School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care

Enhance your career and learning opportunities with our specialist BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care. You will gain a broad range of academic and practice related skills on which to build your career and future studies. You will also benefit from a teaching team including academics, lecturer practitioners, and expert practitioners who have a wealth of experience in teaching and learning informed by research and professional practice.

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Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.


Key features

  • Become a challenging and critical thinking practitioner with a range of transferable skills who can effectively contribute to service enhancement in a community and primary care setting.
  • Find opportunities to transform services in your own clinical area and gain knowledge and appreciation of other professions, specialities and organisations who contribute to patient/client care.
  • Be supported to develop relationships with other healthcare professionals and work more effectively across professional and organisational boundaries to enhance patient/client care.
  • Use the best available evidence, contemporary knowledge and high-level clinical decision-making skills to underpin interventions.
  • Develop confidence, competence and emotional resilience to consistently exercise personal responsibility and professional accountability for decision making and the provision of high-quality safe care.
  • Undertake a programme that enables choice and values prior experiential learning and experience; targeted at the career development needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals.
  • Flexibly designed programme enabling you to ‘step on and step off’ over a five-year period in response to service need and professional circumstances.

Course details
  • Programme overview

  • This programme offers the awards of BSc /BSc (Hons), Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

    BSc – to achieve a BSc you will need to earn 80 credits by undertaking four 20 credit modules – three core and one optional

    BSc (Hons) – to achieve a BSc (Hons) you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking five modules – four 20 credit modules (one of which is optional) and one core 40 credit module

    Students who have previously obtained a health related degree at 2:2 or above are eligible to access the programme via the graduate certificate or graduate diploma route – please see panel below for further details.

    The module ‘HEAD361 – Independent study’ is only a core module for students who wish to achieve the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit the BSc (Hons)/ BSc Professional Development modules.

    Examples of optional modules (not exhaustive)

    ADV605 – Advancing the management of long term conditions
    HEAD338 – Clinical skills in community and primary care
    HEAD365 – Contemporary issues in health and social care

    Core modules

    • Understanding Evidence to Inform Clinical Decision Making (HEAD360)

      The module is designed to extend students' knowledge around evidence-informed decision making. This will be achieved through students identifying and evaluating a body of research-based evidence relevant to clinical practice.

    • Independent Study (HEAD361)

      This module extends knowledge of primary and secondary research and develops critical appraisal skills. Students construct an integrative literature review of a practice focused research topic.

    • Transition into General Practice (HEAD394)

      This module provides education to support professional development in general practice and primary care networks. Students will learn about and develop skills in delivering person-centred care with a focus on primary prevention, public health initiatives and health screening.

    • Embedding in General Practice (HEAD395)

      This module aims to equip those working in a general practice setting or primary care networks with the necessary generic practice skills to function in this environment.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Professional Development in Community and Primary Care pathway specification 6155

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

To be eligible for the BSc or BSc (Hons) programme you will need to be either a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (foundation degree /diploma of higher education).

If you wish to undertake the graduate certificate and graduate diploma award pathways you must already hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a health or health related subject.

If you wish to undertake any clinical skills modules you will need to be working in an environment where you can meet the learning outcomes.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice – minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.5 average with a minimum 5.5 in each category.

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

Extended entry requirements

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

The fee for this programme is dependant on the modules undertaken. Please see the relevant module webpages for further information.

How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

**COVID 19**

We are currently unable to access post on the main campus. Please send applications ONLY via email.

To apply for this programme please complete the application form and return via email to:


Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available from our International Office if you are an overseas student applying to the University.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

If you have previously obtained a health related honours degree at 2:2 or above, you are eligible to access this programme via the graduate certificate/diploma route:

Graduate Certificate Professional Development in Community and Primary Care - 60 credits at degree level

Graduate Diploma Professional Development in Community and Primary Care - 120 credits at degree level 

Students seeking to achieve either qualification will be required to achieve the specified number of credits by choosing from a range of pathway specific modules.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.