This BSc (Hons) Professional Practice is a flexible programme designed to enable suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to ‚top up’ a Level 5 qualification to a degree, through a number of different pathways. This course can also be studied full-time over one year, or spread over up to six years.
What will this course cover?
The course requires you to complete a total of 120 credits at Level 6, typically from four 30 credit modules. You can choose the modules you wish to study from a number of options depending on your study interests or the pathway you wish to follow. However, the final module must be either the Dissertation module or the Research and Innovation in Practice module.
For the Critical Care pathway, the Intensive Care module and the final module are core. The final module must be either the Dissertation module or the Research and Innovation in Practice module.
The course covers the following topics:
- Psychological issues and the patient’s experience of critical care
- Long term effects of critical care on the patient and their family, including rehabilitation
- Advanced assessment of the critically ill patient
- Interventions and therapy utilised to treat the critically ill adult with organ failure or dysfunction
- End of life care within the critical care setting
- Multi-disciplinary team working
- Ethical decision making
- Political influences impacting upon patient care within the critical care setting
- Advanced communication skills
- Key themes running through the module will include dementia care and the Chief Nursing Officers six Cs (Care (Quality/Safety), Compassion, Courage, Competency, Commitment and Communication)
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include at least 120 credits at level 5, evidence of clinical experience and candidates will need to be working in a relevant area of health care practice.
In addition to this applicants must be a registered nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register for consideration.
Students choosing the modular option who intend to complete this degree programme can only use a maximum of 60 credits as Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL). For those students wishing to use credits from other universities, only 60 credits can be used as Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Students will choose from a portfolio of modules or short courses available.
What are my career prospects
This course offers a grounding that enables health care professionals to knowledgeably manage patients within their specialist field. As a successful graduate you will have a desirable qualification for career progression, including highly sought after jobs.
Further opportunities for successful students include studying at master’s level towards an award in a relevant field of advanced practice, for example MSc Advanced Practice.
Watch a video to hear how some of our students have balanced their work commitments with part-time study.