Nursing Studies BSc (Hons) top up

Course code: B700   Level: 6

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.

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.

Watch our latest Healthcare webinar recording to find out more about this course with Academic Lead David Robertshaw.

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).

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.

Course details
Course length: 
18 months – 5 years of part time study
Start date: 
September, February and May
Course category: 
Find out more: 

Matt Salisbury
T: +44 (0)1332 592141
Ask Matt

Entry requirements: 

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.


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

Per Module Modules Total
UK/EU/Overseas £700 6 £4,200*

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

  Per module Modules Total
UK/EU/Overseas £700 3 £2,100*

*Fees correct for 2014/2015. Subject to annual increase in September 2015.

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).

Find out more

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.

Career information: 

You'll gain organisational and management skills that will enhance your clinical practice, nursing management or research, enhancing your competency in your role. This places you at the heart of health and social care, enabling you to assess, diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions.

Once you’ve gained your BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree you can progress to a Masters level qualifications such as our MSc Advanced Practice, available to study on campus at Derby, which may open up further developmental opportunities e.g. research in nursing.

An honours degree will help you to compete in a contentious market, particularly when applying for international positions. It does not affect your NMC or provide access to other parts of the register but will broaden your horizons, improving your self confidence and competences in teaching and mentoring work colleagues.

Course group: 
Psychology & Health
Top up Degrees
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