This course enables current registered nurses to top up their qualification to degree level, opening up a whole range of new career opportunities. This one year top-up course is designed for qualified nurses who already hold a DipAdvanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification who want to get an undergraduate degree.
As part of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to study clinical and professional practice-related inquiry methods in order to engage in clinical and practice development.
Although you’ll be in current employment, successfully completing this programme will rapidly expand your career opportunities. You’ll be able to take on specialist and leadership roles, as well as undertake further postgraduate studies. Previous graduates have gone on to work as a research nurse and clinical managers among others.
As part of your degree you’ll study two modules relevant to your work. One will be based on practice enquiry, while the other is a work based project that focuses on organisational professional practice development and change.
During the course you’ll develop your critical thinking and decision making skills, and you’ll also have the opportunity to reflect and analyse your own performance.
As you’re a professional nurse with significant prior learning, you’ll be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and progress. You’ll take on scenario work, as well as pre and post-sessional work to assess and build your skills.
Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you're an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.
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This programme offers qualified practising nurses the opportunity to study modules which will enable them to gain an honours degree. You will study two 30 credit modules as part of your degree: a professionally relevant work based/practice based enquiry module and a work based/practice based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.
As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making, you will also gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance. You will have research analysis and evaluating skills and will focus on the facilitation of learning and communication to a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.
This module aims to provide the opportunity to develop projects that are designed to improve or inform areas of your own or others’ clinical or professional practice in nursing and healthcare. You will explore and critically discuss your work/practice and demonstrate the learning gained, as well as the development of your professional/clinical knowledge and skills. The learning will be located within your own localised and specialised work/practice area.
This module is designed to develop your practitioner skills in inquiry methodologies in order to design a work based project that has the potential to improve your own practice. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry methods appropriate for your area of practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner inquirer and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. The modules use a variety of approaches that will encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. It is recognised that individuals learn in different ways therefore a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. Scenario work, and pre and post sessional work are also important components of the modules that you will be required to engage in.
Assessment aims to encourage reflection and autonomous but supported learning. You will receive ongoing support from the programme leader, who will also act as project supervisor.
This programme will enhance your opportunities for career progression or further study, allowing you to pursue careers within healthcare education or research.
Although you will be in current employment, successful completion of the programme may rapidly expand your career opportunities into specialist and leadership roles, and allow you the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies. Career opportunities may include senior clinical positions, research nurse, or clinical manager.
Dr Brown is a registered nurse and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Venetia is also Co-Director of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in charge of nursing continuing professional development (CPD) provision. She has extensive experience working with clinical partners to identify workforce professional development opportunities.