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Professional Clinical Practice BSc/BSc (Hons)

The BSc/BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice programme is a part-time, post-registration 'top up' degree programme, that can flexibly meet your professional needs, whether you are a registered nurse, midwife or allied health professional. 

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Both the BSc & BSc (Hons) top up degrees have been designed in conjunction with clinical practice to offer you the opportunity to continue your professional health care education following a flexible mode of study through a variety of specialist, clinically orientated modules and awards designed for a variety of healthcare specialities and settings.

The programme has been designed to enable students to undertake modules for continuous development purposes as well as named awards (BSc) relevant to your specialist area of clinical practice.

By enrolling on either the BSc or the BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice top-up degree, you can exit at any point either by achieving a standalone module or 'CPD module' which is relevant to your clinical practice ( called an institutional credit module) or by continuing to combine your modules and work towards either a 60 credit or 120 credit 'top up' degree award.

Whatever way you choose, studying an academic course relevant to your clinical practice environment will allow you to build upon your specialist knowledge base, enabling you to develop and enhance the way you practice.

A key strength of the teaching team is that they are experienced specialists in a wide range of clinical areas of practice. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of clinical practice. Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of health and professional practice regionally and nationally. 

Please note that the BSc /BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice 'top up' degree programme does not provide you with additional registration on a professional register.


Awards and credits

There are a number of awards and credits students can achieve by enrolling on these programmes and these are listed below:

  • Institutional credits for CPD purposes (either 15 or 30 credits) only a max of 30c can be studied each semester
  • BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Max 2 years registration time)
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice (Max 3 years registration time)
  • Graduate Certificate (only for students who currently hold a BSc (Hons) degree-Max 2 years registration time)
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Clinical Practice (only for students who currently hold a BSc (Hons) degree Max 3 years registration time)
  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Duration: Part time

Level: Six 

Start date: Semester 1, 2 and X

Attendance: Days of attendance differ between modules and delivery mode

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from their employer. 

For further information: Please contact Deb Dowsett -  Programme Leader at

This course is not available to international students.

Entry criteria


  • Interview not required
  • Nursing students must have Level 1 registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Non-nursing students must have an effective registration with an appropriate UK Professional Regulatory Statutory body (PRSB) in health care. This is not an international programme
  • Applicants should usually have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting  
  • Applicants should also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 (previously 1 and 2).
  • Applicants must have IELTS 6.5 in all criteria.

Non Standard

  • Possess a BSc/BSc (Hons) (third class or above)
  • Applicants must have IELTS 6.5 in all criteria.

Interview/ informal discussion with Programme Leader if students do not hold any of the above qualifications as in some circumstances, the RPL/RPEL mechanism may be used by students to contribute towards the non-standard entry criteria as below:

 In these instances, students will: 

Meet with the Programme Leader to assess what their initial UK pre-registration academic equivalence is and also that the student has held an effective registration and has been practising clinically with a professional body within the UK for at least one year. 

At the discretion of the Programme Leader, the student may be asked to write a 1000-word essay which is marked at level 6 by the Programme Leader. If the student passes this successfully they could gain entry to the BSc/ BSc (Hons) programme

Structure and assessment


Course modules


Teaching and assessments



Minor Illness Management (15 credits)

Consultation and physical examination Skills (30 credits)

Minor Injuries management (30 credits)

Surgical First Assistant (Nuffield) (30 credits)

Perioperative and Surgical Practice (30 credits)

Patient Safety and Human Factors in Healthcare (30 credits)

Principles of Care of the acutely Ill Adult in the critical care environment (30 credits)

Recognising and responding to acute physical deterioration in adults (30 credits)

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (Nipe) 30c

Practical (NIPEP) (15 credits)

Applied Prescribing (30 credits)


 Pharmacology for prescribers (15 credits)

Applied Care of the Critically Ill Adult  (30 credits)

Care of the critically ill child / young person (HD level 1,2 Critical care (30 credits)

Advanced critical care of the Ill child/young person (Advanced critical care level 3) (30 credits)

Fundamentals of Anaesthetic care (30 credits)

Enhanced Anaesthetic Care (30 credits)

Gastroenterology and Hepatology (30 credits)

Stoma Care (SALT) (30 credits)

Applied Trauma and Resuscitative Care (30 credits)

Applied Emergency Care (30 credits)

Immediate Post Anaesthetic and Recovery Practice (30 credits)


Neonatal Special and High Dependency Care (30 credits)

Neonatal Intensive Care (30 credits)

Neonatal and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) (30 credits)

Independent Study (30 credits)

Independent Study (15 credits)

Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and control (Nuffield) (15 credits)

Enhancing Infection Prevention and control (Nuffield) (30 credits)

Professionalism and Accountability in Clinical Practice (15 credits) (core module for the BSc Hons)

Organisational Change and Development (15 credits)

Developing Research Skills (15 credits) (core module for the BSc Hons)

Nutrition in Adults (UHL Collab) (30 credits)


The programme has been designed to enable students to undertake modules for continuous development purposes (institutional credits) as well as named awards (BSc) relevant to your specialist area of clinical practice.

This means that students can either undertake individual modules for study or combine these modules in order to work towards an award.

View full module listing

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.


BSc Professional Clinical Practice

Any optional module up to 60 credits

Total credits: 60

BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice

Module: Any module or a core pathway module up to 90c


Core module 1: Research Methods in Health Care Practice (15 credits)

Core module 2: Professionalism and accountability in Clinical practice (15 credits)

Total credits: 120

BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Medical Care)

Core module 1: Recognising and Responding to Acute Physical Deterioration in Adults (30 credits)

Core module 2: Diabetes Care and related disorders (30 credits)

Total credits: 60

BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Critically Ill Child)

Core module 1: Care of the critically ill child and young person (L1&2) (30 credits)

Core module 2: Advanced care of the critically ill child/ young person (L2&3) (30 credits)

Total credits: 60

BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Critically Care Adult)

Core module 1: Principles of care of the acutely ill adult in the critical care environment (30 credits)

Core module 2: Applied care of the critically ill adult  (30 credits)

Total credits: 60


BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Anaesthetic care)

Core module 1: Fundamentals of Anaesthetic care (30 credits)

Core module 2: Enhanced Anaesthetic care (30 credits)

Total credits: 60

BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Surgical Care)

Core module 1: Perioperative practice (30 credits)

Core module 2: Patient safety and Human Factors (surgical focus) (30 credits)

Total credits: 60

BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Neonatal Care)

Core module 1: Neonatal Special and High Dependency Care (30 credits)

Core module 2: Neonatal Intensive care (30 credits)

Total credits: 60

BSc Professional Clinical Practice (Emergency Care)

Core Module 1: Applied trauma and resuscitative care (30 credits)

Core module 2: Applied Emergency Care (30 credits)

Total credits: 60


The programme adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this programme. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins health and professional practice.

Strategies include:

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


If you are intending to complete a BSc (Hons) award, you must complete a total of:

  • 120 credits for the BSc (Hons) award, which must include 30 credits from two core modules PCPH 3034 Professionalisms and Accountability and PCPH 3041 research methods.

Facilities and features


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.

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How to apply

Applicants must complete the undergraduate application form and get it signed by their manager and their workplace’s designated LETB representative, who will return the form on your behalf to the Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) Admissions Team.

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Contact details

BSc Programme Leader
Deborah Dowsett

For more information please contact:
T: +44 (0)0116 257 7700 

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