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 Renal Care pathway, the Theoretical Concepts in Renal Care module and the Renal Care Practitioner module are both core. The final module is also core and must be either the Dissertation module or the Research and Innovation in Practice module.
Indicative content includes:
- Renal anatomy and its relationship to the physiology of normal renal function and pathophysiology of renal dysfunction
- All aspects of chronic kidney disease from diagnosis through to end stage renal disease and the different renal replacement therapies available
- An overview of renal diseases and other related diseases associated with renal failure, their care and the medical and nursing management
- The psychological and psychosocial implications of renal failure for patients
- Current local and national guidelines such as Renal Association clinical practice guidelines, renal national service framework, clinical governance in the provision of renal specialist care.
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.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
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.
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