Clinical Practice (BSc)

The BSc (Hons) / Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice offered by Cardiff University is flexible, student centred and open to all health professionals.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner with nurse practitioner on ward

The 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 BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice.

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 'standalone' basis.

Key facts

UCAS CodeDirect entry
Typical A-level offerPlease contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for more information.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerPlease contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for more information.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerPlease contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for more information.
Other qualifications120 credits points at HE level 1 (CQFW level 4) in nursing, midwifery or a subject area relevant to health verified by certification, (e.g. Certificate in Professional Practice)ORRelevant prior learning or experience that allows for the necessary 120 credits at HE level 1 (CQFW level 4) to be accredited via the University APEL procedure: Please contact the AP(E)L Co-ordinator for further informationApplicants whose first language is not English or Welsh are required to provide proof of their proficiency in the English Language and must have attained a minimum overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS Test, no more than 2 years before the proposed date of application, to gain entry to the UniversityApplicants must be working/or able to gain experience in an area of Clinical Practice that allows achievement of the learning outcomes and clinical/ theory hours of the particular modules the student wishes to register forFunding that has been secured (whether self- or external funding)Employers/sponsors consent where applicableN.B. Students applying for ‘standalone’ modules outside of a BSc programme would need to fulfil the entry criteria outlined above, although evidence of previous study within the last 5 years would be desirable. Each module may also outline entry criteria in addition to those stated above.

The programme is suitable for healthcare practitioners working in any field. 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. Modules typically run over a 15 week period, choice of module order is flexible to suit your requirements.

The BSc (Hons) in Clinical Practice comprises a compulsory research Evidence Based Practice module (20 credits) two optional modules (30 credits each total of 60 credits), plus a Dissertation module (40 credits). Students may choose to exit the programme at an earlier stage or to complete single or multiple standalone modules (30 credits). These students will be awarded institutional credits.

Those already holding a degree qualification

On entering the programme will be awarded a Graduate Diploma on achievement of the required 120 credits.

On successful completion of one 30 credit degree level module, students may apply to transfer these credits into the MSc in Advanced Practice programme.

The BSc (Hons) in Clinical Practice offers flexible study for students with busy clinical careers.

It is essential that you attend a generic Study Skills Day (topics to include enrolment, accessing electronic resources, researching literature and introduction to library etc) as this will be your first day of your standalone module; students who are studying the whole BSc in Clinical Practice programme will be required to attend at least once each academic year.

Essential Study Skills dates


Location: Heath Park Campus.

Further details will be confirmed directly to students.

We are committed to supporting the School's recent graduates in finding meaningful employment. Bespoke online and text message-based early warning systems have been established to highlight job postings, relevant courses that would strengthen CVs, advice on job applications and plenty of other useful information to help in the preparation of job applications, such as writing a personal statement and practice interview questions.

Our graduates have the third highest job prospects of the 72 institutions in 'Subjects Allied to Medicine' in the Times Good University Guide 2012, and within 12 months 100% of our 2011 graduates had found graduate employment or gone on to further study. Employers included: NHS Trusts, private clinics, community health services, local government social service departments plus organisations such as Age Concern and the Cardiff Blues rugby team. Career destinations included: occupational therapist, physiotherapist, diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer and operating department practitioner.

Optimum application dates

We welcome and encourage early applications.  Our preferred date for receipt of completed application forms is at least three months prior to commencement of the programme.

Late applications

Late applications will be considered, however the number of places taken is reviewed for each module 2 weeks prior to the commencement of that module. Where numbers are low, modules can be cancelled.

Location of the programme

The delivery of modules will take place at Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences sites in Cardiff (Ty Dewi Sant and EastGate House).


Get information and advice about making an application, find out when the key dates are and learn more about our admissions criteria.

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