This course is designed to top-up a registered nursing qualification. You’ll be taught by an enthusiastic team of skilled professionals each with at least one specialist area of both clinical and teaching expertise. They are also actively involved in healthcare research and consultancy work.
All learning is underpinned by evidence-based practice that promotes the development of high-quality health care provision. There is a strong emphasis on relating nursing theory to clinical practice.
The course is carefully structured to enhance skills that allow you to meet a wider range of challenges. We work hard to ensure you have all the support that you need to build your confidence and professionalism

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, study visits and group work. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

Modules on this course include:
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Theory and Practice in Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice (20 credits)
  • Management of Care (20 credits)
  • Preparation for Mentorship (20 credits)
  • Law and Ethics in Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you need to be a registered nurse with a recognised regulatory nursing organisation in the country of origin and hold a HE Diploma Level Nursing qualification.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Accreditation of prior learning

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from the experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learned in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module or set of modules.

Career ready

With our Nursing Top-Up degree, you will have the opportunity to become a qualified nurse and apply for all the roles associated with that degree. There is an increased emphasis on degree-level qualifications for nurses, meaning this course is a valuable stepping stone towards more senior roles and greater responsibility.
You will be ideally placed for roles including nursing consultant, research nursing, clinical nursing specialists as well as general practitioner nursing with an average starting salary of £29,000 (according to Glassdoor).


This Nursing course gives you more flexibility to move between different types of nursing jobs. Interests can and do change over time. This qualification helps ensure that you are always in demand and can work where you like.
Like all our courses, this course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that equips you to deliver and achieve more in the workplace. The course content is backed up by additional extracurricular opportunities that further contribute to broad lifelong learning.

Partner University

University of Sunderland - London Campus 

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