On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, lecturer practitioners who work at the university and in practice as Advanced Nurse Practitioners, other and other qualified healthcare professionals.
The course will facilitate the development of your critical appraisal, analytical and reflective skills, and enable you to integrate new advanced clinical skills and knowledge with your existing experience within your practice setting, in order to support the provision of high quality care and service delivery as an autonomous practitioner within a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
This part-time course has six taught units. You'll need to attend university once a week during term time over the two years.
Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to undertake the top-up MA Advanced Practice programme, which will further enhance your leadership and management and service development skills. This Master's programme will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a service improvement project, aimed at developing patient-centred care and improving service delivery within your own organisation.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for PGDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background & Experience
For Advanced Nurse Practitioner we are looking for applicants who:
- Possess clinical competence beyond that of a newly qualified nurse (minimum of three years).
- Display enthusiasm and motivation to develop their roles as advanced nurse practitioners.
- Have an understanding of advanced practice.
- Have the ability to plan and pursue their own professional development in order to meet the requirements of the programme.
- Are able to maintain a high level of clinical practice within their nursing roles.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
- Possession of a degree, diploma, or equivalent
- A minimum of three years' experience working as a qualified nurse
- Currently working in practice for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
International entry requirements
International students are welcome on this course if they are currently working in practice in the UK. Unfortunately we can not accept applications from international students unless you meet this criteria, this is due to the high level of interaction with clinical practice throughout the course.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (academic) 6.0 or above with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.
How to apply
How you apply for this course, depends how the course will be funded:
- Funded places (NHS Contract): If you are being paid for by the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) NHS Contract - applications for these contract places are dealt with through your Line Manager and they will arrange for you to complete the relevant paperwork/application form.
- Self-funded or Direct Purchase and Employer funded/sponsored (outside of NHS Contract Agreement) - you can apply directly to the university for this course by clicking the 'apply now' icon above and downloading the application form.
After completing this course you will have met the nationally recognised advanced level nursing criteria and will be in a position to practice as an advanced nurse practitioner.
Career progression may lead to you becoming an:
- Advanced nurse practitioner
- Academic lecturer
- Academic researcher.
Industries you could work in
- NHS (hospital and community)
- Private and independent healthcare sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
- Academic research.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Postgraduate Diploma, you can look into our range of Master's programmes.