2021/22 Full-time Undergraduate course
Bachelor of Science with Honours
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
Building your academic profile to degree level, with a particular emphasis on the application of knowledge for safe and effective nursing practice.
Students will complete the next academic year (2020/21) on the Jordanstown campus *
Thereafter, from 2021, they may transition campuses.
Precise timings will be communicated as we progress through the final stages of the build of the enhanced Belfast campus.
*subject to COVID-19 restrictions and on-line learning provision
The BSc Hons Nursing Science programme is specifically designed for overseas nurses / overseas pre-licensure nursing students, who wish to top-up to a degree award.
The programme includes three pathways:
BSc Hons Nursing Science; for overseas nurses with relevant prior learning, who want to top-up to a degree award
Nursing Practice in the UK pathway
BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) is tailored to overseas nurses with relevant prior learning, who want to top-up to a degree award and undertake preparation for the NMC Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE)
Global Health pathway
BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health) is suitable for overseas nursing students who have completed two years of a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing programme at a partner institution, who wish to top-up to a UK degree.
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The BSc Hons Nursing Science is a full-time programme delivered over one academic year typically from September to May.
Attendance will be monitored in keeping with UKVI monitoring requirements.
Subject to approval:
BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) and Generic pathway, will be offered from September 2020
BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health) will be offered from September 2021.
The course provides the opportunity for a range of diverse and immersive learning experiences including large group lectures, simulated clinical skills practice, tutorials, groupwork, guided reading and self-directed learning. Students will be supported to develop their knowledge and skills commensurate with their chosen pathway.
Students will engage in formative and summative assessment as a means of demonstrating their learning with feedback to enhance their learning.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
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Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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This module introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively in healthcare environments in a compassionate and professional way. Students will begin the process of engaging in reflection on/ in practice.
This module provides students with an understanding of the development structure and function of the human body through the lifespan as a foundation for healthcare practice. The module also explores the study of psychology, introduces theories and insights into the origins and causes of human behaviour, and is designed to enhance students understanding of influencing factors that can determine a healthy body and mind. Together with the semester 2 module 'The Well Person in Society' this module facilitates the student to address relevant human biology, psychology and sociology. Assessment is by coursework.
The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the roles, responsibilities and functions integral to health care practice. The student will learn that responses of the health care professional must be adaptable to meet the changing needs of people, groups, communities and populations in order to provide person-centred care that considers preferences. Assessment is by coursework.
This module introduces students to the maintenance of health and safety issues associated with providing health care. Ethical and legal frameworks that underpin practice are introduced. Students will be provided with an opportunity to practice skills that will help them foster a caring relationship, carry out assessment of need, begin to understand the workings of the interdisciplinary team and respond appropriately in emergencies. Assessment is by examination and practical scenario.
This module aims to facilitate students in understanding how healthcare can be enhanced through the understanding and application of evidence. It helps students to appreciate the nature of evidence at a local, national and global level and prepares them for further study and the use of evidence and research in healthcare practice. Assessment is by coursework.
Together with the semester 1 module 'The Well Person in Body and Mind, this module facilitates the student to have a more complete understanding of the healthy person. This is achieved through providing the student with an understanding of health-related sociology and an enhanced understanding of relevant human biology. Assessment is by coursework.
This module equips the student with the ability to apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to understand what happens when normal functions go wrong and to relate this to the symptoms experienced by the person being cared for. Students will also develop an understanding of the principles of pharmacology and microbiology to allow them to apply this to the care of the sick person. Assessment is by examination and class test.
This module prepares students to engage in person-centred assessment and management of care needs across a range of care setting they encounter in practice. It endeavours to provide them with an understanding of the principles of head to toe assessment that incorporates physical, psychological, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs. The impact of the care setting, the developmental stage and age of the person and the perspective of carers are considered. Students will be prepared to apply these skills in a manner that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the people, families and carers experiencing acute illnesses or long-term conditions.
In order to practice effectively students need to develop appropriate skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values in order to care for the person with complex needs in a
variety of care environments and across the lifespan. This module will focus on helping the student make appropriate links and apply theoretical knowledge in simulated practice in preparation for practice learning. Assessment is by short formative online test, class test and assessed group, practical scenarios.
This module prepares students to engage with other professionals from a range of health and social care professions and agencies in working effectively and collaboratively with individuals and families to provide the best possible health outcomes. Within this module, individuals and family members are considered part of the health and social care team and are included in the terms 'teams' and 'collaborative working'. The module will provide students with an understanding of the nature of teams and collaborative working, and the principles of effective communication and relationships for safe and effective clinical decision-making. The role and impact of supervision and reflection to further develop competence and skills are considered. Assessment is by coursework.
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the concepts of public health and health promotion within the context of the major social determinants of health and wellbeing and the causes of illness and health inequalities. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of individual, group, community and population health and wellbeing within the broader spheres of risk, lifestyles or behaviours, self-care and management. The knowledge and skills gained from undertaking this module will facilitate student development in communication, teaching, facilitation and advocacy skills, and allow them to practice effectively in today's health care service, in order to meet the changing health needs of the population. Assessment is by coursework.
This module develops students understanding of the key components of the research
process and its relationship to healthcare practice and development. Tuition is by lectures and tutorials in which students develop practical skills in critiquing evidence. Assessment is by coursework.
This core module provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in retrieving and using research evidence. The module is designed to allow students to conduct an independent critical investigation of an area of health and social care relating to their own interest and to write a systematic review on that investigation. Students will also have the academic guidance through support from the staff member assigned as their supervisor who can lend their expertise in collegiate collaboration.
This module explores and encourages debate about issues in contemporary global health and social care. Utilising a theoretical base to provide the springboard for critical discussion, reflection and more insightful practice is encouraged through a rigorous analysis of current dilemmas and topical issues
This module is optional
This module will equip students to understand and evaluate professional issues in nursing. Students will have the opportunity to use their developing knowledge to gain insights into assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of compassionate person-centred nursing care. They will be able to use the principles of evidence based decision-making to engage with contemporary nursing practice and prepare for inter-professional team-working and leadership.
This module is optional
Designed to support student preparation for OSCE assessment by enhancing their knowledge and skills in nursing procedures in UK nursing practice, this module will familiarise them with the structure and processes of OSCE assessment. Students will engage in simulated practice to ensure they can provide safe, effective, evidence-based nursing care and compassionate communication and a professional approach. This module does not lead to registration as a nurse in the UK.
This module is optional
This module will equip nursing students with in-depth knowledge, so they gain an understanding and appreciation for other countries and diverse societies, cultures and practices, to enable them to provide culturally sensitive, person-centred care across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of specialties within a local healthcare setting so they can observe nursing practice within a different cultural environment. Assessment is by coursework.
This module is optional
This module will facilitate the development of knowledge of physical and mental health problems and treatments, including co-morbidity and physiological and psychological vulnerability. Students will employ the evidence-base for clinical skills, assessment approaches, psychological, psychosocial and other complex therapeutic skills, interventions and care planned to provide person centred care across all ages, in a way that supports self-determination and aids recovery.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for overseas nurses, or overseas nursing students from partner institutions, who have sufficient and relevant prior learning to allow direct entry to study at level 6. It is therefore not suitable for direct entry by those who have studied up to A-Level.
English language requirements for international applicants
A minimum of IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, OR equivalent.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
PLEASE NOTE: On successful completion of the BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) pathway, if you wish to apply for registration as a nurse in the UK, you must meet the English language requirements set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The current requirement is an overall IELTS of at least 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. Further information is available at: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-tests/.
All international applicants must meet the UKVI requirements for Tier 4 visa.
All applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of relevant prior learning.
Under the University’s ‘Qualifications and Credit Framework’, the achievement of an Honours degree requires the successful completion of 360 credits of study at levels 4, 5 and 6. In relation to this programme, students will typically enter the programme at level 6 having gained exemption for level 4 and 5 modules through the University’s ‘Accreditation of Prior Learning’ policy when prior learning will be accepted in consideration of exemption. Where exemption is obtained for levels 4 and 5 modules, the programme is normally completed over one academic year in full-time mode.
In order to achieve exemption from level 4 and 5 of the programme, an applicant shall have achieved the equivalent of a UK Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree in Nursing.
In addition to the above:
- Applicants to the Nursing Practice in the UK or the Generic pathway, must be licensed as a nurse in their home country
- Applicants to the Global Health pathway must be from partner institutions and must be overseas pre-licensure, nursing students who have successfully completed the first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme with excellent academic standing (as evidenced by academic transcript).
This programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for overseas nurses, or overseas nursing students from partner institutions, who have sufficient and relevant prior learning to receive exemption for Level 4 and Level 5 credits and to allow direct entry to study at level 6. Such applicants will typically have attained the equivalent of a UK Higher National Diploma/ Foundation degree in Nursing.
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Career options may vary according to your personal aspirations and the pathway you study:
BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK)
Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing Science. The Nursing Practice in the UK pathway will also have prepared you for the NMC Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE). If you meet the NMC eligibility criteria and then choose to apply for registration as a nurse in the UK, you will need to progress through the NMC application assessment process. As part of this process, you will be required to undertake the Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE). This must be undertaken at an NMC Competence Test Centre in the UK. If your application to register as a nurse with the NMC is successful, and, subject to UKVI regulations, you will be able to apply for a post as a registered nurse in the UK. Postgraduate study opportunities may also be available.
BSc Hons Nursing Science
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing Science. You may wish to return to practise as a nurse in your home country having achieved your degree award. Alternatively and subject to UKVI regulations, you may choose to apply for work in the UK in the health care sector. Postgraduate study opportunities may also be available.
BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health)
Graduates who complete the Global Health pathway return to their home country to complete their nurse licensing examinations and may subsequently apply to return to Ulster to study the MSc Nursing or other postgraduate programme.
This programme provides clinical skills practice in a simulated clinical environment. The programme does not include practice in a clinical setting.
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Fees illustrated are based on 21/22 entry and are subject to an annual increase.
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Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Further information about scholarships are available at: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/global/apply/fees-and-finance
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
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