portfolio development - written and e-portfolio.

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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: | 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.