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

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    3000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    3000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #801 (WUR) Online
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. The Nursing Studies (Hons) Top-up degree is offered by University of Derby.

About

If you do not have a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or meet the academic entry requirements but are still registered and in practice as a nurse, you may be eligible to complete our Certificate of Credit in Health and Social Care studies to gain 20 credits to achieve a Level 5 qualification and academic skills that will allow entry onto the online BSc Nursing Studies (Hons) Top-up degree programme at University of Derby providing you meet all additional entry criteria.

To ensure you are continuing to meet the requirements to practice safely and effectively we have updated our online learning materials and modules so you can demonstrate good practice and knowledge, using transferable skills needed for you to provide the right care when it’s needed most.

We've developed cutting edge online learning materials for areas of practice that include; Care of the Surgical Patient; Asthma; Diabetes; Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care; Minor Injuries; Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care; Infection Control and Partnerships in Dementia Care, that can be taken as part of the online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Top-Up degree, or studied independently as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

NMC revalidation and CPD for nursing

If you are preparing for Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Revalidation you’ll also be aware that you need to complete 35 hours of CPD which needs to include 20 hours of participatory learning. Our online course can be taken as independent modules which counts as participatory learning that will help you to meet the requirements for nursing re-registration.

Learn practical transferable skills

The practical application of this online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Top-Up allows you to develop transferable skills effectively that can be applied directly within your care setting. Through studying this course you will be able to: demonstrate a critical, evidence based approach to practice; be motivated towards continuous and progressive learning, become a lifelong learner who can evaluate the teaching and support of colleagues in clinical practice; demonstrate critical competence in clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership and clinical practice development.

This online course also aims to develop your skills so you can identify and propose recommendations to enhance service delivery and provision of care and engage in critical reflection on clinical practice reflective of contemporary nursing practice.

Career Info

You'll gain organisational and management skills that will enhance your clinical practice, nursing management or research, enhancing your competency in your role. This places you at the heart of health and social care, enabling you to assess, diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions.

Once you’ve gained your BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree you can progress to a Masters level qualifications such as our MSc Advanced Practice, available to study on campus at Derby, which may open up further developmental opportunities e.g. research in nursing.

An honours degree will help you to compete in a contentious market, particularly when applying for international positions. It does not affect your NMC or provide access to other parts of the register but will broaden your horizons, improving your self confidence and competences in teaching and mentoring work colleagues.

Accreditation

This Nursing Studies (Hons) Top-up degree at University of Derby has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2019.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      18 months – 4 years of part time study

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • 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

Modules:

Core

  • Independent Studies

Optional

  • Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care
  • Asthma: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Management
  • Care of the Surgical Patient
  • Diabetes: A Contemporary Approach
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Managing the Acutely Ill Patient
  • Mentoring in Practice (NMC approved)
  • Mentoring in Practice (Non NMC approved
  • Minor Injuries
  • Negotiated Module
  • Partnerships in Dementia Care
  • Public Health: UK and International Perspectives
  • Relationships Informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Social Consequences of Dementia Care
  • Therapeutic and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Working with People with Distress and Disorder

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).

For more information, please visit programme website.

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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.

Funding

Student loans are now available for part-time students. You may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan or a Professional and Career Development Loan to help pay for your tuition fees.

There is funding and allowances available to students too. Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance or career specific funding such as ELC funding for the British Armed Forces.

You could also benefit from our discounts and savings. Our 10% alumni loyalty discount is available to University of Derby graduates and all students can take advantage of great savings and offers with well-known brands and retailers with the NUS Extra Student discount card.

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.