Nursing BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

This Nursing BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up course is designed to (Top-Up) a registered nurse qualification (e.g. RGN, RMN, RN, RNMH, RSCN). On successful completion, you will have an honours degree that underlines your advanced clinical expertise and professionalism.

The Structure of the Nursing BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up programme allows entry onto the programme for those students who have studied a certificated nurse programme leading to the award Registered Nurse, and for the overseas Registered Nurse who also holds a Licence to Practice.

If you’re a registered nurse, this degree offers a practical way to take your career forward, by enabling you to step up to an honours degree while continuing to earn. Its flexible, modular approach is designed to meet the needs of nurses working across a range of settings and specialities, in both the NHS and independent sectors. Study options focus on key areas for contemporary nursing – leadership; ageing and the life course; and public health.

The nursing profession has responded to these changes in healthcare provision and requires each professional nurse to be fit for purpose, fit for practice and fit for academic award by becoming competent knowledgeable practitioners and developing expertise in a given area of clinical practice.

The BA/BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up)  programme will therefore address the current NHS healthcare agenda. It places the necessary emphasis upon enhanced healthcare provision, the concepts of evidence-based practice, user and carer involvement, competent, knowledgeable healthcare practitioners, health promotion strategies and measurable quality outcomes of care. Furthermore, the student will be encouraged to explore and critically debate theoretical and practical issues within the context of own area/speciality of clinical practice.

To this end the provision is designed to meet the diverse range of continuing professional development needs of students from a variety of clinical specialities and endorses the concept of inclusion. The course is carefully structured to enhance skills that allow you to meet a wider range of challenges. We work hard to ensure you have all the support that you need to build your confidence and professionalism.

On successful completion, you will have an honours degree that underlines your advanced clinical expertise and professionalism.

Course Length:  1 year;
Start dates:  January / May / September;

After completing a bachelor’s degree and passing a licensing test, the graduate will be a registered nurse and can work as one. Registered nurses are healthcare workers specialising in treating and educating patients and their families on their own overall health. Nurses work alongside and assist doctors and physicians, administering medication, therapies and treatments, recording patients’ statistics and consulting with healthcare clinicians.Specific duties often vary on the place of the nurse’s employment. Some nurses work with patients’ skin, some nurses work in emergency rooms and ambulatory care nurses treat patients in physicians’ offices. You can further your career in professions such as:

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Physician’s Office Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Legal Consultancy Nurse
  • Research Nurse
  • Diabetes Management Nurse
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Work Abroad
  • Prison Nurse
  • Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pharmaceutical Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Plasma or Blood Bank Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Surgery Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Dermatological Nurse
  • Plastic Surgery Nurse
  • Burns Unit Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Centre Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Health Administration Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Paramedic
  • Health Coach
  • Nutrition and Fitness Nurse
  • Nanny
  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Community Nurse
  • Health Programs Nurse
  • Health Facilities Survey Nurse
  • Public Health Research Nurse
  • Disease Prevention Nurse
  • Epidemics Research Nurse
  • Asylum Nurse
  • Toxicology Nurse
  • Vaccine Research Nurse
  • Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • HIV/AIDS Nurse
  • Genetics Nurse
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Radiology Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Transplant Nurse

And more;

  • The (Top-Up)  course is designed for applicants holding a Level 5 qualification such as a Higher National Diploma, or other equivalents or have completed the second year of a relevant and comparable degree;
  • Applicants must have a relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits in any Business and/or Management related areas;
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language;
  • Qualifications are checked before enrolment by the institution where you’ll apply;
  • Students must bring their original diploma when coming for registration;
  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Practice in Health Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Management of Care
  • Preparation for Mentorship
  • Law and Ethics in Health Care
  • Dissertation 

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.


We use various methods of teaching including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, independent learning and group work.

Each module involves an element of assessment using methods designed (where appropriate) to support professional development in clinical practice.


After completing your undergraduate degree, if you decide to enhance your career prospects even further you can apply for a postgraduate Master program. For more information regarding progression please contact Atlantic London.


The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Funds – Student Finance England

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.

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