Advancing Professional Practice (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

Are you a registered health or social care practitioner who wants to improve your career prospects by topping up your diploma or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor’s degree?

On this 2-year part-time BSc (Hons) Advancing Professional Practice top-up degree course – created in partnership with NHS Trusts – you'll develop the professional and practical skills you need for advancing of practice in areas such as paramedic science, operating department practice and general health care.

When you complete the course, you'll have the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to work at Band 6 or above on the NHS pay scale.

What you'll experience
On this top up degree course, you'll:

  • Put the theory you learn into practice through simulation in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care and evidence-based activities
  • Use action learning sets, where you work with a group of your peers to solve problems, collaboratively sharing and learning from your experiences
  • Complete research and clinically focused units
  • Learn transferable skills, such as the ability to evaluate data and people’s ideas objectively
  • Attend University 1 day a week in term time so you can continue working while you study

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 60 credits.


Year 1

Core modules in this year are:

  • Evidence Based Research Methods and Educational Needs
  • Skills for Mentoring in Clinical Practice

Optional modules in this year are currently:

  • Advanced Patient Assessment
  • Complex Patient with Sepsis in Pre-Hospital Care

Year 2

Core modules in this year are:

  • Clinical Leadership Development
  • Major Project


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • group work
  • simulated tasks

Teaching is focused on applying your skills in practice.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • simulated exercises
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • essays
  • individual and group presentations
  • a major project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

After you complete this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to advance your practice and the qualification you need to take on a role at Band 6 and above. The course aligns with the NHS Career Framework and NHS Agenda for Change initiative, so you can apply the professional and clinical skills you learn in a variety of health and social care roles.

You could also go on to do postgraduate study in research or advanced practice.

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service can give you support and advice for 5 years after you finish your course.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120 HE credits at level 4 (Certificate) and 120 HE credits at level 5 (Diploma or Foundation Degree) in Health Care subjects. Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio to support their application.

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