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This BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Healthcare) 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 be studied full-time over one year, or spread over up to six years. Each module is awarded a number of credits and can be studied on a stand-alone basis, providing greater flexibility when working towards the BSc (Hons) qualification.
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Why study this subject?
You will be encouraged to develop autonomy and personal responsibility within the practice area of your choice and is an ideal opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills relating to your workplace. You will learn how to create innovative approaches to practice which will help you gain confidence and improve your critical decision making skills.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At Buckinghamshire New University we have a history of excellence in healthcare education. Our wide range of courses gives students the opportunity to specialise in different areas of interest. We also have close links with our practice partners (local healthcare institutions) and are constantly involved with healthcare research.
What will I study?
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. Specific content will depend on module choice.
For the default Healthcare pathway, only the final Dissertation module is core.
For the Nursing Pathway you need to have an NMC qualification but only the dissertation module is core.
For all other pathways you need to complete the core module, and your dissertation should focus on the core subject. For example for the Cardiac Care pathway you will do the Cardiac care module, 2 x optional modules and a dissertation focussing on cardiac care.
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cancer Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Cardiothoracic Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Child)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Critical Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Dementia Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Emergency and Unscheduled Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Mental Health)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Palliative Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Perioperative Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Respiratory Care)
- BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Renal Care)
View the programme specification below for more information.
How will I be taught and assessed?
A variety of teaching methods are used throughout the programme including; practical workshops, seminars, lectures and simulation. A virtual learning environment (VLE) will support you with online learning and enhance face-to-face teaching. Independent study is expected under the guidance of the module teacher and includes wider reading, preparation for lectures and planning to prepare for assignment submission.
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.
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.
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
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.
Dr Ricardo Khine
- Associate Head of School of Health Care & Social Work
- Associate Professor – Health Care (CPPD & Partnerships)