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Nursing Studies  BSc (Hons)

The top up BSc in Nursing Studies degree programme enables qualified healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge and skills and further qualify in their profession.

Overview

The BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies course enables qualified nurses to top up their studies to degree level and further develop their knowledge and skills in their profession. The course enables general progression or the opportunity to specialize or diversify following specialist degree pathways. We offer a wide choice of areas in which to take your modules, including clinical assessment and specialised clinical knowledge.

Who is the course for?

The course is for NMC registered qualified nurses.

Why study Nursing Studies at City?

  • Top up your nursing diploma to degree level.
  • Choose from a range of modules enabling you to follow generic or specialised routes. 
  • Tailor the course to meet your personal and professional interests and career goals.
  • Study on a flexible programme which fits around full-time work.
  • Benefit from increased career opportunities at a senior level.
  • For student satisfaction, City is ranked second nationally for Nursing (National Student Survey, 2014).

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
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Start Date:

The programme can be started January or September of each academic year.

Entry Requirements

You must be a qualified nurse in the UK, although your qualification can be from overseas.

  • For specialist routes you must be working within an appropriate specialist healthcare setting
  • If you are a qualified nurse but do not already have the full 120 points of certified learning at Diploma level, you can show you have achieved the equivalent through your professional experience, by applying to take our Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) entry route.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
  • IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent

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:
The programme can be started January or September of each academic year.

Course Content

The course is designed to give you a modular and flexible approach to study so you can tailor the course to your personal development and goals. 

The top up degree can be taken on a part time or full time basis for up to five years to suit your own personal needs. All modules can be selected on a standalone individual basis as part of CPPD to meet the needs of the NHS Knowledge Skills Framework. 

The course will help you improve your confidence and practice, and develop your career to more senior roles. You can start the course in January or September.

Course Structure

Generic route

You need to achieve 120 HE6 level credits by taking modules as follows:

  • 3 programme core (compulsory) modules
  • 3 optional modules
  • 1 dissertation module (compulsory)

Specialist route

You need to achieve 120 HE6 level credits by taking modules as follows:

  • 3 programme core (compulsory) modules
  • 2 route core (compulsory) modules
  • 1 optional module
  • 1 dissertation module (compulsory)

If you have up to 30 HE6 level credits from another institution or up to 60 HE6 level credits from City University London these may be recorded as prior learning (APL) to replace any of the optional modules above.

City University London qualified diploma level nurses with 60 HE6 level credits will be exempt from the route core (compulsory) module NM3301 (Biological Foundations in Clinical Practice and Related Pharmacology).

Modules

Core modules for all routes

  • Contemporary Nursing Knowledge
  • Using Research Knowledge
  • Biological Foundations in Clinical Practice and Related Pharmacology
  • Literature Review OR Reflective and Critical Practice Project (dissertation module)

Optional modules for the generic route

There are a range of modules that can be selected from our extensive portfolio - please see the programme specification. Link below.

The routes below have two modules related to their specialist area:

  • Cardiac Care Route
  • Acute and High Dependency Care Route
  • Neonatal Care Route
  • Emergency Care Route
  • Intensive Care Route
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Practice Route
  • Head and Neck Care Route
  • Leadership and Managing Change Route (e-learning - online modules)
  • Contraception & Sexual Health Route

If you have a specific area of interest, you may be able to select further modules from our portfolio.

When you have successfully completed the taught modules and the dissertation, you will qualify for a BSc (Hons) degree. Complete just the taught modules and you will achieve a BSc degree.

Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including taught modules; e-learning and work-based learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the BSc degree level programme, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment includes essays; objective structured clinical examinations; practice-based assessments and seminar presentations with supporting papers. The dissertation can be either a literature review, portfolio review or a work-based project. Once you start to prepare for your research project you will also have a research supervisor, skilled in your particular discipline.

Read the full programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)

Funding

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

Placements

You do not need to have a work placement, but are expected to apply principles to practice in the assessments. If you chose clinical modules to study you need to be working within the clinical area or have access to patients with those conditions.

Career Prospects

The course can enhance your current practice enabling you to gain a higher understanding or can prepare you for working as a nurse or midwife at a more advanced level, assisting with your overall career progression.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences


Applications for January 2016 are now open. The application deadline is Friday 8 January 2016.

Generic routes

Nursing Studies - General: Full time (January 2016)
Nursing Studies - General: Modular (January 2016)
Nursing Studies - General: Part time (January 2016)

Specialist routes

Cardiac Care: Full time (January 2016)
Cardiac Care: Modular (January 2016)
Cardiac Care: Part time (January 2016)

Contraception and Sexual Health Care: Full time (January 2016)
Contraception and Sexual Health Care: Modular (January 2016)
Contraception and Sexual Health Care: Part time (January 2016)

Ear, Nose and Throat Practice: Full time (January 2016)
Ear, Nose and Throat Practice: Modular (January 2016)
Ear, Nose and Throat Practice: Part time (January 2016)

Emergency Care: Full time (January 2016) (not currently available)
Emergency Care: Modular (January 2016) (not currently available)
Emergency Care: Part time (January 2016) (not currently available)

Head and Neck Care: Full time (January 2016)
Head and Neck Care: Modular (January 2016)
Head and Neck Care: Part time (January 2016)

Intensive Care: Full time (January 2016)
Intensive Care: Modular (January 2016)
Intensive Care: Part time (January 2016)

Leadership and Management: Full time (January 2016)
Leadership and Management: Modular (January 2016)
Leadership and Management: Part time (January 2016)

Neonatal Care: Full time (January 2016)
Neonatal Care: Modular (January 2016)
Neonatal Care: Part time (January 2016)

Acute and High Dependency Care. Full time (January 2016)
Acute and High Dependency Care. Modular (January 2016)
Acute and High Dependency Care. Part time (January 2016) 

Further Information

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

Applications for this course must be made directly to City University London, rather than through UCAS.