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PgDip Adult Nursing

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

Overview

Exceptionally rewarding

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

Our innovative two-year course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities, including in 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.

Top-up to MSc

After graduating, you'll be able to gain a Masters degree by completing a dissertation. Students who successfully complete the PgDip course have up to four years to complete the dissertation module via part-time study. This will incur an additional cost.

Why Nursing at LSBU?

Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Student satisfaction: we’re the no. 1 London modern university for overall satisfaction with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
Our PG Dip nursing course is designed to ensure that student develop well-rounded nursing knowledge, skills and attitude to represent a highly valued profession.
Dedicated facilities: We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus.
No.1 in the UK for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

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.

Top-up to MSc

After graduating, you'll be able to gain a Masters degree by completing a dissertation. Students who successfully complete the PgDip course have up to four years to complete the dissertation module via part-time study. This will incur an additional cost.

Employability

Adult Nursing LSBU - phase 1b

The course will enable you to develop through a vocational approach to teaching, 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, but common tasks include monitoring vital signs like pulse and blood pressure; meeting the hygiene needs of patients and providing them with consistent care. With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialisation, such as: district nurse, occupational health nurse, sexual health nurse and specialist nurse.

An adult nurse typically starts on a salary of £21,000, which can increase to £30,764-£98,453 in senior posts. (Take a look at our Prospects section for more detail).

Top-up to MSc

After graduating, you'll be able to gain a Masters degree by completing a dissertation. Students who successfully complete the PgDip course have up to four years to complete the dissertation module via part-time study. This will incur an additional cost.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

Practice experience is gained in a variety of leading NHS Trusts across London including Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and University College London Hospitals (UCLH).

Placements

During the course you'll spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice. A clinical practice placement allows you to work with a range of health professionals in clinical situations 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, including NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations.

If you are based at our Southwark campus you'll be placed at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, the Royal London Hospital, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, University College London Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital. You'll also undertake a placement in 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, looking at small groups of patients and making confident, proactive decisions for their health management.

We ensure you receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Accreditation

Our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nursing and Midwifery Council logo
The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

Facilities

Adult Nursing skills laboratories

We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. These labs are set up like nursing wards and 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 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

Personal tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor after every clinical placement throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support or meetings by email.

Staff

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 attend an MMI interview. Find out more.

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.

How to apply

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
PgDip Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
B741
Application method

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.

Five 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. 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.

Interviews

If your application has been successfully shortlisted you will be invited, through UCAS Track, to attend an interview at a given time and date.

Read our interview page for important information about this stage and to help you prepare.

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.

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 155 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.

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.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

Questionnaire

The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniforms

Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Fees and funding

Adult Nursing LSBU - phase 1b

Please note that this course is not currently open to international students.

Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes 2018/19

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans will provide students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

Background to these changes can be found on Gov.uk.

Council of Deans have prepared a briefing paper and Student Finance have outlined who qualifies. The Funding Clinic provides further information on what support is available.

NHS Bursary will produce guidelines and information once the information has received parliamentary approval.