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Fundamentals of Primary Care Nursing (General Practice Nursing) - AdvDip / BSc / GradCert

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If you are new in post as a General Practice (GP) Nurse, this course will equip you with all the core skills required for the role. It is aligned to the HEE Career Framework for General Practice. The course will develop your clinical and academic skills and prepare you for a career in general practice....

  • Level Top-Up Pathways
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • Award AdvDip / BSc / GradCert
  • Start date September 2023
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


If you are new in post as a General Practice (GP) Nurse, this course will equip you with all the core skills required for the role. It is aligned to the HEE Career Framework for General Practice.

The course will develop your clinical and academic skills and prepare you for a career in general practice. Graduates of the programme work in a variety of GP organisations and across primary care settings.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This 12-month course includes contact days at the University, alongside online activities and supervised practice with a General Practice Nurse mentor. All General Practice Nurse skills are covered including immunisation, cytology and ear irrigation. There is a strong focus on consultation, communication and assessment skills as well as chronic disease management, underpinning physiology and motivational interviewing.

The course is delivered by experienced lecturers with a background in general practice and community nursing and supported by subject specialist lecturers. You will learn through a variety of methods including role play, debate and case study approaches. You will receive support for you and your mentor in practice to achieve the practical elements and will be supported by a personal tutor from the teaching team throughout the programme.

The course has been developed alongside Health Education England and other universities in the region to provide a quality assured standardised course for the General Practice Nurse workforce.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is regionally approved for General Practice Nurses
  • All your essential training and education will be in one place.
  • You'll benefit from learning in small groups, peer support and networking
  • You'll have support from an experienced teaching team
  • We have excellent links to practice

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Award: AdvDip

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: BSc

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: GradCert

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above depending on the route you wish to take. 

Entry requirements

To successfully apply for this course, you must:

  • Be a NMC Registered Nurse 
  • Be employed in General Practice
  • 120 Level 5 credits and 120 Level 4 credits are necessary to enrol for the BSc Award.
  • You will need the support of a Practice Assessor to support you in work based learning. 

Students who have a Dip HE or equivalent, but do not have any previous BCU credits will need to complete at least 100 credits to gain a BSc award. To achieve these 100 credits students need to complete, five x 20 credit modules at level 6, or by completing three modules at level 6 plus a 40-credit level 5 module. The 40 credit level 5 module comprises of a portfolio and is offered free of charge from BCU. Prospective students should contact the Academic Development Department to access this module. Please email Sherron Parkes to make an appointment.

Course in Depth


Level 6:

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

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This course is a 60 credit BSc top up degree. The award you graduate with will depend on your level of qualification on entry. For example, if you already have a diploma you will exit with a BSc, but you already have a degree you will exit with a Graduate Certificate.

You will be expected to commit one day a week to directed study and work-based learning. 

The course is delivered through a combination of remote learning and face to face sessions at City South Campus. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including a reflective portfolio, written assignments and presentations.

Experiential learning will be incorporated into all aspects of learning and teaching, which will encourage a reflective approach.  

Alongside individual tutorials, you'll also have the additional support of e-learning through the Moodle platform. Opportunities will be provided for simulated learning including role play, ‘hands on’ practical skills sessions using a range of simulation, video recording and playback.

Facilities & Staff


Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

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Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Sue Shortland

Associate Professor

Course leader Sue Shortland has over 20 years’ experience working in general practice as a General Practice Nurse and Advanced Practitioner. She is the RCGP Midlands Faculty Nurse representative and a member of the Regional General Practice Nurse Network.

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Course enquiries

For course enquiries please contact Sue Shortland on: