Degree Programme Specification 2021/2022
Bachelor of Nursing with Honours
|To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.|
|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)|
|Final award:||Bachelor with Honours|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||School QAA Committee|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||Undergraduate Programme Director: Jennifer Tocher Postholder with overall responsibility for QA: Jillian Taylor|
|Date of production/revision:||Produced for May 2012 to be revised May 2016|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Programme structure and features
The Bachelor of Nursing with Honours programme leading to eligibility to register as an adult nurse with the NMC fully realises the integration of theory and practice through a 50:50 ratio of taught theory and clinical experience. Students can expect a very student centred experience as only 35 students are recruited to the programme annually. When working in the clinical environments students can expect to work with a registered nurse prepared to mentor students in that specific clinical environment.
There are prescribed core courses and a choice of courses in years 1, 3 and 4 of the programme. There is a choice of outside courses in year 1 and a choice of Honours options in years 3 and 4. Students should expect to undertake 6117.5 hours of study for the award of the degree.
Year 1 of the programme introduces concepts relevant to adult nursing and the students work towards achieving competence relevant to both the generic and field specific competencies to meet progression point one of the NMC Standards (2010). Students undertake taught classes in the University of Edinburgh and clinical experience in NHS Lothian or Borders. In year 2 the students further develop their knowledge and skills to develop generic and field specific competencies through the spiral curriculum. By the end of year 2 the students work increasingly more autonomously in the clinical and academic environment to meet progression point two. In years three and four the courses are designed to further develop adult nursing knowledge and competencies and fully integrate theory and practice. The Honours options and Honours dissertation allow the students to pursue in-depth critical analyses of areas relevant to adult nursing care that are of particular and personal interest and concern to the student. Self-directed learning skills are further refined in order to prepare students as lifelong learners.
All courses and clinical experience are reviewed on an ongoing basis and at the end of the academic year, by students, staff teaching on the course, and external examiners. Feedback is sought from students and mentors in each clinical placement. A Course Monitoring Form is completed by the Course Organisers in line with the College of Humanities in Social Science Quality Assurance procedure and used as the basis for course development. The programme is subject to annual review by the external professional body Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). A periodic teaching programme review (TPR) is undertaken every five years by the University of Edinburgh for quality assurance and programme enhancement. The full evaluation is brought to the Annual Nursing Studies Meeting where evaluation and audit outcomes of all the courses and the programme are scrutinised and appropriate aspects of curriculum development planned for future development.
Degree Programme Table for the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours and Ordinary degree with progression though the programme
P – Required Professional Courses
# Entry to Honours
* One outside honours course is permitted in the programme if relevant to the programme outcomes
To be eligible to enter honours in year 3, students must successfully complete the first two years of the programme and fulfil a or b below (or in very exceptional circumstances only c or d below):Ensure entry by achieving grade 50 percent at the first attempt and in the second year of the programme in either:
a) Nursing Care and Decision Making AND Ensure a pass in the Ongoing Achievement Record for the required clinical practice components of the programme
b) Healthy Communities 2 AND Professionalism 2 (Professionals in health care – team working) AND Ensure a pass in the Ongoing Achievement Record for the required clinical practice components of the programme
c) Gain entry in terms of the particular conditions notified to students by the school concerned at the beginning of the second year
d) Exceptionally be granted exemption from these qualifications by the Head of School
Students must have demonstrated satisfactory clinical progress achieving the progression point 2 criteria in accordance with the NMC requirements pre-registration standards 2010. Award of Degree
To be awarded the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours degree students must pass at least 160 credits of the 240 credits (eight 20 credit units of assessment of the twelve 20 credit units) of assessment in honours years 3 and 4 in order to graduate. The honours courses / units passed must include the required professional courses shown by P.
A student may take a maximum of one 20 credit honours course relating to health in other subject areas with the agreement of their Personal Tutor if this is congruent with the aims of the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours programme.
A student who fails an Honours course, for which a pass is required for professional registration, will be required to re-sit the examination and / or resubmit the course work. However, the first (fail) mark will be recorded in the profile for the degree classification. Should the work still fail to achieve a pass at resubmission, an oral examination will be scheduled before the end of the academic session. If the student, orally assessed against the specific criteria, still fails to satisfy the examiners, professional registration will not be possible. The student will be ineligible for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing with Honours but may be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Health Studies) with Honours or Bachelor of Arts (Health Studies). If the requirements are met for the award of the Bachelor of Nursing Ordinary degree the student will be eligible for this award.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Nursing Ordinary degree students must pass at least 80 credits of the 120 credits (four 20 credit units of assessment of the six 20 credit units) of assessment in year 3 in order to graduate. The courses/units passed must include the required professional courses shown by P.
A student may take a maximum of one 20 credit level 10 course relating to health in other subject areas with the agreement of their Personal Tutor if this is congruent with the aims of the Bachelor of Nursing programme.A student who fails a year 3 course, for which a pass is required for professional registration, will be required to re-sit the examination and/or resubmit the course work. However, the first (fail) mark will be recorded in the profile for the degree. Should the work still fail to achieve a pass at resubmission, an oral examination will be scheduled before the end of the academic session. If the student, orally assessed against the specific criteria, still fails to satisfy the examiners, professional registration will not be possible. The student will be ineligible for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing Ordinary degree but may be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Health Studies).
The final classification of the Honours years 3 & 4 follow very specific rules laid down by the College of Humanities and Social Science. In Nursing Studies the classification is based on 12 units of assessment, 6 in year 3 and 6 in year 4. Students may obtain further information from the following website:http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk
The employment prospects for a graduate nurse are excellent and opportunities are wide-ranging. The majority of students who complete a nursing degree at the University of Edinburgh go on to practice as nurses.Ultimately, many graduates undertake further professional education which allows them to become a specialist in their chosen clinical areas. Some go on to work overseas in both developed and developing countries.
The Clinical Elective placement
The clinical elective experience is seen as an integral and important part of the course that instils a high degree of personal responsibility on the part of the student. Students working towards the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours programme have a four week period allocated at the end of the third year of the programme for a clinical elective placement. This gives them the opportunity to obtain experience in an area of particular interest and to further develop their capacity for self-direction. Students obtain placements nationally or internationally. In close consultation with staff, students identify a suitable area for the placement and the learning outcomes to be achieved. The students are allocated a facilitator with whom they discuss their ideas, preparatory work, plans and learning outcomes. The value of these individual, elective experiences cannot be overstated in terms of the development of self-management skills and personal development.