This one year top-up course is designed for qualified and registered nurses with a DipAdvanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification (who have engaged in credited CPD studies following qualification), to gain an undergraduate degree. The topics studied are broad and will equip already practising nurses the underpinning knowledge to expand their skills, their practice and career opportunities.
As a qualified nurse in practice you will have the opportunity to study clinical and/or professional practice-related inquiry methods in order to engage in clinical and/or healthcare practice and/or organisational development.
Please note, this course does not offer professional registration within nursing in the UK, and we cannot accept students who require a Tier 4 visa.
This course will cover the various facets of nurses roles including:
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. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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. Discussion, 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 deepen and enhance your learning. A range of approaches will be used including written assignment, portfolios, digital presentations and demonstrations.
This programme will enhance the knowledge and decision-making and leadership skills of experienced nurses, enabling you to progress into higher level positions such as leadership, management or further studies to pursue careers within 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 also the module lead for the Dissertation module and Associate Professor in charge of nursing continuous professional development provision. She has extensive experience with clinical partners and professional development opportunities.