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What makes Nursing Studies at Worcester special?

For qualified nurses from the UK and overseas, this one programme (one year full time and up to four years part time) provides an excellent opportunity for professional and personal development.

The University of Worcester has an established reputation for high quality nurse-education, and this flexible programme will enhance your employability in the international health sector. You will be able to develop your existing expertise and acquire new skills in a range of core disciplines, from chronic disease management to leading clinical teams.

At Worcester, we aim to foster a love of learning and proactive approach to citizenship that will last a lifetime. Although this course does not confer Nursing and Midwifery Council registration (so you will not be eligible to work in the UK as a qualified nurse) on graduation, you will be in an excellent position to contribute to the development of healthcare in your own country, or to progress to further study at postgraduate level.



Key features

  • Develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment with our clinical simulation suites
  • Earn as you learn, with opportunities for international students to work part-time as a healthcare assistant, providing invaluable hands-on experience of nursing in a UK setting
  • Developed in collaboration with nurses from practice within the UK and international students who have previously studied with us, ensuring the course is professionally relevant and personally supportive

The University of Worcester has provoked me academically and provided me with an opportunity to make life time friends from different backgrounds and culture. I have no regrets.

Anne Bende, BSc Nursing Studies, from Nigeria.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • A qualification equivalent to a UK Diploma of Higher Education worth 240 credits: 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5
  • A nursing qualification recognised in your home country
  • If you are an international student you will also require an appropriate visa for entry to study in the UK


Other information

  • If English is not your first language you are required to achieve IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component) or equivalency according to the University's English Language admission criteria.
  • All offers are subject to satisfactory health and DBS disclosure clearances.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

BNSA3003 - Nursing Research (compulsory) - 15 credits

Module outline - This module is designed to facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding of the research process. It provides an opportunity to explore the research process and establish the ability to critically evaluate research and its relevance to practice.
What will I learn? - Theoretical underpinnings of research: philosophies and paradigms, the research process, data collection methods, ethics/research governance, data analysis, critical appraisal of published literature, data presentation and putting research into practice.
Assessment - The assignment will be a 2500-word literature review that demonstrates a clear understanding of the research process and critically examines research findings from the chosen articles.

BNSA3006 - Person Centred Assessment in Clinical Practice (optional) - 15 credits

Module outline - The aim of this module is to introduce you to the importance of patient assessment in a range of clinical settings. This will focus on all aspects of assessment including the use of a range of assessment tools and effective communication skills. It will help develop and enhance your clinical assessment skills.
What will I learn? - The use of nursing assessment tools and evidence based practice in relation to assessing people's holistic needs. It will develop and enhance your knowledge, skills and attributes required to undertake a holistic person centred assessment including effective oral and written communication skills.
Assessment - This will be taken in two parts: The first part will take the form of an OSCE (oral structured clinical examination). This is a practical exam where you are required to carry out a holistic person centred assessment and verbally hand over your assessment. The second part is a 1,500 word written critical reflection that critically reflects on the knowledge and skills required to undertake a person centred assessment, evaluating the assessment tool you used.

BNSA3007 - The Care and Management of People with long-term conditions (optional) - 15 credits

Module outline - This module focuses on the holistic care and management of people living with non-communicable diseases, their families and carers. This will encompass all aspects of care including self-management, symptom management, complex case management, palliative care and end of life care.
What will I learn? - This module will provide you with an increased understanding and awareness of the key concepts and principles relating to the care and management of people with non-communicable diseases. It will provide you with the opportunity to link theory to clinical practice promoting effective care and management of this client group.
Assessment - This will consist of a 2,500-word critical analysis of the principles of managing a long term condition of the student's choice.

BNSA3004 - Leading for Enhanced Service Delivery (compulsory) - 15 credits

Module outline - This module is designed to reflect and nurture the individual needs of each person as a leader. Leadership in nursing is vital to enable you to champion and deliver high quality, compassionate care in innovative ways.
What will I learn? - Personal and organisational, knowledge and practice relating to leadership experiences, leadership as a concept to include: effective leadership; developing and managing change effectively; personal effectiveness skills; motivation theories; working effectively in teams. Patient satisfaction and the patient experience and organisational development.
Assessment - A 2,500 word report that draws on the themes explored throughout the module to create a vision-led action plan for developing your leadership and people management qualities over the next two years.

BNSA3008 - Law and Ethics for Health and Social Care (optional)

Module outline: This module enables students to develop a range of skills necessary to explore the complex legal framework that governs contemporary health and social care. They will be provided with a variety of opportunities to explore the legal context of contemporary health and social care in order to consider how complex, and potentially conflicting issues relating to the service user and the law may impact on the decisions made by themselves and others.
What will I learn? An overview of the English legal system, court structure, purpose and function of law Common law, civil and criminal law and legislative instruments, locating and applying, legal principles and the law, legal and professional regulation and legal liabilities for health care professionals, consent, autonomy and best interests. As well as discrimination in healthcare and service user rights and confidentiality and safeguarding vulnerable service users.
Assessment: A 2,500 word assignment that demonstrates understanding of the legal and ethical approaches to care

BNSA3009 - Negotiated Learning (optional) - 15 credtis

Module outline: This module offers the opportunity to explore a specific area of practice related to the individual's professional role.
What will I learn? Contents of the sessions are negotiated with supervisor.
Assessment: The assessment will be determined by negotiation between the student and the module lead equivalent of 2,500 word assignment but may take the form of an essay, development of teaching resources, poster or presentation.

BNSA3001 - Independent Study (mandatory) - 30 credits

Module outline - This module is designed to give you the experience of working independently. It provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate knowledge and intellectual skills developed in previous modules through the planning, operationalisation, analysis and discussion of a substantive piece of work whilst under the guidance of a supervisor.
What will I learn? - Development of a project, teaching health care package or literature review following University and subject guidelines, undertaking of the approved independent study activities, negotiation with allocated supervising tutor for tutorial support, interim tutorial and completion of interim report on progress.
Assessment - You can choose one of these assignments of 10,000 words:

A teaching or heath education package. This will consist of teaching material in the form of written, verbal, recorded or on-line resources that can be used in the student's home country. This will 'be supported with a critical review of the material produced and support it with relevant literature.


Literature review of a subject chosen by the student. This will be negotiated with their supervisor and the student will be expected to draw on and critique relevant literature in their chosen area of practice.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of both teacher and student lead activities. These include lead lectures given by tutors who are specialists within their field of practice. You will also be taught through small group discussion and group work where you are provided with the opportunity to learn from other students within the group and develop a greater understanding of the module topic.

The course also provides you with practical sessions, where you will be taught and practice in our clinical skills laboratory, gaining practical experience of examining a patient. Other classroom activities include presentations, seminars and group activities.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first semester and three occasions in the second semester.

You have an opportunity to gain experience of working in the clinical skills laboratory, which is set up to resemble a ward environment with manikins that are designed to provide you with a safe environment in which to practice.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 12 - 18 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules. In the final semester, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

2 hours lectures
2 hours interactive workshops
2 hours groupwork


Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading relevant articles and books, on line activities and working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.


Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners and people with experience of being patients.

Teaching is based on research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows/Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, OSCE, debate, reports, presentations and an independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for the course is:

Semester 1
x3 essays
x1 practical examination (OSCE)

Semester 2
x1 report
x1 group debate
x1 essay
x1 independent study


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Pre-sessional English course

The University of Worcester puts on pre-sessional English courses over 6 or 10 weeks if you need to:

  • Raise your IELTS or equivalent score
  • Want to improve your level of general and academic English
  • Seek an introduction to academic English and develop study skills to succeed.

The University of Worcester may decide that you will need to undertake one of these courses before you start the programme. Courses run over the summer before the September start date.

The course content includes:

  • Academic vocabulary extension
  • Academic reading skills and strategy
  • Listening strategies for lecturers and note taking skills
  • Grammar practice
  • Guidance regarding the avoidance of plagiarism
  • Skills in citing and referencing sources
  • Presentations
  • Seminar style discussions
  • Time management strategies
  • Recognition and development of preferred learning styles
  • Life in Britain today

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Six-week course:
Undergraduate entry - IELTS score of 5.5 (with not less than 5.5 in writing)

Ten-week course:
Undergraduate entry - IELTS score of 5.0 (with not less than 5.0 in writing)


Where could it take you?

The University of Worcester seeks to produce graduates who are equipped to be high achieving citizens throughout their lives. This programme aims to enhance your employability in an international context. It aims to contribute to the improvement and development of healthcare in your own country.

Employers will value the skills and qualities of a University of Worcester graduate as you will be able to take responsibility for your own learning and development, plan and make critically informed decisions through the transferable skills of self-awareness, resilience, and creative enterprising.

The University also provides the opportunity to engage in post-graduate study including the Masters degree MSc in Advancing Practice or Public Health. The Advancing Practice masters programme is stimulating and develops a critical appreciation of health and social care within a contemporary, social, political, economic and cultural context.

This can be taken full or part time and will help you to enhance your practice and advance into new roles.


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Earn while you learn

If you are an international student you can also have the opportunity to earn while you learn as your visa will allow you to work and earn for up to 20 hours per week. You can choose to work part time in local nursing homes as a healthcare assistant. This will give you an opportunity to experience hands-on nursing care in a UK setting. Other part time work is also available.

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