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What makes Nursing Studies at Worcester special?

For nurses qualified overseas, this one-year programme provides an excellent opportunity for professional and personal development.

The University of Worcester has an established reputation for high quality nurse-education, and this flexible programme will enhance your employability in the international health sector. You will be able to develop your existing expertise and acquire new skills in a range of core disciplines, from palliative care and chronic disease management to leading clinical teams.

At Worcester, we aim to foster a love of learning and proactive approach to citizenship that will last a lifetime. Although this course does not confer Nursing and Midwifery Council registration (so you will not be eligible to work in the UK as a qualified nurse) on graduation, you will be in an excellent position to contribute to the development of healthcare in your own country, or to progress to further study at postgraduate level.

Key features

  • Develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment with our clinical simulation suites
  • Earn as you learn, with opportunities to work part-time as a healthcare assistant, providing invaluable hands-on experience of nursing in a UK setting
  • Developed in collaboration with nurses from practice and international students who have previously studied with us, ensuring the course is professionally relevant and personally supportive

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • A qualification equivalent to a UK Diploma of Higher Education worth 240 credits: 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5
  • A nursing qualification recognised in your home country
  • An appropriate visa for entry to study in the UK


Other information
  • If English is not your first language you are required to achieve IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component) or equivalency according to the University’s English Language admission criteria.
  • All offers are subject to satisfactory health and DBS disclosure clearances.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

BNSI3003: Nursing Research - 20 credits

Module outline - This module is designed to facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding of the research process. It provides an opportunity to explore the research process and establish the ability to critically evaluate research and its relevance to practice.
What will I learn? - Theoretical underpinnings of research: philosophies and paradigms, the research process, data collection methods, ethics/research governance, data analysis, critical appraisal of published literature, data presentation and putting research into practice.
Assessment - The assignment will be a 3,000 word essay that critically examines a piece of health care research. The essay should demonstrate an understanding of the research process and present a thorough critique, based upon clearly identified and appropriate literary evidence.

BSNI3007 - Person Centred Assessment in Clinical Practice - 20 credits

Module outline - The aim of this module is to introduce you to the importance of patient assessment in a range of clinical settings.  This will focus on all aspects of assessment including the use of a range of assessment tools and effective communication skills. It will help develop and enhance your clinical assessment skills.
What will I learn? - The use of nursing assessment tools and evidence based practice in relation to assessing people’s holistic needs. It will develop and enhance your knowledge, skills and attributes required to undertake a holistic person centred assessment including effective oral and written communication skills.
Assessment - This will be taken in two parts: The first part will take the form of an OSCE (oral structured clinical examination). This is a practical exam where you are required to carry out a holistic person centred assessment and verbally hand over your assessment. The second part is a 2,000 word written critical reflection that critically reflects on the knowledge and skills required to undertake a person centred assessment, evaluating the assessment tool you used.

BSNI3008 - The Care and Management of People with Non Communicable Diseases - 20 credits

Module outline - This module focuses on the holistic care and management of people living with non-communicable diseases, their families and carers.  This will encompass all aspects of care including self-management, symptom management, complex case management, palliative care and end of life care.
What will I learn? - This module will provide you with an increased understanding and awareness of the key concepts and principles relating to the care and management of people with non-communicable diseases.  It will provide you with the opportunity to link theory to clinical practice promoting effective care and management of this client group.
Assessment - This will consist of a 3,000 word critical analysis of the principles of managing a non-communicable disease of your choice.

HESC3008 Leading for Enhanced Service Delivery - 20 credits

Module outline - This module is designed to reflect and nurture the individual needs of each person as a leader. Leadership in nursing is vital to enable you to champion and deliver high quality, compassionate care in innovative ways.
What will I learn? - Personal and organisational, knowledge and practice relating to leadership experiences, leadership as a concept to include: effective leadership; developing and managing change effectively; personal effectiveness skills; motivation theories; working effectively in teams. Patient satisfaction and the patient experience and organisational development.
Assessment - A 3,000 word report that draws on the themes explored throughout the module to create a vision-led action plan for developing your leadership and people management qualities over the next two years. Your action plan should provide a critical analysis of your current leadership style and qualities and a critical rationale that is underpinned by contemporary and relevant applied leadership theory.

BNSI 3001: Independent Study - 40 credits

Module outline - This module is designed to give you the experience of working independently. It provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate knowledge and intellectual skills developed in previous modules through the planning, operationalisation, analysis and discussion of a substantive piece of work whilst under the guidance of a supervisor.
What will I learn? - Development of a project, teaching health care package or literature review following University and subject guidelines, undertaking of the approved independent study activities, negotiation with allocated supervising tutor for tutorial support, interim tutorial and completion of interim report on progress.
Assessment - You can choose one of these assignments:

Project. This will include comparing a policy from your own country with one from the UK. This can be on any aspect of care chosen by you and negotiated with your supervisor. You will be expected to critically review both policies and identify how they can be implemented within the country noting differences and similarities between the two countries.
A teaching or heath education package. This will consist of teaching material in the form of written, verbal, recorded or online resources that can be used in your home country. You will be required to support your package with a critical review of the material produced and support it with relevant literature.
Literature review of a subject chosen. This will be negotiated with your supervisor and you will be expected to draw on and critique relevant literature in your chosen area of practice.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The programme has been developed together with nurses from practice and international students who have successfully studied for a BSc (Hons) at UW. It will provide you with a high quality education with flexibility and support. The BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies is a bespoke full time, one year programme that supports and develops the study skills and knowledge base essential for nursing.

Pre-sessional English course

The University of Worcester puts on pre-sessional English courses over 6 or 10 weeks if you need to:

  • Raise your IELTS or equivalent score
  • Want to improve your level of general and academic English
  • Seek an introduction to academic English and develop study skills to succeed.

The University of Worcester may decide that you will need to undertake one of these courses before you start the programme. Courses run over the summer before the September start date.

The course content includes:

  • Academic vocabulary extension
  • Academic reading skills and strategy
  • Listening strategies for lecturers and note taking skills
  • Grammar practice
  • Guidance regarding the avoidance of plagiarism
  • Skills in citing and referencing sources
  • Presentations
  • Seminar style discussions
  • Time management strategies
  • Recognition and development of preferred learning styles
  • Life in Britain today

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Six-week course:
Undergraduate entry – IELTS score of 5.5 (with not less than 5.5 in writing)

Ten-week course:
Undergraduate entry – IELTS score of 5.0 (with not less than 5.0 in writing)


Where could it take you?

The University of Worcester seeks to produce graduates who are equipped to be high achieving citizens throughout their lives. This programme aims to enhance your employability in an international context. It aims to contribute to the improvement and development of healthcare in your own country.

Employers will value the skills and qualities of a University of Worcester graduate as you will be able to take responsibility for your own learning and development, plan and make critically informed decisions through the transferable skills of self awareness, resilience, and creative enterprising.

The University also provides the opportunity to engage in post-graduate study including the Masters degree MSc in Advancing Practice. The Masters programme is stimulating and develops a critical appreciation of health and social care within a contemporary, social, political, economic and cultural context.

This is a full-time, module programme which will help you to enhance your practice and advance into new roles.


How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Earn while you learn

You can also have the opportunity to earn while you learn as your visa will allow you to work and earn for up to 20 hours per week. You can choose to work part time in local nursing homes as a healthcare assistant. This will give you an opportunity to experience hands-on nursing care in a UK setting. Other part time work is also available.


How do you apply?

Please apply using the Application for Admission Form. This form should be returned to the University of Worcester.

Applying to study abroad may be a new experience, but we can guide you through each step of the process.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

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International Recruitment team

Tel: +44 (0)1905 542640 
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