The postgraduate forms a pathway towards the MSc Nursing.
This course will provide you with an opportunity to develop master’s level education in contemporary specialist nursing theory and practice in relation to your chosen area. It is suitable for experienced nurses who wish to advance their professional career and contribute to the delivery and future development of specialist clinical nursing care in order to enhance the quality of the service users and carers experience. This is achieved by maintaining high standards of knowledge, skills and proven abilities through the education of specialist clinical nurses.
You will develop valuable knowledge and skills in communication and clinical nursing leadership and the ability to articulate and advocate on behalf of the service user and carer which is central to the role of the specialist nurse in practice.
This course values strong clinical nursing leadership and encourages accountability for ensuring a high quality and patient-centred care experience for individuals and their families. Content is based on advancing theory, principles and role concepts of specialist clinical nursing and can facilitate your practice to an expert level as defined by Patricia Benner (1984) in From Novice to Expert; excellence and power in nursing practice. You will utilise a research and evidence based approach designed to inform your specialist nursing practice in the core central tenets that underpin specialist care.
This course aims to meet the requirements for the development of specialist clinical nurses as key professionals contributing to the provision of high quality nursing care. There will be opportunities for:
Our course teams have worked closely with employers and key stakeholders to develop a framework of core knowledge and skills and ensure a nationally consistent approach to specialist clinical nursing in the specified field. The need to put the patient at the forefront of all decision making is essential and the specialist nurse is in a uniquely privileged position to ensure that this is done.
This course, as well as preparing for and developing your specialist clinical nursing role and practice, can also be the first step to further academic qualifications. Further study is available to progress in your studies at level 7 and achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing and ultimately an MSc Nursing.
Participating in academic study at this level will encourage analysis and criticality; this will continue to improve the experience of the patient and may offer significant opportunities for promotion and career advancement.
A recognised nursing qualification with current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration to practice or with the equivalent if from overseas.
A first degree (2.2) in a nursing or related subject area. Students who do not have a first degree, but have successfully completed Level 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, or who can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the PGCert or MSc may be considered eg completion of an approved preparation course for level 7 study. Such applicants will be invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader to determine suitability for study at master’s level.
If English is not the applicant’s first language they will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or above in each of the IELTS categories.
Currently employed in an ‘appropriate’ specialist clinical setting.
Support for workplace practice assessment in an appropriate clinical practice setting must be negotiated and agreed with your employer where you will agree the scope and parameters of the role.
An experienced specialist nurse must be available within the organisation to mentor, support and facilitate your development to acquire the required knowledge and skills.
2018/9 fees for this course have not yet been agreed.
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.