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Practice Nursing BSc

 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.


Watch: Practice Manager Kate Hunter discusses the benefits of undertaking the Practice Nursing PG programme at De Montfort University

The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 6 (undergraduate) and was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region. This programme can also be studied at postgraduate level (level 7).

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.

For more information please contact:

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

Programme Leader

Alison Brindley
T: 0116 257 7126

Reasons to study Practice Nursing at DMU:

  • 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 
  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme code: B70098

Module code: PNUR3100

Duration: 40 weeks over two semesters

Attendance: 17 days of theoretical content, usually on Thursdays

Location: This programme accepts students from across the East Midlands and is usually taught at De Montfort University.

Fees and funding: This programme is currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education East Midlands. Employers are required to pay a £600 contribution towards the cost of the programme. For students outside of the East Midlands please contact:

Alison Brindley
T: 0116 257 7126

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Places for this programme in 21/22 are being allocated locally. If you wish to apply for a place on this programme please discuss your application first with your local contact:

Derbyshire contact: Debbie Allen:

Nottinghamshire: Nicola Payne

Northamptonshire: Jo Stewart

Leicestershire: Ruth Waddington  

Please note: the closing date for September applications is 30th July 2021

This course is not available to international students.

Entry 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)
  • Students should demonstrate evidence of recent study (usually 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)
  • 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. 

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



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

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.

September 2021

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

  • 29th September 2021
  • 30th September 2021
  • 7th October 2021
  • 14th October 2021
  • 21st October 2021
  • 28th October 2021
  • 4th November 2021
  • 11th November 2021
  • 18th November 2021
  • 25th November 2021
  • 2nd December 2021
  • 9th December 2021
  • 16th December 2021
  • 13th Jan 2022
  • 20th Jan 2022
  • 27th Jan 2022
  • 3rd Feb 2022
  • 4th May 2022 students will attend either 4th or 5th May for their assessment
  • 5th May 2022 students will attend either 4th or 5th May for their assessment

January 2022

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

  • 2nd February 2022
  • 3rd February 2022
  • 10th February 2022
  • 17th February 2022
  • 24th February 2022
  • 3rd March 2022
  • 10th March 2022
  • 17th March 2022
  • 24th March 2022
  • 31st March 2022
  • 7th April 2022
  • 5th May 2022
  • 12th May 2022
  • 19th May 2022
  • 26th May 2022
  • 10th June 2022
  • 17th June 2022
  • 7th September 2021 students will attend either 7th or 8th Sept for their assessment

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.


Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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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 fulfil your role as Practice Nurse.



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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