Nursing (Top-Up)

UCAS Code: B700
Classification: BSc (Hons)
Course Mode: Full time
Course Duration: 1 Year
Course Location: The Science Complex, City Campus
Subject Area: Nursing & Caring Professions
From To UK Fee * International Fee
No fee information is currently available.

* Exceptions may apply.  Please see Fees and Finance for further information.


This programme has a January and September start.

International Applicants - Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up programme will not allow you to work as a nurse in the UK. In order for you to work as a nurse in the UK you must  be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC). To obtain registration you must complete an Overseas Nurses Programme, which takes between 3-6 months. Please click here for more information on this programme.

The BSc (Hons) Nurses Programme is an innovative nursing programme which seeks to develop learners, skills and expertise in such a way as to improve health care delivery and enhance career development.

The programme supports the concepts of clinical governance, public health and life-long learning and has a strong emphasis on relating nursing theory to clinical practice. Furthermore, all learning is underpinned by evidence-based practice which promotes the development of high quality health care provision.

In addition to addressing the clinical elements of the programme it also addresses health care in a wider context including social impact of health and well-being.

All modules are taught by experienced and skilled practitioners in modern well-equipped facilities.


Course Content

Level 2

  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Practice in Health Care

Level 3

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Management of Care
  • Preparation for Mentorship
  • Law and Ethics in Health Care
  • Dissertation

There are no optional modules on this programme.


Entry Requirements

UK students are required to be a registered nurse with the NMC and hold a HE Diploma Level Nursing qualification (Level 5) for entry onto the programme.

International students are required to be a registered nurse with a recognised regulatory nursing organisation in their country of origin, hold a HE Diploma Level Nursing qualification (Level 5) and demonstrate a proficiency in English language (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent) for entry onto the programme.


Fees and Finance

The fees for this course are as specified in the table at the top of the page.

Please note that different fees apply to students studying for "Equivalent or Lower Qualifications" (ELQs). For more information about ELQs, please see the page Information for applicants who already have an HE Qualification.

For information about University scholarships and bursaries please see the page Fees and Finance.


Teaching and Assessment

Various method of teaching are used which include: lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, open learning and group work.

Each module involves an element of assessment using a variety of methods designed where appropriate to support professional development in clinical practice.


Work Experience

A range of  competent health care practitioners deliver the contents of the programme, this facilitates external links with a wide range of health care professionals

Our staff are helpful and friendly and have a background in health and social care and hold a professional qualification. Additionally they are actively involved in health care research and consultancy work.

The nursing team prides itself on the quality and expertise of its teaching staff. Each member of the team has one or more areas of both clinical and teaching expertise.


Career Opportunities

The programme has been specifically designed to allow the health care practitioner to develop professional expertise in a manner and style to suit both work related and personal need. A key emphasis of the programme is upon developing clinical practice and enhancing the patient/service user experience. This is facilitated by the acquisition of skills to apply the theory to practice and allows the practitioner to develop Clinical expertise.

Recent BSc (Hons) Nursing graduates have developed their nursing careers both within the UK and overseas.

Students studying the programme have progressed into senior positions.

Our students tell us "Studying for a degree, at the University of Sunderland, has certainly added to the skills and knowledge I already possess. I certainly feel more confident and I always feel prepared to meet my new challenges".

Also, "The programme provided the opportunity to develop professionally accessing postgraduate study", and  "The programme itself has provided me a brand new perspective of my career and an opportunity to practice in the UK".



The high quality of the provision is demonstrated by the recent report from the quality Assurance Agency who rated our teaching and assessment as "Excellent".

Additionally our student feedback also demonstrates a high degree of satisfaction with the programme.

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Course Contact Details

Programme Leader:

Dr Kathryn King

Tel: 0191 515 3050



Recruitment Department

Tel: 0191 515 2758