This top-up version of our BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing degree and our BSc (Honours) Mental Health Nursing degree, allows you to enter the course directly at Stage 3, provided that you meet the entry requirements.
Your study route will depend on the amount of credit transfer you receive for your previous nursing qualification and relevant credited post-qualifying study. If you receive 240 transferred credits, you’ll start at Stage 3
and study 120 credits to complete your honours degree. If you receive fewer than 240 transferred credits, you’ll need to complete up to 120 credits at Stage 2
, and 120 credits at Stage 3
Should you need to study Stage 2, you’ll choose from a wide range of modules depending on your interests and professional background.
You’ll examine a project theme pertinent to your practice, developing your personal and professional learning in evidence-based practice, and exploring implications for change and practice improvement – culminating in detailed action planning. You’ll also study one of: the ageing process and work with older adults; promoting public health; or frontline leadership and management roles.
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- working in a group with other students
- finding external/third party material online
- some modules may require you to use specialist software
If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
Read the detailed learning outcomes here
If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.
It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.
For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
Classification of your degree
On successful completion of the required number and type of modules you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Nursing Practice entitling you to use the letters BSc (Hons) Nurs Prac (Open) after your name.
Your undergraduate honours degree will be classified either as first-class honours, upper second-class honours, lower second-class honours or third-class honours.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Essential Documents website.
Skills for career development
This qualification will be of particular interest if you want to build on your current knowledge and experience in the setting in which you work. It will provide the understanding and skills you need to take the lead in practice development and innovation. You’ll also have the opportunity to improve your IT skills – particularly in relation to researching and analysing the evidence base for practice and collaborating with others to enhance your continuing professional development.
This qualification enables registered nurses to enhance their career prospects by moving to a degree-level qualification. As nursing careers move towards graduate-only entry, it will help you develop your understanding of the nursing role and strengthen your future employability.
Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.
In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills.
Exploring your options
Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.
In the meantime if you want to find out more about qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):
- Health visitor
- Clinical nurse specialist
- Practice nurse
- Practice manager
- Further education lecturer
- Health service manager
- Health promotion worker.
Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.