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

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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 2019

Duration

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

There is one intake a year for the full-time option (i.e. February).

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 for the first year of study*

Part-time: £4,750 for the first year of study*

Who is it for?

The programme is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as general practice nurses (GPN) and wish to develop their skills and progress their career.

Objectives

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

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

The BSc/Graduate Diploma consists of 120 credits.  Four of the modules are core or compulsory, with 3 optional modules.  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 GPN within the general practice environment. However, your choice of optional modules will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation.

The MSc consists of 180 credits. Three of the modules are core, with one MSc Conversion top-up consists 60 credits dissertation module is core. The choice of 15 optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation .

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To study the BSc/Graduate Diploma, you will need 120 credits at Level 4 and 5.

  • You must have current registration on Part 1 or Part 2 of the NMC register and have no restrictions placed on your registration at the point of application and/or during the tenure of your programme
  • You must be employed as a GPN and this must be continuous for the duration of your programme
  • You must have an undergraduate diploma in Nursing
  • We will need to see evidence that you have undertaken study in the past 5 years (including assessment results).

To study the MSc/ Post Graduate Diploma you will need 120 credits at Level 6

  • You must have current registration on Part 1 or Part 2 of the NMC register and have no restrictions placed on your registration at the point of application and/or during the tenure of your programme
  • You must be employed as a GPN and this must be continuous for the duration of your programme
  • You must 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

In addition to the listed entry requirements, if your first language is not English you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6:5 in all components.

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

The application process for 2018 entry will open shortly.

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5899
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)

More about fees

*The tuition fee for the first year of study (2018/19) for full-time students is £9,250 and for part-time students is £4,750. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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.

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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
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • 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

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

  • Dissertation

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.

To study the MSc, the choice of optional modules will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation:

  • Module Code (NMM011) - Diabetes Care
  • Module Code (NMM048)  - Asthma/COPD
  • Module Code (NMM320) - Cervical Cytology
  • Module Code (NMM945) - Key Concepts in Practice Nursing (2)
  • Module Code (NMM084) - Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
  • Module Code (NMM944) - Long Term Conditions
  • Module Code (CHM002) - Education in the workplace [a mentorship module]
  • Module Code (NMM119) - Innovations in healthcare leadership and management perspectives.

Career prospects

The completion of the MSc will enable you to develop higher order critical skills, which will enhance your clinical practice underpinned by a strong evidence base. Practice Nurses may on completion of their programme choose to specialise in certain clinical areas, especially the care and management of long term conditions and in the area of triage.

Furthermore, this will enable those who have completed the MSc to negotiate a higher salary in their current post by extending their leadership and clinical skills within the general practice environment.

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.


The application process for 2018 entry will open shortly.

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5899
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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