Nursing Studies (Second Registration) Adult Nursing PGCert – 2021 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2021

Full-time: 1 year

Why choose this course

At Surrey, our goal is to develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners, with in-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours required to autonomously deliver and lead high-quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments. On this course, we’ll shape you into a dynamic, driven and people-orientated adult nurse that can deal with a complex range of needs, while upholding the highest standard of provision for your service users. We’ll teach you to treat your patients as individuals, ensuring you take the time to understand who they are, what they need and how you can best provide them with care. 

By choosing to study with us, you’ll benefit from our hands on curriculum, evenly split between theory and clinical placements. You’ll become part of a multidisciplinary team, learn directly from healthcare professionals and service users, be supported by clinicians while on placements, and begin your journey towards an enriching career as an adult nurse. 

Our nursing courses are ranked top 5 in the UK by both the Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

This course is ideal if you're an existing registrant looking to study for a second registration, in another field of nursing practice. On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the academic and practice requirements needed to apply for second registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse. 

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What you will study

You’ll study advanced assessment techniques within the field of adult nursing, and you’ll learn how to critically evaluate evidenced based care. You’ll explore common medical and surgical conditions that lead to changes in healthcare status, with a focus on the complexities of care and management of people with long-term conditions. 

You’ll learn how to assess and manage deteriorating patients in the acute period, and you’ll explore a range of evidence-based treatment options, to uphold the highest standard of care provision for your service users. 

After graduating from this course, you’ll be a confident and efficient adult nurse, equipped with the clinical, analytical and reflective skills to deliver holistic care to patients, across a range of settings. 

Facilities 

Our facilities have recently undergone a multi-million pound investment, giving you access to the latest industry equipment including our Clinical Simulation Centre, consisting of two large wards, an operating theatre, a community flat and an ambulance bay. Here you’ll get to practise real scenarios using lifelike mannequins and actors as patients, learning the necessary skills to become a competent adult nurse within a safe, facilitated environment. 

As one of our students, you’ll also get exclusive access to our independent clinical learning room. The room is set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning. 

Teaching staff 

We have a clinical-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to an NHS care setting. Our teaching staff are all practising healthcare professionals working in the NHS, and many are active researchers, investigating topics such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. 

You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers made up of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare workers, and practice assessors and supervisors will support you during your placements. 

Clinical placements

You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 30 placement hours a week, in addition to a dedicated day for study, for a duration of 26 weeks. 

Previous students have completed their placements in the NHS, with private healthcare organisations and with charities. These have been across several settings, including high-dependency wards in hospitals and out in the wider community. 

How we allocate placements 

We’ll try to allocate you to a locality that's near where you live, taking into consideration your preferences. Understandably, all allocations are subject to availability and as such, may change. 

There may be opportunities to change your locality, but these are limited and are again dependent on capacity and availability. 

We’ll provide you with further information about localities at the start of your course and during your local induction to your practice environments. 

Placement localities 

Your placements may take place across Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, and these are divided into localities. For the duration of your course, you’ll typically be allocated one placement locality. The localities for this course are:   

This locality covers the southern area of East Sussex, including Haywards Heath and Brighton and Hove. You’ll be placed with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country, providing general and specialist services for more than a million people. 

Services are located at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, where you’ll most likely be based. 

The Trust also work in partnership with other local community services to provide patients with quality care with a focus on fast, accessible and safe treatment. 

Primary and community care placements  

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injuries units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

This locality covers the northern area of Hampshire, serving Andover, Basingstoke, Winchester and surrounding villages. You’ll be placed with the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves around 570,000 people across Hampshire and parts of west Berkshire. Surgical, medical, family and clinical support services are provided at Andover Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. 

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital provides some specialist services to people across the UK and internationally. It’s one of two centres in the UK treating pseudomyxoma peritonei (a rare form of abdominal cancer). 

Andover War Memorial Hospital provides community and hospital services including day surgery, diagnostic imaging, a minor-injuries unit, outpatient clinics and rehabilitation. 

Primary and community care placements  

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injuries units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

This locality covers Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University. You’ll be placed with the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. 

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust 

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions. 

The Trust is home to a specialist centre for cancer services and treatment. There is a 24-hour adult and paediatric accident and emergency department, and neonatal intensive-care facilities. 

Primary and community care placements  

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injuries units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

This locality is based in the eastern areas of Surrey and north West Sussex, serving Crawley, Horsham and their surrounding towns and villages. You’ll be placed with the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 

The East Surrey Hospital is based around 45km from Guildford and is at the heart of the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH). It operates a 24-hour emergency department, with specialist gynaecology and obstetrics services. 

The Hospital provides acute and complex care in areas, including adult and paediatric emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics and urology. 

Outpatient, diagnostic and less complex planned services are provided at Caterham Dene Hospital and Oxted Health Centre in Surrey, and at both Crawley Hospital and Horsham Hospital in West Sussex. 

Primary and community care placements  

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injuries units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

This locality serves the Frimley area and parts of Hampshire. You’ll be placed with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides services to approximately 900,000 people and is comprised of three hospitals, including Frimley Park, which has a dedicated high-dependency unit. 

Services include a modern eye unit, a new cardiac centre and expanded critical-care facilities. There’s a 24-hour adult accident and emergency department, and adult general surgery and medicine services, including cardiology, a cystic fibrosis, orthopaedics and trauma units. 

This Trust also has a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit with fully integrated military medics contributing to patient services. 

Primary and community care placements  

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injuries units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

This locality covers West Sussex, serving Chichester and adjacent towns and villages. You’ll be placed with the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is home to three hospitals, including St Richard‘s in Chichester, where you’ll most likely be based. 

St Richard’s Hospital provides a full range of general acute hospital services for adults and children, including an accident and emergency department, acute cardiac care, day surgery, intensive care and outpatients’ clinic. 

Primary and community care placements  

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injuries units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

Careers and graduate prospects

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.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the academic and practice requirements needed to apply for second registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse. 

Our alumni can be found working for NHS trusts across the UK, with recent graduates working for the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the UK and is home to a diverse range of roles in hospitals, practice surgeries, people’s homes and the wider community. There are also specialist areas that nurses occupy, in care homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and in industry. Visit the NHS Careers website for further information.

Modules

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 had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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:

    This course is subject to validation therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.

    Timetable

    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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

    Entry requirements

    Applicants should have a BSc in Nursing Studies First Registration.

    All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by Cordelle Health on behalf of the University of Surrey.

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    Credit transfer

    The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

    Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

    Fees

    Start date: October 2021

    Full-time - 1 year

    UK £9,250

    Overseas To be confirmed

    View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

    Please note:

    • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
    • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
    • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

    Additional costs

    There are associated costs with this course:

    • Commuting (local travel expenses)
      Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. 
    • Safety equipment and/or uniform
      Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.
    • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
      The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This should be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.

    How to apply

    You can apply for this programme through UCAS, with the programme code B771. Apply via UCAS.

    Admission information

    Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

    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. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
     
    Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

    Disclaimer

    This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. 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 course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

    Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21.  Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.

    Course location and contact details

    Campus location

    Kate Granger Building

    The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.

    Placement location

    You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details. 

    Additional information

    Some elements of this course will be taught on our Stag Hill campus. 

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