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BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies (top up) degree – nursing pathway 

About the programme

This programme provides an exciting opportunity for home and international students to develop their general and specialist knowledge within different areas of nursing and healthcare practice.

The course enables you to build on your existing nursing qualification and gain a UK BSc degree, with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist clinical area.

Students will complete either a full-time programme of study over one year, of part-time over a maximum of five years, leading to a degree award. With a globally recognised degree, international students can then pursue Masters level study and/or progress up the career ladder in your own country or overseas.


Students will complete four compulsory 30 credit modules:

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Any other two modules from the portfolio

Entry requirements

  • Students must be a registered nurse in their own country and hold an undergraduate diploma level (non-degree) qualification
  • 120 credits at level 1 – automatically awarded to all ‘first level’ registered nurses in respect of their registration qualification (or international equivalent)
  • 120 credits at level 2 that have been completed within the past ten years – 40 level 2 credits may be awarded via Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) for current contemporary practice (or international equivalent)
  • For international students – IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element) 

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Key information

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



School of Health Sciences

B Floor, South Block Link
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86500