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Institute of Health

Emergency Practitioner (Top up)

BSc (Hons) Part-time 2 years

The BSc (Hons) Emergency Practitioner is a Top-Up degree that aims to develop the professional and clinical knowledge and skills important to the Emergency Practitioner role.

The BSc (Hons) Emergency Practitioner is a Top-Up degree that aims to develop the professional and clinical knowledge and skills important to the Emergency Practitioner role.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 24 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) Emergency Practitioner is a Top-Up degree that aims to develop the professional and clinical knowledge and skills important to the Emergency Practitioner role. The course is for experienced Registrants (NMC/HCPC) from unscheduled care settings including first contact and urgent care centres, minor injury units, primary care, pre-hospital care, out-of-hours services, and emergency departments. The course will enable and empower you to safely and effectively fulfil this dynamic role in practice, facilitating the links between specialist theory and practice and enhancing your critical thinking and decision-making skills.




What happens on the course?

Year 1 BSc (Hons) Emergency Practitioner will comprise the specialist content related to Emergency Practitioner care and develop your applied knowledge and understanding of a range of topics relevant to Minor Illness and Minor Injuries theory and practice. You will demonstrate your ability to provide safe practice through the achievement of practice related outcomes and your ability to articulate the rationale for actions in the clinical setting. Year 1 will comprise a total of 60 credits.

Year 2 BSc (Hons) Emergency Practitioner will enable you to build on your Emergency Practitioner studies to further develop your clinical role in relation to research and workforce development areas such as clinical leadership, prescribing, mental health and long term conditions. You will select either specific prescribing or option modules to reflect your practice role. You will also complete a core module (6HW032) giving a total of 60 credits in year 2.

Prescribing Studies - this unique pathway will offer a non-medical prescribing qualification (V300) as part of the course. Specific modules are aligned to the prescribing qualification. You must meet specific professional entry requirements (NMC or HCPC) as a prerequisite to the non-medical prescribing course. Health service or industry nomination and support by a designated prescribing practitioner/assessor are expected in line with the professional standards which will underpin the award.

Progression to MSc Professional Practice in Healthcare

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Emergency practitioner will provide an opportunity to progress to the MSc Professional Practice in Healthcare following one of four pathways:


  • Speciality Practice
  • Research and Enterprise
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Leadership & Management

During these undergraduate studies you will demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and evidence based practice underpins healthcare practice. This will prepare you for further studies towards a Masters’ Degree.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The BSc (Hons) Emergency Practitioner course will help you achieve Emergency Practitioner skills and Graduate attributes highly sought after by employers across a variety of healthcare settings. This course will enable you to showcase your personal and professional development as an Emergency Practitioner and leader of healthcare services.

The structure of this top-up degree programme is unique in allowing individuals to build on previously attained academic credits to gain a graduate qualification which is recognised by UK healthcare employers.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!



Registration with an appropriate professional body.

You must have 120 credits at level 4 (certificate) and 120 credits at level 5 (diploma or foundation degree). A completed BSc / BA degree or higher award cannot be considered for these credits as they have already been claimed.


This award is aimed at experienced staff with a sound understanding of the general principles of emergency and urgent care who are now ready to develop into a more independent role in practice. You must have 2 years post registration experience as a Health Professional.


Applicants should apply direct to the University and if seeking support from an employer should agree this in advance of an application.


Please be aware that in order to apply you must have secured your own clinical placement area with appropriate mentor support before you submit an application.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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