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,
-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.
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
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.