BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Top-up)

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Course details

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September 2016 - Carlisle

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September 2016 - Lancaster

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January 2017 - Carlisle

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January 2017 - Lancaster

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April 2017 - Carlisle

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April 2017 - Lancaster

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If you hold a Nursing Diploma in Higher Education and want to advance your qualifications to help progress your career, then our top-up degree is perfect for your needs! We offer a variety of bespoke module options tailored to your individual needs, encouraging your personal and professional development to take your knowledge and skills even further. You'll have the ability to study at a pace that suits you, in a supportive environment with friendly and knowledgeable tutors.

Don't miss out on exciting career opportunities! Improve on your qualifications and show that you have the skills needed to advance to the top levels in your field.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

2017 Entry

You may have seen that some changes to the funding and financial support of students accessing Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) programmes such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography, were announced in the Spending Review in November 2015. This information is to offer you clarification on what this currently means.

This information is based on the understanding provided by The Council of Deans for Health and may be subject to change as further details are released by the government but the current situation is as follows:

What is changing?

From 2017/18, new students studying nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses (which lead to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) will take out loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS bursary.

Our course has only one compulsory module, HLLG6018 Evidence Based Practice, which underpins the programme as a whole and incorporates key skills such as literature searching. You will need to study a total of 120 credits to complete the course, but how you do that is up to you - choose the modules you're most interested in and ensure that your education is based on your career goal. Your personal tutor will discuss the modules available with you so that you can be confident you're on the right track.

Year one

Compulsory module

  • HLLG6018 Evidence Based Practice

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

120 Level 4 and 120 Level 5 credits.

Selection criteria

You must be a qualified nurse and hold active registration with the NMC Nursing Register, or equivalent. You will need access to an appropriate practice setting if a module with an attached Qualificatory Practice Unit (QPU) or a work-based learning module in taken. Applications should be accompanied by one professional reference.

Applicants must have achieved 240 credits, 120 each at levels 4 and 5 (or equivalent) in a cognisant subject. Applicants who do not hold 120 level 5 credits, but who can demonstrate at interview, and through submission of a portfolio of evidence, an equivalent level of knowledge gained through relevant qualifications and / or experience, may be allowed entry to the programme. This decision will be at the discretion of the programme leader.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choice within the award, dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs. Students should be able to show potential benefit from studying for the award and offer a rationale for their module choices.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details:

Completing this programme will allow you to study further at a masters level, such as an MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, or a PgC in Practice Development. Alternatively, you can consolidate your degree by taking a University Advanced Diploma (60 credits at degree level) in a range of practice-based subjects.

As one of the UK's leading health departments, we are proud of the high support we offer our students through high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff. You'll enjoy access to fantastic facilities and be well-prepared for going straight into employment after completing your course.