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BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)


This Degree is recognised at MQF/EQF Level 6. 



ECTS Credits

60 ECTS 


 Programme Aims

The practical application of this BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Top-Up allows you to develop transferable skills effectively that can be applied directly within your care setting. Through studying this course you will be able to: demonstrate a critical, evidence based approach to practice; be motivated towards continuous and progressive learning, become a lifelong learner who can evaluate the teaching and support of colleagues in clinical practice; demonstrate critical competence in clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership and clinical practice development.


Structure and Curriculum

All modules for the programme carry 20 credits/ 10 ECTS.

If you have a Diploma in Nursing Studies, then you will need to choose four optional modules from the list below as well as the Independent Study (double module).

If you have an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies, then you will only need to choose one optional module from the list below, as well as the Independent Study module (double module). 




  • Independent Study



Choose 4 from the following:

  • Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care
  • Asthma: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Management
  • Care in Challenging Environments
  • Care of the Surgical Patient
  • Debates and Issues of Funding in Health and Social Care
  • Diabetes: A Contemporary Approach
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Interprofessional Perspectives in Long Term Conditions
  • Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Managing the Acutely Ill Patient
  • Mentoring in Practice (NMC approved)
  • Mentoring in Practice (Non NMC approved)
  • Minor Injuries
  • Negotiated Module
  • Partnerships in Dementia Care
  • Public Health: UK and International Perspectives
  • Relationships Informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Social Consequences of Dementia Care
  • Theory and Reflection to Support Practitioners Undergoing Preceptorship
  • Therapeutic and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Working with People with Distress and Disorder


Method of Assessment



Entry Requirements

  • A Level 5 Diploma or an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (anu nursing discipline); AND
  • To be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or internationaol equivalent; AND
  • To be working in a relevant Nursing arena eg. Acute sectors, public or private health and social care settings
  • If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS 7.0 or equivalent


Awarding Body

University of Derby


      This Certification qualify for the Get Qualified Scheme.

      Terms and conditions apply. 


Download Application Form 


Last Updated: 22 Aug 2017

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