BSc (Hons) in Clinical Practice (BSc)
The revised BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice offered by Cardiff University allows students to access a range of degree level modules in healthcare. Students will be able to exit with a Higher Education Diploma in Clinical Practice, or a BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice, depending upon the number of credits accumulated.
The programme is flexible, student centred and open to all health professionals. It supports the philosophy of lifelong learning and has been developed in collaboration with health board practitioners to ensure that it meets clinical needs.
All modules offered in the programme may also be studied on a "stand alone basis".
The programme is suitable for healthcare practitioners working in any setting. It is a generic programme that focuses on the development of transferable skills to enhance students’ clinical practice within their own specific area of work.
To enter the programme, all students must hold a minimum of 120 credits at Higher Education Certificate level, which the majority of registered nurses already possess. Those who also hold at least 120 credits at Higher Education Diploma level on entry to the programme can achieve a BSc (Hons) in Clinical Practice on successful completion of a further 120 credits at degree level. To do so, students take two compulsory modules – Evidence Based Clinical Practice and Developing Clinical Practice (dissertation) – comprising 60 credits, together with 60 credits of degree-level optional modules. Those already holding a degree qualification on entering the programme will be awarded a Graduate Diploma on achievement of the required 120 credits.
Students entering at Higher Education Certificate level must achieve a total of 240 credits in order to receive the BSc (Hons) in Clinical Practice qualification, which must include the two compulsory modules listed above. Students may choose to exit the programme with a Higher Education Diploma on completion of 120 credits.
Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning is available within the programme. Please contact the AP(E)L Co-ordinator for further information.
Compulsory Modules - Level 6
Optional Modules - Level 6
Please note: The viability of all modules is determined by student numbers.
- Achieving Excellence in Care of Older People
- Clinical Patient Assessment for Health Professionals
- Developing Expertise in a Focused Area of Professional Practice
- Developing Specialist Skills and Knowledge in Mental Health Care
- Diabetes Care and Management
- Foundation in Caring For Acutely Ill Children
- Foundations in End of Life (Eolc) /Palliative Care for District and Community Nurses (Distance Learning)
- Foundations in End of Life/Palliative Care for the Inpatient Setting (Distance Learning)
- Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Practice
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Leading Through Empowerment
- Maintaining Respiratory Health
- Minor Illness
- Neonatal Examination & Behavioural Assessment
- Person Centred Communication Skills for Health and Social Care Practitioners
- Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice
Information on Modules available within BSc (Hons) in Clinical Practice.
Points of Note
- A selection of modules is offered each term, with start dates in September, January and April every year.
- Modules typically run over a 12 week period, choice of module order is flexible to suit your requirements.
- Modules can be accessed as ‘stand alone’ (i.e. without registering for the whole programme).
- On successful completion of one 30 credit degree level module, students may apply to transfer these credits into the MSc in Advanced Practice programme.
Stand alone modules in advance of September enrolment are available and advance standing will apply. Enrolment will occur in the September of each year, although a selection of modules is offered each term, with start dates in September, January and April.
The degree can be undertaken up to a maximum of 5 years part-time for 240 credits and up to 3 years for 120 credits.
Minimum Entry Requirements
120 credits points at HECert or equivalent in subjects relevant to the programme (e.g. Certificate in Professional Practice)
OR relevant prior learning or experience that allows for 120 credits at HECert level to be accredited via the University’s AP(E)L procedure. Students who enter with an undergraduate degree will obtain a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice on successful completion of the programme.
How to Apply
Please apply online for this programme.
For information on applying to individual modules, please visit our modules page.
For further details contact: