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BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies (top up) degree - combined studies pathway

About the programme

This innovative pathway provides students with the option of studying for a Combined Studies award at degree level. It has been designed to be responsive to a changing healthcare environment and supports healthcare professionals in developing a modern career pathway.  


The pathway incorporates a compulsory 30 credit 'Evidence Based Practice' module. This is designed to further develop critical thinking and understanding of issues associated with evidence based practice.

Students will also complete three optional 30 credit modules. These relate to specialist or generic practice from the Level 3 portfolio of Continuing Professional Development modules.

Framework features

The framework facilitates a wide range of learning opportunities and has the following key features:

  • Multidisciplinary access for health and social care professionals 
  • Study with or without assessment for professional updating 
  • Select individual modules and study days 
  • Programmes relevant to practitioners and managers 
  • Flexibility in the way students can progress through the awards 
  • Variety of assessment strategies

Entry requirements

  • Students must be registered healthcare professionals
  • 120 credits at level 1 - automatically awarded to all 'first level' registered nurses in respect of their registration qualification 
  • 120 credits at level 2 that have been completed within the past 10 years - 40 level 2 credits may be awarded via APL for current contemporary practice 

Please note, the above credits must have been awarded for nursing or health studies qualifications.

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Key information

  • Open to: UK/EU students only
  • This course does not lead to registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)



School of Health Sciences

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Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86500