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Three reasons to study the Nursing Top-Up

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The BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up course, allows you to 'top-up' a registered nurse qualification to a full honours degree in 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.

Sarah Melling, is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up course at our Sunderland campus. Sarah teaches on various modules on the course, as well as across other CPD modules across the Professional Healthcare Practice and Midwifery Team including Diabetes. Sarah’s key areas of specialism include practice-based learning; teaching and learning; service improvement and diabetes care.

Here Sarah shares her three reason why you should study the BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up at the University of Sunderland:

Be part of a diverse student cohort

The course attracts students from both the UK and from overseas, all of whom are already qualified nurses in their country of origin. You will have the opportunity to study with other qualified nurses who work in a diverse range of clinical services and within different healthcare systems. This helps you develop new perspectives and insight into healthcare delivery across the globe.

I chose Sunderland based on the recommendation of a close friend and since I arrived it’s been really worth studying here. The University has state-of-the-art facilities in an excellent teaching and learning environment. Staff are always ready to support students to fulfil their future ambitions - I have had a wonderful and pleasant experience at Sunderland because the lecturers’ teaching skills are superb."

Adebola Faith Fagbohunlu
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) and MSc Nursing graduate

Develop yourself as a healthcare practitioner

During your time on the course you will develop your leadership, management, and teaching skills, in addition to growing skills in using an evidence base to always ensure the delivery of best clinical practice.

Progress to masters study

Many graduates continue their studies by undertaking the MSc Nursing which is also run by the Professional Healthcare Practice and Midwifery Team here at the University. Nursing is increasingly becoming a profession where higher qualifications are essential, so a Masters qualification can help you in pursuit of higher-level management, education or clinical roles within healthcare settings both in the UK and overseas. 

Further information

To find out more, including how to apply, check out the BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up course page. Alternatively, you can contact Sarah directly via sarah.melling@sunderland.ac.uk.

Published: 26 April 2021

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