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BSc (Hons) in Health Care Studies (Nursing)

BSc (Hons) in Health Care Studies (Nursing)*

(Reg. no. 250878)

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Health Care Studies (Nursing) degree programme is designed for qualified and practicing nurses who wish to learn and develop their clinical skills and knowledge to meet future challenges in health care. The programme has been a very popular choice with nurses in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Aims and Objectives of the Programme

  • To help students increase their academic knowledge and apply this to clinical, educational and managerial practice
  • To develop awareness of, and skills in, communication in various contexts
  • To support lifelong learning and the development of transferable skills
  • To develop an awareness of research and the ability to apply this knowledge to evidence based practice

Programme Schedule

30 days
Self-study /
assigned readings
3 - 6 days
Intensive school
(1-2 modules)
75 days
Next Cycle
Comprehensive learning support materials are provided Conducted by the teaching team of Oxford Brookes University Full support is given
  1. Modules are presented over interlocking learning cycles. Students take one to two modules at a time.
  2. The programme is flexibly designed to avoid the conflict with students’ working schedules. Students can attend either the morning (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) or the evening (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) session on each seminar day.

Module Description**

Study Skills for Health Care Professionals

This single module enables students to develop and use study skills. It will enable them to extend their understanding of the range and variety of study skills requirements in higher education. Students will have the opportunity to learn from combining theory and reflection on experience in order to develop their study skills. Consideration will be given to personal development, support and self-management.

Clinical and Professional Leadership in Health and Social Care

In this leadership module the principles of working with others are developed further, examining the current knowledge base regarding leadership and the aptitudes and competencies required to lead within your working environment. You will also consider what needs to be developed within that environment both to enable people to lead and to empower others.

Facilitating Workplace Learning

This module explores the principles of adult learning and enables students to facilitate effective learning in the workplace. All nurses facilitate learning in their place of work either with patients, relatives or colleagues. Students completing this module will have had the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in a structured way whilst demonstrating their ability to support learners.

Health Promotion

This experiential module examines a variety of theoretical approaches to health education and promotion and their implication for use in practice. It is designed to develop a critical, reflective awareness and understanding of both philosophies and concepts underlying health promotion work with individuals, groups, organisations and communities. The roles of education and public policy and the building of health alliances are explored as strategies towards empowerment for use by the health promoter working within a world of change.

Improving the Quality of Healthcare

This is a “practice focused” module that enables health care professionals to understand the theoretical foundations and appreciate the practical implications of current issues around changes to quality and quality assurance within Health Care.

It provides students with a historical perspective on the way in which quality has been approached within the public sector service industry and will able them to critically analyse their own organisations’ approach to key issues of quality within the current clinical governance / quality assurance agenda.

It challenges accepted notions of measuring quality and performance in complex systems that often have more to do with political imperatives than reflecting real health inequalities. In doing this it explores how practitioners can develop frameworks that not only “hit the target” but also “hit the point”.

Principles of Infection Prevention and Control

This is a practice related module with a focus on the principles of infection control which are applicable to both the hospital and the community setting. It is designed to encourage students to develop an understanding of how best to utilize resources to contribute to the provision of a safe environment and thus promote both infection prevention and infection control practice and minimize the necessity for antibiotic usage. The well being of the patient / client, health care workers and visitors will be paramount. The importance of good communication, team working and a collaborative approach will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to consider each individual patient / client and their risk of either acquiring or transmitting an infection and how to implement the necessary action to minimize the risk.

Reflection on practice and consideration of the possible negative influence of having an infection will be an integral part of this module.

Research Design

This module aims to provide students with a secure research methods knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to explore the research process, methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. The module focuses on issues, techniques and skills for data collection and analysis in quantitative, qualitative or mixed mode approaches to research, with a particular focus on the critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research papers.


This dissertation module is designed to support students in developing a research project, exploring a critical area of the students' own practice. It aims to allow students to demonstrate their ability to argue coherently, to gather evidence, to evaluate critically, and to synthesise various sources of data within an appropriate methodological framework. The dissertation should build on students' past knowledge and experience, by evaluating changes in practice. It provides a vehicle through which students can define a health issue for in depth analysis. Students will explore secondary data through a literary review.

* It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead
** Module offering is subject to change