University of Portsmouth

Advancing Professional Practice (Top-up) University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate


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Are you a registered health or social care practitioner who wants to improve your career prospects by topping up your diploma or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor’s degree?

On this 2-year part-time BSc (Hons) Advancing Professional Practice top-up degree course – created in partnership with NHS Trusts – you'll develop the professional and practical skills you need for advancing of practice in areas such as paramedic science, operating department practice and general health care.

When you complete the course, you'll have the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to work at Band 6 or above on the NHS pay scale.

What you'll experience
On this top up degree course, you'll:

  • Put the theory you learn into practice through simulation in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care and evidence-based activities

  • Use action learning sets, where you work with a group of your peers to solve problems, collaboratively sharing and learning from your experiences

  • Complete research and clinically focused units

  • Learn transferable skills, such as the ability to evaluate data and people’s ideas objectively

  • Attend University 1 day a week in term time so you can continue working while you study

Careers and opportunities
After you complete this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to advance your practice and the qualification you need to take on a role at Band 6 and above. The course aligns with the NHS Career Framework and NHS Agenda for Change initiative, so you can apply the professional and clinical skills you learn in a variety of health and social care roles.

You could also go on to do postgraduate study in research or advanced practice.

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service can give you support and advice for 5 years after you finish your course.

Course details


Year 1 core modules in this year are: Evidence Based Research Methods and Educational Needs, Skills for Mentoring in Clinical Practice.
Optional modules in this year are currently: Advanced Patient Assessment, Complex Patient with Sepsis in Pre-Hospital Care.
Year 2 core modules in this year are: Clinical Leadership Development, Major Project.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through simulated exercises, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), essays, individual and group presentations, a major project.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

120 HE credits at level 4 (Certificate) and 120 HE credits at level 5 (Diploma or Foundation Degree) in Health Care subjects. Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio to support their application.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio to support their application.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced An overall CAE score of 58 or above with a minimum of Borderline in each skill.
Cambridge English Proficiency An overall CPE score of 45 or above with a minimum of Weak in each skill.
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
PTE Academic 61.0 An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 91.0 91 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4,625 Year 1
International £7,150 Year 1
England £4,625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,625 Year 1
Scotland £4,625 Year 1
Wales £4,625 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
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Winston Churchill Avenue

Course contact details

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023 9284 5566