BSc Nursing (Top-up)


The BSc Nursing course enables you to take your nurse education to the next level. The top up degree will teach you how to apply appropriate theory, practice and professional standards to solving professional problems and issues. This online nursing course will allow you to gain a critical understanding of social, economic, technological and ethical influences on health and to hone research skills in exploring evidence to evaluate the care needs of patients.

A nursing degree is a natural progression if you are a UK Registered Nurse with an HE Diploma and looking for continuing professional development in nursing. And from September 2013, new entrants to the nursing profession will have to study a degree to gain their nursing qualification. Our BSc Nursing (Top up) degree will open the doors to promotion or further study and professional development in nursing.

You'll gain a better understanding of current public health topics and be able to argue moral positions for and against such issues as fertility treatments, surrogacy and abortion. With this nursing course you will show a commitment to continuing professional development in nursing and boost your satisfaction levels and career prospects at the same time.

Course Content

What will I learn?

You'll need to study the core module plus two or more optional modules depending on how many credits your existing HE Diploma is worth.

Compulsory Module

Research and Evidence-based Practice

The core module of this course aims to help you find and appraise evidence that you can implement in day-to-day practice. With this in mind, you'll learn how to conduct a literature search and be able to retrieve evidence. You'll also discover how to evaluate different types of evidence and research, and apply this evidence in daily practice. Ultimately, what you learn will help you enhance care for your patients or clients.

Key Topics

  • Searching and locating evidence 
  • Research process 
  • Critical appraisal of both quantitative and qualitative research methods 
  • Evaluating evidence 
  • Types of evidence being utilised in clinical and social care environments 
  • Development and implementation of evidence to inform and enhance patient/client care

Optional Modules

Infection Control

Today more than ever, infection control is an essential part of nursing practice. Through this module, you'll discover how to evaluate, analyse and apply infection control practices to a range of clinical situations. You'll learn how to apply knowledge of microbiology to prevent infection, as well as applying basic concepts of immunology. You'll also analyse a selection of current infection control interventions.

Key Topics

  • Microbiology: bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, transmission routes 
  • Resistance to infection: immunity and development 
  • Infection control and nursing practice: evidence-based aspects of infection control 
  • Epidemiology: appraisal and analysis of epidemiological data; risk management; management of infection control strategies based on evidence-based procedures and policies

Assessment and Decision-Making in Nursing

The ability to make fast, accurate assessments and clear decisions is something that's invaluable in the nursing profession. This module will provide you with effective tools and strategies that are highly relevant to all areas of nursing practice. At the end of this module, you'll be able to confidently apply decision-making theories to your everyday nursing care role.

Key Topics

  • Needs assessment 
  • Action planning 
  • Evaluating tools 
  • Clinical reasoning 
  • Cognitive and intuitive decision making 
  • Change 
  • Information technology

Clinical Supervision

What you learn in this module will prepare you to be an effective clinical supervisor. Once you have completed the module, you'll be able to choose an appropriate supervision model for your clinical practice - and give your reasons. By examining the political, professional and economic context of clinical supervision, and critically evaluating the range of models available, you'll gain a deep understanding of the supervisory process.

Key Topics

  • Context: political, professional, economic 
  • Pros and cons 
  • History, including social work, midwifery and psychiatric nursing 
  • Risk management issues 
  • Current research 
  • Definitions, including confidentiality and what clinical supervision is not 
  • SWOT analysis of different models 
  • Reflective model, self awareness, accountability 
  • Role play 
  • Personal development of supervisor and supervisee 
  • Expectations, ground rules, contracts, staging and time limiting, troubleshooting, providing feedback, and portfolio development

Reflective Practice Development

The ability to understand your own thoughts and actions, to learn from this, and to then use this knowledge to impact upon future behaviour in the workplace is an important skill for any practitioner. In this module, you will learn about different tools of reflection, enabling you to use them to develop your reflective practice skills. You will firstly learn the principles of reflective practice, before beginning to apply these skills within your area of work. The reflective process will help you to become a more self-aware critical thinker, which is essential for your development as a professional graduate.

Key Topics

  • Uses of reflection
  • Identification of specific learning needs
  • Comparing learning preferences and styles and application
  • Development of self-awareness and critical evaluation
  • Comparing reflection as an individual and in groups to affect change
  • Development of a learning portfolio and reflective writing
  • Choosing an appropriate reflective framework for reflection on practice
  • Consideration of new ways of thinking, learning and improving practice
  • Applying reflection to the work/clinical situation (reflective practice)
  • Professional reflection as a lifelong process

Innovation and Change

In today's nursing profession, it's especially important to understand and manage the process of change. What you learn in this module will help you to do this. In addition to relating health care innovations to political, economic, social and technological social trends, you'll learn to critically analyse the concept of change management. Ultimately, you'll be able to develop strategies for implementing, monitoring and evaluating change.

Key Topics

  • Innovation 
  • Change theory 
  • Strategies for change 
  • Models of change 
  • Change agents 
  • Managing change process

Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care

From the moment you enter professional practice as a nurse, you are bound by strict standards of professional conduct. The module will provide you with the opportunity to examine the application of fundamental moral theories and principles to ethical issues in health care provision, and will help you to extend your knowledge of the law as it applies to major ethical issues in health care.

Key Topics

  • Identification of issues of an ethical, legal and professional nature in health care
  • Ethical theories, principles and ethical decision-making models. Bioethical framework; Deontology; Utilitarianism; Capacity; Autonomy; Advocacy; Protection; Informed consent; Accountability
  • Thical, legal and professional aspects of: human rights, dignity and patient/client care
  • Complex ethical issues relevant to practice area e.g. abortion, reproductive issues, euthanasia, ethical issues in suicide and parasuicide, organ transplantation
  • Relevant statute, case law and legal concepts such as capacity/incapacity, informed consent and rights are addressed within discussion of the above issues.

Entry Requirements

You must be a UK Registered Nurse. If you have additional certificated or experiential learning, you may be exempt from studying certain modules in line with Edinburgh Napier University's Recognised Prior Learning specifications. For full details of entry to our BSc Nursing degree, please speak to one of our specialist course advisors on 0800 056 3983who will talk you through the qualifications and credits you need. 

If English is not your first language, you will be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Where will I go from here?

On successful completion of our BSc Nursing degree - validated by Edinburgh Napier University - you'll be able to demonstrate proof of your professional standing and knowledge to help you get the promotion you want. You may wish to branch out into other fields of nursing, in which case this qualification could lead to further study or open doors to other nursing roles. And, while this is a course with clear focus on nursing, the communication, IT and organisational skills you'll develop are easily transferable to a wide range of other careers.  

What will I gain?

In order to achieve the BSc Nursing degree you need a total of 360 credits (as per the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework). Depending on how many credits your Diploma is worth, you'll need to achieve a minimum of 60 credits on this course - equivalent to a minimum of three modules (20 credits each) - which must include the compulsory module.


Assessments are done on a per module basis.

You'll need to complete a number of formative assessments that you can forward to your tutor for comment and feedback. You will also need to pass the following summatve assessments:

Infection Control

  • Multiple choice exam (30%) and clinical based incident essay, 3500 words, (70%)

Research and Evidence Based Practice

  • Mulitple choice exam (1 hour) and written assessment (3000 words)

Assessment and Decision Making in Nursing

  • Essay - 4000 words

Clincical Supervision

  • You'll be required to provide clinical supervision to a peer over 4-6 sessions throughout the module.  The assessment is a 5,000 word portfolio, using the theory of clinical supervision and supporting evidence to demonstrate your engagement in clinical supervision e.g. clinical supervision documentation, reflective notes, study materials and accompanying CD-ROM.

Innovation and change

  • You'll be required to complete 5000 word essay for this module.

Moral & Ethical Issues

  • You'll be required to complete 5000 word essay for this module.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, we offers all the support you need along the way.

You'll receive online study materials that have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in the field of nursing, and you will work with step-by-step modules to guide your learning.

You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

You'll also be part of our online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work, ask questions and make new friends.

Payment Options

We make it as easy as possible for you to get started on the degree programme of your choice with a range of payment plans.

You can choose to pay a deposit now and spread your payments Interest-Free over up to 23 months. 

You'll benefit from substantial cost savings if you enrol on one Degree level, rather than enrolling on one module at a time.  The table below shows examples of what your monthly payments will be if you choose the Interest Free option. 


All prices are shown in Pounds Sterling.


BSc Nursing top-up degree



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  • Hours of Study 400 hours
  • Course Code F10
  • Study Period 36 months
  • Support Period 36 months

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