Nursing Studies (Post Registration) (Top-up) BSc(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

This course provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Study with nurses trained in the UK and elsewhere in the world, enabling you to share experiences of different professional environments.

  • Enhance your career opportunities.

  • Be taught by staff who are actively involved in research both locally and nationally.

  • Develop the research skills necessary if you wish to study a Master's degree.

The rapidly changing needs and expectations of healthcare environments can be complex and demanding. In order to interpret and manage services effectively, a fully trained workforce is paramount.

The course doesn't lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in England and Wales but provides international students with the opportunity to relate your studies to your own clinical practice. This will involve exploring and reflecting upon a range of ideas within healthcare practice, helping you to develop the knowledge required to provide complex care.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Entry requirements

•  You must possess a Nursing Studies Diploma of Higher Education or an equivalent qualification and current NMC registration.

•  You must have 12 months post-registration experience before studying Supporting Learning in Practice (NMC 2008), require access to a student nurse in clinical practice and must meet the NMC requirements for recognition.

•  You are required to submit a 250 word personal statement as part of your application.

•  If you have already successfully completed Supporting Learning in Practice, you may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

•  Alternatively, international applicants must be qualified/licenced to practice as a nurse in their country of origin and if their first language or language of instruction is not English, will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent. International students will not be eligible for NMC recognition.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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Course content

You will complete the following core modules:

Developing an Understanding of Research Processes and Methods (Distance Learning)

This distance learning module provides you with the opportunity to evaluate and critically appraise published healthcare research, as well as develop an understanding of different designs, methods and approaches to research. Emphasis will be placed on utilising a structured systematic process of reviewing research that provides the necessary evidence to support and develop clinical practice. You will evaluate and have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of published research within the context of ethical, national and local healthcare provision. Assessment will be through a piece of coursework where you will produce a learning log.

Project for Healthcare Professionals

You will have the opportunity to write a piece of work that is directly related to your work area. During the study blocks you will engage with the issues of research methods in order to develop a piece of work that will have direct impact on your professional practice. You will be assessed on that one piece of work which will be an audit report, a literature review or a research proposal.

Working in New Roles and Contexts

This module provides the opportunity for you to relate your studies to your own clinical practice. You will identify and examine a relevant improvement issue that requires personal role development. You will also identify challenges in the proposed improvement in practice through a written coursework.

Plus either:

Supporting Learning in Practice

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain the skills required to meet your professional body‘s standards or guidelines to become a mentor in your place of work. This includes studying the theories, debates and skills associated with being a mentor. You will explore the nature of learning and the assessment of learning and apply this to the concept of a learning environment. You will be required to attend classroom sessions and tutorials and will also be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will be assessed in practice by mentoring a learner under the supervision of an already qualified mentor. You will also be required to complete coursework.

Alternatively UK registrants may take:

Supporting Learning in Practice (Distance Learning)

In this module you will gain a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor. You will develop knowledge of the ways in which learning takes place, and study elements of supporting learning in practice including supporting and assessing students and accurate grading of practice. All module materials will be available online and support from the module team is offered to facilitate a distance approach to learning. You will demonstrate/reflect on your skills in mentoring learners using a learning contract and will be assessed through coursework in the form of an E-portfolio.

If you've already completed a Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) module, and are registered on a mentor register as an active mentor, you'll currently not be required to complete the SLIP module as part of this course. You may be able to applyfor accreditation of prior learning.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course provides the opportunity for you to enhance your career progression and help you to develop you as a mentor.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching on this course is delivered through lectures, group work, seminars, tutorials, online learning logs and distance learning. A variety of assessment methods will be utilised including negotiated learning contracts, reports, essays, research critiques and a project.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,000. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

You may be interested in studying:

Health Studies MSc

Community Nursing Practice (District Nursing) MSc] (UK registrants only)

Health Studies (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) MSc (UK registrants only)

Public Health Nursing Practice: Health Visiting/School Nursing MSc (UK registrants only)

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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