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Graduate Diploma Nursing with Professional Registration

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  • Objectives
    We aim to: -Give you an insight and understanding into healthcare systems in the UK and the necessary knowledge and skills required to function in a rapidly changing health care system. -Prepare you to deliver a high quality of nursing care in hospital and community settings, built upon evidence based practice and knowledge. -Place emphasis upon the acquisition of clinical competence and the integration of theory and practice. -Offer a range of practice experiences, teaching strategies and support to achieve these aims.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must have an honours degree in a relevant discipline (such as biology, psychology, sociology). Evidence of numeracy is required, from Maths GCSE, an approved key skills or numeracy module, or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma Nursing with Professional Registration
  • Course description
    This accelerated two-year course leads to professional
    registration and has been designed for graduates who
    have already obtained an honours degree in a relevant
    subject such as biology, sociology or social care, and
    wish to pursue a career in nursing.

    Before commencing on the Graduate Diploma you will need
    to decide which pathway you wish to specialise in,
    choosing from:

    -Adult Nursing
    -Mental Health Nursing
    -Learning Disabilities Nursing
    -Child Health Nursing



    This course has been designed to integrate theory with
    hands-on clinical practice that will prepare you for
    delivering high quality care as a qualified
    practitioner.  Over the two years you will be with us,
    you will spend 50% of your time at university or working
    on assignments and the other 50% in clinical placements.

    Programme Content

    The course runs for a minimum of two years in duration
    and must be completed within five years of starting.
    Courses start in September of each year. The course
    incorporates a Common Foundation Course (CFC) within the
    first year of study, and a branch course in either Adult
    Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Child Health Nursing or
    Learning Disabilities Nursing.

    Year 1 - Common Foundation Course
     
    The first year will provide you with the knowledge base
    upon which nursing practice is founded. Prior to
    starting the course all students will be considered for
    APEL credit against established units of the pre-
    registration framework, and a personal timetable
    devised. This will ensure that your previous study is
    mapped against the learning outcomes of the course, and
    appropriate exemptions be arranged. Clinical placements
    will start early in the first year, and are branch
    focused, along with blocks of theory and study weeks. 
    You are expected to participate in the 24-hour cycle of
    care at this stage in the course which includes shift
    work, night duty and weekends, which is a professional
    body requirement.
     
    Branch Course - Year 2
     
    Your final year will enable you to build upon knowledge
    gained during your first year. Learning takes place
    alongside final year students from the Advanced Diploma
    and BSc (Hons) degree course. The level of practical
    placements will increase, culminating in a 12 week
    period of full time practice towards the end of the
    course, along with blocks of theory and study weeks
    throughout the year. These units of study will be
    specific to your chosen branch of nursing.

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