• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge
  • Duration: 30 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2021 and February 2022

Course Overview

Credits: 60 credits at Level 6.

This work-based module is designed for nurses new to general practice nursing. This is also part of the Health Education England General Practice Health Care Professional Preceptorship programme.

It aims to empower General Practice Nurses (GPN) to learn the foundational knowledge and skills needed to develop into a confident and competent General Practice Nurse who is an accountable member of the General Practice team. This will include a range of relevant clinical skills and knowledge in general practice nursing, health promotion and screening and the management and assessment of long term conditions.

Course Details

This course will cover the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Women’s and men’s health, national immunisations programme and travel care, ear care, wound management as well as an introduction to several long term conditions, monitoring and management including: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, dementia, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. There is the option of attending additional study days.

Through consultation with other health care professionals and critical learning, you will consider issues relating to leadership, team working, accountability, quality and governance, in order to develop you in your role of the General Practice Nurse.

Covering political issues, NHS strategies and developments in primary care, you will gain invaluable knowledge and understanding of the key issues of your role.

It is delivered as a flexible distributed learning approach at our Uxbridge Campus and High Wycombe Campus.

Our September intake is delivered in either campus, with a flexible approach to the teaching – it is mainly eLearning with four face to face teaching sessions of the main skills, including the NHS cervical screening programme and the national immunisations programme.

The February intake is delivered at our Uxbridge Campus – eLearning delivery with four face to face days as above – and you will also be able to attend optional training sessions at the High Wycombe Campus to supplement the eLearning.

The delivery at the High Wycombe Campus is blending elearning with 12 face to face teaching days of the main skills and long term conditions. You will also have the opportunity of learning in practice with Mentor guidance.

What are the course entry requirements?

This work-based, flexible and distributed part-time course is aimed at nurses new to General Practice. You will need to be a qualified registered nurse and hold current professional registration on Part 1 of the Professional Register. You will also need to have evidence of having studied at Level 5.

Ideally, you will be working in a general practice/primary care setting for a minimum of two days per week.

It is a pre-requisite of the course that you have access to a mentor working in this setting to support you through the programme.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Foundational Skills & Knowledge for General Practice Nursing


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £2,900

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

How do I apply?

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

Teaching team


What are my career prospects

This course will help give you the vital skills and knowledge required to become a valuable and proficient member of the General Practice Team.

To help further enhance your career prospects, you can choose to top-up your Level 5 qualification and progress onto our BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Healthcare) programme.

You can also choose to study the Minor Illness course, the Non-medical Prescribing Course or the MSc Advanced Practice programme.

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!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

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