Bachelors in Nursing Top-up degree (Online)
The top-up degree programme is designed specifically for registered nurses who hold a diploma or certificate in nursing and want to top-up their current academic qualifications towards a full bachelor degree in nursing studies.
The programme consists of 5 compulsory modules with curriculum aimed to deepen the student’s knowledge of evidence-based practice and develop a critical approach to integrated healthcare.
The programme is updated with feedback from registered nurses, healthcare personnel, nurse managers and even patients, to keep it relevant to current contemporary healthcare practice.
The programme is relevant to contemporary nursing practice, allowing students to enhance their skills and knowledge to progress within a chosen sphere of nursing practice.
Students will be assigned a personal tutor and can network with fellow practitioners from across the globe.
The university offers a personalised student experience. The university’s virtual learning environment provides students with access to learning material and online support services.
Successful graduates will be able to apply their skills and knowledge to and progress within their chosen sphere of nursing practice.
All entrants to the BSc Nursing Studies programme must be currently registered as a Nurse with a recognised nursing regulatory body and hold a Nursing qualification, and have at least 2 years relevant working experience
Entry with a Diploma in Nursing
If your Nursing qualification is a Diploma which included study at FHEQ level 5 you will only be required to complete the five core modules.
NOTE: If you do not have evidence of completing a diploma in Nursing to FHEQ Level 5, you will be required to successfully complete the Professional Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare module, after which you can then progress through the remainder of the programme
Entry with other Nursing qualification
- Other Nursing qualifications will be considered.
- Depending on your previous study you will be advised how many modules you will be required to study to ‘top-up’ to degree, and you may be required to successfully complete an additional module prior to progressing through the remainder of the programme. This module will enable you to enhance and develop your academic skills and prepare you for study on the five core modules.
Professional Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
In this module you will be introduced to ethical theories and principles relevant to health care; these include the ethics of care, values-based care and the bioethical principles. Other topics addressed in the module are responsibility and accountability, professional regulation, record keeping, consent, confidentiality, patient rights, restraint, and do-not-attempt cardio pulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR). Adults with incapacity and other related issues, such as, the use and abuse of power, and advocacy will also be considered. You will have the opportunity to explore and apply creative solutions to ethical situations in the healthcare environment and will be encouraged to participate in online discussions and reflection on practice. Engagement with learning, teaching and assessment activities throughout the module will help you develop your academic skills.
Promoting Excellence in Older People’s Health
This module will help you explore the theories of ageing from a physical, psychological, social and cultural aspect. Older people and health care will be contextualised from a local and world-wide perspective and include exploration of the value of nursing theories when assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.
Management of Chronic Disease
This module will encourage you to explore medical and social models of care, health outcomes, information and support, psychological consequences of chronic disease, social issues, cultural and spiritual issues.
Advancing Practice through Research
This module will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the different types of evidence that may be used to inform clinical practice. Specifically, you will explore different approaches to undertaking the research process, research methods and will have the opportunity to develop your skills to critique research and its relevance to practice.
The themes of this module will be explored through a ‘virtual family’ which is based on the experiences of real people.
Effective Leadership in Healthcare
On this module you will explore the principles of the following topic areas that will be discussed in the context of your field of nursing: Clinical Leadership; Clinical Governance; Patient Safety, Change Management and Risk Management. You will also explore partnership and team working and the associated essential communications skills that support effective partnerships. Opportunities to consider the role of the nurse in relation to teaching & learning, inter-professional education, clinical support & supervision will be explored. Management style and leadership qualities that are effective in health and social care settings will be discussed and theoretical aspects applied and explored in the context of your own practice area.