Healthcare Practice BSc (Hons)
Attendance dates:To be confirmed
Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH
Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Why choose this course?
This course has been specifically designed to meet the emerging educational needs of healthcare practitioners, to support the development of critical and creative thinking and give you the chance to focus on a specialist area of practice. Through our combination of research expertise and practice experience, we’ll enhance your academic, professional and clinical prowess, shaping you into a critical and discerning practitioner, capable of driving innovation and change in health and social care.
What you will study
You’ll develop an enquiring, critical and innovative approach that will support your practice and enable you to provide high-quality healthcare. While exploring advanced conceptual models, theories and frameworks, you’ll also learn how to develop and evaluate healthcare strategies, to improve your own practice and grow as a healthcare professional. You’ll learn how to utilise a range of resources to effectively lead and manage the development of self, others and the service.
You’ll also understand how to apply professionalism to all aspects of your role, while communicating and working in partnership with colleagues from a range of disciplines, to explore issues from practice.
You’ll study topics, including the application of decision-making, leadership and management, personal development and service transformation.
You’ll benefit from our multi-million pound facilities, home to our Clinical Simulation Centre. Our virtual environments, lifelike mannequins and actors, will transport you to the centre of communities and wards, so you can practise your skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face during your training.
The custom section can be up to 500 words long. You’ll also get exclusive access to our independent clinical learning room, set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning.
We have a clinical-led and research focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the healthcare sector. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are qualified practitioners with experience working in the NHS. Many are also active researchers, investigating topics such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice.
You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, made up of a range of healthcare workers.
Careers and graduate prospects
We’ll prepare you to meet the demands of modern healthcare, by equipping you with extended knowledge and skills.
Our graduates typically take on more senior positions within the NHS. Visit the NHS careers website for further information on nursing roles.
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
Academic year structure
This course can be taken either full-time or part-time.
The full-time version of this course will take 1 year to complete. For the part-time version, this can take between 2-5 years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 6
|Module code||Module title||Status||Credits||Semester|
|NUR3225||RESEARCH FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||Core||30||Year-long|
|HCR3017||APPLICATION OF DECISION MAKING||Core||15||Year-long|
|HCR3008||TRANSFORMING SERVICES FOR QUALITY||Core||15||1|
|HCR3018||DEVELOPING YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY & PERSONALLY||Core||15||1|
|NUR3186||APPLICATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT||Core||15||2|
Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years)
Students must take all core modules and make the following choices:
- Choose Transforming Services for Quality OR Application of Leadership and Management
- Choose three optional modules. Information on CPD modules can be found on our CPD listings page.
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Lectures · Online learning
- Practical simulation classes and clinical skills scenarios
- Role plays
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.
For some modules, you’ll learn alongside students from other health sciences courses, so you can develop an understanding of interprofessional teamwork.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5.
Where students do not have the required credits, they will be able to apply through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to have alternative learning accredited. Students are required to be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC or HCPC register.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.
If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.
If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.
Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read more.