This course has been designed for international nurses by the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s and is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative approach to nursing with an inter-professional learning context using the latest technologies in simulated teaching to support clinical practice.
Changes in health care trends, policies and technologies and the demand for evidence of graduate study has increased the necessity for health professionals to re-define and update their skills-base. This new programme is specifically designed for registrants wishing to top-up their academic profile to degree level; the BSc Nursing Top-Up allows students to study full time in their own field of expertise, deepen their knowledge and expand their career progression opportunities.
Nursing (Top-Up) Degree highlights
World Class Facilities
- Learn and test your clinical skills through the use of state of the art simulation equipment. Our revolutionary facilities allow our educators to role play scenarios in response to the students' actions. This activity takes place behind a one way mirror and provides the teaching team with the opportunity to observe and monitor the students' response to the specific scenarios.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The educational staff within the School are renowned across the world for the innovative activities and subject expertise.
The programme comprises the following four compulsory modules:
• Research and Development in Clinical Practice
• Leading and Facilitating
• Person Centred Assessment
• Health Assessment
The BSc (Hons) Nursing Top Up will prepare nurses, midwives, and specialist community nurses:
• To foster intellectual and personal development through the study of specialist areas of nursing practice and health care provision.
• To enable students to develop a scholarly understanding of the importance of evidence-based and cost-effective health and social care.
• To provide opportunities for students to progress academically and professionally and to acquire skills that will improve their employment opportunities.
• To assist students to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for their subject and acquire the skills appropriate to self-directed study and lifelong learning.
This programme is delivered full time over the course of one academic year during which students must register for the equivalent of six 20-unit modules.
Students may select their remaining two modules from a wide-ranging list of optional modules such as Child Care and the Law, Health Promotion and Clinical Practice, Supportive and End of Life Care, Modern Strategies for Pain Management, etc.
Learning and Teaching
On the BSc (Hons) in Nursing Top Up programme, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning.
wWe do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space, podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities.
Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
Practical and Simulation Based Education
Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. All nursing students have opportunities to engage in interprofessional education (IPE) activities. You will be expected to attend 100% of practical classes within the relevant nursing modules.
This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and research work for assignments is carried out.
Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess your own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
Work Practice placements
Students will undertake clinical placements regularly throughout the programme. This enhances the link from theory to practice in nursing and provides students with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences in all fields of nursing. It is an essential component of the programme ensuring that the student has sufficient opportunities to develop skill and competence in care provision and decision making, meeting the requirements for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2010).
The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Handbook which is provided to all students at the start of each module.
Modules are assessed through project work, written assignments, written and oral examinations and OSCE.
As students’ progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
• Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted
• Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query
• Placement employer comments or references
• Online or emailed comment
• General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
• Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time
• Feedback and outcomes from practical classes
• Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service
• Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
Application for admission to this degree is direct to the University and not via UCAS. Please contact the School directly for details on entrance requirements, information on how to apply and associated information can be accessed here:
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
This flexible and innovative programme prepares our students to be sought-after practitioners capable of delivering care around the globe.
As such we have graduates that are working locally, nationally and internationally at all levels of health care provision including leadership and management roles.
Graduates of the BSc Nursing Top Up may be eligible to access a range of postgraduate study options which will enhance their career progression opportunities, eg MSc Advanced Professional Practice.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,160|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£4,160|
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Nursing (Top-Up) costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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