BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (top up)

University of Derby Online Learning

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Course Options
  • BSc (Hons)Part-time, OnlineMay, September, January1 - 5 yearsGBP 735 module

Notes about fees for this course

Cost for the full top up degree - if you have a Diploma

£735 Per Module
6 Modules
£4,410 Total

Cost for the full top up degree - if you have an Advanced Diploma

£735 Per Module
3 Modules
£2,205 Total

Prices correct for 2016/2017. Subject to annual increase in September 2017.

Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:

Pay only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive a 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only).

Funding options for Undergraduate UK Students
Depending on where you are from in the UK, you may be eligible for a part time student loan towards the cost of your undergraduate degree.  Find out more about the options available to you

Course Information

If you already hold a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies, top it up to a full honours degree with this online course, and fit study easily around your career, personal or family commitments.

Accredited by The Royal College of Nursing
This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 August 2019.

There is also an access route at Level 5 Diploma level if you do not meet the academic entry requirements. Depending on your qualifications, you will need to successfully complete one or both of the Counselling Skills and Counselling in Context modules for entry onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (top up) degree programme.

 Our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (top up) degree has been specifically designed by experienced professionals, with internationally renowned contributors such as:

  • Dr Chris Gillespie MPhil., PhD., CPsychol., AFBPsS,  a Consultant Psychologist at the Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK
  • Dr Ian Turner whose research interests are molecular biology and forensic document analysis
  • Dr Peter Brown,  physiological support to the British Army, the Royal Air Force and United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

Our range of innovative teaching materials gives you a varied and enjoyable learning experience and our expert online tutors will support you all the way. We've developed cutting edge learning materials for areas that include Asthma, Diabetes, Public Health (with an international perspective), Minor Injuries, Palliative Care and Evidence Based Practice, that can be taken as part of the top up, or studied independently as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

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A course with high professional standards
That’s largely due to the fact that we work hard to listen to employers in the health and social care sector when designing and updating this course. There has been significant consultation with Strategic Health Authorities, stakeholders and regulatory bodies.  That means you can rely on this course to refresh your skills and keep you up to date with current practice, as well as enhancing your employability.

There’s room in your life for online study
Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.  As a nurse it would be very difficult to work any other way due to the demanding nature of the profession, so this type of study is ideal.

Entry Requirements For This Course

You'll need all of the following:

  • a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (any nursing discipline)
  • to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or international equivalent
  • to be working in a relevant Nursing arena e.g. community, Acute sectors, public or private health and social care settings.

Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide full details of your qualifications, written references and evidence of regulatory body membership (e.g. NMC PIN number).

English language qualification
You'll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:

  • GCE O level English Language C
  • GCSE English C

If English is not your first language you will need one of the following English language qualifications.

  • IELTS 7.0
  • TOEFL: 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based)
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C

We may accept other equivalent English Language qualifications with supporting evidence so please provide full details with your application.

Pre Diploma/Advanced Diploma qualifications
You can apply if you qualified pre-diploma or if your International qualification (diploma or degree) in Nursing does not equate to that of UK entry requirements to the programme:

  • If you are in current nursing practice and need additional credits at level 5.
  • If you are registered with your professional nursing body (National or International) e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council (UK) and need additional credits at level 5.

There is an access route at Level 5 Diploma level and depending on your qualifications, you will need to successfully complete one or both the Counselling Skills and Counselling in Context modules for entry onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (top up) degree programme.

If you qualified pre Diploma or Advanced Diploma then you may be able to apply for credits through prior learning - Accredited Prior Learning (APL) or Accredited Prior Experiential learning (APEL) based on your previous academic and clinic experience.  Contact us for further information.

Course Contact Details


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