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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. This course develops student’s critical and clinical skills to use in general practice.

Key Information

Start date

February 2017

Duration

The PgDip can be undertaken as a part-time or full-time option.

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 (i.e. February).

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year

Application period

Until Applications for February 2017 (full time and part time) must be received no later than 6 January 2017.

Who is it for?

The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma qualification.

Objectives

Throughout the world, the provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation services is rooted increasingly in primary care.

City’s Primary Care (Practice Nursing) course supports students in developing new skills for use in the general practices in which they work. The course is focused on practice and practical application, and is relevant to the varied communities from which our students are drawn.

The Post Graduate Diploma [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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • To study the BSc you will need 120 credits at Level 4 and 5
  • You will be required to provide evidence to show 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
  • For entry to the Postgraduate Diploma you must be registered and currently be 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
  • You will need to provide evidence to show 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

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

All applicants must be employed as practice nurses and current on the NMC register.

Applicants must hold either a First or a 2.1 classification to apply for the PGDip programme. Applicants are required to provide evidence to show that they have undertaken study in the past 5 years (including assessment results confirming credits achieved).

February 2017 applications are open.

Please review the application guidelines carefully and refer to them when completing your application form. You will need to click on the link for the relevant level (BSc, Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma) and mode of attendance (full time or part time) you wish to be considered for (see page 2 of the application guidelines).

You will be required to provide original degree certificates; this can be completed at induction.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
Email: ug.prereghealth@city.ac.uk

Undergraduate & Pre-Registration Course Operations
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

2009
Practice Nursing programmes were established at City, University of London
3rd
in London for Nursing and Midwifery (Guardian league table rankings, 2017)

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School of Health Sciences - Excellence in Clinical Skills and Research

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehelath and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst they study.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

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 peer reviewed professional journals relevant to practice nursing and advanced practice.

Assessments are designed to assess students ability to:

  • grasp taught theory and research;
  • analyse and interpret theory and research critically;
  • apply the theory and evidence base to the clinical setting
  • present the relevant points clearly and concisely.

Both formative and summative assessments will be transparent throughout the practice nursing course.  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
  • Case study
  • Audit and supporting paper
  • Protocol development and a supporting paper
  • Poster development and supporting paper
  • A research proposal.

Modules

The course is made up of both core and optional modules, with the structure depending on whether students study on a full or part-time basis.

Core modules

  • Key Concepts in Practice Nursing
  • Research methods
  • Health Policy and Politics

Elective modules

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules, including:

  • Cervical Cytology
  • An introduction to Long Term Conditions
  • Key Concepts in Practice Nursing – Module 2
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Clinical assessment in Primary Care
  • Contraception and sexual health - theory
  • Diabetes care
  • Supporting and assessing in clinical practice (mentorship module)

Students have the option of exiting with 60 credits to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). In order to receive this award, students must have successfully completed 60 credits, which must include one of the core modules – Key Concepts in practice nursing and 3 other optional modules.

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Practice Nursing working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

The PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) 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 selection of modules that can be taken as part of your continuing professional development.

Successful completion of the PgDip is achieved when you have completed 8 x 15 credit modules [120 credits]. Students also have the option of gaining a PgCert by completing 4 modules [60 credits} one of which includes the core module – Key Concepts of Practice Nursing.

You will graduate with 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.

Application Deadline

Applications for February 2017 (full time and part time) must be received no later than 6 January 2017.


All applicants must be employed as practice nurses and current on the NMC register.

Applicants must hold either a First or a 2.1 classification to apply for the PGDip programme. Applicants are required to provide evidence to show that they have undertaken study in the past 5 years (including assessment results confirming credits achieved).

February 2017 applications are open.

Please review the application guidelines carefully and refer to them when completing your application form. You will need to click on the link for the relevant level (BSc, Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma) and mode of attendance (full time or part time) you wish to be considered for (see page 2 of the application guidelines).

You will be required to provide original degree certificates; this can be completed at induction.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
Email: ug.prereghealth@city.ac.uk

Undergraduate & Pre-Registration Course Operations
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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