School of Healthcare
The School of Healthcare is one of the largest of its type in the United Kingdom. Its mission is to be a centre of excellence in the provision of high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves clinical practice. The School is situated in the heart of the thriving campus, close to the libraries, IT facilities and Student Union.
What you study
Students are generally taught all together but throughout the course there are some branch specific sessions. The Common Foundation programme is a six month single module (level 3), and clinical placement begins early, in the fifth week of the programme. During the CFP there are 3 six week placements, which are assessed through a clinical assessment document and a clinical skills workbook. The academic assessment is through a seminar presentation and essay. Another element of the module is the learning contract which helps to establish a knowledge base of the disciplines not studied in the student’s first degree. The end of the common foundation is a progression point and student must be successful to progress into branch.
The branch programme consists of three theory-practice modules: case management in nursing 1, 2, and 3. These are where the clinical proficiencies leading to nurse registration are assessed in the clinical settings. Placements in the branch programme are longer than for CFP. Assessment for the academic aspect is varied using essays, oral examination, written examination, and some modules have two components for their assignment. The case management modules are supported by two modules which all students are required to undertake. There is also a branch specific module for child, adult and mental health students where students are taught separately.
There is an opportunity for students who have completed the postgraduate diploma to ‘top up’ this award to the Masters in Nursing. This must be achieved within five years from registering for the postgrad diploma course. The masters pathway comprises of two modules, a research methods and a dissertation module. Candidates must have six months experience as a registered nurse before being accepted on the ‘top-up’ masters.