• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

This BSc (Hons) Professional Practice is a flexible programme designed to enable suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to 'top up' a Level 5 qualification to a degree, through a number of different pathways. This course can also be studied full-time over one year, or spread over up to six years.

What will this course cover?
The course requires you to complete a total of 120 credits at Level 6, typically from four 30 credit modules.  You can choose the modules you wish to study from a number of options depending on your study interests or the pathway you wish to follow.  However, the final module must be either the Dissertation module or the Research and Innovation in Practice module.

For the Neonatal Care pathway, the Neonatal Special Care module, the Neonatal High Dependency and Intensive Care module, and the final module are core. The final module must be either the Dissertation module or the Research and Innovation in

Practice module. Content will include:

  • Foetal development and the origins of developmental and functional abnormality
  • Neonatal assessment and resuscitation
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular management
  • Fluid and electrolyte management (including the gastrointestinal system)
  • Neurological development and pain management
  • Best practice standards for establishing and maintaining lactation and breastfeeding in neonatal units
  • Care of families and siblings dealing with bereavement
  • National policy, strategy, developments and initiatives within neonatal critical care delivery
  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology associated with the critically ill neonate/term infant
  • Specific surgical interventions and their associated care
  • Physical assessment of the critically ill neonate/term infant
  • Investigations, tests and monitoring for the critically ill neonate/term infant
  • Treatments and therapy for the critically ill neonate/term infant
  • Clinical decision making and development of leadership skills
  • Safeguarding and care of the vulnerable child

This course is also available as a full time, 1 year programme.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include at least 120 credits at level 5, evidence of clinical experience and candidates will need to be working in a relevant area of health care practice.

In addition to this applicants must be a registered nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register for consideration.

Students choosing the modular option who intend to complete this degree programme can only use a maximum of 60 credits as Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL). For those students wishing to use credits from other universities, only 60 credits can be used as Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Students will choose from a portfolio of modules or short courses available.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Neonatal High Dependency and Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Special Care
  • Research and Innovation in Practice (optional)
  • Select 30 credits from the BSc/BA Optional Module menu. (See programme specification)

Fees

How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, September 2019: £4,250

Part Time Home and EU, February 2020: £4,250

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

This course offers a grounding that enables health care professionals to knowledgeably manage patients within their specialist field. As a successful graduate you will have a desirable qualification for career progression, including highly sought after jobs.

Further opportunities for successful students include studying at master’s level towards an award in a relevant field of advanced practice, for example MSc Advanced Practice.

Watch a video to hear how some of our students have balanced their work commitments with part-time study.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.