The postgraduate diploma course in Adult Nursing is open to applicants with a first-degree or a higher degree; the programme makes use of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) provision for prior learning to allow students to complete the academic award and achieve professional registration as a nurse via a two-year course.
Successful applicants will undertake some of their studies alongside undergraduate students completing the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing, but will also complete dedicated study at Master´s level to achieve a postgraduate qualification.
The NMC’s Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (2010) require programmes leading to registration to be delivered over 4600 hours, with 50% of this theory and 50% practice; NMC do however permit prior learning to be recognised where this can be mapped against the programme outcomes and requirements. Students applying for this programme will therefore need to demonstrate that they have the relevant experience and learning prior to entering the course.
Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the art and science of adult nursing. Communication and team working are key in health and social care and you will develop a range of interpersonal skills that enable you to work effectively with a wide diversity of clients and within complex settings.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent
GCSE English/Maths: C/4
In addition, an entry portfolio that demonstrates the relevant previous experience and learning is required for entry to this postgraduate pre-registration nursing course.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in all other components, or equivalent.
Nursing Knowledge From Philosophy to Practice: Broaden and deepen your understanding of the historical philosophical, theoretical and political influences on the development of modern adult nursing. The unit will enable you to explore the core values that underpin the nursing framework philosophy from an adult nursing perspective and critically apply them to specific areas of clinical practice.
Care of Clients with Acute and Long-term Conditions: You´ll explore a range of acute and long-term conditions in the current healthcare system, including physical and mental health conditions. There will be links to clinical skills that you´ll practice in a simulated environment. You´ll identify and discuss causes of a range of acute and long-term conditions, and explore the effects these conditions have on service users and carers.
Therapeutic Communication in Adult Nursing: The theoretical and practical understanding of communication in healthcare. There will be an emphasis on therapeutic relationships and anti-oppressive practice. You´ll apply knowledge of psychology, sociology and communications theory to understand individual roles in groups in health and social care settings, while analysing communication methods for meeting a range of clients´ and carers’ needs. This includes clients with dementia and learning disabilities.
My Health and Wellbeing Through the Lifespan: Promoting health and wellbeing is a key and complex role for all registered nurses. This unit offers foundational knowledge, attitudes and skills for the health, ageing and wellbeing theme in the curriculum. You´ll develop an understanding of health and its elements by exploring sociological and psychological perspectives.
Developing Knowledge for Practice: A personal and professional development portfolio is central to this unit. In it, you´ll reflect on your skills, recognise your limits and respond to the changing needs of individuals, groups and organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
Principles of Enquiry and Evidence-based Practice in Health and Social Care: You´ll be introduced to the debates about approaches to enquiry and knowledge production, and show how different philosophical assumptions shape the research process and knowledge claims. Research is increasingly regarded as essential for practitioners in health and social care professions as a source of evidence to support practice. This unit will help you develop the skills needed to research your own practice, critically evaluate the work of others and make judgements about the credibility and applicability of evidence in your own practice context.
Public Health Perspectives: You´ll think critically about health on an individual, community and international basis. There will be a focus on sustainable approaches to population health and wellbeing across the lifespan, the social elements of health and inequalities in health.
Developing the Professional Role: Throughout this unit, you´ll evaluate leadership and management theories and how they´re applied to professional practice. You´ll assess practice-based teaching and learning theories and how they´re used, and learn to respond to situations where care standards are compromised.
Managing Complex Conditions: How to care for clients with complex conditions. You´ll learn about care management based on nursing assessment and clinical decision making, investigating the impacts of conditions on family members, partners and carers.
Challenges to Humanising Nursing Care: You’ll evaluate the humanising framework for guiding nursing practice, and use experiences of vulnerable service users and carers to propose improvements to nursing care and reflect on current practice.
Evaluating Knowledge for Practice: This unit teaches you how to work responsibly and autonomously when offering care that respects, safeguards and protects people of all ages, as well as their carers and families. This will promote their independence and wellbeing. You´ll work with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families to learn about the seamless client transition to wellbeing and recovery.
Advanced Principles of Enquiry and Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care: Building on what you learned in year 1, you´ll develop a proposal for a research study, practice development or comprehensive review project. A range of research methods and analysis techniques will be introduced throughout the unit. These focus on critically analysing the findings.
After completing this course, you will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a range of organisations.
The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a rewarding career.
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