Diploma Level Study



These level 2 modules, at Diploma level, are designed specifically to prepare you for degree level study.  Nurses and midwives who completed their training before 1991 (excluding Project 2000 students) may be interested in taking some or all of these courses.

If you are unsure of what level you are eligible to study at, we can help.  We will assess your prior learning and experience before you start and help you make decisions about which programmes are right for you.  

More information is available here on our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) guidelines.


Level 2 modules are listed here




New in 2017: Preparation for Degree Study - short course

Programme Aim
This newly proposed programme of study is offered at Diploma level and is designed specifically for nurses who trained before September 1990. It offers local and international Nurses and Midwives without a diploma the opportunity to gain the necessary academic credits to access degree level study within one academic year. This programme of study provides students with the necessary preparation and academic skills required to succeed at degree level study.
Please note: students will receive a transcript that lists the three individual modules referred to below. ‘Preparation for degree level study’ will not be noted on the transcript.
Programme Outline
This course is comprised of three modules and on successful completion the participant will be awarded 60 CATs points. Proposed modules to be completed are as follows:
1. Nature of Research
2. Introduction to Counselling
3. Portfolio Construction
To achieve the additional 60CATs points necessary to access degree study, students are also required to submit a portfolio of work based learning for assessment through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning process (APEL). Further advice on the QUB process for APEL can be provided to interested applicants.
This course can normally be completed in 3 hours’ contact time per module per week for each 12 week semester over 2 semesters.
Entry Requirements
Candidates must normally hold a professional qualification. Candidates must have 120 CATs points at Level 1. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.
*Please note that the specific modules offered are subject to viable numbers and therefore are subject to change.
How to Apply
Students are normally commissioned onto this programme; contact your employer or the school for advice.