Study patterns: Nursing Studies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) (online)

On this page, you will find the study pattern for our BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) (online) programme.

This study pattern highlights the module(s) that you will need to study and select for the upcoming academic year. The scheduled modules for the remainder of your programme, outlined below, are based on the current plan, however, please note that the order of these may be subject to change. Should any changes be made, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible. Should you have any concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)1332 594000 or onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

Diploma Entry: Select four optional modules of 20 credits each and the Independent Studies module at 40 credits.

Advanced Diploma Entry: Select one optional module at 20 credits and the Independent Studies module at 40 credits.

You may choose to take optional modules in any sequence however you last module must be the Independent Studies to allow for development of skills in critical analysis through previous module feedback. This module is studied consecutively over two trimester periods and you can elect to take this starting from the Autumn, Spring or Summer trimester.

For our students completing the programme at the standard rate of study, we recommend that you study 20 hours per week. For our students completing the programme at the accelerated rate of study, we recommend that you study 40 hours per week.

Optional modules available on the Nursing Studies (Top-Up), BSc (Hons) programme: 

*Option A Modules (autumn): Asthma Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Management (6NU520); Therapeutics and Diagnostic Reasoning (6NU511); Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care Policy and Practice (6NU503); Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care (6HC507); Working with People with Distress and Disorder (6CL515); Managing the Acutely ill Patient (6NU550); Educating in Health and Social Care (6HC514). 

*Option B Modules (spring): Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care Policy and Practice (6NU503); Relationships informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (6CL514); Infection Prevention and Control (6NU548); Diabetes: A Contemporary Approach (6NU521); Evidence Based Practice (6NU527); Social Consequences of Dementia Care (6NU538); Educating in Health and Social Care (6HC514).

*Option C Modules (summer): Relationships informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (6CL514); Minor Injuries (6NU518); Negotiated Module (6NU506); Public Health: UK and International Perspectives (6NU519); Care of the Surgical Patient (6NU547); Working with People with Distress and Disorder (6CL515); Partnerships in Dementia Care (6NU537); Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care (6NU545); Educating in Health and Social Care (6HC514).  

Nursing Studies (Top-Up), BSc (Hons) - standard (2 years) with autumn (September) start

Students joining with a Diploma in Nursing Studies will be required to successfully complete 120 credits to achieve the full award. This equates to four optional modules at 20 credits each and the Independent Studies module at 40 credits.

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1

Option A Module*
20 credits

Option B Module*
20 credits
Option C Module*
20 credits
Year 2 Option A Module*
20 credits
Independent Study
(6NU995)
40 credits
Independent Study
(6NU995)
40 credits continued

Nursing Studies (Top-Up), BSc (Hons) - accelerated (1 year) with autumn (September) start

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1 Option A Module*
20 credits

Option A Module*
20 credits 
Option B Module*
20 credits

Independent Study
(6NU995)
40 credits
Option C Module*
20 credits

Independent Study
(6NU995)
40 credits continued

Nursing Studies (Top-Up), BSc (Hons) - Advanced Diploma entry (1 year) with autumn (September) start

Students joining with an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies only will be required to successfully complete 60 credits to achieve the full award. This equates to one optional module at 20 credits and the Independent Studies module at 40 credits.

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1 Option A Module*
20 credits 
Independent Study
(6NU995)
40 credits 
Independent Study
(6NU995)
40 credits continued