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Professional Clinical Practice BSc/BSc (Hons)

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

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The programme has 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.

Studying a professional and 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 our team is that they are experienced specialists in a wide range of clinical areas of practice.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of health and professional practice regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of clinical practice.

Please note, this programme does not provide you with additional registration on a professional register.

Awards and credits

  • Institutional credits for CPD purposes (either 15 or 30 credits)
  • BSc Professional Clinical Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice
  • Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma Professional Clinical Practice
  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Duration: tbc

Level: Six 

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 the East Midlands Local Education Board (LETB).

For further information contact Coral Tonna, BSc 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

  • Students should usually have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting  
  • They should also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 (previously 1 and 2) that has not previously been counted towards a degree award 


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

Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may, in some circumstances, use the RPL mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria in the following way:

In these instances students will: 

  • Meet with 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 will 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




Contraception Sexual health, Theory and Clinical practice (30 credits)

Women’s Health  (30 credits)

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)

Diabetes Care and Related Disorders  (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 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)

Managing Pain (15 credits)

Applied Trauma and Resuscitative Care (30 credits)

Applied Emergency Care (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)

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

Enhancing Infection Prevention and control (Spire) (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)

Immediate Post Anaesthetic and Recovery Practice (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.

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BSc Professional Clinical Practice

Core module 1: Any optional module (30 credits)

Core module 2: Any optonal module (30 credits)

Total credits: 60

BSc (Hons) Professional Clinical Practice

Module: Any module or a core pathway module (30 credits)

Module: Any module or a core pathway module (30 credits)

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

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

Module: Any modules up to 30 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 (Emergency Care)

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

Core module 2: Applied Emergency Care (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

You must complete a total of:

  • 120 credits for the BSc (Hons) award, which must include 30 credits from the two core modules
  • 60 credits for the BSc non-honours award from the undergraduate module list
  • Only 30 credits of modules can be studied per semester

Facilities and features

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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
Coral Tonna

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



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