BSc Nursing Studies – Option Rich Programme

Undergraduate, Part-time

This flexible course is designed for registered nurses working in health, social care and third sector settings to expand on your current skills and training.

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    up to 5 years

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  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

This course has been designed for qualified nurses in health, social care and third sector settings, who wish to top-up their nursing qualification to a BSc degree.

The course acknowledges the diversity of learning needs required by professionals working in health, social care and third sector settings. The key benefit in studying on the programme is its flexibility – it puts you in control by allowing you to choose from a range of modules from across the School of Health & Social Care.

This is not a programme that leads to registration as applicants will already have a nursing qualification.

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The aim of this course is to provide a coherent and vocationally relevant programme of study which is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to progress in your chosen area of practice. This aim will be achieved by providing the following:
  • A learning experience that places you at the centre of the learning process and allows you to build upon existing knowledge and skills
  • Opportunities to construct your own learning through a series of educationally sound, challenging learning experiences
  • Opportunities to reflect critically on module content and its application and potential impact on your professional practice
  • The opportunity to develop into a critical thinking practitioner with extensive knowledge, able to contribute to the standing of the nursing profession
  • You’ll have the flexibility to design a course structure that is personally and professionally relevant to your own career aspirations. With the advice and guidance of the programme leader, you will choose from a wide range of health and social science modules.
You’ll be asked to provide evidence of prior learning, which will allow us to assign advanced standing credits to you and advise how many additional credits you must achieve to gain your award.

This is a part-time course and generally lasts one to three years. It can be taken over a longer period, but students must take account of the maximum registration period of five years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including class-room based delivery and online learning. You’ll graduate with a BSc Nursing Studies

Depending on the academic award gained on your pre-registration programme, you’ll be required to successfully pass a number of modules to allow you to exit with a BSc Nursing Studies (360 credits).

For example, if you have completed a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing you’ll already have 300 credits and will therefore be required to study the relevant level modules to gain 60 credits to obtain a BSc degree.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Graduation from this course can increase your promotion prospects or provide a stepping stone to further study at Masters level. The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas, including:
  • NHS departments and sectors
  • Health and social care industries
  • Private and voluntary sectors
  • Education providers
  • research institutes

Students will be required to have a relevant health or social care qualification. If English is not their first language they will be required to have English Language Level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

On entering the Programme students will be allocated advanced standing based on existing qualifications/ education.

To check the equivalence of your qualification or experience email

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £1,992 £2,060
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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Information of Bursaries and Scholarships