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Developing nursing practice

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You will study this module as part of our BSc (Honours) Nursing (Adult) in partnership with the University of the West of England.

This level 2 practice-based module has a balance of theory and practice. You will be supported by a practice tutor for practice learning and an academic tutor for theoretical learning. The module is delivered fully online where you will study five topics that will support your learning in practice. You will also be supported in practice by a practice supervisor, be assessed by a practice assessor and a practice tutor/academic assessor tutor, who all contribute to helping you to develop your skills and competence in academic study to become an independent learner. You will need to be employed in a health and care setting and have the support of your employer, working a minimum of 26 hrs per week to complete the 770 practice hours required to pass the module.


What you will study

This is a 45-week practice module that sits alongside Understanding nursing knowledge and theory (KYE210) where the learning focus is on the theoretical concepts that inform nursing practice as part of the BSc (Honours) Nursing.

You will study this module regardless of your chosen field of practice: Adult, Children and Young People, Learning Disabilities, or Mental Health. This module builds from Stage 1 which introduces you to the broad principles underpinning nursing practice in accordance with Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) or the Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (NMC 2018).

This module focuses on practice-based learning. You will be supernumerary in practice and work under direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse or other health care professionals (a Practice Supervisor). Your practice learning will take place within the NHS or other health and social care settings. You will be supported by module tutors in online facilitated groups of 20 students with the aim of creating a sense of togetherness to discuss and reflect on concepts informing practice. Learning in practice will be with the support of OU practice tutors/academic assessors, practice supervisors and practice assessors.

You will learn

This practice-based module is designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills across health and social care relating to all four fields of nursing. It provides opportunities for you to develop deeper insights into the field of practice relevant to your workplace as you progress towards preparation for registered practice.

Entry requirements

You'll need to be registered on our BSc (Honours) Nursing (Adult) in partnership with the University of the West of England to study this module.

To do so, you'll need to:

  • have satisfied the entry requirements for the qualification (Maths and English)
  • typically have completed the two OU level 1 modules Introducing health and social care (KYE102) and Introduction to health care practice (KYE104) or demonstrate equivalent learning/experience
  • met the NMC entry requirements; demonstrated good character and health status through self-declaration; enhanced criminal disclosure; occupational health screening; review of previous sickness and absence; two references, one from current employer.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

What's included

Online learning materials and resources, practice assessment document, five online learning guides and accompanying resource materials.

You will have access to a website, through which teaching and library resources are available that provide links to current information and relevant research-based materials relating to module content.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).

Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.

To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).

Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.

It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material, and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Your tuition is delivered online so contact with your tutor will be through email and online discussion forums, although phone communication may also be used.

Your module work is not the only area where you receive support. You will develop professional practice skills at the same time as theoretical knowledge in order to foster the integration of theory and practice. During your practice experiences you will have qualified practice supervisors and practice assessors to support, supervise, and assess your clinical skills and practice.

You will be supported by:

Module Tutor – will guide you through the study materials, mark and comment on your written work and provide advice and guidance through email, online tutorials discussion forums and by phone.

Practice Supervisor – will support and supervise you in the development of your practice and contribute to your record of achievement and proficiencies within your Practice Assessment Document (PAD).

Practice Assessor – will work in collaboration with your practice supervisor to conduct assessments to confirm your achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning.

Practice Tutor/Academic Assessor – takes an overview of your practice learning development and will support the practice supervisor and practice assessor in preparing for completing  practice assessments and in the verification of your achievements in your PAD.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

The interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs) are completed via the module website.

The end of module assessment (EMA) consists of an assignment and completion of your Practice Assessment Document (PAD).

All assessments on the module are compulsory.

If you have a disability

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying KYE211 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Future availability

Developing nursing practice starts once a year – in March.

This page describes the module that will start in March 2024. We expect it to start for the last time in March 2026.

Course work includes:

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
2 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school