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

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....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.

Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Top-Up Pathways
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • Award AdvDip / BSc / GradCert
  • Start date September 2021
  • 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

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: AdvDip

Starting: Sep 2021

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

Award: BSc

Starting: Sep 2021

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

Award: GradCert

Starting: Sep 2021

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

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 Personal 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):

This core module is designed to support students new to primary or community care settings to develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely and provide high quality care in making the transition into the primary care and community environment. Students may be newly qualified and embarking on their first post or may have transferred from acute or other clinical backgrounds. This module can be accessed as a stand-alone module.

This module complements the Primary and Community Care Nursing: Core Skills module PHE6091 and PHE 6093. The module is designed to enable students to develop knowledge and skills to underpin the development of their career in primary and community care settings. It incorporates modern policy initiatives, leadership skills and the knowledge required to deliver evidence based high quality services within the primary care working environment.

This module builds on the foundation provided by the Primary Care Nursing Core and Professional Practice modules. The module is designed to enable students to develop knowledge and skills particularly related to the management of Long Term Conditions.

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 and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration nurses and midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, 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 SIM men and SIM baby manikins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. 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.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

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.

More about Sue


Course enquiries

For course enquiries please contact Sue Shortland on: