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PGDip Nursing (Adult)

Join a dedicated programme for registered nurses that enables you to train in a second field of nursing and gain eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified adult nurse.

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      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time, 18 Months Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Nursing
      Location: Edge Hill University

      Please note, this programme is currently closed to further applications for part-time study for September 2022 entry. It remains open to applications for full-time study. 

      Recognising the increasingly integrated nature of health service delivery, this postgraduate diploma meets the demand for highly employable nurses who can work with complex morbidities across the lifespan and within different settings. It enables qualified children’s, learning disability and mental health nurses, who have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to undertake an additional professional role in adult nursing. Through access to practice learning opportunities, you will enhance your personal and professional values and beliefs and develop into a highly competent, resilient and empowered second registrant. You will graduate eligible to register as a qualified adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      This postgraduate diploma is delivered in a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, which represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that adult nurses must demonstrate.

      The programme offers a unique opportunity to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing, while consolidating your existing knowledge and skills. There will be a key focus on gaining the leadership and management skills required to enable a smooth transition to professional practice in your chosen additional field.

      This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.

      How will I study?

      Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some learning may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

      You will develop clinical skills confidence in adult nursing through a combination of simulated education and extensive time in practice undertaken in hospitals and community settings within the NHS, local authorities, and independent and voluntary organisations. Practice settings will be drawn from our network of more than 600 placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and supervisor.

      Placements will include weekend, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24-hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement. There is also an opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, within the United Kingdom or internationally.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an examination.

      While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.

      Who will be teaching me?

      You will be taught by professionals in adult nursing, other fields of nursing, and other specialist areas within health and social care.

      The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working in the health and social care sector.

      Most importantly, service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.


      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

      The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

      Learning Resources

      The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

      You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


      The programme adopts a non-modular approach which covers the entire year of full-time study and 18 months of part-time study.

      Contextualising Nursing Practice (120 credits)

      Contextualising Nursing Practice enables you to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop clinical leadership skills across both adult nursing and your existing field of nursing specialism, ensuring you can provide truly seamless, integrated care to improve and enhance the experience of service users.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      You must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse and provide evidence of having worked as a registrant in your intended second field. It is a Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement that any prior experiential learning used to gain entry to the programme is capable of being mapped to the standards of proficiency for registered nurses.

      You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). Health-related subjects are preferred but not essential. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

      Applicants without a degree may be considered based on practice experience, subject to demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline, including an in-depth awareness of current issues. Skills in critical analysis and evaluation, as well as the ability to learn in a flexible, independent manner, are essential.

      An interview forms part of the selection process.

      If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      You will graduate with an academic and professional qualification in adult nursing, building on your existing registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This will open an assortment of fascinating career opportunities across both fields of practice.

      Adult nurses deliver care to clients with a diverse range of health conditions. While it is difficult to truly capture the breadth and variety of working life as an adult nurse, typical duties might include physical examinations and clinical assessments, monitoring patients and recording their clinical condition, administering medication and injections, responding quickly to emergencies, and acting as an advocate for patients and their families. Adult nurses also support people with their wider nutritional, physical, hygiene and emotional needs.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council registration is recognised the world over and following registration you can pursue a career in a variety of settings, including the NHS, private, voluntary and independent sectors. Career opportunities also include clinical practice, research, leadership, management and education. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism, including the opportunity to progress to a Masters degree through the completion of a 60-credit dissertation.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £9,250 for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Diploma are £4,625 a year for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Please note, unless you are applying to Student Finance Wales, if you are applying to study a PGDip Nursing pathway on a full-time basis, for student finance purposes you should apply for financial support as if you are an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding. Student Finance Wales treat the programme as a postgraduate course.

      If you are applying to study a PGDip Nursing pathway on a part-time basis, you will be classed as a postgraduate student for student finance purposes, however you will not be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide for your intended mode of study.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, MBA awards and our Masters by Research (MRes) degree before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      29th September 2021 - Clarification of Entry Requirements

      Entry criteria updated to clarify that it is a Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement that any prior experiential learning used to gain entry to the programme is capable of being mapped to the standards of proficiency for registered nurses.

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