BSc Professional Practice

The BSc Professional Practice is a top up degree programme that enables health and social care professionals who do not yet hold a degree level qualification to attain a BSc award, relevant to your professional role.

Key facts

Award: BSc

Mode of study: part-time, online

Start date: September 2021, January 2022

Duration: 4 semesters minimum if consecutive module study

SCQF Level: 9

Total Credit Value: 360

ECTS Credit Value: 180

Course overview

The BSc Professional Practice is designed to be flexible by offering you a range of contemporary and relevant option modules that enhance academic knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to your practice.

This programme leads to a BSc Professional Practice award. It also offers the following pathways, allowing you to graduate with a named award:

  • BSc Professional Practice (Nursing)
  • BSc Professional Practice (Paramedical Science)
  • BSc Professional Practice (Mental Health)

Entry requirements

You must have experience of or working in a healthcare professional role and be registered with a relevant governing body for your profession.

The programme is open to those who have completed a Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in a health, social care or related subject.

Evidence of completion of a related professional programme of study is required (Nursing/Paramedic/Social Care/Mental Health).

All registered Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) accredited professionals will be considered for this programme. Professionally registered applicants from out with the UK must provide evidence of completion of a professional programme of study and registration with a recognised governing body.

Course details

The BSc Professional Practice is a top-up programme that offers experienced, health and social care staff the opportunity to achieve a degree level award through a practice focused, research-informed suite of flexibly delivered modules.

The programme offers you a suite of modules which are in line with current health and social care priorities, including dementia, long-term health conditions, leadership and mental health. 

The pathway through this programme is decided by you, enabling you to persoanlise the right programme for your pratice. You can select the mode of learning that suits you best: watching recorded lectures, participating in activities and reflective discussions, and accessing wider reading resources.

Online learning is supported by live open office hour to create a real time opportunity for you to connect with the teaching team.

Those in healthcare professional roles, registered with a governing body and working within health or social care and who hold a Diploma will be awarded 280 credits (RPL) and will be required to achieve 80 credits for a degree exit award.

Those who are in professional roles, registered with a governing body and working within health or social care and who do not hold a Diploma will be awarded 260 credits (RPL) and will be required to achieve 100 credits for a degree exit  award.

Only one module can be completed per semester.

 

BSc Professional Practice (without a named award)

Choose 80 or 100 credits.

Module Name

Module Code

Credit

Semester

 SCQF Level

Gateway to Further Studies*

NURU228

20

Autumn and Spring

9

Improving Quality through Work-based Learning

NURU225

20

Autumn and Spring

9

Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

NURU220

20

Autumn

9

Collaborative Management of Long-Term Conditions (not running in 2021/2) 

NURU308

20

Spring

9

Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals**

NURU209

40

Autumn and Spring

9

Understanding Pain

NURU152

20

Spring

9

Mental Health Everyone’s Business

NURU309

20

Autumn

9

Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia

NURU307

20

Spring

9

Professional Leadership (not running in 2021/2) 

NURU310

20

Autumn

9

* Gateway for Further Studies is a module specifically developed for those students returning to education after a prolonged break or for those who have not studied at Higher Education level before. The module guides students through fundamental academic writing skills, literature searching skills and understanding and evaluating research and other forms of evidence. For those who require this module, this should be the first module selected.

**Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals is a 40 credit NMC approved module that commences in both the autumn and spring semesters. The module spans 25 weeks. The module is aligned to the competencies of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Prescribing Competency Framework to allow individuals to prescribe safely, effectively and competently. Entrance requirements are detailed in the module overview.

BSc Professional Practice (Nursing)

To achieve a BSc Professional Practice (Nursing), students must select a minimum of 60 credits from the modules below. The remaining credit should be selected from the suite of BSc Professional Practice (non-named award) modules.

Module Name

Module Code

Credit

Semester

 SCQF Level

Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia

NURU307

 

20

Spring

9

Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

NURU220

20

Autumn

9

Improving Quality through Work-based Learning

NURU225

20

Autumn and Spring

9

Professional Leadership (not running in 2021/2)

NURU310

20

Autumn

9

Collaborative Management of Long-Term Conditions (not running in 2021/2)

NURU308

20

Spring

9

BSc Professional Practice (Paramedical Science)

To achieve a BSc Professional Practice (Paramedical Science), students must select a minimum of 60 credits from the modules below. The remaining credit should be selected from the suite of BSc Professional Practice (non-named award) modules.

Module Name

Module Code

Credit

Semester

 SCQF Level

Understanding Pain

NURU152

20

Spring

9

Mental Health Everyone’s Business

NURU309

 

20

Autumn

9

Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

NURU220

20

Autumn

9

Improving Quality through Work-based Learning

NURU225

20

Autumn and Spring

9

Collaborative Management of Long-Term Conditions (not running in 2021/2)

NURU308

20

Spring

9

BSc Professional Practice (Mental Health)

To achieve a BSc Professional Practice (Mental Health), students must select a minimum of 60 credits from the modules below. The remaining credit should be selected from the suite of BSc Professional Practice (non-named award) modules.

Module Name

Module Code

Credit

Semester

 SCQF Level

Mental Health Everyone’s Business

NURU309

 

20

Autumn

9

Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia

NURU307

 

20

Spring

9

Improving Quality through Work-based Learning

NURU225

20

Autumn and Spring

9

Professional Leadership (not running in 2021/2)

NURU310

20

Autumn

9

Collaborative Management of Long-Term Conditions (not running in 2021/2)

NURU308

20

Spring

9

Teaching and assessment

We ensure that learning is accessible, engaging and interactive. All are fully online and delivered using a variety of innovative and interactive methods such as:

  • online live lectures
  • live synchronous open office hours
  • recorded lectures
  • online podcasts, discussion fora and social space
  • academic skills development activities
  • online quizzes, repositories, reflective activities and student collaboration activities
  • links to online resources, videos related learning materials
  • independent learning through engagement with research and other evidence

All modules will be assessed at SQA level 9. The assessment strategy for each module is detailed in the module information and may include: essays, review of literature, critical reflection, critical incident review, assessment of clinical competencies using clinical scenarios, comparative and case study work.

Careers and employability

Completion of the BSc Professional Practice programme offers you career development and advancement opportunities, specifically for professional roles that are transitioning into a degree level workforce.

As a health and social care professional, you can focus your learning and award on specific practice areas, for example, mental health, dementia, acute or palliative care offering advancement opportunities for graduates.

The completion of the programme will offer you access to further study such as Masters level study with our MSc Advancing Practice programme. 

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To apply for this course, please complete the online application form.

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