Back in September 2008, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ratified proposals to make nursing an all-graduate profession. As a result of their decision, universities who offer qualifications at diploma level will be phasing out these courses over the next couple of years. All nurse training courses will be offered at degree level from September 2013.
When is Birmingham City University phasing out its pre-registration nursing diploma?
Birmingham City University is already in the process of phasing out our nursing diploma qualifications. The children’s nursing branch of the diploma course will cease to be offered after April 2010, and the other branches (adult, mental health and learning disabilities nursing) will not be offered again after the final intake in April 2011.
Does Birmingham City University offer a pre-registration nursing degree?
Yes. The University already has a well-established nursing degree course which offers training in all four branch specialisms and this course continues to go from strength to strength, providing students with the knowledge and skills they need in order to succeed in becoming a qualified nurse.
Continue reading New Era for Nurse Training Courses
If you have a degree but not in Law and you would like to pursue a career in the legal sector as a barrister or solicitor our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme will help you achieve your goal. The GDL also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE) satisfied the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)for intending Solicitors and the General Council of the Bar (for Barristers) as completion of the academic stage of training. It can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.
We are holding two open days designed to help you find out more about the GDL and about career opportunities in law. Come along and speak to staff and current students, experience a mini-teaching session, and pick up some literature about the course.
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
1-3pm and 6-8pm
Room D123 (Dawson Building)
City North Campus
Wednesday 10th March 2010
1-3pm and 6-8pm
Room C116 (Cox Building)
City North Campus
For more information, contact 0121 331 6248/5640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choices adviser Shona McQuillan answers some frequently asked questions about two of Birmingham City University’s popular undergraduate nursing programmes.
What’s the main difference between the nursing degree (BSc Hons) and diploma (Dip HE) courses?
The main difference between the courses is the academic level at which students complete their studies. Students on the diploma course complete a total of 72 credits at level 4 and 168 credits at level 5 throughout the course. Degree students complete 120 credits in each year of the course, studying at level 4 in year one, level 5 in year two and level 6 in year three. The degree course, therefore, is more academically intensive than the diploma course. This is reflected in the degree requiring students to have higher entry qualifications than for the diploma. Find out more about the minimum entry requirements for both courses by clicking on the course titles here.
Is the diploma course more practical than the degree?
Not really. Both courses consist of 50 percent theory and 50 percent practice. Continue reading Q&A: Nursing degree and diploma – the differences?
If you’ve firmly accepted an offer of a place at Birmingham City University on either our Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing or Graduate Diploma in Nursing course commencing in April 2009, please ensure that you complete and submit the required paperwork for your Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and occupational health forms if you’ve not already done so. (Please note that if you’ve only very recently firmly accepted your offer and are awaiting the necessary paperwork for occupational health and CRB Disclosure, the faculty should be sending these to you shortly). It’s important that you do this now so that the necessary clearances, financial support and accommodation (if appropriate) can be processed or allocated in a timely manner.
You should receive information separately about applying for the NHS Bursary directly from the NHS Student Grants Unit whom we notify of your acceptance of offer once this information has been received from UCAS. Please act upon this information once you receive it.
If you wish to apply for university accommodation, you can do so online at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/accommodation/application.html.
If satisfactory CRB and occupational health clearances have not been received by the time you start the course, there could be delays in allowing you out on clinical placements and you won’t be able to fully enrol as a student of the University. If your bursary is delayed, you will need to have sufficient funds of your own to cover your living costs until such time that bursary funding has been confirmed. Don’t leave it until the last minute to send off this important paperwork – sorting it now can avoid such problems!
When considering studying at university, many people think about the benefits of embarking on a course which will allow them to not only progress academically, but one which will prepare them for a specific profession. The healthcare field provides challenging, rewarding and fulfilling careers to many people who enter into a variety of different roles, from clinical or medical through to more general support services.
Here, we look at key information for a number of health-related courses which offer both professionally focused and more general routes for prospective students seeking out opportunities in healthcare. For links to further information about careers in these different areas, please visit here.
Nursing is a highly rewarding career. Qualified nurses to work closely with patients to support then in the delivery of their care and administer treatment. Nurses work closely with members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team and have a crucial role in the planning and delivery of client care. With options to initially train in one of four branch specialisms: Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, qualified nurses may then progress to further specialise within their professional area.
Continue reading Think about: studying for a career in health
Over recent years, part-time study has become more appealing to a large number of people. Increased interest generated by employers’ staff development needs and individuals’ desires to further themselves educationally at various stages of their lives has seen Higher Education course providers move to offer more flexible study modes in addition to their full-time course provision to respond to this need.Part-time courses can range from short practical courses, professional qualifications and vocational studies through to academic courses at bachelors and masters degree level. Some courses may allow students to prepare for a change in their career or enhance their current one. Students may be able to study on a day release basis, in the evenings or at weekends depending on the course itself.
The benefits of part-time study mean that students with other commitments – whether work or family – have greater opportunities to access courses which accommodate these more effectively.
Funding part-time study
Financially, many part-time courses are more cost effective than full-time study in terms of actual fee amounts charged and the ability to pay for the course over a longer period of time. Some students may be able to gain funding from their employer if the course they are studying is relevant to their professional development and their employer agrees to this. Other students may be able to gain support for funding for eligible courses via their Local Education Authority. Continue reading Thinking About Studying for a Part-time Course?