BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development modules

All pathways of this programme offer the following awards:


To achieve this award you will need to earn 80 credits. All pathways share one core module at this level:

HEAD360 - Understanding evidence to inform clinical decision making

BSc (Hons) 

To achieve this award you will need to earn 120 credits. All pathways share at least two core modules at this level:

HEAD360 - Understanding evidence to inform clinical decision making

HEAD361 - Independent study

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

Graduate certificate

To achieve this you will need to earn 60 credits at degree level.

Graduate diploma

To achieve this you will need to earn 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.

Modules associated with BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development pathways

The modules listed here are the core pathway specific modules associated with the specialist pathways of our BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development programme. Some of these modules are run by University of Plymouth and others are run in partnership with NHS Trusts as part of the Health and Social Care Partnership Scheme - please check the module page for further information. 

These modules can also be taken as optional modules towards some or all of the other pathways - please check with the Professional Development Unit for further information.

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in Advancing Practice

HEAD355 – Leadership and innovation

HEAD366 – Integrated advancing practice in context

HEAD367 – The fundamentals of health assessment

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in Critical Care

HEAD327P – Applied physiology in critical illness

HEAD328P – Advanced concepts in critical care

HEAD329P – Core concepts in critical care

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in End of Life Care

HEAD344 – Enhancing end of life care & palliative care practice

HEAD354 – Facilitating patient centred care and choice through advanced communication skills (core for BSc (Hons) pathway only)

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in Long Term Conditions

ADV605 – Advancing the management of long term conditions

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in Mental Health

HEAD349 – Advanced psychosocial assessment and formulation

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in Neonatal Care

HEAC396 – Contemporary issues in the care of the newborn

HEAC397 – Intensive care for the neonate

BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development in Nursing   

HEAD362 – Clinical decision making in healthcare practice

HEAD363 Ethical and legal issues in healthcare practice 

Optional modules run by University of Plymouth

The following modules are run by University of Plymouth and can count as optional modules for some or all pathways of the BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development. Further information can be found on the module page: 

ADV608 – Supporting the needs of the frail older person

ADV609 – Facilitating collaborative patient management and flow

ADV610 – Leading professionals, managing aspirations for self and others

HEAC385 – The child and young person with mental health needs

HEAC393 – Newborn and infant examination (APL)

HEAD306 – Family planning and women's health

HEAD308 – Non-medical prescribing: independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)

HEAD331 – Preceptorship (APEL) 

HEAD351 – CBT interventions for mental health professionals (psychosis)

HEAD353 – Working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder

HEAD369 – Cardiovascular disease and stroke management in primary care

HEAD377 – Perinatal mental health

HEAD379 – Enhancing practice in paediatric palliative care

HEAD392 – Diabetes mellitus

HEAD382 - Minor illness and injuries - the principles and practice of management for unscheduled care

HEAD383 - Substance misuse and dual diagnosis

HEAD385 – Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - management in primary care 

HEAD387 - Surgical first assistant

HEAD391 - Work based learning 

HEAD397 - Emergency Nursing Care

MENT603 – AP(E)L Mentorship via distance learning route

MENT604 – Sign-off (nursing/midwifery) mentor APL

NMP603 / NMP703 – Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing

UEC603 – Mental health assessment in urgent, emergency and acute care

UEC604 – The child or young person requiring urgent or emergency care

UEC605 – Developing expertise in clinical practice

UEC607 – Urgent, emergency and critical care: leadership and innovation

Optional modules run in partnership with NHS Trusts 

The following modules are run in partnership with NHS Trusts as part of the Health and Social Care Partnership Scheme and can count as optional modules for some or all pathways of the BSc (Hons)/BSc Professional Development . Further information can be found on the module page:

HEA302 – The supervision of clinical practice - application of enhanced theory and skills

HEAB344 – Specialist approaches to palliative care and symptom management – enhanced practice

HEAB358 – Advancing practice in long term conditions management

HEAB366 – Enhanced Parkinson's disease management

HEAB370 – Mentorship

HEAB397 – Intermediate course in family therapy and systemic practice

HEAC312 – Foundation course in solution focused therapy

HEAC334 – Management of infection prevention

HEAC348 – Effective promotion of continence and management of incontinence

HEAC349 – Foundation level cognitive behavioural therapy skills

HEAC350 – Enhanced acute medical care for older adults

HEAC358 – Nursing the critically ill child in a general intensive care unit

HEAC371 – Specialist practice in stroke care

HEAC372 – Principles of gastro-intestinal nursing

HEAC375 – Specialist approaches to patient management in critical care

HEAC381 – Minor skin surgery practice

HEAD304 – Supporting people in loss, grief and bereavement - enhanced practice

HEAD330 – Capable practice in mental health care

HEAD339 – Tissue viability: Core knowledge for practice

HEAD340 – Stoma care

HEAD345 – Enhancing clinical research in practice

HEAD346 – Assessment, management and escalation of the acutely ill adult

HEAD347 – Advancing the care and support of the person with dementia and their carer

HEAD348 – Principles and practice of cardiothoracic surgical care

HEAD356 – Foundation course in family therapy

HEAD358 – Enhanced care of the patient requiring systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT)

HEAD359 – Specialist cancer care

HEAD375 – Holistic neonatal assessment and clinical management

HEAD378 – Haematology

HEAD381 - Adult elective orthopaedic nursing 

HEAD384 – Specialist cardiothoracic critical care

NURB363 – Gastro-intestinal endoscopy and related procedures for nurses (specialist skills)

NURC317 – Enhanced principles and practice of renal nursing

NURC318 – Enhanced principles and practice of renal nursing (specialist skills)

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Optional modules – Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

You may be able to accredit previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning, including e-learning as part of the degree pathway.
Find out more about the APL process