Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2022/23)

International fee

£840 (2022/23)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Next course date

26 September 2022


10 weeks


Tutored online learning



Online course description

If applying for the September 2022 intake:
Application deadline is 17 August and term starts 26 September, so apply now.

There is a growing need for nurses in both primary and secondary care to address the issues of drug administration, basic therapeutics and the use of drugs in clinical conditions. Newly qualified nurses and their managers have acknowledged that pre registration education does not equip them with the confidence or knowledge to take responsibility for drug administration within care settings. With the advent of independent prescribing it is important that all nurses maintain a sound knowledge base in contemporary pharmacology and therapeutics in order to contribute successfully to care in a multidisciplinary environment. In addition to this, increased public awareness of and demand for alternative and complimentary therapies together with already potent arguments for social and psychological models of health require that nurses critically reflect upon other perspectives and approaches to care.

This short course will be delivered online using a variety of learning packages to explore aspects of diagnostic reasoning, pharmacology and medicines management to enable you to develop a sound knowledge base to support your clinical practice. The use of a case study within the assessment will facilitate application of the relevant evidence base within your own clinical area so enhancing links between theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse the practical, legal, ethical and administrative issues relating to drug administration
  2. Explore and critically discuss aspects of diagnostic reasoning and pharmacokinetics relevant to a range of medications used in patient care
  3. Critically analyse how therapeutics impact on patient care through exploration of a range of common clinical conditions
  4. Critically review alternative approaches and perspectives to care

Course content

Drug administration

Diagnostic Reasoning


 The use and effect of drugs in clinical conditions

 The use of Drugs in Mental Health

 Alternative perspectives on health and care


Mathematics applied to the administration of drugs


Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)

If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Alternatively, if you are a health and social care practitioner you may wish to offset the 20 credits by progressing to the online MSc Integrative Health and Social Care course.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualification

You'll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:

If English is not your first language you will need one of the following English language qualifications.

We may accept other equivalent English Language qualifications with supporting evidence so please provide full details with your application.

Pre-Diploma/International qualifications

You may still be eligible to join this course if you have a pre-Diploma qualification (e.g. RGN, RMN, RSCN, RNLD, EN) or if your international qualification (diploma or degree) in a Health and Social Care related subject does not equate to UK Higher Education Level 5. This is subject to meeting the following requirements:

If the above applies, there is an access route at level 5 (Diploma level) which requires you to successfully complete the Certificate of Credit in Health and Social Care Studies prior to joining this module.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply now

For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Who will teach you

Alan Williams standing with hands clasped, wearing a red and white striped shirt

Dr Alan Williams
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Nursing, Dr Alan Williams, commenced as Academic Lead for the Nursing and Perioperative Practice programmes in April 2019. Alan is a Registered Nurse (Adult and Mental Health) with over twenty years' experience in the NHS before becoming an academic.

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