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2 years 9 months
Part time
Bachelor's degree
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Program description


This part-time program commissioned by the Welsh Government is an exciting career development opportunity for Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) employed within NHS Wales. This program enables eligible candidates to develop their careers to become both registered nurses and gain a degree through part time study. HCSWs employed by BCUHB can undertake the program on a seconded basis. Furthermore, this opportunity is also available to HCSWs who work within GP practices, where the GP and Local Health Board have agreed to support the staff member to undertake the program. (Contractual agreements must be negotiated locally in this instance).

The program runs over two years and 9 months on a part time basis. Students undertake the program for 23 hours per week and spend the remainder of their weekly contracted hours working as a HCSW in their substantive employment. For example if full time, individuals undertaking the program will become student nurses for 23 hours per week and work the remaining 14.5 hours in their usual HCSW role.

The taught elements of this course will be delivered at University campuses in Bangor and/or Wrexham. Clinical practice placements will be arranged across BCUHB.

Admission requirements

Please note: This course is available to Health Care Support workers employed within BCUHB or GP practices only.

  • Completion of level 4 Cert HE/FdSc Healthcare Practice at Coleg Llandrillo, including the clinical portfolio which evidences the hours and competencies achieved in the relevant field of practice.
  • GCSE grade C or above in English/Welsh and mathematics or equivalent.
  • Up to date mandatory training in current post.
  • Signed approval from manager and authorisation from BCUHB (or independent GP practice).
  • Safe-medicate at a minimum 80% pass grade. (This can be undertaken as part of the selection process if required).
  • New DBS check paid for by the applicant, as he/she will be representing Bangor University while he/she is a student. The student is also expected to register with the update service when applying for a DBS. If he/she has a noted conviction he/she will be asked to attend a BCUHB/Bangor University panel to consider his/her suitability for the program.
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance.

Please note that any offers made during the selection process will be subject to candidates having achieved all the required criteria above.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Healthcare (2)
  • Person Centred Adult Nursing (1)
  • Human Sciences (2)

Year 2

  • Developing the Adult Nurse (1)
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Person Centred Adult Nursing (2)

Year 3

  • Developing the Adult Nurse (2)
  • Evaluating Practice

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BN (Hons).

Career opportunities

You will initially be expected to commit to employment within BCUHB as a registered nurse post qualifying for a minimum of two years, subject to successful completion of the course and your registration with the NMC. Allocation to vacant registered nursing posts will take place in line the graduate recruitment process at the time of your course completion.

Nursing career pathways offer a range of evolving and worthwhile opportunities within the healthcare sector, developing skills and knowledge in diverse areas, such as leadership, advanced clinical practice, education or research.

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Bangor University

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Gold rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.

World class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.

UNRIVALlED location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

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Bangor University

Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
United Kingdom

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