The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing Top Up Degree for Advanced Diplomates

The nursing top up course will help participants to write a dissertation, which will allow them to become more familiar with relevant theoretical knowledge and literature and promote a better understanding of their practice.

Introducing your degree

This Nursing top up degree is for registered nurses who recently gained their diploma with advanced studies from the University of Southampton and who wish to top this up to an honours degree.

The BN nursing top up course is designed for those nurses who have to submit an evidence-based health care dissertation as part of their final undergraduate training programme. Nurses need to be able to ask questions about practice, access health care research and evidence and report key ideas and findings effectively and accurately to others.

Top Up Degree


Level: 6

Teaching and Learning will be delivered alongside students undertaking the postqualifying module NQCG3116 Enhancing Practice Through Critical Appraisal and Reflection.

This nursing top-up degree builds on your pre-registration studies through the completion of an evidence-based project. It will further develop your knowledge, skills and ability to deliver and evaluate effective clinical care based on the most appropriate evidence.

To Apply

Programme leader: Ms Megan Bonner-Janes Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7980 Email:

Application details: Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 8213
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 8295


Key Facts

The nursing top up course award must be completed within five years of qualifying.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process:

Registered nurses who gained their diploma with advanced studies from the University of Southampton, Health Sciences within five years of the date of commencement on the Top Up programme

We endeavour to recruit students to our Health Science courses who have the right values base and demonstrate the appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

There is one compulsory module.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationary items will be specified under the additional costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy.
PlacementsIn most cases students who opt to undertake a practical components within the course will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the placement and in some cases accommodation near the placement setting. Such placements would require indemnity insurance, vaccinations and DBS clearance - the cost of this may be covered within course fees, or may be passed on to the student. Which is the case will be made clear to students/sponsors at the time such placements are agreed - well before programme commencement.
Conference expenses Optional Conference attendance. If you decide to attend conferences then you will normally be expected to cover the cost of registration, accommodation, and travel.
OtherStudents will be expected to meet their own parking costs for attendance at University. These costs will vary depending on the location of the teaching session - current University Main Campus visiting car parking costs are £1.10 per hour. Limited free parking may be available in nearby streets but is at the students own risk.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Funded places are available on the BN nursing top up course although these are limited. Please discuss availability with your manager and trust education lead.

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