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Primary Care (Practice Nursing)  BSc (Hons) / Postgrad Diploma


Primary care is central to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Throughout the world, the provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation services is rooted increasingly in primary care.

The BSc Primary Care (Practice Nursing) course aims to equip you to develop new skills to use in the different practice and organisational settings in which you work. The course is focused on practice and practical application, and is relevant to the varied communities from which our students are drawn.

The PgDip consists of 120 credits. Three of the modules are core or compulsory, with 5 optional modules.   The choice of optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will allow you to choose modules that are relevant to your work as a practice nurse within the general practice environment.

Who is the course for?

The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses who wish to gain their BSc degree or Postgraduate Diploma.

Why study Primary Care (Practice Nursing) at City University London?

  • Develop your skills and confidence within the general practice environment.
  • Tailor the course to your individual practice needs by choosing from a range of modules.
  • Study on a flexible programme which fits around full-time work.
  • Benefit from a focus on practice and practical application.
  • Benefit from increased career opportunities in nursing at a senior level.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,250 (PgDip)
  • Part-time EU: £TBC (BSc and PgDip)

Start Date:

There are two intakes each academic year - September and February. The programme will next run in February 2016.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements to be accepted for the BSc are as follows:

  • You will need 120 credits at Level 4 and 5
  • We will need to see evidence that you have undertaken study in the past five years (including assessment results)
  • You must be employed as a Practice Nurse in the UK
  • You must hold current registration on part one (nursing) of the NMC register.

The entry requirements to be accepted for the PgDip are as follows:

  • You must be registered and current on Part 1 or Part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery  register
  • You must be employed as a Practice Nurse
  • Have an undergraduate degree with either a First or 2.1 classification
  • We will need to see evidence that you have undertaken study in the past 5 years (including assessment results)

English Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to prove you have reached an appropriate standard through either of the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
  • IELTS 7.5.

See further guidance on English language qualifications.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
There are two intakes each academic year - September and February. The programme will next run in February 2016.

Part time BSc: The maximum study period is five years, but typically students take one or two modules each semester, over a two year period.

The PgDip can be undertaken as a part-time or full-time option. The full-time option is currently pending approval.

There are two intakes a year for the part-time option [i.e. September and February], with one intake a year for the full-time option.

Course Content

The course is for practice nurses, it provides the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a diverse range of services within general practice. The course can be tailored to meet individual practice and development needs due to the wide range of module options available.

The course will help prepare students to meet the many challenging demands of working within general practice, particularly in relation to the essential and additional services of the new General Medical Services contract.

Course Structure

BSc Primary Care (Practice Nursing)

Core modules

There are two core modules to be taken at Level 3.

Route-specific modules

There are two route-specific modules to be taken at Level 3.

Optional modules [x3]

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules:

When you have successfully completed the taught modules plus your portfolio, you will qualify for a BSc (Hons) degree.

PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing)

Core modules include:

  • Research Methods [15 credits]
  • Philosophy and Politics of Primary Health Care [15 credits]
  • Key Concepts of Practice Nursing [15 credits]

Optional modules include:

Students have a number of options to obtain their 75 credits for those students wishing to complete their PgDip.

A sample of the optional modules which are at 15 credits and popular with practice nurses are as follows:

  • Asthma/COPD
  • Cervical Cytology
  • Diabetes Care
  • Education in the workplace
  • Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
  • An introduction to long term conditions
  • Key concepts in practice nursing

Students have the option of exiting with 45 credits to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). In order to receive this award, students must have successfully completed 60 credits, which would include one of the core modules – Key Concepts in practice nursing.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

The programme is taught at our campus at Northampton Square. The Programme Director and other members of the practice nursing team have considerable experience and expertise in the field of practice nursing and advanced practice.

Members of the team have published research, books, as well as published in professional journals relevant to practice nursing

Each assessment tests whether you:

  • have grasped the relevant theory and research;
  • are able to analyse and interpret theory and research critically;
  • are able to apply the theory and evidence base to the clinical setting and can present the relevant points clearly and concisely.

Assessment and Assessment Criteria

Both formative and summative assessments will be transparent throughout the practice nursing programme. Formative feedback will be available on group/individual presentations and/or tutorial support.

Summative assessment will integrate a variety of assessments, which will be dependent on your choice of optional modules including:

  • Essays
  • Skills schedule, including a multiple choice questionnaire and problem based scenario
  • Exams
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination [OSCE]
  • Audit and supporting paper
  • Protocol development and a supporting paper
  • Poster development and supporting paper
  • A research proposal

Assessment Criteria are descriptions, based on the intended learning outcomes, of the skills, knowledge or attitudes that you need to demonstrate in order to complete an assessment successfully, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured. Grade-Related Criteria are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks. Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. These may be provided in programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy.  In particular, you will normally be provided with feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date. This would normally include a provisional grade or mark. For end of module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end of module project), feedback will normally be provided within four weeks.  The timescale for feedback on final year projects or dissertations may be longer.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £9,250 (PgDip)
  • Part-time EU: £TBC (BSc and PgDip)


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

Career Prospects

BSc Primary Care (Practice Nursing)

The course will give you greater opportunities to deliver diverse services within general practice. The range of services can be tailored to your individual practice needs due to the wide selection of modules that can be taken as part of your CPD.

PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing)

Upon successful completion of the eight modules [120 credits], you will be awarded a PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) degree. If you only successfully complete four modules [60 credits] – one of which is the core module – Key Concepts of Practice Nursing, you will receive the award of PgCert Primary Care (Practice Nursing).

When you graduate from the programme, you will have a substantial understanding of the field of practice nursing, together with enhanced clinical and analytical skills. These attributes will enable you to make a substantial contribution within the general practice environment.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications for PgDip February 2016 is Monday 11 January 2016.

Applications for BSc/PgDip Full Time will open in Autumn 2016.

Apply for BSc (Hons) Primary Care (Practice Nursing). Part Time
Next intake September 2016

Apply for PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) Part Time
Next intake September 2016

BSc (Hons) Primary Care (Practice Nursing) Full time.
Next intake February 2017

PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) Part time.
Next intake February 2017

For further information

Call: Programme Director Marie C. Hill
on +44 (0)20 7040 5803


+44 (0)20 7040 5899