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Four reasons to study the Nursing Top-Up degree

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Our BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up degree allows you to top-up a registered nursing qualification to a full honours degree in just one year of study. With the increasing emphasis on degree-level qualifications for nurses, this course is a valuable stepping stone towards more senior roles and greater responsibility. Here, you can explore all the reasons why studying the nursing top-up course could be a great idea.

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1. Develop your skills as a healthcare practitioner

Designed for registered nurses, the Nursing Top-Up degree will allow you to develop your skills and meet a wider range of challenges as a healthcare practitioner. One of the key elements of the top-up course is relating nursing theory to clinical practice, and you’ll study a variety of modules that cover topics such as equality and diversity in healthcare, managing and effecting change, and facilitating learning and development.

You’ll enhance your skills in leadership and management, as well as learn how to use an evidence-base to ensure the delivery of best clinical practice. There to support you in honing your skills even further, this nursing degree is delivered by a team of enthusiastic, skilled professionals who all have at least one specialist area of both clinical and teaching expertise and are actively involved in healthcare research.

2. Be part of a diverse cohort

The Nursing Top-Up course attracts students from both the UK and from overseas, all of whom are already qualified nurses in their country of origin. You’ll have the opportunity to study with other nurses who have worked in a diverse range of clinical services and within different healthcare systems, which will help you to develop new perspectives and gain insight into healthcare delivery across the globe.

"I wanted to improve my nursing skills to provide evidence-based care to my clients and also for my own career advancement, so I knew I would need to upgrade my diploma certificates to BSc level. I've been enjoying the excellent learning facilities and campus, and the friendly and supportive lecturers. I have a strong belief that these courses are going to give me the advantage of gaining a better salary, a higher position, and skills for improved healthcare services."

Muminat Abiola Zubair-Muhammed
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice
MSc Nursing

3. Improve your career prospects

Undertaking the Nursing Top-Up degree will undoubtedly give you a better chance if you’re looking to improve your career prospects, as it can be a valuable step towards more senior healthcare roles and more responsibility. Our top-up course will allow you more flexibility to move between different kinds of nursing jobs, which means you’ll be in demand and have more options when it comes to choosing what you want to do.

The degree focuses on real-world learning, so you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in employment. Graduates from this course have gone on to develop their career both within the UK and overseas.

Explore more about what you can do with a nursing degree.

4. Progress to master's study

Many graduates of the Nursing Top-Up course choose to continue their studies with a master’s degree, for example, the MSc Nursing. Nursing is increasingly becoming a profession where higher qualifications are essential, so a postgraduate degree can better your chances of moving into management or clinical roles within healthcare settings. If you work for the NHS, having a master’s degree can also help you progress into the next band, which means a higher salary – salaries for nurse team managers are currently band 7 and nurse consultants, band 8.

Studying on our MSc Nursing course will allow you to advance your professional career and make a greater contribution to people’s health and wellbeing, as well as the quality of the experience of service users, carers, and families. The degree will also widen your network of professional contacts.


To find out more information about the BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up, including how to apply, head to the course page.

Published: 1 November 2023