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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B700
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.
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Module details

Programme Year One

In the first year of the programme you will learn about the art and practice of nursing. You will undertake two 12-week practice learning placements and nine theoretical modules in this year. Year One nursing students will engage in shared learning with other students from the School of Health Sciences. Shared-learning in the first year focuses on physiology, behavioural sciences and ethics.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Physiology for Health Professions 1 (HEAL114)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide students of the health care professions with a knowledge and understanding of physiology and basic physiological systems such as respiration and circulation.The knowledge gained should be relevant and appropriate to their professional requirements, and should provide a framework for further understanding of how the human body functions.

    Learning Outcomes

    Describe the roles performed by the body fluids, the respiratory system, the autonomic nervous system, the muscles and the cardiovascular system in normal body function and in disease conditions which are relevant to the healthcare professions.

    ​Define the homeostatic mechanisms of the body and explain how tissue function can be altered by hormones.

  • Introduction to Clinical Care 1 (NURS120)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To introduce the knowledge and skills to promote and provide effective, safe, evidence-based care

     

  • ​To introduce the development of effective diagnostic and decision-making skills to aid the assessment and delivery of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, experiencing a spectrum of physical and mental health care needs

  • ​To prepare autonomous, accountable, graduate nurses who practice within professional codes and ethico-legal frameworks to provide safe and effective nursing care underpinned by professional attitudes that value the human rights and dignity of service users

  • Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate a range of observational, recording and reporting skills

     

    ​Meet the local mandatory training requirements

    ​Demonstrate the knowledge and fundamental skills involved in meeting hygiene, nutrition, and elimination needs

    ​Demonstrate a range of nursing skills and procedures used in the safe administration of medicines

    ​​Describe the basic principles of infection control

    ​Demonstrate the principles of asepsis

  • Introduction to Clinical Care 2 (NURS121)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
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    To build upon the foundational nursing skills introduced in NURS120 and developed during the first practice placement



  • To continue the development of effective diagnostic and decision-making skills to aid the assessment and delivery of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, experiencing a spectrum of physical and mental health care needs?



  • To prepare autonomous, accountable, graduate nurses who practice within professional codes and ethico-legal frameworks to provide safe and effective nursing care underpinned by professional attitudes that value the human rights and dignity of service users?
  • Learning OutcomesDemonstrate the knowledge of the principles of first aid in relation to appropriate scenarios





    Demonstrate a range of nursing skills and procedures used in the safe administration of medicines

    Demonstrate the ability to participate in admission and initial assessment of the patient

    Demonstrate ways in which specific communication skills can be applied and adapted to arrange of clinical scenarios
  • Introduction to Nursing and Healthcare (NURS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    1.    To develop the student''s knowledge of the legal, ethical and therapeutic dimensions of nursing

     

    2.    To develop the student''s understanding of the care needs of service users through an engagement with the theoretical andprofessional basis of nursing care

     

    3.     To enable students to understand the therapeutic value of anursing relationship and its contribution to the provision of compassionate,non-discriminatory and dignified care​​

    Learning Outcomes

    discuss the contribution of nursing in the provision of contemporary healthcare to a diverse population;


    recognise the nurse-patient relationship as a core therapeutic element of nursing;​

    ​ identify the role of the nurse in safeguarding vulnerable persons;​          

    ​identify the professional, legal and ethical frameworks that underpin the professional dimensions of nursing;​          

    ​demonstrate a knowledge of interpersonal and communication skills to effectively engage, maintain and disengage from professional relationships.​          

  • The Practice of Nursing Care 1 (NURS123)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce the role of the nurse in meeting the needs of patients and clients across the lifespan in a range of healthcare settings.

  • ​To introduce the concept of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating evidence based care interventions for unwell patients across the life-span. 

  • ​To promote partnership working with patients and carers.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Identify the bio-psychosocial healthcare needs of people across the life-span with acute, long term and end of life conditions, including people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities;

    ​Describe health education and health promotion strategies;

    ​Identify contemporary multidisciplinary and multi-agency models of care;

  • Learning in Higher Education (NURS124)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To enable students to recognise the defining characteristics of learning in higher education

  • To enable students to develop an effective engagement with the challenges and opportunities of learning in higher education

  • Learning Outcomes

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    identify the core characteristics of effective scholarly practice;​

    develop effective learning strategies and skills;​​

    develop core skills in literature searching and the effective use of research evidence; ​​

    distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate sources of knowledge and evidence; ​​

     develop effective writing and presentation skills; commensurate with the requirements of higher education ​
  • Practice Module 1 (NURS125)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
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    To provide the student with a range of practice placement learning opportunities across all fields of nursing 

    (Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health)​
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    To provide opportunity for the student to develop an understanding of the context of nursing practice​ across the different fields of nursing
  • Learning Outcomes​​

    On completion of the module students will be able to:

    demonstrate proficiency in a range of competencies across the Nursing and Midwifery Council''s domains of professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision making, leadership management and team​ working;

     

    ​demonstrate the acquisition of a range of basic clinical skills within the practice learning environment;

    ​​demonstrate the interpersonal skills required when caring for patients with a diverse range of health care needs.

  • Physiology for Health 2 (NURS126)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    1. ​To provide students of the health care professions with a knowledge of physiology appropriate to their professional requirements. ​
    2. ​To cater for the different backgrounds and expectations of the constituent professional student groups.​

    3. ​To foster study skills and team-work skills to prepare students to be members of health care teams.​

    4. ​To foster generic skills of information gathering, problem solving and use of information technology.​

    Learning OutcomesBy the end of this module the students will understand the roles performed by the various cells of the blood, the kidney, the digestive system and the central nervous system. In addition, the mechanisms by which the body senses the external world and maintains a constant internal temperature will be explained.

Programme Year Two

The learning opportunities in Year Two ensure that you develop understanding of nursing and healthcare as well as confidence and competence in nursing practice. You will study seven modules which will help you to gain a broader understanding of nursing and healthcare. The modules explore topics such as public health, complex care and research. The two practice placements in Year Two will help you to care for people in a range of care settings.

As part of the practice learning opportunity, you will spend four weeks exploring the cultural and social factors that impact on health and ill-health. You can elect to gain this experience within the UK, or overseas. Please note: you will have to meet all the financial costs, including travel and accommodation, when undertaking this part of the programme.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Enhancing Clinical Care 1 (NURS220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ?To develop the knowledge and skills to promote and provide effective, safe, evidence-based care


  • ??To facilitate the development of effective diagnostic and decision-making skills to aid the assessment and delivery of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, experiencing a spectrum of physical and mental health care needs
  • ?To prepare autonomous, accountable, reflective graduate nurses who practice within professional codes and ethico-legal frameworks to provide safe and effective nursing care underpinned by professional attitudes that value the human rights and dignity of service users?

  • Learning Outcomes?Apply principles of safe and effective clinical practice;


    ?Meet the local mandatory training requirements;


    ?Demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to inform the clinical judgement and decision making process;

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    ?Use reflection to provide an evidence based rationale for nursing care.?

  • Enhancing Clinical Care 2 (NURS221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • ​​To develop the knowledge and skills to promote and provide effective, safe, evidence-based care 


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    To facilitate the development of effective diagnostic and decision-making skills to aid the assessment and delivery of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, experiencing a spectrum of physical and mental health care needs
  • To prepare autonomous, accountable, graduate nurses who practice within professional codes and ethico-legal frameworks to provide safe and effective nursing care underpinned by professional attitudes that value the human rights and dignity of service users​
  • Learning Outcomes


    apply the principles of safe and effective clinical practice;


    demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills to inform the clinical judgement and decision making process;​

    provide an evidence based rationale for nursing care;​

    demonstrate ongoing clinical skills acquisition.​
  • The Practice of Nursing Care 2 (NURS222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To explore the role of the nurse in meeting the needs of patients and clients across the life-span in a range of healthcare settings.

  • ​To apply research and evidence based practice in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care interventions for the unwell patient across the life-span.

  • To promote partnership working with patients and carers.
  • Learning Outcomes

    Discuss, with rationale the bio-psychosocial healthcare needs of people across the lifespan, with  acute, long term and end of life conditions, including people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities;

     

    ​Discuss health education and health promotion strategies.

    ​Discuss contemporary multidisciplinary and multi-agency models of care.

  • Complex Care (NURS223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce students to the concepts and principles of complex care delivery in long term and palliative care for all service users.

     

  • To explore the role and responsibility of the nurse in the management of long term and palliative care conditions, acknowledging the importance of fairness and equity. 

  • Learning Outcomes

    Discuss the factors that underpin assessment, planning and evaluation of effective clinical and psychosocial nursing care;

    Demonstrate a critical awareness of the difference between long term, palliative and end of life care in nursing practice;​

    Systematically assess the holistic care of patients with long term, palliative and end of life conditions to meet the full range of essential physical and mental health needs; ​

    Use a range of therapeutic and communication skills in an individualised, compassionate approach to care, maintaining dignity at all times; ​

    Work in partnership with service users, carers and families, empowering and providing choice wherever possible; ​

    Discuss the role of the multi disciplinary team in the provision of high quality care; ​

    Demonstrate professional integrity when meeting the complex and co-existing needs of patients, observing closely current legislation and ethical frameworks. ​

    Discuss the factors that underpin assessment, planning and evaluation ofeffective clinical and psychosocial nursing care;

  • Developing Research Skills for Evidence Based Practice (NURS224)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce the student to the principles of healthcare research.




  • To locate the discipline of nursing within the policy framework of evidence based practice.​
  • To facilitate understanding of the relationship between research and healthcare provision​
  • To introduce learners to the concept of critical appraisal.​
  • Learning Outcomes

    discuss the key health policies associated with the development of evidence based practice;

    discuss the concept of hierarchies of evidence and their utility for nursing practice;​

    compare the philosophies and principles of qualitative and quantitative research design;​

    discuss key ethical issues in healthcare research;​

    demonstrate the ability to systematically appraise research;​

    demonstrate the ability to effectively utilise information, technology and communication skills.​
  • Public Health (NURS225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the public health agenda within a UK, European and global context.


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    To facilitate insight into relational social networks within the changing context of healthcare and social provision​
  • Learning Outcomes


    analyse the role of public health in the prevention of illness and the maintenance of health from a local, national and international perspective;

    discuss the nurse''s role in health promotion;​

    discuss the contributions of a range of health and social care professionals in responding to health challenges;​

    understand how an appreciation of inequalities in health can contribute to effective nursing practice;​

    understand how environmental factors contribute to health and illness;​

    appreciate the importance of cultural sensitivity in healthcare;​

    understand local, national and international influences on healthcare delivery.​
  • Practice Module 2 (NURS226)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
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    ​​To expand upon the rangeof experiences within the practice learning environment across all fields ofnursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health)

     

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    ​Toadvance the knowledge and skills to enhance the student''s understanding of the context of nursing practice​​ across the fields of nursing

  • Learning Outcomes​​​​​On completion of the module students will be able to:



    develop existing skills and acquire new competencies across the Nursing and Midwifery Council''s domains of professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision making, leadership management and team working;


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    to apply underlying concepts and principles of practice to a range of clinical skills when caring for individuals with differing health care needs.

Programme Year Three

You will study five modules in the final year of the programme. A combination of theoretical modules and practice learning opportunities will help you to become a nurse with the intellectual ability and proficiency to practice in the adult field of nursing. The topics you will explore include leadership, management, critical care and research. You will undertake two practice learning placements of 10-week and 12-week durations.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Consolidating Clinical Care and Professional Practice (NURS320)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • ​​To develop the knowledge and skills to promote and provide effective, safe, evidence-based care

     


  • ​To facilitate the development of effective diagnostic and decision-making skills to aid the assessment and delivery of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, experiencing a spectrum of physical and mental health care needs

  • ​To prepare autonomous, accountable, graduate nurses who practice within professional codes and ethico-legal frameworks to provide safe and effective nursing care underpinned by professional attitudes that value the human rights and dignity of service users

  • ​To prepare future nurse leaders, who have the ability to work in partnership with other health and social care professionals to promote and contribute to evidence based practice and innovation

  • Learning Outcomes

    Critically apply the principles of safe and effective clinical practice;

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ​Critically engage with the knowledge and skills that inform clinical judgement and decision making;

    ​Critically discuss evidence based rationale for complex nursing care interventions;

    ​demonstrate the skills necessary to meet the local mandatory training requirements;

    ​demonstrate a range of skills necessary for practice as a registered nurse;

    ​plan education and learning initiatives for clinical practice;

    ​critically engage with reflective practice to facilitate development of self awareness in a professional context;

    ​ demonstrate ability to manage self, own practice, and that of others within The Code (NMC, 2015)

  • Critical Care (NURS321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To develop a systematic understanding of the key aspects of critical care nursing using best availableevidence and close observations of local and national guidelines

    2. To critically explore the diverse nature of critical illness to inform the practice of caring for the individual and their family in a critical care environment across a range of service users.

    Learning Outcomes

     

    Critically discuss the key factors that underpin the delivery of competent nursing care for the seriously ill patient through effective assessment and planning;

    Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the multi disciplinary team and the importance of collaborative decision making in critical care;​

    Provide an evidence based rationale for the provision of care across a range of different critical care settings, caring for a diverse population of service users of all ages;

    Utilise the principles of infection control, pharmacology and patho-physiology to ensure effective and appropriate care;

    Evaluate contemporary policy and ethical and legal principles that influence current practice in critical care delivery;

    Understand the importance of utilising a wide range of communication and therapeutic skills for critically ill patients and their families.

  • Leadership and Management (NURS322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To develop a critical understanding of issues in professional governance


  • To develop a critical understanding of contemporary concepts in healthcare leadership and management​
  • Learning Outcomes​​​​critically analyse the differences between the concepts of management and leadership;


    ​​critically discuss how management and leadership styles affect nursing practices;

    ​critically analyse inter-professional team roles and team working;

    ​​critically evaluate the role of quality assurance with healthcare;

    ​effectively participate in quality improvement initiatives;

    ​​analyse the complexity of ethical and legal frameworks that inform healthcare practice;

    ​demonstrate a critical awareness of local, national and international health policy.

  • Consolidating Research Skills for Evidence-based Practice (NURS323)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable students to produce an extended piece of academic writing focussing on a healthcare topic which is of interest to them.

    Learning Outcomes

    Translate an area of healthcare interest into a practice based question 

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    Construct an effective search strategy​

    Critically appraise literature relevant to the practice based question;​

    Synthesise best evidence to address the healthcare issue;​

    Provide a critique of evidence, specific to a particular topic in the context of research design and methodology;​

    Discuss alternative methodological approaches to healthcare enquiry.​
  • Practice Module 3 (NURS324)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
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    To acquire knowledge in a range ofpractice learning environments which require decision-making and advancedclinical skills in complex andunpredictable contexts​; 

     


     


  • Toconsolidate the knowledge and skills required to practise as a registered nurse​ 
  • Learning Outcomes​​​On completion of the module students will be able:

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    to demonstrate competence across the Nursing and Midwifery Council''s domains of professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision making, leadership management and team working;​



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    to demonstrate the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to exercise initiative and personal responsibility required for competent professional practice;​​

    to critically reflect upon leadership, management and team working skills.​

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, simulation, directed study, role play, problem based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies of the programmes. Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, 3D virtual reality radiotherapy facility, Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities. Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. There are also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.


Assessment

Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.

The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.