Clinical Nursing Practice (top-up)
Duration: 3 - 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September and January
Faculty of Health Studies
The BSc (Hons) Clinical Nursing Practice enables students who already hold a health care qualification at level 4, level 5 or level 6 to top-up to a BSc
The flexibility offered by this programme enables you to take forward your current experience, whatever the area of your work, in collaboration with the University of Bradford. Your learning will take place in multi-professional groups with other experienced healthcare professionals, improving your inter-professional communication skills and networking opportunities.
You will develop your skills in clinical practice as well as your knowledge and conceptual understanding; modules are designed to include learning in practice as well as learning in the classroom and simulation suite.
Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. To a degree these methods will be dependent on modules studied (see module section below), however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.
There are a number of approaches to module delivery and these include block attendance, study day attendance, work based learning, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module and in which semester your chosen modules are being delivered. You will also be informed about dates and times of compulsory attendance at the university and (or) practice placement.
At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.
The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.
The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.
- Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).
The minimum entry requirements for the programme are as follows:
- A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation.
- Evidence of previous study at level 4.
- Students whose qualifications do not meet the entry requirements above but who have significant experience and other evidence of ability to study at this level.
- Students for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no sub-scores below 5.5.
- Have access to a computer that has a broadband connection and that can browse the internet and has word processing on it
- Have computing skills commensurate with the demands of programme
- Have an identified mentor in clinical practice.
Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.
|Stage 2 modules|
|5||Food and health||20||Option|
|5||Work based learning||20||Option|
|5||Evidence based decision making||20||Option|
|5||Media perspectives on Health and Social Care||20||Option|
|5||Complementary and Alternative medicine||20||Option|
|5||Health education and promotion||20||Option|
|5||Developing Lifelong Professional Learning||30||Option|
|5||Literature Skills for Health Professionals||30||Option|
|Stage 3 modules|
|6||Research Appreciation and Dissemination||30||Option|
|6||Adult Cardiology: Examination, Assessment||30||Option|
|6||Advances in Leg Ulcer Management||30||Option|
|6||Advances in Limiting Pressure Damage||30||Option|
|6||Advances in Wound Management||30||Option|
|6||Applied Knowledge and Skills for Management of the Critically Ill patient||30||Option|
|6||Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Acute and Long Term Conditions||30||Option|
|6||Cancer - Understanding Treatment, Management and Care||30||Option|
|6||Clinical examination and Case Management in Cancer Care||30||Option|
|6||Community Nurse Prescribing (Level 6)||20 or 30||Option|
|6||Competency Based Learning in Clinical Practice||30||Option|
|6||Diabetes in Clinical Practice||30||Option|
|6||Evidence Based Diabetes Care||30||Option|
|6||Haematology & BMT - Understanding Treatment, Management And Care||30||Option|
|6||Management of Lung Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Breathlessness||30||Option|
|6||Palliative Care for Children/Young People with a Life Limiting Illness||30||Option|
|6||Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals (Levels 6)||30||Option|
|6||Support for learning in practice||30||Option|
|6||Supporting Those Facing Loss: an interdisciplinary approach||30||Option|
|6||Symptom Management in Life Limiting Illness across the lifespan||30||Option|
|6||Theory of Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) 30||30||Option|
|6||Advanced Communication Skills||30||Option|
|6||Aspects of Mental Health Care and Psychological Wellbeing for Health Professionals||30||Option|
|6||Supporting Recovery in Mental Health Settings||30||Option|
|6||Good Practice in the Physical Health Care of People with a Mental Health Condition/ Learning Disability||30||Option|
Learning activities and assessment
Your learning will be assessed against the learning outcomes and programme aims through the use of a range of different assessment techniques which may include one or more of the following approaches:
- Written essay
- A reflective case study
- Multiple choice question examination
- Computer based open book examination
- Seminar Presentation
- Poster presentation
- Practice competence
- Written project report
- Completion of a Dissertation
- Research paper/executive summary
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
100% of our 2015 graduates in Clinical Nursing Practice found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
The average starting salary for our 2015 Clinical Nursing Practice graduates was £26,567.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
Fees are dependant upon the number of credits required.
- 10 credits £530
- 20 credits £1,060
- 30 credits £1,590
- 40 credits £2,120
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