BSc Professional Nursing Studies

  1. UCAS code:
    1yr Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
  3. Application Deadline
    26th June 2016

Course Overview

international nursing course in a hospital

The BSc Professional Nursing Studies degree is a full-time programme, taught over one or two years depending on previous academic achievements.

This new nursing course offers qualified international nurses (not registered nursing assistants) experience of working in a UK healthcare setting and the opportunity to study in the vibrant city of Swansea. Optional modules are also available for qualified international nurses to study alongside UK registered nurses. At present, this course does not offer NMC registration.

Key Features

We are fortunate to have the full support of a large number of healthcare providers and are able, subject to criteria, to offer a wide range of clinical experiences to international nursing students within south west Wales.

Lecturers on our nursing course for international students have a variety of expertise. You may be taught by nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and patients.  Our expert nursing teaching staff all have professional healthcare qualifications.



The BSc Professional Nursing Studies degree is a full-time programme, taught over one or two years depending on previous academic achievements.

The degree integrates theory and practice which will be underpinned by work based learning. Teaching will include lectures and tutorials which present information, instigate discussion, and guide reading and further study.

Students will become independent learners and are encouraged to use an enquiry-based approach to problem solving by learning through:

  • Enquiry and work based learning
  • Clinically-based scenarios
  • Small group work

The use of reflective discussion, debates, seminars and student presentations will allow students to develop critical thinking and team working skills.

The curriculum is designed to allow students to link theory and practice.  The clinical knowledge that students gain throughout the degree will be appropriate to their existing qualifications.


Entry Requirements

To apply you must be a qualified nurse eligible for nurse registration in your country of origin, meet UKBA visa requirements, hold a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check or obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from your home country), be eligible to study at level five or six at Swansea University and have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component.

Prospective students with overall IELTS scores of 5.5 can apply to study our pre-sessional English course which will commence in July. Students on this pathway must successfully complete the English course, as well as obtain the required IELTS score, as above, through the internal English test in order to progress to the BSc Professional Nursing Studies programme.

Pre-requisite for the clinical placement module: Students must have achieved an IELTS score or a Swansea University equivalent of 6.5 in both Speaking and Listening by the end of the first semester in order to undertake this module. Otherwise, an alternative module with no clinical placement will be offered.

How To Apply

You will need to include copies of the following (translated) documents/information in your application:

  • Passport
  • ALL professional and academic certificates
  • Two Professional character References and a certificate of good conduct
  • IELTS scoring – Including individual scores for each component
  • Evidence of childhood vaccinations (including MMR Hep B, Hep C,  HIV. Certificate clear of TB and Hepatitis, Blood screening tests for HEP B, HEP C , Varicella zoster, Rubella,  HIV)
  • ALL applicants MUST clearly state which pathway you are applying for, E.g Level 5 or 6 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement, including reason for application.
  • Self-funding or sponsor

To apply, please visit the pages for international students here:

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There is an additional clinical placement cost of £1,000 per year for those meeting the requirement to undertake the clinical placement module.

Other costs such as accommodation and travel will apply.

Work Placements

Students meeting the Pre-requisite for the clinical placement module (see above Entry Requirements) will be eligible to spend 8 weeks in placement each year. Students on the clinical placement module will be exposed to advanced practice and supported by an experienced registered nurse mentor.

Please note that as the students are not registered as a nurse in the UK will ONLY be allowed to practice at a level matched by a competent student nurse however they will gain wide exposure to the delivery of clinical practice. Skills that are only carried out by UK registered nurses can only be observed.

Please click here to read about work placements.


Career Prospects

Graduates of BSc Professional Nursing Studies or other nursing courses for international students may progress on to a number of our postgraduate degrees



Fees and Funding

Funding of up to £1,000 may be available to offset tuition fees. The College of Human and Health Sciences will provide all nurses eligible for the Clinical Placement module a free nurses uniform.

For further information, please contact the College of Human and Health Sciences on

To apply

To apply for your place on the BSc Professional Nursing Studies degree, please visit:


Students will be assessed by a number of formative and summative methods, including:

  • Discussion and critical evaluation
  • Critical and analytical reviews
  • Assignments
  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) 
  • Literature review
  • Poster design and presentation
  • Powerpoint presentations

Start Date and Term Dates

The BSc Professional Nursing Studies term starts in September, and completes in June.  There is a holiday period between December and January, and another one in April.

Our Research

The College’s health and social sciences research falls into eight broad themes:

  • Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • History, Health and Culture
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing and Healthcare Practices
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Law in Healthcare
  • Social Science


Other research initiatives

Practice Innovation Network

Two local Health Boards and Swansea University have collaborated to establish the Practice Innovation Network (PIN). This aims to share ideas and resources for mutual benefit and for the common good of practice development in nursing and health care. The PIN is already having a positive effect with the establishment of Practice Innovation Units. The first of these is centred around the Rehabilitation Service at Bridgend where a team of nurse practitioners are based. These clinicians and staff from the programme are already involved in creating closer working relationships which will be of mutual benefit to the service and to education.


You can read more about our research here.

Accommodation for International Students

Details on applying for accommodation will be sent with your offer to study, for further information please visit our accommodation for international student pages.  

Take a virtual tour

You can take a virtual tour of our facilities here: follow the link and click on Academic Colleges and then the College of Human and Health Sciences.