Course structure


The Programme is run on a full time basis and lasts 105 weeks, 50% of this is theoretical and 50% of this is spent in clinical practice. It comprises four practice-centred units of learning and includes seven weeks annual leave in each of the two years. (Leave must be taken as prescribed in the plan of training. Limited opportunities exist for variation and therefore only in exceptional circumstances will the plan be altered.)


Unit 1 Foundations in health and nursing
Unit 2 Patients with acute and short term needs
Unit 3 Patients with long term conditions and complex needs
Unit 4 Transitions to practice: managing and organising care

Core subject threads

Core subjects are threaded throughout the four Units in an integrated approach with the patient being the central focus. The subjects, as outlined in the QAA Subject Benchmarks for Nursing are categorised under the four domains of Nursing, these being:

• Professional and Ethical Practice
• Care Delivery
• Care Management
• Personal and Professional Development

Theory component

Teaching and Learning Strategy: The principal aim of the learning and teaching strategy is to harness the knowledge and expertise students bring to the programme in ways that empower students to accept and exercise responsibility and accountability for independent learning. With this in mind the learning/teaching and assessment strategy for this course will be problem based learning (PBL). It is an approach to structuring the course in a way that confronts students with problems from clinical practice to stimulate learning. In placing the student at the centre of the learning process there is a strong emphasis on co-operative learning. PBL encourages deep as opposed to surface learning and assists students to manage unfamiliar situations, make reasoned decisions, adapt and participate in change and subsequently manage their own lifelong learning. In many ways the approach mirrors the messy world of health care practice and in doing so, offers a realistic, but challenging, preparation for registration.

Problems will be presented to students before the material has been taught rather than after as in more traditional `problem-solving approach´. PBL will enable students to learn and acquire key skills in an active, integrated and cumulative manner. Learning will place in an environment that values your prior experience, particularly relevant to postgraduate students as they bring a varied range of valuable past experiences to the course. It will enable them to demonstrate their ability to assess and manage work in conjunction with peers, fostering a notion of individual and collective thought, thus enhancing skills in team working. PBL is an approach congruent with enabling students to build on previously acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes and it is envisaged easily transferable to Adult nursing.

Complementing this approach are a range of learning strategies incorporated within the programme, some examples of which are indicated below:

• Guided study which will provide a structured opportunity for shared learning
• Experiential learning situations to develop and explore interpersonal skills whilst offering a safe environment within which to develop therapeutic, technical skills, organisation and management skills.
• On line learning resources through the MOLE portal where students will be expected to engage in a range of online collaborative activities and discussions
• The use of a portfolio which will provide opportunities for students to reflect upon personal encounters within the care environments in order to develop a personal theory base for professional practice

Skills laboratory opportunities are structured throughout each Unit of learning and in the latter Units, the use of `Expert Patients´ will offer realistic simulation events.

Shared/inter-professional learning: This course will provide students with many opportunities to work with, and alongside many health professionals as they grapple with the complexities of the nursing role. An important inclusion within this course is the opportunity to work with students within the faculty/wider university and engage in joint academic and practice learning. These will be structured, planned events undertaken in both the first and second year of the course.

These planned opportunities will help students establish an understanding of the key relationships that are essential for effective inter-professional working practice and importantly the contribution each makes to the patient´s health experience.

Practice component

Placement areas

During the course, students will spend 50% of their time in practice experiences first of all observing and then taking shared responsibility for the nursing care of people who are in need of health care. Practice experience will be gained in a wide variety of clinical settings both in hospitals and the community.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has access to clinical facilities in Barnsley, Bassetlaw (Worksop) and Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield along with numerous other education providers in the area. Students may be allocated to placements in any of these sites, in the interests of gaining the most suitable learning experience available. It is anticipated that most of your placements will be within the same town or city and this will be known as the Clinical Placement Base.


When you are accepted onto the course you will be invited to an open day. At the open day you will be asked for first and second choice of placements. These will be considered although there is no guarantee you will be given either as the course cohort is considered as a whole. Your mobility, dependants and health will be important factors.

Clinical Placements are vital opportunities to gain access to nursing care and work situations involving clients, relatives, significant others and a multitude of professional and non-professional workers. Such access is afforded under contract and on the understanding that the rights of the individuals and organisations concerned will be fully respected by students.

You are not allowed to change your Clinical Placement areas once these have been allocated.


Whilst on placement students will be required to work shift patterns such as mornings, evenings and nights (This is an Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement). It is also expected that students will work weekends and bank holidays if necessary.


Some expenses incurred whilst undertaking this programme may be re-imbursed.  Please see: