Nursing Studies (Hons) Top-up, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
If you already hold a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies, top it up to a full honours degree with this online course, and fit study easily around your career, personal or family commitments.


There is also an access route at Level 5 Diploma level if you do not meet the academic entry requirements. Depending on your qualifications, you will need to successfully complete one or both of the Counselling Skills and Counselling in Context modules for entry onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (top up) degree programme.

Our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (top up) degree has been specifically designed by experienced professionals, with internationally renowned contributors such as:
Dr Chris Gillespie MPhil., PhD., CPsychol., AFBPsS, a Consultant Psychologist at the Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK

Dr Ian Turner whose research interests are molecular biology and forensic document analysis
Dr Peter Brown, physiological support to the British Army, the Royal Air Force and United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

Our range of innovative teaching materials gives you a varied and enjoyable learning experience and our expert online tutors will support you all the way. We've developed cutting edge learning materials for areas that include Asthma, Diabetes, Public Health (with an international perspective), Minor Injuries, Palliative Care and Evidence Based Practice, that can be taken as part of the top up, or studied independently as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 18 months

      18 months – 4 years of part time study

    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

  • Independent Studies
  • Applied Cognitive Behavioural Theory
  • Assessment in Cognitive Behavioural Practice
  • Asthma:Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Managemen
  • Diabetes: A Contemporary Approach
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
  • Evidence Based PracticeIssues and Debates on Diagnostics and Medication in Mental Health
  • Mentoring in Practice
  • Mentoring in Practice (Non NMC approved)
  • Minor Injuries
  • Negotiated Module
  • Palliative Care
  • Partnerships in Dementia Care (Optional)
  • Public Health: UK and International Perspectives
  • Social Consequences of Dementia Care (Optional)
  • Theory and Reflection to Support Practitioners Undergoing Preceptorship
  • Therapeutics and Diagnostic Reasoning

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You'll need all of the following:

a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (any nursing discipline)
to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or international equivalent
to be working in a relevant Nursing arena e.g. community, Acute sectors, public or private health and social care settings.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide full details of your qualifications, written references and evidence of regulatory body membership (e.g. NMC PIN number).

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 4320 International
  • GBP 4320 EU/EEA
  • Cost for the full top up degree - if you have a Diploma - £4,200*
  • Cost for the top up degree - if you have an Advanced Diploma - £2,100*


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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