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Nursing (Adult) - Pre-Registration

PGCert or MSc

Key facts


Start dates

September 2019

Course length

Full time: MSc: 2 years with AP(E)L (health-related degree and approx 700 hours of experience); PGCert: 1 year. A 3 year route is available without a health-related degree or experience.

Part time: MSc: up to 8 years; PGCert: up to 5 years

Department

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Accreditation(s)

Nursing and Midwifery Council

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Overview


Our master’s degree allows you to undertake an Adult Nursing course which leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The PG Cert second registration course is for qualified nurses (child, mental health or learning disability) wanting to gain registration as a registered adult nurse, whilst also receiving an academic award. 

As an adult nurse you need to be able to demonstrate competence in the fundamentals of nursing care across the patient's lifespan. We recognise that the context of healthcare delivery is changing, so it is essential that you are able to work:

  • flexibly
  • inter-professionally
  • and collaboratively. 

We offer a wide variety of practice experiences throughout Oxfordshire in:

  • hospitals
  • the community
  • private and voluntary sector settings.

We involve service users, carers and expert lecturers from clinical practice to strengthen our teaching. And our curriculum will give you the knowledge, skills and attitudes you need as a graduating Adult Nurse. So that you can  influence improvements in practice.
 

Male student nurse in simulated practice

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

3- year MSc and 2 year MSc with AP(E)L 

Honours degree 2.2 or above (or equivalent), preferably in a health/science related subject. Non-health related degrees will be considered.

  • GCSE Maths, Science and English at Grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Two references, at least one must be academic
  • Successful performance in the selection process (including an individual interview)

2 year MSc with AP(E)L must also have:

  • Approximately 700 hours experience of paid or voluntary work within a healthcare environment or relevant to your chosen field
  • Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. 

PGCert

  • First registration DipHE/BSc/BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Children’s or Mental Health).
  • Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

English language requirements

An IELTS score of 7.0 (minimum score of 7.0 in each component) for ALL applicants whose first language is not English.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (Masters) £4,120 (Certificate)

Home/EU part time
£1,030 per single module

International full time
£14,080

Home/EU full time
2020/21: £9,250 (Masters) £4,160 (Certificate)

Home/EU part time
£1,040 per single module

International full time
£14,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (Masters) £4,120 (Certificate)

Home/EU part time
£1,030 per single module

International full time
£14,080

2020/21
Home/EU full time
2020/21: £9,250 (Masters) £4,160 (Certificate)

Home/EU part time
£1,040 per single module

International full time
£14,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

Please note: this course is now open to international students. The International full-time fee for September 2019 is £14,080.

Find out more from the Student Loans Company about accessing loans for new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students.

Please also see our Healthcare students FAQs

Please click on this link to access the application form for the Tessa Jane Evans Bursary for Nursing, designed to assist trainee student nurses with living expenses. The Bursary is open to mature, Home/EU students who are in financial need and without other funding, and would find it difficult financially to undertake the 3 year Pre-Registration course for the University’s BSc (Hons) or MSc (Hons) programme in Adult Nursing Degree.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


Both courses are available part-time and full-time on the Oxford and Swindon campuses. 

You will study a nursing curriculum which has been developed in partnership with:

  • students
  • clinical partners
  • mentors
  • service users
  • carers.

Your learning follows a 'spiral' design and is structured incrementally from one year to the next, with a specific focus for each year.

In each year of the programme, you will have placements in your field of practice, with some taught content specific to your nursing field. 
 

Two student nurses in green scrubs

Study modules

MSc

Compulsory modules

Education in Nursing Practice 1

This module gives you an introduction to nursing practice within the context of your field of practice. You will have an introduction to foundation nursing knowledge and skills prior to starting your first practice placement.

Education in Nursing Practice 2

You will be introduced to new knowledge and skills that facilitate increased participation in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. You will be encouraged to consider the health of people within their practice population, and factors that impact upon the uptake of health promotion and prevention strategies within that population.

Nursing Fundamentals : Family Health and Wellbeing 1

You will be introduced to the values, beliefs and factors that influence and underpin health and wellbeing from an individual, family and societal perspective recognising diversity. You will reflect on how self-awareness and professional responsibility contribute to the development of the nurse and nursing.

Education in Nursing Practice 3

This module gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and apply a range of theoretical principles to practice that will promote effective communication and interpersonal relationships to enhance clinical decision making and evidence based nursing practice.

Education in Nursing Practice 4

This module helps you build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Collaborative Nursing Practice

This practice related module enables you to gain insight into how the diverse experiences of people and their families inform all stages of the nursing process in the delivery of physical and mental healthcare.

Independent study

This module offers you the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and professional experience and study, in-depth, an aspect of health care relating to children, young people, adults and families' healthcare practice.

Advanced Research Design

This module equips you with skills to find, appraise and utilise research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It helps you define a suitable research question and identify appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation.

Education in Nursing Practice 5

This module gives you the opportunity to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 6

You will get the opportunity to consolidate the skills, knowledge and strategies required to be an effective independent registrant.

Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 2

This module introduces the underpinning frameworks and responsibilities for the organisation, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic family/person-centred and compassionate nursing care in a variety of settings. It explores physiological, psychological, societal, political and global influences on health and social care across the lifespan, recognising inequalities.

Nursing Management of AdultS with complex care needs

This module provides adult nursing students with the knowledge, skills and strategies to develop problem solving and decision making skills that will enable you to undertake assessment and management of complex situations in a variety of adult nursing settings.

Dissertation

This module draws together and enhances your ability to utilise the knowledge, understanding and skills developed previously across the whole programme, in a piece of investigative or literature-based research or a service improvement project.

PGCert

Compulsory modules

Independent Study

This module gives you the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and professional experience and study, in-depth, an aspect of health care pertinent to children, young people, adults and/or families' health care practice. For the PGcert this module is used to identify learning outcomes required to meet any outstanding areas of the NMC Standards not covered within the PG Cert curriculum or the student’s previous learning.

Collaborative Nursing (field specific)

This practice-related module enables you to build upon knowledge, skills and understanding gained from prior and concurrent study and practice within one field of nursing, integrating and applying this learning within an additional field of practice. Whilst focusing on module learning outcomes specific to this additional field of nursing practice, students will further develop insight into the diverse experiences and needs of people and their families in order to undertake nursing care of people and their families in the additional field of practice.

Nursing Management of Adult with Complex Care Needs

This module provides adult nursing students with the knowledge, skills and strategies to develop problem solving and decision making skills that will enable you to undertake assessment and management of complex situations in a variety of adult nursing settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 5

This module gives you the opportunity to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 6

You will get the opportunity to consolidate the skills, knowledge and strategies required to be an effective independent registrant in your additional field of practice.

Placements

Compulsory modules

Placements

The Nursing & Midwifery Council mandates that all pre-registration nursing programmes must consist of at least 4,600 hours of student effort split 50/50 between theory and practice. This means that all students will be required to complete two unpaid practice placements per year amounting to approximately 770 hours of practice per year and must achieve 2,300 hours of practice (including some simulation based education) over the three years of the programme.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Both courses are available part-time and full-time on the Oxford campus.

You will learn through the following methods:

  • experiential learning
  • mentoring, coaching and supervising
  • active learning
  • student-centred learning
  • blended and online learning
  • use of technology and informatics
  • collaborative learning with other disciplines, interprofessional learning, cultures and agencies
  • problem-based/solution-focused learning
  • simulation Based Education (SBE)
  • tutorials
  • online discussion
  • collaborative learning sets.

You will have access to Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Moodle has an extensive range of learning resources, including:

  • lectures
  • handouts
  • information 
  • learning exercises. 
     

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess you with a variety of methods, such as:

  • reflective essays
  • presentations
  • clinical examinations
  • multi-choice examinations
  • neighbourhood study
  • case studies. 

All modules have an assessment component which requires you to explicitly demonstrate an understanding of how the module theory informs and enhances patient care.  

You will receive feedback on your assessments which will  shape and develop your learning. 
Assessment of your practice learning occurs within the credit-rated Education in Nursing Practice modules. This must be passed to fulfil the professional requirements for the programme and ensure that you are eligible for registration as a nurse. 

Your practice will be assessed by a practice supervisor or assessor selected on the basis of having the necessary qualifications to function as a practice assessor, as per the NMC Pre-registration Standards (2010). 

Research


The new Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) is an Oxford Brookes University-led partnership of key stakeholders which leads and participates in world class research and evidence-based practice. 

We have researchers with a range of experience, working in established areas including:

  • cancer care
  • children and families
  • drugs and alcohol 
  • physical rehabilitation and enablement
  • interprofessional education and collaborative practice
Researcher using laptop in quiet space

After you graduate


Career prospects

Graduates from this course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.