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Clinical Nursing Practice (top-up)

BSc (Hons)
Entry: Direct entry
Duration: 6 months - 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies
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The BSc (Hons) Clinical Nursing Practice enables students who already hold a health care qualification at level 4, level 5 or level 6 to top-up to a BSc

The flexibility offered by this programme enables you to take forward your current experience, whatever the area of your work, in collaboration with the University of Bradford.  Your learning will take place in multi-professional groups with other experienced healthcare professionals, improving your inter-professional communication skills and networking opportunities.

You will develop your skills in clinical practice as well as your knowledge and conceptual understanding; modules are designed to include learning in practice as well as learning in the classroom and simulation suite.

Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. To a degree these methods will be dependent on modules studied (see module section below), however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

There are a number of approaches to module delivery and these include block attendance, study day attendance, work based learning, distance learning and blended learning. When devising your study plan you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module and in which semester your chosen modules are being delivered. You will also be informed about dates and times of compulsory attendance at the university and (or) practice placement.

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.


Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

  • A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation.    
  • Evidence of previous study at level 4.
  • Students whose qualifications do not meet the entry requirements above but who have significant experience and other evidence of ability to study at this level.
  • Students for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no sub-scores below 5.5.
  • Have access to a computer that has a broadband connection and that can browse the internet and has word processing on it
  • Have computing skills commensurate with the demands of programme
  • Have an identified mentor in clinical practice.

Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Stage 2 modules
5 Independent Study 30 Option
5 Cervical Screening 30 Option
5 Food and health 20 Option
5 Work based learning 20 Option
5 Evidence based decision making 20 Option
5 Media perspectives on Health and Social Care 20 Option
5 Complementary and Alternative medicine 20 Option
5 Health education and promotion 20 Option
5 Developing Lifelong Professional Learning 30 Option
5 Literature Skills for Health Professionals 30 Option
Stage 3 modules
6 Research Appreciation and Dissemination 30 Option
6 Adult Cardiology: Examination, Assessment 30 Option
6 Advances in Leg Ulcer Management 30 Option
6 Advances in Limiting Pressure Damage 30 Option
6 Advances in Wound Management 30 Option
6 Applied Knowledge and Skills for Management of the Critically Ill patient 30 Option
6 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Acute and Long Term Conditions 30 Option
6 Cancer - Understanding Treatment, Management and Care 30 Option
6 Clinical examination and Case Management in Cancer Care 30 Option
6 Community Nurse Prescribing (Level 6) 20 or 30 Option
6 Competency Based Learning in Clinical Practice 30 Option
6 Diabetes in Clinical Practice 30 Option
6 Evidence Based Diabetes Care 30 Option
6 Haematology & BMT - Understanding Treatment, Management And Care 30 Option
6 Management of Lung Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Breathlessness 30 Option
6 Palliative Care for Children/Young People with a Life Limiting Illness 30 Option
6 Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals (Levels 6) 30 Option
6 Support for learning in practice 30 Option
6 Supporting Those Facing Loss: an interdisciplinary approach 30 Option
6 Symptom Management in Life Limiting Illness across the lifespan 30 Option
6 Independent Study 30 Option
6 Theory of Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) 30 30 Option
6 Cervical Screening 30 Option
6 Ambulatory Care 30 Option
6 Advanced Communication Skills 30 Option
6 Aspects of Mental Health Care and Psychological Wellbeing for Health Professionals 30 Option
6 Supporting Recovery in Mental Health Settings 30 Option
6 Transitional Care 30 Option
6 Good Practice in the Physical Health Care of People with a Mental Health Condition/ Learning Disability 30 Option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Your learning will be assessed against the learning outcomes and programme aims through the use of a range of different assessment techniques which may include one or more of the following approaches:

  • Written essay
  • A reflective case study
  • Multiple choice question examination
  • Computer based open book examination
  • Seminar Presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Practice competence
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a Dissertation
  • Research paper/executive summary

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2016 graduates in Clinical Nursing Practice found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Clinical Nursing Practice graduates was £26,400.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


Fees are dependant upon the number of credits required.

  • 10 credits     £770
  • 20 credits     £1,540
  • 30 credits     £2,310
  • 40 credits     £3,080

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.