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Practice Nursing BSc

About the course


For additional information please visit: General Practice Nursing Programme

The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 6 (undergraduate) was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region.

It aims to prepare registered nurses who have not worked in general practice before to have a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) role through both theoretical and practice learning. This will allow employers in the future to expect a safe, competence practice nurse and a certain level of consistency in terms of knowledge, skills and competence.

This programme was shortlisted for a Health Services Journal Award - Workforce category in 2014.

This programme incorporates academic learning and work based learning and includes key clinical skills required for General Practice Nursing which include venepuncture, ear care, wound management and cervical cytology.

Reasons to study Practice Nursing at DMU Leicester

  • Flexible study options allow you to study at a level to suit your professional needs; with progression opportunities from undergraduate level to PG Cert
  • Our team of experienced academics are all specialist practice and community nurses, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and a wide range of issues and contemporary debates in the field
  • Benefit from direct input and visiting lecturers from experienced practitioners in the field; broadening your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
  • 98 per cent of all Health and Life Sciences graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2013/2014)

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Key facts

Programme code: B70095

Module code: PNUR 3000

Duration: 40 weeks over two semesters

Attendance: 17 days of theoretical content, usually on Thursdays

Start date: Two intakes per year: September 2014; Janaury 2015

Locations: This programme covers the whole of the East Midlands and varies for each intake. September 2014 will be taught at De Montfort University.

Entry and admission criteria

  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • They should also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 And have the ability to study successfully at degree level (level 6)
  • Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years)
  • Employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • Students will be required to provide a current CRB/ DBS disclosure


  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Students should have a minimum of three years post-registration experience, within a health practice setting
  • They must also possess 120 credits at level 4 and a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 and have the ability to study successfully at degree level (level 6)
  • Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years)
  • Employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may use the APA mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria

Teaching and assessment

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include;

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection
  • as well as a range of experiential teaching methods

Course modules

BSc General Practice Nursing:
Introduction to Practice Nursing (60 credits, level six).

The Introduction to Practice Nursing is a 60 credit module that runs over two semesters. The end of the module assesses achievement of the standards set by Working in Partnership Programme (RCN 2012) i.e. The GPN Career Framework for Level five Practitioners.

Academic expertise

A key strength of our team is that they are experienced and specialist Practice and Community nurses; familiar with a wide range of accompanying issues and contemporary debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally.

Graduate careers

There will be an increasing clinical service load in primary care with the trend to devolve clinical responsibility from secondary care. Practice nurses now are diverse in their management of health including Quality Outcome Framework (QOF) with many having acquired specialist skills and knowledge e.g. in long term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

Further, Practice Nurses are often first point of contact in terms of public health promotion and intervention, signposting and identifying onset of conditions. This, in turn, with appropriate treatment, can lead to reduced admissions to specialist services. A graduate, or postgraduate, academic qualification in General Practice Nursing will enable you to fulfill your role as Practice Nurse

Fees and funding

This programme is in the early implementation stage and fees are currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education East Midlands.

Employers are required to pay a £500 contribution towards the cost of the programme.

For students outside of the East Midlands please contact:

Shona Green

T: +44 (0)116 257 7289

Additional costs

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.


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Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form

Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Programme Leader

Shona Green
T: 0116 257 7289

For an informal discussion:

Project implementation Lead
Gill Beardmore
T: 07860 757 408

Attendance Dates

September 2015 Cohort

This Cohort will be delivered at De Montfort University Leicester on the following dates.

  • 09.30 - 16.30 Wednesday 30 September 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 1 October 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 8 October 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 15 October 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Tuesday 20 October 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Wednesday 21 October 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 29 October 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 5 November 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 12 November 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 19 November 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 26 November 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 3 December 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 10 December 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 17 December 2015
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 7 January 2016
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 14 January 2016
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 7 April 2016

January 2016 Cohort

  • 09.30 - 16.30 Wednesday 27 January
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 28 January
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 4 February
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Tuesday 9 February
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Wednesday 10 February
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 18 February
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 25 February
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 3 March
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 10 March
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 7 April
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 14 April
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 21 April
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 28 April
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 5 May
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 12 May
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 19 May
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 26 May
  • 09.30 - 16.30 Thursday 7 July

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