Healthcare Practice

Nurse with a patient

The Healthcare Practice course is designed for health professionals holding Diploma level qualifications including nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals. You should be on a professional healthcare register. The course is shaped to recognise your practice experience and will support you on your journey to gain a degree.

The course will enable you, within the context of lifelong learning in contemporary healthcare practice, to acquire cognitive and interpersonal skills to support the delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care.

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Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

30 weeks

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

30 weeks

The course consists of 60 SQQF credits at level 9 and 10. It has two routes BSc Healthcare Practice and BSc Healthcare Practice (Nursing) for registered nurses. Two of the modules, Lifelong Learning for Effective Practice and Leadership and Change, are core to both routes and studied together encouraging interprofessional learning and collaborative practice.

BSc Healthcare Practice

  • Lifelong Learning for Effective Practice
  • Professional Contexts in Developing Practice
  • Leadership and Change

BSc Healthcare Practice (Nursing)

  • Lifelong Learning for Effective Practice
  • Professional Contexts in Developing Nursing Practice
  • Leadership and Change

The course addresses a range of essential concepts for registered health practitioners which are embedded across the modules. The principle of lifelong learning and professional development is introduced in the first module building on the requirement to maintain professional registration through the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (2019) revalidation process or the Health and Care Professions Council (2020). The concepts of evidence for practice, quality improvement and leadership form the basis of your learning experience.

The course provides you with the opportunity to reflect upon, analyse and explore specific aspects of your practice, drawing upon your own experience and the relevant evidence base. You will develop the skills of lifelong learning, with the ability to reflect and analyse practice using contemporary evidence. You will also explore initiatives within your area of practice, exercise leadership skills and the facilitation of learning within your profession.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

You will learn within our virtual environment, CampusMoodle, and apply theoretical learning to your area of practice. You are required to have a reliable broadband connection and be able to participate with online learning.  In addition, effective word-processing, email and web search skills is recommended.

How long is a BSc Healthcare Practice course?

The BSc Healthcare Practice degree is taught over 30 weeks.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 40 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Seminars - 40 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Webinars - 40 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Tutorials - 12 - 15 students per group, 10 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 25 hours per week

Independent Study

Self-study time is an important part of your success, including learning in practice settings. You will be considered adult learners who need strong organisation and self-direction skills.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The majority of the lecturers who teach on this course are qualified Healthcare Professionals, many with an NMC recordable teaching qualification, with a wide range of experience from varied healthcare settings. They also have educational and research experience.


Typically students are assessed over the duration of the course:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 portfolio of evidence


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

With the changing context of healthcare and the fact that current healthcare professionals at the point of registration enter the profession with a first degree, many health and social care organisations are encouraging their existing workforce to top up their educational level to first degree. RGU developed this course to address specific skill requirements and to drive employability, supporting you to thrive throughout your career. 

Is studying healthcare practice a good career choice?

The course is suitable for experienced nurses, midwives and other allied health professionals.  On completion of the course you will have a demonstrable degree qualification to validate your experience to date and put you on an equal academic playing field with less experienced but degree qualified colleagues. 

In addition, paramedics require a degree to entre the profession as of 2021.  The majority of qualified paramedics in practice do not yet have a degree and are likely to require to top up to degree level as the service develops.


What are the entry requirements for a BSc Healthcare Practice degree?

Standard Entry Requirements

  • Equivalent of a Diploma in a health-related subject and three hundred credits, registered with the NMC; HCPC or equivalent. 

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 6.5 with no component lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic year 2022

Scottish Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2655

Rest of UK Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2655

EU Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2655

International Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £5490

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident  you can apply to SAAS for funding.

Nursing and Midwifery students who meet the criteria are entitled to a non-income-assessed bursary which is administered through the Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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