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

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
2 years part-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

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

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.

​What you'll study

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

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit is worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year are:

  • Evidence-Based Research Methods
  • Skills for Mentoring in Clinical Practice

Optional units in this year are currently:

  • Advanced Patient Assessment
  • Complex Patient With Sepsis in Prehospital Care

Core units in this year are:

  • Clinical Leadership Development
  • Major Project

​We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • group work
  • simulated tasks

Teaching is focused on applying your skills in practice.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Selection Process

Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio to support their application.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £4,625 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £6,950 (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

 

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.