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Adult Nursing PgDip / MSc (Top-up)

Overview

Adult nurses help care for people over 18 who are ill, injured, or have physical disabilities. They check patients' progress and decide with doctors what care to give, as well as advising and supporting patients and their relatives. Although, demanding and intense work, it can also be exceptionally  rewarding.

This innovative two year course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities across both general medical and surgical wards as well as specialist units such as Accident and Emergency or intensive care. Many of our graduates take their first posts as qualified  practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals in which they gained experience during their training.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work with qualified practitioners both to gain experience of the differing clinical environments, and to appreciate the expertise of these specialist nurses whilst on placement.

Find out more about nursing from our very own nursing students and staff and clinicians at our partnership hospitals:

Top-up to MSc

By adding the research element of a dissertation (an extended and independent piece of written research), you'll be able to graduate with a Masters-level qualification.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
MSc (Top-up) Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

You will be taught separately from the traditional three-year undergraduate students and will study the following:

Year 1

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
    This module will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence-based approach to change management in a range of environments and will integrate the perspectives of service users, taking an inter-professional approach.
  • Biology and pharmacology for health
    This module will provide an opportunity to study biological and pharmacological sciences and apply them to your chosen field of Adult Nursing. This module recognises that you’ll have some prior knowledge through either previous degree studies or completion of a Life Sciences work book through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL process). 
  • Person centred care
    This module will introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver nursing care in a variety of clinical settings. The module will enable you to understand and utilise person centred approach to care from an ethical, legal and professional perspective. In addition the module will introduce you to the use of critical thinking skills in nursing assessment and in the delivery of patient centred care. 
  • Building practice skills for adult nursing
    The purpose of this module is to develop practice skills and knowledge. You’ll use safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities. The module will focus on the development and use of appropriate professional values with a strong emphasis on students becoming more analytical and reflective in their problem solving skills. Additionally you’ll be challenged to work towards developing effective clinical and communication skills to support practical care giving. You’ll attend three placements in their first year; each consisting of six weeks duration. 
  • Practice experience year 1
    The first 6-week practice learning opportunity aims to provide a sound basis in practice skills and working with adults/young people, their families and carers. Located with your Host Trust you’re provided with a coach who will link with you for the whole of your course. Adult field students will then have a practice learning experience based in an adult care environment. In this setting you’ll have 37.5 hours of practice learning per week for 6 weeks. The third practice learning opportunity of 6 weeks in the first year will be in a non-acute setting such a community or an out-patients area. There is then a fourth practice learning opportunity for 10 weeks. You’ll receive Preparation for Practice prior to each practice learning opportunity and will meet with your personal tutor following each experience to reflect on your practice, review your practice learning and assessment portfolio and begin to plan your learning outcomes for the next practice experience. 

Year 2

  • Care of the adult deteriorating patient
    This module is designed to support pre-registration nursing students to acquire the knowledge and skills required for recognising and managing an adult patient who is deteriorating. It aims to facilitate you to undertake a range of clinical activities in a simulated environment to develop competency in caring for a patient who is deteriorating including recognition, assessment and management of patient. Student learning will be facilitated using an A to G approach. 
  • Caring for the older adult
    The module introduces the key issues in developing a critical understanding of the physiological, social and psychological processes of ageing and to establish a framework of skills as the platform for high quality practice. All thinking is underpinned by an ethic of working alongside older people and their associates, promoting health, independence and minimising disability. 
  • Enhancing practice skills for adult nursing
    The purpose of this module is to prepare you to enhance your assessment and decision making skills whilst effectively managing care that promotes quality, health, safety, service user and staff wellbeing. You’ll be able to appraise your own learning and development needs as you approach the transition from student to registered practitioner.
  • Research in health and social care
    This module will extend your knowledge of research theories, methodology and their applications.
  • Practice experience year 2
    You’ll continue to have scheduled Preparation for Practice prior to practice learning and your personal tutor will continue to meet with you on a one-to-one basis to support the integration of theory and practice. You’ll undertake a 4-week virtual mother and new-born experience, which along with the experience in the community settings will allow you to meet the EU Directive (2008). You’ll also undertake an 8-week placement in an acute area of adult nursing. The final practice learning opportunity is undertaken in your Host Trust with identified sign-off mentors.

Plus a dissertation (for the award of MSc only).

Employability

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Adult nursing as a career

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching which leads to a professional qualification leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Role and responsibilities

It is said that no two days as an adult nurse are the same. However common tasks include monitoring vital signs like pulse and blood pressure; meeting the hygiene needs of patients and providing care for patients. With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialisation as your career progresses such as: district nurse, occupational health nurse, sexual health nurse and specialist nurse.

Working hours and salary

Hours can be demanding for adult nurses – with long shifts, unsocial hours and possibly being called to work at the last minute all common. An adult nurse starts on a salary around £21,000 – however with career progression this could increase up to £98,453 at senior level. (Prospects)

Career progression

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities across both general medical and surgical wards as well as specialist units such as Accident and Emergency or intensive care. Many graduates take their first post as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals which they gained experience during their training. Recent graduates have achieved prominent employment positions in areas such as advanced clinical practice, management of health services or as researchers or lecturers.

Successful graduates of the PgDip can top-up to MSc in one year and will be qualified to study a range of further specialist postgraduate pathways. With additional experience, advanced practice is available at Masters level with the potential to progress to doctorate studies. Once you are a registered nurse browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

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Time spent on placement

During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse.  Although sometimes challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a nurse.

Clinical settings

At LSBU, you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. 

If you are based at our Southwark campus you are able to experience placements at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, University College London Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital. You will also undertake a placement in the community.

If you are based at our Havering campus you are able to experience placements at Newham University Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, King George Hospital and Queen's Hospital; along with a placement within the community.

Structure of placements

Placements are spread over the two years:

Your first clinical placements are designed to introduce you to working in a professional setting and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, infection control and learn about safeguarding vulnerable people.

You will then begin to take on more responsibility, progressing your clinical reasoning skills and begin to look small groups of patients making confident, proactive decision for their health management with little supervision. 

Supported by a mentor

Whilst in the clinical placement we ensure you receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Find out more about placements. Read our nursing case studies.

Timetable

Staff

Dr S.H. Cedar

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Reader in Biomedical Sciences

Dr SH Cedar is a biological scientist specialising in homeostasis and health. She has a PhD in stem cells and cancer and has recently received an MA in Theology and Religious Studies.


Allan Gopal

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Allan has is qualified in Adult, Mental Health, Learning Difficulties and Ophthalmology and has experience of working in various hospitals across the UK.


Anthony McGrath

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Head of Adult & Midwifery

Anthony provides academic leadership to a dedicated group of academic and clinically focused staff, each of whom contributes to our portfolio of pre-registration adult nursing and/or post-graduate CPPD courses for healthcare professionals.


Dr Calvin Moorley

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Moorley is a Senior Lecturer in adult nursing and has an academic background in public health and health promotion. He is a registered nurse (Adult) and practices in intensive care therapy.


Martina O'Brien

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Adult Nursing

Martina is an adult nurse who has worked in a variety of surgical specialties.


Karen Sanders

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Karen teaches Health Care Ethics, Law and Professional Practice, Research Methods and Process, Evidence Based Practice and Decision Making and Critical Reasoning in Clinical Practice.


Dr Louise Terry

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Reader in Law and Ethics

Dr Louise Terry is Reader in Law and Ethics, and specialises in teaching health and social care law and ethics. She has particular interest in withholding and withdrawing medical treatment, resource allocation, nursing wisdom, public administration and professional practice.


Colin Winter

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Lecturer - Orthopaedics

Colin is interested in Orthopaedic Nursing and Long Term Conditions.


Facilities

Adult Nursing skills laboratories

We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. Our nursing skills labs; set up like hospital wards are used by all student nurses and midwives throughout their courses. They learn manual handling and basic life support skills and skills that are specific to their field of nursing or midwifery.

SimMan

The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMan can be male or converted to female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis but will normally require:

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum 2:2 classification. Candidates without a health or science related degree are required to complete a Life Sciences work book package to satisfy the Life Sciences element of the APL portfolio.
  • In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements, Maths and English GCSEs/equivalent (at C or above) are also required.

Attributes and values

Nursing is a very competitive career and it is important you make a high quality application to us. Here are some tips on what attributes, skills and values we are ideally looking for in an LSBU nursing student:

  • Meet the required entry requirements for LSBU nursing courses
  • Good understanding of basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Impeccable communication, caring and helping skills
  • Able to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Reliable, patient and understanding
  • Motivated
  • Dedicated to a career in nursing and fully comprehend the responsibilities of the role
  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

All applicants are required to make an APL claim. You may apply for APL through both certificated learning and the production of a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of programme outcomes for the programme you have applied for through experience. If you are offered a place on the course you'll be provided with guidance notes to assist you in constructing this.

Interviews and assessments

As part of the selection process, you'll be expected to undertake a computer based assessment on campus which identifies your attributes for nursing and gives you an indication of various scenarios you might face. You'll also be asked to complete an interview and numeracy and literacy test. Strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential for nursing students. 

Download and practice our sample tests:

If offered a place, you must successfully complete both a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health check, and provide proof of ordinary residency requirements and satisfactory references. A valid passport is required for enrolment purposes.

English language

For those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Entry to the MSc (Top-up)

Entry to the MSc (Top-up) requires the successful completion of the PgDip in Adult Nursing.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
MSc (Top-up) Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
P060198
Application method
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
B741
Application method

How to apply for the MSc (Top-up)

Applicants for the MSc (Top-up) will have completed a PgDip in Adult Nursing. Applicants should use the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for postgraduate students

How to apply for the PgDip

Although the PgDip is a postgraduate course all students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

When making your UCAS application you will need to apply for your chosen field of nursing practice.

Six stages to your application

  1. Attend an Open Day
  2. Apply to us through UCAS
  3. Write your personal statement and use this as a tool to illustrate why you are right for the course
  4. Write your APL claim
  5. Carry out the literacy and numeracy tests
  6. Prepare for your interview

Personal statements

Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Download our Personal Statement Guide  (PDF File 160 KB).

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

All applicants are required to make an APL claim. You may apply for APL through both certificated learning and the production of a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of programme outcomes for the programme you have applied for through experience. You are permitted to claim up to 50% APL when applying to study with us using prior work and academic experience, for example: previous health or science based Degree studies, Foundation degree etc. You will be provided with guidance notes to assist you in constructing this.

Numeracy and literacy assessments

If your application has been successfully shortlisted you will be invited to take a numeracy and literacy test.

The numeracy test takes 30 minutes and literacy test takes 15 minutes.

Strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential for a career in nursing. To help prepare for the numeracy and literacy assessments you should do some revision to help you feel confident about the tests. Look back at your GCSE or Functional Skills work in English and Mathematics to refresh your memory.

You will also need to bring with you proof of photo ID (such as driving licence/passport) and your ten digit personal ID UCAS number with you to the assessments.

Download and practice our sample tests:

There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

Interviews

If you have successfully completed the numeracy and literacy tests you will be invited, through UCAS Track, to attend an interview at a given time and date. Attendance at face to face interviews is essential for all courses. Service colleagues from NHS Trusts form part of the interview panel. Download and read our Interview Guidance (PDF File 93 KB) to help you prepare for your interview.

You will also need to complete a Declaration of character and conduct form (PDF File 166 KB) and the Interview declaration form (PDF File 44 KB) and bring these with you to your interview.

There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

If you are travelling further than 100 miles to attend the numeracy and literacy assessment and the interview, it may be possible to arrange for the numeracy and literacy tests and the interview to be undertaken on the same day, email lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk if you would like to discuss organising this.

The multiple mini interview process

The MMI comprises of no more than 6 applicants moving around five individual stations to be interviewed by separate interviewers in a one-to-one face-to-face interview. The starting point for each applicant is different but each interviewer will ask the same question of all five applicants in turn. Four minutes is allowed for each answer and a minute for moving between stations.
In addition the first interviewer will ask a starter question so the time spent with the first  will be eight minutes.
After you have answered the last question you will be given a written question. You will be allowed five minutes to write a short written answer.

Preliminary fee assessment

At your interview we start the process of checking your eligibility for NHS funding.

In order for us to ascertain your eligibility for NHS funding, download the Preliminary Fee Assessment Form (PDF File 65 KB), complete and bring it with you to the interview. Also, ensure you bring along your evidence as noted in the letter which will enable us to assess your residency status.

Venue

You will be advised of the location of your interview and be met by a 'Health Interview Assistant', who is a Student Ambassador or member of staff. They will make you feel comfortable and should be able to answer your queries about being a university student. If you have been accompanied by anyone they will be asked to wait in a quiet area until your interview is over.

Identity check

Your identity will be checked against your Passport or Driving Licence. It is really important that you remember to bring your ID.  Unfortunately, if you forget this we will not be able to interview you.

Information regarding results

When the interview has finished you will be given information and advice as to what happens next, should you be either successful or unsuccessful.

Results

These will be made available through UCAS Track usually within two weeks.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book your time with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. And when you're ready to apply join one of our Postgraduate Application Sessions. There, we take small groups of up to four people through the application process. Look online for the next of our Advice Sessions or Postgraduate Application Sessions.

Fees and funding

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Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2017/18 intake

Currently the funding of health education is going through a transition period from student bursaries to student loans.  The Government has now published its response to the consultation on implementing the funding reforms.

The consultation recognises the valuable contribution of postgraduate applicants and has advised that students commencing pre registration postgraduate programmes in the 2017/18 academic year will be eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary. Commissions for places are likely to remain similar to 2016/17 levels for this period.

Application dates for new starters and guidance on how to open a BOSS account are available on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

For the latest information see the Council of Deans briefings and website The Funding Clinic.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

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The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Declaration of character and conduct form

You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information to find out more.

To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates. For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Please complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title (PDF File 462 KB) when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

Once you have completed this process, please ensure you bring three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can visit the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed. Please find the link above with a list of the appropriate ID.

Please note:
If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

  • Take photocopies of your 3 items of ID documents and the 3 original documents with you.
  • The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you
  • Documents will then need to be scanned (including their post office receipt so that we know that it has gone through due process) and sent to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk

If you have further questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Occupational health

You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

If you have any more questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Holidays

You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.

Practice placements

Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).

Uniform

If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge.

ODP students will be required to wear theatre scrubs on placement, which will be supplied by the host Trust.  During practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be required to wear LSBU scrubs which will be provided, along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniform.

Changes

If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk.

 
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