All applicants must have achieved a minimum of a first degree (2:2 or above), and should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics, English Language, Science, and provide evidence of IT skills. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics as an equivalent.
We will accept GCSE Science, Biology, Additional Science, Applied Science, Physics or Chemistry. BTEC Level 2 Science (Pass) as an acceptable equivalent.
We will accept the Manchester Met's Mathematics or Science Equivalency Test as an equivalence to GCSEs. We will only consider one equivalent (as outlined above), i.e. either Mathematics or Science, not both.
Applicants must evidence recent study within the last five years. Plus, evidence of relevant, practical experience through the pre-entry portfolio (detailed below).
International applicants must have achieved an overall score of 6.5 in the academic version of IELTS. You should not achieve less than the equivalent of an IELTS academic score of 6.5 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language.
All successful applicants will complete a Rehabilitation of Offenders form, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health Clearance.
All applications are considered by the admission team on an individual basis; consideration throughout the application process and during interview is also given to relevant additional educational achievements, life experience and transferable skills, alongside references, personal statements (utilising an annually reviewed checklist in accordance with values based recruitment criteria set by the NHS) and the overall interview score.
Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate an insight into your chosen field of Nursing, including an understanding of care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care. You should describe the concept of a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, and an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses. An awareness of the NMC Code and the vision for the training of the future nurse and how this can support the delivery of high quality person centred care should be included. You should convey your ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrate motivation and a commitment to preparing to study as a nurse, demonstrating an ability to solve problems and to think creatively in conveying a capacity for leadership and how this is important in the nursing profession.
Pre-entry Portfolio: mandatory prior study and relevant experience
What is the portfolio and why do I need it?
As this course is an accelerated two-year programme, in order to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) requirement of 4,600 total minimum hours for registration, successful applicants must complete 1,000 hours of both theory and practice prior to entry on the course, in addition to the above entry requirements. The 1,000 hours are to be documented and evidenced in your pre-entry portfolio.
What does the portfolio consist of?
The pre-entry portfolio amounts to 500 hours of care related experience (practice) and 500 hours of academic study (theory) associated with the programme outcomes.
For your practice-based experience, you can undertake paid or voluntary work experience in a variety of care and health settings. For independent theoretical learning, we will provide candidates with access to online learning resources following your interview.
For full guidance on gaining relevant experience and what evidence you’ll need to provide, please see the portfolio guidance document.
When should I complete and submit the portfolio?
You do not need to start your portfolio until after receiving your offer. Following your application and successful interview, you'll receive further guidance on what to include in the portfolio from our Admissions Tutor. Any offer will be conditional on the completion of the assessed portfolio guidance.
Candidates will be required to complete the portfolio (1000 hours) prior to enrolment. Completion will be verified by the Health Admissions team with the support of the programme team.
What happens once I have completed the portfolio?
Once you have completed the portfolio, scanned, and uploaded your evidence to support it you should contact Health Admissions so they can advise you as to the next steps. An academic panel will assess your portfolio of evidence, along with involvement of the external examiner for the programme. The criteria that will be assessed will be based upon:
- The 500 hours of care related experience are met.
- There is a range of evidence, which demonstrates reflection on learning related to the care related outcomes.
- The 500 theoretical related hours are met through previous study or the pre-learning workbooks.
- The portfolio has been supported by a registered professional and verified.
The academic admissions team will ensure candidates are provided with pre-entry information regarding the portfolio at the application stage. This will clearly outline the requirements to meet the 1,000 hours of prior theoretical and practice based learning and provide the candidates with sufficient opportunities to meet this admission criteria.
This course will start on 18 January 2021.
On this two-year full-time course you'll spend 42 weeks per year at University or on placement. Your time will be split equally between practical and theory.
You’ll explore topics such as anatomy, your responsibilities as a nurse, and disease prevention. At the beginning of the course, you’ll learn practical skills, from taking blood pressure to injection techniques.
Practical sessions usually take place in our Clinical Simulation Suite, which features ward bays equipped with the same technology and patient support systems you’ll find in hospital settings.
Scenarios that we’ve set our students in the past include major trauma management, with a patient involved in a motorbike accident who needs stabilising, emergency care with a patient who has suffered a heart attack, and ward management to show you the daily life of a nurse working a shift on a busy ward.
In our simulation laboratories, you’ll find human patient simulators, which we also use for scenario-based learning. These simulators can talk, cry, sweat, bleed and blink, and they have chest sounds, heart sounds, pulses and blood pressure.
At Manchester Met, all of our teaching team in the Department of Nursing have been practising nurses, health visitors or advanced practitioners at some point in their careers. Some of their specialist areas include nutrition, stroke rehabilitation, acute and emergency care, palliative and cancer care, dementia, and mental health.
Most of our academic staff still practice and work shifts in their specialist areas, alongside their roles at Manchester Met. This helps to make sure that the skills they teach you in the classroom are real, relevant and up-to-date with current NHS standards.
In your first year, you'll cover the following units:
- Person-Centred Nursing
- Local and Global Health
- Enquiry and Evaluation
- Assessing and Planning Person-Centred Nursing
- Resilience and Relationships
- Delivering and Evaluating Person-Centred Nursing
For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.
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Person Centred Nursing
On this unit, we'll teach you the relevant content to enable you to understand the history and theories of person centred nursing.
You'll learn fundamental communication skills required when working with and delivering care to a diverse population. We'll teach you preparation for practice skills, enabling you to be prepared for practice and focus on how person centred nursing might work in practice, while adhering to policies which might impact it (including the NMC Code (2018), consent and legal issues which are field specific). You'll explore the importance of safeguarding, identifying issues around safeguarding and how to deal with them. You'll be offered a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment in line with University strategy.
Local and Global Health
In this unit, you'll focus on the causal factors, implications and multi-agency responses to local and global health issues. You'll develop a critical understanding of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing and the influence of health systems and policy makers on health outcomes. And you'll explore health promotion strategies which influence and support individuals, groups and communities to develop their own strengths and abilities to protect their health and wellbeing. You'll be offered a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment in line with University strategy.
Enquiry and Evaluation
In this unit, you'll explore applied research methods and how critical thinking skills can be developed in transferring evidence to practice. You'll examine evidence to inform decision-making and focus on examples in health screening programmes and end of life care with particular reference to wider social and family networks.
Assessing and Planning Person-Centred Nursing
In this unit, you'll focus on the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect person-centred assessing and planning of the individual’s holistic health and social care needs in nursing. You'll use evidence from clinical practice in the unit assessment.
Resilience and Relationships
Through this unit, we'll enable you to demonstrate and effectively explore professional practice issues, specifically in field specific nursing. You'll critically examine communications skills, therapeutic engagement and working within an interprofessional team. You'll use self-awareness and skills of reflective practice to inform the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.
Delivering and Evaluating Person-Centred Nursing
In this unit, you'll focus on the assessment, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based, person-centred, health and social care in nursing. You'll develop knowledge and skills in managing, coordinating and critically evaluating person-centred interventions. You'll use evidence from clinical practice in the unit assessment.
In your second year, you'll cover the following units:
- Fieldcraft Skills
- Leading and Improving Care
- Supervised Independent Study Project
For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.
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In this unit, we'll focus on developing your knowledge and skills in medicines management in accordance with professional and regulatory standards. This theoretical unit supports the your safe and competent practice demonstrated in the placement setting.
Leading and Improving Care
In this unit, you'll critically reflect upon the overall leadership and management of care in a contemporary healthcare system whilst recognising the fundamental challenges in improving care for patients, families and caregivers. In addition, you'll explore the principles of enhanced communication strategies inclusive of the concepts of human factors that influence care delivery. In order to lead and improve care, you'll engage in the models of clinical governance, organisational change, public protection, concepts of risk and quality improvement frameworks whilst ensuring partnership, collaboration and interagency working across all relevant sectors.
Supervised Independent Study Project
In this unit, you'll build upon your year one Project Proposal from the Enquiry and Evaluation unit, turning it into a critical piece of work which relates to your chosen field of nursing. We ensure the content of this unit is contemporary, and responsive to current policy and practice developments. You'll learn how an initial project proposal is developed and discover different options to develop your knowledge in a certain field or speciality.
Additional information about this course
Health checks: You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations.
Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.
Professional Suitability: students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.
Course specific regulations: Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.
Placements are normally allocated and arranged by the University in partnership with local health and social care providers. A range of practice opportunities will be provided to students to work towards attaining the required 1800 hours required by the regulatory body for registration. This normally equates to half of the course.