• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: February and September 2021

Course Overview

This BSc (Hons) Professional Practice is a flexible programme designed to enable you to 'top up' a Level 5 qualification to a degree, through a number of different pathways. To take this course you must be a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner. 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 Cancer and Palliative Care pathway, the Cancer Care module, the End of Life Care and Symptom Management module, and the final module are core. The final module must be either the Dissertation module or the Research and Innovation in Practice module.

This course covers the following topics:

  • The philosophy of cancer care
  • The scientific basis of cancer: epidemiology, aetiology, carcinogenesis, the genetic basis of cancer
  • Cancer prevention and early detection
  • Screening, investigations, staging, diagnosis
  • Disease trajectories
  • Site specific cancers and metastatic disease
  • The social, psychological , emotional, spiritual  and cultural context of cancer care
  • Treatment modalities to include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapies, biological therapies, complementary therapies
  • Current trends in cancer management and health promotion
  • Evidence based practice and cancer related clinical studies
  • Acute oncology services and oncological emergencies
  • Rehabilitation and survivorship
  • Contemporary issues: e.g. the expert patient, community versus hospital care
  • Health policy and Cancer NHS reform
  • Social attitudes to death and dying
  • Death in society and dying trajectories
  • Policy relating to end of life care
  • Assessment of quality of life and suffering
  • Communications skills
  • Symptom management
  • Psychological issues:
  • Ethical issues
  • Care of the family
  • Bereavement care
  • End of life care for people with dementia
  • Safeguarding

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.

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

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Dissertation (optional)
  • End of Life Care and Symptom Management
  • Research and Innovation in Practice (optional)
  • Select 60 credits from the BSc/BA Optional Module menu. (See programme specification)


How much does it cost

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


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!

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!

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