Level 5 Professional Diploma of Nursing QCF Level 5


UKAP code

Year of entry

3 years full time




Please note: We are unable to consider students for 2016 entry who are not eligible for a Department of Health bursary for this programme. 

Why choose this course?

·       This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as an adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

·       This diploma course is ideal if you are interested in a career in frontline or specialist nursing.

·       Our academic team members come from diverse backgrounds specific to adult nursing including cancer, dementia care, ICU, A&E, neuro, acute medicine and surgery, community (district nurse, health visitor), sexual health and respiratory nursing.

·       Our state-of-the-art simulation suites provide you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills in caring for adults through highly realistic simulations and role play. You will also have opportunities to learn with, and from, midwifery students and lecturers in simulations and share learning with the child, learning disability and mental health student nurses to enhance your skills in caring for clients from these fields.

·       Many members of our adult nursing teaching team have contributed to the latest Essentials of Nursing Practice textbook.

·       You will gain practice experience in an area of London which includes an acute hospital and you will have opportunities to work in the community.

·       You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective placement at the end of your second year.


About adult nursing

Adult nursing is a person-centred profession with the primary aim of promoting the wellbeing and social inclusion of all people through improving or maintaining physical and mental health(Department of Health, 2010). Adult nurses provide care for people over the age of 18 and increasingly for older people with complex conditions. They may also care for people with a mental health condition or learning disability, or children. Adult nurses work in a range of settings including A&E, critical care, medical and surgical wards, rehabilitation units, hospices, nursing homes, GP practices and in people's own homes.


What you will study

In the first year, you will be introduced to the foundations of nursing and healthcare; while in the second year you will develop your understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision-making. You will examine holistic care across the life span related to all nursing fields and then build on this further, focusing on acute and long-term care within adult nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to adult nursing.

In your final year you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1

·       Science for Nursing

·       Context in Nursing

·       Foundations of Adult Nursing

·       Nursing Practice Part 1

Year 2

·       Person-centred Care

·       Care of the Acutely Ill Adult

·       Long Term Conditions in Adult Nursing

·       Nursing Practice Part 2

Year 3

·       Transition to Professional Practice in Adult Nursing

·       Complexities of Adult Nursing

·       Developing Evidence-based Practice

·       Nursing Practice Part 3

Constants/themes throughout the programme

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole programme:

Professional values

·       The '6Cs'

·       Quality of life

·       Safeguarding and risk

·       Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice



Communication and interpersonal skills

·       Study skills

·       Managing and maintaining relationships

·       Ethics and law

·       Self-awareness and reflection

·       Psychology/behavioural sciences

Nursing practice and decision-making

·       Numeracy

·       Pharmacology and medicines management

·       Care needs across the life span

·       Life sciences

·       Nursing skills

·       Creativity and problem solving skills

·       Research and evidence-based practice

Leadership, management and team working

·       Inter-professional working

·       Clinical governance

·       Employability


Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars and practical classes, backed up by computer-assisted learning, problem-based learning and self-directed study. Some modules are taught at UKAP. You will work with hospital and community of Nursing, other healthcare professionals, and have contact with patients.

 Becoming a pharmacist

To become a pharmacist you need to:

  • ·       achieve an accredited four-year diploma in nursing;
  • ·       satisfactorily complete a year of pre-registration training in approved nursing establishments; and
  • ·       pass the DETC professional registration exam.
  • This course's accreditation means that if you graduate with a  Nursing Diploma from UKAP you can:
  • ·       progress to register for your pre-registration training; and
  • ·       after carrying out your pre-registration experience and passing the DETC registration exam, go on to become a pharmacist in Great Britain or elsewhere you need to register if required.
  • You can then work as a pharmacist in a hospital, community of Nursing. A number of other healthcare-related jobs will also be open to you.

Courses available after you graduate


If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.


Here are some courses that might interest you:

Nursing MSc



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