2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons)CPD Nursing Studies

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: Not applicable
Full-time international tuition fee: To be confirmed
Part-time tuition fee: £42 per credit

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science


Continuing Professional Development

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years part time

About your course

This course is for experienced NMC registered nurses who want to enhance their professional knowledge and career prospects whilst gaining a full Bachelors degree.

  • For qualified, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registered nurses
  • Further develop your skills, knowledge and professional understanding in order to provide effective, evidence-based care
  • Study part-time around your career and personal committments 
  • Start month: January and September
  • Campus location: City Campus
  • Fee: £42 per credit x 120 credits = £5,040

If you are registered nurse and you have a Diploma in Higher Education within your field of practice, this degree has been specifically developed for you. It will enable you to enter study at Level 6, following Recognition of Prior Learning (RPEL) of Levels 4 and 5,  leading to a full Bachelor of Science with Honours degree.

"The course offers a great opportunity for expereinced nurses to enhance their professional education and complete study that encourages and fosters their own knowledge and understanding of their profession."

John Ambrose, Programme Leader

Work-related learning

Plenty of opportunities for first-hand experience

As you already have clinical experience, we do not require a specific work placement as part of the programme. We will encourage you to consider your clinical experience and current practice, along with developments in your role, in the context of the topics covered on the course and the required learning outcomes. Bringing your own wealth of experience together with your study will help to solidify your learning, and have a  practical, positive impact on your clinical practice. 

Our newly refurbished and extended Tithebarn Building offers professional-standard practice suites showing a patient’s journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We have the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in child nursing, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. There are also purpose-built, soundproof booths equipped with video camera and playback facilities. 

Support and guidance

We're here to help you achieve your goals and get the best from your time at LJMU.

As a part-time student, you'll enjoy all of the same benefits as our full-time students. We know balancing your employment as a registered nurse with your study time can seem intimidating at first, but there is a whole raft of support services to help you excel - from your personal tutor, to library skills guides, John Moores Students Union reps, or the money advice team. You can read more about the help available in the Student Support section of our website.

Course details

The innovative training delivered by Liverpool John Moores University's (LJMU) School of Nursing and Allied Health will provide you with the skills, confidence and competence to provide first class support to patients in your care.

Based in the Faculty of Health in Liverpool city centre, the School works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic portfolio of  undergraduate, postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development  (CPD) programmes.

Why choose this programme?

  • Expertise: Each module is delivered by an expert in the field.
  • Relevance: The modules give an excellent insight into a variety of speciality areas within Nursing. 
  • Flexibility: Earn while you learn through part-time study; the degree can be completed over a two year period.
  • Choice: Your choice of modules will mean you can tailor education to your specific practice needs.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning: We are able to consider your previous study and add this towards the 360 credits that you require to attain a degree, with honours, in the United Kingdom. 
  • Your dedicated pathway: You will be able to discuss the best route through to your graduation with your Programme lead.

Studying at a multi award-winning School!

LJMU's School of Nursing and Allied Health was delighted to be announced as 'Best Student Experience' Winner,  in theStudent Nursing Times Awards 2020, following on from the accolade of 'Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)' two years previously at Student Nursing Times Awards 2018.

Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 Winner logo

What you will study on this degree

Along with the Core modules, which are taken by all students on the course, you will have a choice of Option modules.

You will study three, mandatory Core modules. 

Core modules - 60 credits total: 

  • Leadership Development Through Action Learning (10 credits)
  • Research in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Individual Study (Dissertation) (30 credits)

Option modules - 60 credits total​:

  • Advancing Tissue Viability (20 credits)
  • Infection Control for Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Developing and Managing Care of the Highly Dependent Adult (30 credits)
  • Diabetes: Care and Management (20 credits)
  • Palliative Care for Adults (20 credits)
  • Dementia Care (20 credits)
  • Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness (20 credits)
  • Work Related Learning and Professional Development (10 credits)
  • Negotiated Work Based Learning  - Professional Studies (20 credits)
  • Critical Illness Management (20 credits)

Teaching and work-related learning

A range of learning methods are used throughout the programme.

Elements include formal lectures, tutorials and seminars within groups and individually, along with portfolio construction.
The use of a robust virtual learning environment supports a range of the learning and engagement tools.
Formal learning time in practice environments, use of negotiated work based learning agreements and structured practice based tasks are an element of the programme on some of the option modules.

Your lecturers

Lecturers are all experienced healthcare professionals which ensures our students gain the latest insights into today’s healthcare arena, enhancing the programme content and subsequent learning outcomes.

Each member of the team has specific specialities that will enhance your studies and your experience on the programme. Within the team we have a wealth of experience from a range of multi-professional backgrounds within health and research from public and private settings.

We teach using current evidence-based research, giving students a wider understanding of leadership, mentorship, nursing and paramedic care and importantly, research.

Assessment and feedback

Supportive and constructive feedback is key to your learning journey.

​Assessment methods are varied, forming a clear pathway for you throughout your course. 

Each module has a specific assessment that has been designed around the module content. This means you will be well prepared to meet the learning outcomes of the module required to pass. You will be able to gain formative and summative feedback for the work you produce.

The types of assessments will depend on the Option modules you seslect. The range of assessments across the modules allows you to demonstrate you understanding of the programme learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Application and selection

​Candidates must be able to satisfy the programme team that they meet the entry requirements of the

  • Current registration as a Nurse
  • A Diploma in Higher Education, or equivalent demonstrated through RP(E)L (in accordance with LJMU RP(E)L policy

Those students who meet the requirement in terms of professional registration and
employment, but do not have level 5 can apply for consideration of experience, which is mapped
against an agreed set criteria highlighted within this document under additional entry requirement information "mature entry" section.

GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

Mature entry
Those students who meet the requirement in terms of professional registration and employment, but
do not have level 5, can apply for consideration of experience, which is mapped against the
following criteria through a negotiated and agreed portfolio design and a series of assessments:

1.Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of Nursing
service provision.

2.Have developed a sound understanding of the values, principles qualities, specific and
transferable skills in Nursing and have applied them in the context of either academic or
professional practice.

3.Use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information,
and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis.

4.Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist
and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively.

5.Have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems.

6.Demonstrate that they have undertaken further training, developed existing skills and acquire new
competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations.

7.Reflect with insight on own personal, academic and professional development or practice.

8.Exercise personal responsibility and decision-making in line with the relevant standards set out
by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.


The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core module of study and the student networking sessions.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.

Career prospects

When you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree.

The nursing profession is now firmly placed at BSc (degree) level as entry criteria for Nursing and Midwifery Council registration.   Previous to the full undergraduate programme, nursing students undertook the Diploma within their chosen field of adult, child or mental health. Those nurses are now employed across the sector and have since developed extensive experience within their field. This top up degree allows for the Diploma to be recognised and incorporated into a full BSc Honours award. On successfully completing Level 6 studies and attaining 120 credits, you will not only have a full degree, but will have a wealth of experience to add to your CV, enhancing your professional development and career prospects.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students – visit the International Study Centre.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS to apply for a Student visa. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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