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HLTH6244 Recognition of Prior Learning for Graduate Entry Nursing (Graduate Entry Nursing)

Module Overview

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require that a pre-registration nursing programme must contain a minimum of 2,300 practice and 2,300 theory hours (4600 hours total). Given that this is more than can be achieved in the two years of either the PgDip or the MSc programmes, additional hours of relevant learning must be demonstrated through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures as an admissions requirement. All programme learning outcomes are achieved and assessed in the core programme, and this RPL claim is made only in respect to hours of relevant learning, and is made in accordance with the University of Southampton’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. This document relates only to the RPL claim which all students must make as an entry requirement to the programme. The Nursing and Midwifery Council permit recognition of prior learning (RPL) against any part of the programme where the applicant is able to demonstrate relevant prior learning to the satisfaction of the approved educational institution (NMC 2018). Students who have significant additional learning (for example, registered nurses who are seeking registration in a second field of practice) may wish to make a specific RPL claim in addition to this claim which is a standard admissions requirement. Under the University of Southampton RPL regulations, up to one third of the programme may normally be accredited through this process.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate you have met practice hours supervised by an NMC registrant mapped to the NMC platforms in Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (2018). PgDip – 110 hours MSc - 675 hours The practice hours must relate to FIVE of the platforms within the NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses outlined below: • Promoting health • Assessing Health needs • Providing person – centred and compassionate care • Multidisciplinary team working • Communication and relationship management skills The PgDip requires evidence to demonstrate relevant learning on the basis of your practice experience in at least TWO of the FIVE platforms. The MSc requires evidence to demonstrate relevant learning on the basis of your experience in all FIVE of the platforms.
  • Demonstrate that you have met the theoretical hours mapped against the programme learning outcomes. PgDip – 990 hours MSc – 325 hours The theoretical hours must demonstrate that you have met programme learning outcomes. This is achieved by completing the mapping tool provided by University. This must be at a minimum of HE Level 4. You must demonstrate: • 100 hours of prior learning of human anatomy and physiology • Learning which demonstrates generic graduate skills that will support your learning in this programme In addition, for the PgDip only, you must demonstrate prior learning/subject knowledge in at least FOUR of the subject areas indicated in the mapping document. This is to demonstrate relevant subject knowledge that can be applied to the programme learning outcomes.


Not applicable

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Not Applicable

Completion of assessment task1100
Total study time1100



MethodPercentage contribution
Mapping of activities 50%
Portfolio 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Mapping of activities 50%
Portfolio 50%
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