BSc in Nursing Practice (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Nursing Practice (Honours)

The Open University

If you’re a registered nurse, this top-up degree offers a practical way to take your career forward, by enabling you to step up to an honours degree while continuing to earn. Its flexible, modular approach is designed to meet the needs of nurses working across a range of settings and specialities, in both the NHS and independent sectors. Study options focus on key areas for contemporary nursing – leadership; ageing and the life course; and public health.

Key features of the course

  • Enhances your professional expertise to meet the complex challenges of contemporary health care practice
  • Helps you reflect critically on your own practice
  • Cultivates a person-centred approach to work with service users, their carers and families
  • Explores how your learning can contribute to evidence-based practice improvement

Course details

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.


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
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work (nursing)
  • finding external/third party material online
  • some modules may require you to use specialist software (for example the Sibelius music writing package)
  • in addition to the above, the regulatory body for the nursing programme (the NMC) has guidance on health and disability relating to fitness for professional practice.

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will therefore need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

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.

Entry requirements

To register on this qualification, you’ll need to have a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing or a Registered Nurse qualification.

If your DipHE in Nursing was awarded by The Open University, you can contact us now to register on this degree. If you studied elsewhere, you’ll need to apply for credit transfer to cover the pre-Stage 3 requirements of this degree. Your claim will be assessed, and if there’s any shortfall of credit at Stage 2, you’ll need to devise an appropriate study plan derived from a list of eligible Stage 2 modules.

You must also provide evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Current NMC PIN). If you studied in an EU/EEA member state, and are a national of those states, you will be eligible to apply for NMC registration (subject to NMC regulations).

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.

Career relevance

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated September 20, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
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1 - 16 years
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