Institute of Health

BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies (Top Up)

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
18 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (1 year)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies top-up degree will enable you to learn more about nursing within the UK. You will study with fellow nurses from other countries and will be encouraged to consider your current practice through a critical lens in relation to the UK context of healthcare delivery.

Graduating with a BSc from this course will equip you with a qualification recognised both in the UK and internationally. Achievement of the course will enhance your career prospects in healthcare and further educational development opportunities at Master’s level.

The health service in the UK is a dynamic and challenging environment and the University has exceptional partnership collaborations. We can provide links to local healthcare providers so that you can experience the UK healthcare system first-hand, by applying for part-time employment as a health care assistant (this will be subject to any visa regulations and meeting healthcare provider requirements).

What happens on the course?

You will participate in a range of activities designed to enhance your knowledge of nursing in the UK, including:

  • Formal learning – We promote a blended approach to learning. Some core content will be delivered in the ‘face to face’ traditional teaching style but will include interactive activities to challenge your knowledge and practice.
  • Applying theory to practice – We use a variety of approaches to enhance your ability to evaluate, articulate and apply evidence to inform practice, e.g. critiquing of journal articles, informal presentation, viva voce examination, and skills in summarising key research findings for dissemination. You will have access to a range of electronic resources to investigate the influence and impact of global healthcare communities on national and local policy.
  • Research skills – You will be supported in the preparation of a detailed evidence based intervention or research proposal which will develop and expand your theoretical and practical thinking of the research process.

The ability to use digital resources and equipment is a key attribute of a graduate nurse and reflects the need for the healthcare worker to use advanced technologies in areas such as record keeping, delivery and management of care.

You will receive feedback as your progress through the course. Tutorial support is offered during preparation for assessment and structured assessment feedback will be provided following the final submission of assignments.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

You may decide that you would like to apply to work in the UK following the successful completion of your studies. If you wish to work as a qualified nurse in the UK you will need to successfully complete the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of Competence, which is offered at a variety of test centres in the UK (further details can be found on the NMC website). You will also be required to evidence your knowledge of English. One of the ways to do this is through the completion of the Occupational English Test (OET). You can access the OET preparation module at the University of Wolverhampton whilst studying this course (additional costs apply).

The OET module familiarises you with the examination skills, language skills, strategies, English vocabulary and grammatical structures needed to take the Occupational English Test (OET). You will be trained in all sections of the exam and have the opportunity to carry out exam practice in cooperation with other students. Experienced OET tutors will monitor the module, taking part in online discussions and seminars, ensuring all students engage. There will be an additional charge for undertaking the OET module and for undertaking the test.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The University of Wolverhampton attracts over 23,000 students every year who have made Wolverhampton their choice because of its innovative technology, depth of staff expertise and employer-responsive courses. Wolverhampton is situated in the heart of England with a wealth of transport connections, so students will be less than 20 minutes from Birmingham, one hour from Manchester, and less than two hours from London.

Academic quality and standards at the University have been highly commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which reviews UK higher education teaching. The University was praised for its 'regard for the student voice' and the QAA concluded that confidence could be placed in management of academic standards and the high quality of learning experiences available to students.

Our award-winning IT provision at the University provides a range of IT facilities and library resources to support students in their studies, including an extensive computer provision, wireless Internet, remote-access email, equipment for disabled students, and dedicated staff giving round-the-clock support to students.

A short walk from City Campus is the centre of the Wolverhampton where you will find an award winning art gallery that houses a nationally acclaimed pop art collection, the largest outside of London; lots of cafes, bars, and restaurants, together with all the shops you will need ranging from food and clothing stores to household and electrical goods.

The aims of the BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies course are listed below.

  1. Enhance your nursing knowledge, skills, and attributes during a one-year programme of study that meets the requirements of an honour’s degree. The complete one-year award is comprised of six modules, and you will be awarded 120 credits at academic level 6 (see Framework for Higher Education Qualifications -
  2. Promote your development as a critical, reflexive practitioner applying reflective practice to professional decision-making and undertaking learning that also recognises the value of prior achievement. This approach aims to nurture the ‘thinking practitioner’ with problem solving skills, which, in conjunction with clinical judgement, will support excellence in nursing practice.
  3. Develop your ability to apply critical analysis to techniques of scientific enquiry, enabling the interpretation and application of evidence to nursing practice within a range of care settings.
  4. Enable you to demonstrate the academic and transferable key skills within the lifelong learning context, whilst reflecting on your role in clinical practice across a range of healthcare settings.  
  5. Foster the development of independent study capabilities through the use of research methods employing critical analysis and evidence-based enquiry.


Location Mode Fee Year
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

 Entry Requirements:

  • For the BSc (Hons) you must have 120 credits at level 4 (Certificate) and 120 credits at level 5 (Diploma) from a health care related programme of study. Prospective students who do not meet this requirement may be able to complete module 5NH025 Challenges to Health and Wellbeing as a stand-alone module to provide a route through to degree level study for international students whose home diploma / degree does not equate to level 5.
    • Applicants must have a nursing qualification recognised in their own country of origin.
  • Experience of working as a qualified nurse within the last 12 months.
  • An appropriate visa for entry to study in the UK.
  • Where English is not a first language applicants are expected to achieve IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 and 6.5 in all elements.
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    If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


    Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

    If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

    We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

    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.

    Bursaries and Scholarships:

    In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

    You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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