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BSc (Honours) Nursing

The Open University Nursing, The pre-registration nursing programme1 is a flexible, practice-based learning route leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the award of BSc (Hons) Nursing. The programme takes an innovative approach where students learn through a balanced mix of theory and practice, focusing on either adult or mental health nursing.

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Q73)
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing (Q74)

The Open University Nursing, The programme addresses the NMC requirements for entry to the nursing professional register. It is available to students who are sponsored by their employers and employed in healthcare practice. It provides a unique opportunity to become a registered nurse while remaining employed in the workplace. You’ll study the essential concepts underpinning healthcare practice and demonstrate the required competencies in practice-based contexts. You’ll also gain wide-ranging transferable skills, including the ability to use information effectively. For example, you’ll develop the critical skills you need to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice, and to analyse and understand healthcare practice from both person-centred and multidisciplinary perspectives. With the focus on person and family-centred care, you’ll develop and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills that meet service users’ rights to dignity and privacy in a compassionate and caring manner. You’ll also explore the professional context of nursing and healthcare practice; the promotion of healthy lifestyles; applied physiology across the life course; evidence-based practice; management and leadership and service improvement.

“The OU pre-registration nursing programme has meant we can tap into the talent of our healthcare support workers and develop them. This is a life-changing opportunity that maximises people’s potential by helping them develop personally and progress professionally. The OU’s pre-registration nursing programme is an excellent and effective way for us to support professional development for our staff, it works out well for everyone.” Helen Wisdom, Employer representative, NHS Shetland

How the programme works

The programme offers a part-time, high-quality opportunity to develop the skills of healthcare support workers and enhance practice competences and strengthen multi-professional practice; improve the quality of service delivery and meet future workforce needs; boost staff morale and recruitment and retention; invest in the workforce; widen participation in higher education; and make a real difference to the lives of service users.
The pre-registration nursing programme is a balance of theory and practice. We work in partnership with healthcare organisations and, as well as being a national provider of nurse education, the OU is also a local provider through its national/regional offices.
The programme commences in September every year and is multi-media facilitated and delivered in a unique fashion. The teaching is provided through learning resources and an online learning environment, and students are supported by a network of tutors in both academic and practice settings.

1The programme is available in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.