Advancing Professional Practice (Top-up) BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Advancing Professional Practice Top up
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On this 2-year part-time BSc (Hons) Advancing Professional Practice top-up degree course – created in partnership with NHS Trusts – you'll develop the professional and practical skills you need for advancing of practice in areas such as paramedic science, operating department practice and general health care.
When you complete the course, you'll have the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to work at Band 6 or above on the NHS pay scale.
BSc (Hons) Advancing Professional Practice (Top-up) degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 120 HE credits at level 4 (Certificate) and 120 HE credits at level 5 (Diploma or Foundation Degree) in Health Care subjects
- Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio to support their application.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this top up degree course, you'll:
- Put the theory you learn into practice through simulation in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care and evidence-based activities
- Use action learning sets, where you work with a group of your peers to solve problems, collaboratively sharing and learning from your experiences
- Complete research and clinically focused units
- Learn transferable skills, such as the ability to evaluate data and people’s ideas objectively
- Attend University 1 day a week in term time so you can continue working while you study
Careers and opportunities
After you complete this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to advance your practice and the qualification you need to take on a role at Band 6 and above. The course aligns with the NHS Career Framework and NHS Agenda for Change initiative, so you can apply the professional and clinical skills you learn in a variety of health and social care roles.
You could also go on to do postgraduate study in research or advanced practice.
Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service can give you support and advice for 5 years after you finish your course.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Advancing Professional Practice Top-up degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 60 credits.
Core modules in this year are:
- Evidence Based Research Methods and Educational Needs Advancing – 20 credits
- Skills for Mentoring in Clinical Practice – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year are currently:
- Advanced Patient Assessment – 20 credits
- Complex Patient with Sepsis in Pre-Hospital Care – 20 credits
Core modules in this year are:
- Clinical Leadership Development – 20 credits
- Major Project – 40 credits
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional module may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group work
- simulated tasks
Teaching is focused on applying your skills in practice.
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
Nick Clark, Course leader
Nick is a qualified Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), who has been involved with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Operating Department Practice (CODP) in both the development and support of quality transformation in Higher Education.
He is also a fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate (EdD), exploring student engagement collaboration and transformation through professional acculturation in Higher Education.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- simulated exercises
- objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
- individual and group presentations
- a major project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £4,625 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students: £4,625 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £7,750 a year (subject to annual increase)
Note these fees are based on courses starting in 2021. We'll publish 2022 fees here in autumn 2021.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly (see the 'How to apply' section above) or get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.