Enhancing Healthcare Practice (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

  • Starting:

    September, January, June

  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module

  • Location:


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Our BSc (Hons) Enhancing Healthcare Practice Top-Up is a flexible course which has been specifically developed to meet the needs of professionals from across the healthcare sector who wish to enhance their professional practice whilst working towards a recognised degree level qualification.

This award provides access to a variety of modules which address a range of contemporary healthcare agendas that are relevant across the health and social care setting. The programme design affords opportunities to share professional insight and knowledge through inter-disciplinary collaboration to foster personal, professional and service development.

Completion of this award allows students to be considered for advanced academic and professional study; including but not limited to awards such as MSc Advancing Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice offered at the University of Northampton.

Please note: Full time and part time routes are available to UK and EU students.

Updated 04/08/2022


  • Top up your qualification to a complete BSc (Hons).
  • Supported by industry experienced personal academic tutors.
  • Inter-professional learning and collaboration.
  • Flexible study options.

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG3 of Good Health and Wellbeing.

    The BSc (Hons) Enhancing Healthcare Practice Top-Up is offered to both local and international students as part of the post-registration healthcare framework within the Faculty of Health, Education and Society at the University of Northampton. The award aims to enhance your professional practice and allow qualified staff to top-up their existing qualifications to become graduates within the field of health and social care.

    The programme was designed in response to the changing health and social care land scape, considering the needs of prospective students, stakeholders and current national and global healthcare agendas whilst also providing a scaffold for further advanced academic and clinical study.

    The award is divided into a variety of optional (designated) and compulsory modules, each of which is credit rated. The inclusion of a range of designated modules enables you, to consider both the needs of your service and the specific learning needs you may have to enhance your practice. It also facilitates a flexible approach in developing knowledge and the scope of your practice.

    Attainment of the full award requires the successful completion of:
    • 60 credits of optional study (usually 3x 20 credit modules)
    • 60 credits of compulsory study (Health and Social Research Methods for the Evidence Based Practitioner)
    • 20 credits and the Evidenced Based Research Project (40 credits)

    Throughout the programme, there will be a commitment to the integration of evidence-based care, applied research, reflection and inter-disciplinary collaboration, as well as consideration of personal and professional experiences which you bring to the learning environment.


    Module information can be found on the Awards map.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: NUR3015P
        Status: Designate
        This module will enable autonomous nurse/midwife practitioners to demonstrate safe prescribing practice within their own speciality. On successful completion practitioners will gain academic accreditation and advanced skills required to prescribe safely in line with current professional regulation and thus will be eligible to record the qualification of Nurse Independent & Supplementary Prescriber (NISP) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2018).The overall aim is to prepare nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses to prescribe safely and cost effectively as independent supplementary nurse prescribers within their scope of professional practice.
      • Module code: NUR3059
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop knowledge and skills in relation to enhancing healthcare practice. Students will have the opportunity to critically explore contempory agends for defined patients groups, diseases or skills. Practical workshops and clinical simulation will provide students with the opportunity to apply new knowledge within a safe environment.
      • Module code: NUR3060
        Status: Designate
        To enable students to promote health and wellbeing and empower patients to take responsibility to reduce the risk of illness across their lifespan.Additionally, the module offers students the opportunity to engage with contempory public health agendas and think creatively about their delivery through the development of materials to support lifestyle improvements.
      • Module code: NUR3061
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore complex health conditions across the life span. Included in the modules learning is an appreciation of how health care providers can collaborate with service users and others, to develop supportive strategies to manage common problems encountered. Key concepts of collaborative working, evidence based interventions and effective communication strategies are critically present and appraised.
      • Module code: NUR3062
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop and extend their practice by contextualizing values, principles and frameworks of care to influence improvements in quality and safety. Using and Active Blended Learning (ABL) approach to promote students learning and understanding of the theory element, whilst beginning to understand how to apply this in practice.
      • Module code: NUR3066
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with the tools to enable them to judge research findings and incorporate them judiciously into their practice.
      • Module code: NUR3068
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to encourage the student to realise their vision for making a difference to their own practice, and to consider how changes in Government policy and the social care and health landscape may alter the role and function of clinical teams and consequently the changing role of the team leader.
      • Module code: NUR4003
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enhance students? ability to critically engage with evidence to inform personal and professional development. The production of a research proposal and a critical review of literature offersthe learner the opportunity to extend and apply knowledge within a field of their choice.
  • You will need to meet all of the following entry requirements in order to be eligible to apply for this course:

    • Attainment of 240 credits of which 120 must be at level five (Diploma). Applicants who have not attained 120 level five credits as a result of certificated learning will be credited with 60 credits at level 5, if they have evidence of current or recent contemporary clinical practice.
    • Applicants may also make an additional claim through APEL for up to another additional 60 credits at level 5.
    • Be able to provide evidence of registration with a professional body or of an appropriate professional qualification.
    • Applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of an IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with a score of at least 6.0 in each area is required.
    • For NUR3015P students must hold a professional registration with the NMC and be registered for a minimum of 3 years at the point of commencing the module.
    • Modules will also be available on a stand-alone basis (excluding the Evidenced based research project) – continuation on the programme will only be permitted if candidates meet the programme entry criteria.
    • A current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be required to access NUR3015P.
  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in academic year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in the future.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250 for the academic year
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in academic year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in the future.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250 for the academic year
    • UK – Part Time: please contact Finance on 01604 892342.

    Applicants who will be receiving employer/NHS funding to access this course are advised to contact Donna Bray, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, for further fees information.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:

    At the University of Northampton, we offer a range of short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes. These will enable you to learn new skills, progress into specialisms or take on new responsibilities.

  • Who to contact for further information?

    For further information pertaining to this award or its associated modules please contact Clare Cooper, Programme Leader, by email: Clare.Cooper@northampton.ac.uk

    How will I be taught?

    Active blended learning is promoted throughout the programme, with most modules utilising a combination of taught classroom-based sessions, and group online activities and tutorial-based sessions.  All teaching and learning activities are designed to scaffold the students learning towards successful attainment of their end point assessments, of which there are a variety utilised throughout the programme; including but not limited to presentations, vivas, written assignments, OSCE’s and portfolios.

    How will I be supported in my study?

    All students will be support throughout their course of study by industry experienced personal academic tutors and have access to a wide variety of student support services available at the University of Northampton.

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