2 years full-time
Healthcare is changing rapidly. Technology is advancing and, as people live longer, healthcare needs are becoming more complex with an increasing focus on caring for people in the community.
Our course has been developed in close collaboration with our service partners and users, and is delivered by approachable and supportive staff with a national reputation for developing award-winning nurses. The benefits of this innovative course include the opportunity to study nursing in an environment of exceptional teaching and learning. This course allows graduates a fast track to professional registration as a nurse.
The Postgraduate Diploma prepares you for your future role as a skilled and reflective adult nurse, able to use sound clinical judgement to deliver thoughtful, compassionate, evidence-based care to enhance the future health and wellbeing of the communities you serve.
As a nursing student in the Department of Health Sciences you will experience the benefits of a large, multidisciplinary department offering a broad range of taught and research courses, combined with extensive practice experience in the health and social care field.
With a combination of tutor support, mentor guidance in placements and excellent teaching facilities we can help you get the very best out of your time in York, ensuring you develop your knowledge and skills as well as confidence in your role as a nurse.
Our innovative course uses various teaching methods, from lectures and group work, to presentation and simulation-based education. We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit. This is a series of rooms which replicate a number of areas where you could work including a fully-equipped four-bedded ward complete with a range of equipment for you to practice on, community bedrooms and living rooms. These allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment.
This course can allow you to ‘fast track’ to professional registration as a nurse.
Part 1 (March to September, Year 1)
Part 2 (September to July, Year 1 into Year 2)
Part 3 (July to September, Year 2)
After successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma with Professional Registration (Adult), you may, at a later stage, top up your qualification to a Masters in Nursing (Adult) through the Recognition of Prior Learning route by undertaking a 60 credit Service Improvement Project. If you do decide to top up to the Masters, the fees for this additional element of study will need to be paid either by you or your employer.
Our focus is on making your learning relevant to your nursing practice.
Teaching staff will help and support you to develop your skills. You will learn in lectures, seminars and working groups. Cooperative learning groups (CLGs) are used as a way of integrating you into the nursing community by developing your professional identity. You will stay in the same CLG for the whole of your course.
You will undertake a variety of practice experiences that will help to build and shape your knowledge and skills. These experiences could be anywhere within the region. You will work with a diverse range of people from different cultures who live in a variety of environments.
You will be attached to an experienced mentor who will help to guide and assess your practice and knowledge and who will also be a source of support and reassurance. You will also have a link lecturer from the University to ensure you receive continuous support.
Practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours of the day; you will be required to work a full pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts.
You will be assessed in both theory and practice elements throughout the course. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.
A variety of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, reports, simulated scenarios and examinations will be used. You will be given individual written assessment feedback for every piece of assessed work with the exception of closed examinations. You may also be given verbal feedback either on a one-to-one basis with an academic member of staff or as part of a group exercise.
Your practice experience will be assessed by your designated mentor who will be able to observe you develop confidence and skills throughout your placement experience.
Students from the Department of Health Sciences have an excellent record in achieving immediate employment after completion of their course. Most go into careers with NHS trusts in the region and in other areas of Northern England as well as other NHS organisations in the UK.
Aspiring to make a valuable contribution to modern healthcare, you will be caring and compassionate and committed to making a real difference to people’s lives.
You will normally possess a 2:1 honours degree in a health related subject and GCSEs in Maths, English Language and Science (grade A*-C). You will normally be able to demonstrate 600 hours of healthcare related experience. This may include experience of healthcare support work, voluntary work overseas, befriending older people and charity work (eg with Age UK, Shelter, St Johns Ambulance).
Healthcare related subjects include:
Alternative subjects will be considered on an individual basis.
Healthcare related experience includes:
Alternative experience will be considered on an individual basis.
If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.