Short course

CNO 002: Discovering a Nursing Career in General Practice

Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 6 and 7

Module credits

20 credits

Next course date



12 weeks


Blended learning

Module description

The aim of this course is to provide support to Pre-Registration Nurses, Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Trainee Nursing Associates looking for their first role in Primary Care or General Practice, helping you to develop skills and gain knowledge about working in the sector. This will support the workforce to be informed about making the transition into a great career in Primary Care or General Practice. 

Upon completion of this course, it is anticipated you will have a good understanding of working in a Primary Care organisation and will feel more confident about applying for a role in a General Practice. This will also provide a foundation to go on to develop the additional knowledge and skills required to become a fully competent Nurse or Nursing Associate in Primary Care or General Practice. 

In addition to this module delivery at Level 6 and 7 for Registered Nurses and Nursing Associates, Pre-registration nursing students at University of Derby can access non credit bearing module.

It can be studied via an accredited route (credits awarded at the end after assessment) or non-accredited (formative assessment only, no credits awarded).  Those who successfully complete the accredited route will be awarded 20 university credits at either level six or seven.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates, Pre-Registration Nurses and Trainee Nursing Associates who are considering developing their career in Primary Care or General Practice in the Midlands area.  Pre-Registration Nurses and Trainee Nursing Associates can only access the module as a non-credit bearing module.

The working environment in Primary Care or General Practice is different to other areas of healthcare and the transition can be daunting. This course will provide support to those looking for their first role in Primary Care or General Practice, helping you to develop skills and gain knowledge. Additionally, it will provide an overview of what it means to deliver local care for a population so that those considering such a role can be fully informed.    

What can I study next?

There are several courses which could be available, once employed in this sector, and the course will complement those, e.g., General Practice Nursing Fundamentals (or equivalent) and the General Practice Nursing Fellowships programme, which may be available once in employment or you could study a specialist practice qualification in General Practice. 

Who will teach you

Academic and practice staff with experience of primary care nursing and nursing associate practice. Additionally, academic and practice staff who have experience in community and district nursing, and advanced clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

Accredited: On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Non-accredited: On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

What you'll study

The programme is based upon the Skills for Health Primary Care Nursing Career and Core Capabilities Framework and will include:

How you will learn

You will complete learning online, with three days of face to face on campus learning. During this time, you will practice clinical skills in simulation.  The University has a dedicated teaching space for clinical skills which are set up with dedicated primary care and clinic spaces.  Other learning will take place in the University’s virtual learning environment, with material designed and curated by previous students, experienced academic and practice staff and technology specialists.


The overall approach to assessment is to provide you with opportunities to learn, appreciate the benefits of learning, test learning and to enable you to provide employers and the University with a measure of your proven knowledge and skills. Over the course, the assessment strategy offers a diverse range of formative and summative assessment activities.  

There will be one assessment for the level six or level seven course. The assessment consists of a 3000 word written assignment that evaluates your potential future role in primary care, including a mapping and analysis of your skills, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.


Entry requirements

Individuals wishing to study the course will need to provide a personal statement that demonstrates:

Registered Nurse applicants wishing to undertake the programme at academic level seven (postgraduate) should normally have a first degree (level six). If applicants do not hold a first degree, they may study at level seven on the condition that they have successfully undertaken a minimum of one level seven (postgraduate) module within the past five years.

Fees and funding


This course is funded by Health Education England for 2023-2024 for a selected number of applicants. 

How to apply

To apply for one of the funded places, please Apply directly to the University..

Apply directly to the University

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