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What makes Nursing Studies at Worcester special?

Please note that this course is not running in the 2021/22 academic year.

For registered nurses from the UK and overseas, this is the opportunity to attain a full honours degree in one-year full time study (or up to four years part-time).

You'll enhance your knowledge and skills to meet future UK and international health care challenges. Throughout the course we'll support your personal and professional development and the advancement of your clinical expertise.

The programme is offered at level 6 with an independent study to enable you to complete the honours degree.

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 (NMC) registration (so for international applicants 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 and explore knowledge and understanding to underpin your practice, to work in a contemporary health care settings.
  • An enthusiastic team of skilled professionals will facilitate your learning in a safe and supportive environment. Our experts are leaders in their fields, shaping the future of healthcare. Therefore, the teaching is informed by current research and developments in practice.
  • 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.

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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 (and hold current nursing registration in the UK or your home country)

Students with relevant previous study at HND or degree level or extensive experience may be considered eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning. For more information about this please get in touch with our Admissions Office (01905 855111 or 

International applicants

  • If you are an international student you will also require an appropriate visa for entry to study in the UK
  • A detailed CV describing the roles and responsibilities you have held as a professional
  • 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 our English Language admission criteria.
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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. 

Top-up year


  • Nursing Research (15 credits)
  • Leading for Enhanced Service Delivery (15 credits)
  • Philosophical Approaches to Contemporary Health Care (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)


  • Person Centred Assessment in Clinical Practice (15 credits)
  • The Care and Management of People with Long Term Conditions (15 credits)
  • Law and Ethics for Health and Social Care (15 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning (15 credits)
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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 your progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


This course is designed for registered nurses who are motivated to think analytically and delve deeper into research in healthcare. The mandatory modules in the course will boost your expertise wherever (acute care, in community, in the UK or overseas) you might be working. 

You are taught through a combination of both teacher and student led activities.  These include lecturers, small group discussions, group activities, practical skills sessions, one-to-one sessions and online learning. Our teaching is always informed by current research and developments.

In addition, you will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor for the duration of your studies. You will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor at the start of the course and then on at least 3 further occasions across each year of your studies.  

Contact time

In each taught module there are 6 contact days. In a typical week full-time students will have 12-18 hours contact teaching time, and part-time students will have 6-12 hours contact teaching time. 

The precise hours will depend on the optional modules selected.  In your final Independent Study module, you will have less contact time in order to facilitate independent learning, with negotiated supervision.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Group lectures
  • Interactive workshops
  • Seminars
  • Clinical skill development
  • Scenario based workshops
  • On-line activities

Independent self-study

With each module you are expected to develop independent learning skills, this equates to approximately 10 hours per week per 15 credit module.  For full-time students this will equate to around 25 hours per week and for part-time students 10-12 hours per week.  

Your independent self-study may involve completing online activities, working with peers, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research for your various assessments and preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive our 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 academics, specialist professionals in various fields and service users.

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.

Modules are assessed using a variety of assessment tools, for example debates, essays, presentations and OSCEs.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules studied and full-details will be provided by the module leader.


You will receive feedback on all assessment items, both formative and summative, as well as in the class setting. Feedback is intended to support 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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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?

Study at Level 6 enables you to secure knowledge and experience within your field of interest. Students who successfully complete this course will have access to a wide range of employment opportunities and take up more senior positions. It aims to contribute to the improvement and development of healthcare in your own country.

The University also provides opportunities for further study at Master’s degree including the MSc Public Health or MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.


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 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 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. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 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.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

International applicants

Applying to study abroad may be a new experience, but we can guide you through each step of the process. For advice contact us at

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Sethu Sundari

Programme Director

International Recruitment team