BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)

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Study Options Explained

Status

Validated

Campus

Pontypridd (Campus code - A )

Location

Glyntaff

Tuition Fees

For full information about tuition fees for this course, please visit our money pages.

Entry Requirements

You will be registered with a professional body (or equivalent), and be able to demonstrate a credit rating of 120 credits at Level Four and 120 credits at Level Five, or enter via the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) route.

English IELTS 6 or equivalent is required.

The course starts in September for UK domiciled students and February for international students.

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This post-qualification award offers career enhancement and progression by enabling you to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care.

About BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)

Essential Information

This post-qualification award offers career enhancement and progression by enabling you to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care.

This post-registration award enables you to function more effectively in a multi-professional setting and is designed to accommodate professionals from a range of nursing and midwifery backgrounds who want to progress their academic and practical base of care. You can tailor your study to extend your expertise in professional practice in relation to your specific work setting/client group, and all Professional Practice modules allow you to apply theories to your own practice.

What you will study

Full Time Options 1 year (non work placement) or 18 months (with work placement)

You will study the core subject areas of Research in Professional Practice, Professional Practice Project. You will be able to select from an exciting range of subjects designed to enhance and extend your current knowledge. These choices will be dependent on your area of interest, your experience and the areas of nursing you wish to specialize in. For those international students who are eligible you can undertake the Overseas Nursing Programme as one of the subject choices.

Throughout your study, you will explore a wide range of health and wellbeing issues and the degree will allow you to develop your role as a graduate practitioner.

Core Modules:

  • Research in Professional Practice
  • Professional Practice Project

Other modules include:

  • Leadership in Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Nursing Practice in the UK (for international students)
  • Contemporary Nursing Practice in a Global Arena (for International students)
  • Critical Reflection in the Work Placement
  • Professional Perspectives of Care of the Older Person

Module choices must be agreed with the award leader. There is also opportunity to select modules from other subjects which will enable you to specialise in certain areas, e.g.in critical care, pain management, or mental health.

Part Time Option

Part One

Core module:

  • Research in Professional Practice

Specified modules:

  • Philosophical and Legal Aspects of Care
  • Research and Professional Practice
  • Managing Change in Professional Practice
  • Bio-Psycho-Social Aspects of Healthcare

Part Two

Choose one of three core module options:

  • Professional Practice Project
  • Then choose from the range of available module options for remaining credits.

Module choices must be agreed with the award leader. There is also opportunity to select modules from other subjects which will enable you to specialise in certain areas, e.g.in critical care, pain management, or mental health.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching and learning approaches will be vary according to the topic, student needs and the module chosen. Methods of delivery may include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Student- led seminars
  • Use of learning contracts
  • Critical Incident Analysis
  • Simulation
  • Individual academic and clinical supervision
  • Use of resource based learning materials, e-learning and a variety of group-work activities.
  • Some modules use service users/patients (who also participate in the delivery and planning of modules).

To support development all students will be allocated a personal tutor for pastoral and professional development support. Module content will be facilitated by specialised tutors, who will act as the academic supervisors for each module.

Assessment methods

The overall assessment strategy has been designed taking cognisance of the USW academic tariff. Assessments include written assignments, exams, presentations, seminars, portfolio and reflective accounts.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)

Employability

Employers value highly and are attracted to nurses who have gained a degree within the UK. To support employability the course maximises the potential to develop your career within nursing, by offering a learning in the workplace module. This module has proven to be successful and positive as it provides experience of our UK health care systems and practices to international students.

The course has well developed mechanisms to link with and work with employers. This includes academic staff liaising with employers and dedicated administration staff involved with organising and monitoring work placements with a range of health care employers. Service level agreements are in place with all local NHS Hospitals and the Faculty has an extensive network of independent health care providers. Specifically for international nursing students a network of employers have been utilised in providing work experience and this has been a successful part of the programme. This employer engagement has led to high levels of post-study employment both within the NHS and within the independent sector. In addition many international nursing graduates gain employment in other countries, such as Canada, Australia and the Emirate States.

To support employer engagement and increase the potential for employment, the University runs a number of nursing employer events which are attended by employers from independent, NHS and nursing agencies. We also have links with NHS hospitals, which are employing international graduate nurses.

Additional Information for BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)

Further Reading:

Nursing subject pages

Student Profiles

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