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PgDip Nursing (Adult)

Course Description

You can train to be a fully qualified adult nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. After completing the course, you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified adult nurse.

Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 45 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of adult nursing settings, such as caring for acutely ill adults in their own homes.

Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, in some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned a qualified and experienced adult nurse as a mentor. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.

You work with old and young adults with critical and acute health care needs. Adult nurses also assist with longer term and palliative care requirements. Work may be based in hospital wards, clinics or community settings.

You also gain insight in to other branches of nursing during the course.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You study in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus, in clinical suites that include a mock ward and operating theatre, replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work. This makes it easier to take what you’ve learnt in the University out into the real world with confidence.

After you graduate from this course, you'll have the clinical nursing knowledge and the interpersonal and management skills, vital for effective patient care.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgdip-nursing-adult

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

Course structure

Full time – 2 years. Starts September and March.

Course design
The course is organised around periods of study within the University and practice placements, which are arranged by the university. You are also offered the opportunity of planning your own elective placement in the UK or abroad.

Stage 1
-Fundamentals of public health: science and practice
-Essentials of nursing: science
-Practice and relationship centred care

Stage 2
-Integrating the science and practice of nursing
-Developing relationship centred care: science and practice
-Application of the science and practice of public health
-Developing collaborative practice

Stage 3
-Consolidating and leading the science and practice of relationship centred care
-Managing public health: science and practice

Placements introduce you to the fundamental skills in nursing in your chosen specialism of adult, mental health, or child nursing.

Assessment: examination; project work; coursework; case studies; presentations; assessment of nursing practice in the placement area.

Other admission requirements

*GCSE alternatives
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

The GCSE Science equivalents we accept are
-Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification.
-Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3).
-OCR Level 2 Science.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

You need to
-Provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.
-Be confident in using computers to complete academic work.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
A condition of all offers of a place on the PgDip Nursing (Adult) will be the completion of a portfolio which includes evidence of how your first degree and prior experience relates to nursing. Guidance will be offered on how to complete the portfolio following a successful interview.

Care experience
Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Personal qualities
You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

Selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present further official identification before enrolling.

Visit the PgDip Nursing (Adult) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics and a science (single or double) or equivalent*, plus an honours degree, recognised in the UK at 2.2 or above, together with relevant personal or professional experience of care. A condition of all offers of a place on the PgDip Nursing will be the completion of a portfolio which includes evidence of how your first degree and prior experience relates to nursing. Guidance will be offered on how to complete the portfolio following a successful interview. See course description for further admission details.

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