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Programme structure

To progress through the qualification, you will be required to integrate your theoretical learning (learning for practice) and your practice-based learning (learning in practice) in order to inform the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate, person and family-centred care.

As you progress, you will be expected to learn and practise increasingly independently and will be encouraged to form ‘communities of learning’ with other students on the qualification. This will be promoted through online discussion forum activities, online tutorials using Adobe Connect, telephone and email contact. A practice tutor/academic assessor, a practice-based supervisor and practice-based assessors will facilitate and support your practice learning in each setting where you gain experience.

BSc (Hons) Nursing (360 credits in total) (R39)

Adult Nursing pathway  Children and Young People Nursing pathway Learning Disabilities Nursing pathway Mental Health Nursing pathway

Stage 1 (120 credits)

Introducing health and social care (K102)

Introduction to healthcare practice (K104)

Stage 1 (120 credits)

Introducing health and social care (K102)

Introduction to healthcare practice (K104)

Stage 1 (120 credits)

Introducing health and social care (K102)

Introduction to healthcare practice (K104)

Stage 1 (120 credits)

Introducing health and social care (K102)

Introduction to healthcare practice (K104)

Stage 2 (120 credits)

Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (K210)

Developing nursing practice (K211)

Stage 2 (120 credits)

Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (K210)

Developing nursing practice (K211)

Stage 2 (120 credits)

Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (K210)

Developing nursing practice (K211)

Stage 2 (120 credits)

Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (K210)

Developing nursing practice (K211)

Stage 3 (120 credits)

Assimilating nursing: knowledge and theory (K325) - planned for October 2021

Becoming an autonomous practitioner: adult (K326) - planned for November 2021

Stage 3 (120 credits)

Assimilating nursing: knowledge and theory (K325) - planned for October 2021

Becoming an autonomous practitioner: children and young people (K329) - planned for November 2021

Stage 3 (120 credits)

Assimilating nursing: knowledge and theory (K325) - planned for October 2021

Becoming an autonomous practitioner: learning disabilities (K328) - planned for November 2021

Stage 3 (120 credits)

Assimilating nursing: knowledge and theory (K325) - planned for October 2021

Becoming an autonomous practitioner: mental health (K327) - planned for November 2021

What will I learn?

You will learn about the underpinning theory to enable you to be a compassionate, knowledgeable nurse working in a modern health care setting. This encompasses developing specific understandings in sociology, anatomy and physiology, psychological changes and specific conditions across the lifespan and service user groups in diverse settings.

All modules will support your achievement of the NMC's proficiencies.

You will learn and develop the skills to be able to demonstrate specified communication and relationship management skills, and nursing procedures. Throughout the three stages of the programme, you will develop more advanced skills applied to your specified field of practice.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment builds from developing your confidence in your performance, self-assessment and reflecting on your learning and practice at stage one, through to demonstration of independent learning, problem-solving and decision-making, critical analysis and synthesis of information, and developing and presenting complex arguments at stage three. There is a strong emphasis on developing professional skills and proficiencies, particularly in the practice modules. Each module will comprise a series of assessment tasks, which are aligned with the learning outcomes and develop different skills. You will be assessed both by the University and in clinical practice using a range of methods. These include:

  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Interactive computer marked assignments 
  • Reflective accounts
  • Reports
  • Practice assessments and proficiencies and procedures (Practice Assessment Documentation)