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Institute of Health

Nursing Studies (Orthopaedic Care)

BSc Part-time 1 year

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in order to lead and deliver care to patients/clients with acute and/or long-term musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in order to lead and deliver care to patients/clients with acute and/or long-term musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 24 September 2020
  • Award BSc
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in order to lead and deliver care to patients/clients with acute and/or long-term musculoskeletal conditions or injuries. You will study 60 specialist credits in Trauma and Orthopaedic Care to equip you with a standard that is valued by employers seeking to recruit nurses to these services.

The course is subject to a minimum number of confirmed students.

What happens on the course?

Course content will focus on the provision of individualised holistic care, based on a sound knowledge of pathophysiology, trauma management and a range of long term musculoskeletal conditions, with an emphasis on current evidence for orthopaedic practice. 

Leading and Delivering Specialist Care (6HW011)
(September to May – year long)
This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate specialist orthopaedic care and professional practice through assessment of competency and a reflective portfolio.
 Module content includes:
Searching, interpreting and applying evidence to inform practice; Practice development; reflective analysis; portfolio development.
Assessment Details:
1.         10 specialist practice outcomes* whilst continuing to work in your normal practice setting (Pass/Refer) *you will require a practice mentor to assess your practice.
2          A reflective portfolio of evidence (100%) which supports your competency in orthopaedic practice.
Supporting Long-term care (6HW017)
(September to January - Semester 1)
You will focus on the care and management of patients with a range of long term musculoskeletal conditions, evaluating current guidelines and evidence underpinning assessment, diagnosis and treatment strategies.Module content includes:
Orthopaedic care across the lifespan; pathophysiology; musculoskeletal assessment; options in initial management; complications; working in a multi professional team.
Assessment Details:
A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to orthopaedic care for an individual (and his/her family).
Enhancing Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW014)
(January to May - Semester 2)
You will study pathophysiology and evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to trauma and emergency management in orthopaedic care. Module content includes:
Trauma and emergency orthopaedic care; management and treatment methods; consequences of pathophysiology; ongoing prevention and management of acute and longer term complications.  
Assessment Details:
1.         A written report on an aspect of practice (50%)
2.          An oral assessment of your ability to articulate your learning and apply to practice (50%)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The impact of recent change and modernisation on the health services has inevitably affected the management of care. Many healthcare professionals will need to be able to work across care settings and manage large patient groups with co-morbidities. This is reflected in the flexibility of the award.

As the nursing profession becomes all-graduate, studying this award ensures you will have a similar qualification to newly registered nurses and will enable you to guide and support future nursing students.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You should study the Orthopaedic Care Course with us as it provides an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into your practice whilst also gaining a (non Honours) degree qualification.

Your specialist modules are firmly reflective of service provision and coursework is clinically focused with an emphasis on service improvement.

The course provides you with a variety of flexible learning opportunities which are soundly based in the orthopaedic care arena.

As a student of the University, you may enjoy the support of a virtual learning environment that allows you to study at a time and place most convenient to you.

This programme covers a variety of skills important for the development of a qualified nurse in a way which brings together theory and practice. Graduate nurses will reflect a knowledgeable and enterprising approach to healthcare and adopt a critical, analytical and imaginative approach to nursing practice.

  1. Critically reflect on professional expertise, clinical judgement and ethical decision-making skills used in the collaborative provision of healthcare in the multicultural setting.
  2. Critically appraise the research underpinning nursing practice and modern healthcare and apply knowledge in an enterprising way (including the use of advanced technologies appropriate to the role).
  3. Critically evaluate strategies of leadership and communication and the influence of personal and professional values in leading, and taking a substantial role in the local, national and global community.
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe environment.
  5. Critically reflect on the role of continuing professional development and strategies for career advancement.
  6. Critically reflect on the role of the nurse as a role-model to provide guidance and support; to nurture their own and others intellectual curiosity in accordance with the Professional Code.

  • You must have evidence of current UK NMC registration.
  • For the BSc (non Hons) you must have 120 credits at level 4 (certificate) and 120 credits at level 5 (diploma).
  • Applicants should apply direct to the University and if seeking support from an employer should agree this in advance of an application.

I've really appreciated the time you've spent and the knowledge you've given me in the past 18 mths. The 3 years as a student nurse gave me the foundations to practice but the last 18 mths with the specialised orthopaedic and acute modules has given me the skills and knowledge to manage and oversee good orthopaedic care, support other nurses and act quickly and appropriately when patients deteriorate or are compromised.

Sharon, BSc Nursing Studies (Orthopaedic Care) graduate


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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