School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care

Enhance your career and learning opportunities with our specialist BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care. You will gain a broad range of academic and practice related skills on which to build your career and future studies. You will also benefit from a teaching team including academics, lecturer practitioners, and expert practitioners who have a wealth of experience in teaching and learning informed by research and professional practice.

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Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.


Key features

  • Become a challenging and critical thinking practitioner with a range of transferable skills who can effectively contribute to service enhancement in a community and primary care setting.
  • Find opportunities to transform services in your own clinical area and gain knowledge and appreciation of other professions, specialities and organisations who contribute to patient/client care.
  • Be supported to develop relationships with other healthcare professionals and work more effectively across professional and organisational boundaries to enhance patient/client care.
  • Use the best available evidence, contemporary knowledge and high-level clinical decision-making skills to underpin interventions.
  • Develop confidence, competence and emotional resilience to consistently exercise personal responsibility and professional accountability for decision making and the provision of high-quality safe care.
  • Undertake a programme that enables choice and values prior experiential learning and experience; targeted at the career development needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals.
  • Flexibly designed programme enabling you to ‘step on and step off’ over a five-year period in response to service need and professional circumstances.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • This programme offers the awards of BSc /BSc (Hons), Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

    BSc – to achieve a BSc you will need to earn 80 credits by undertaking four 20 credit modules – three core and one optional

    BSc (Hons) – to achieve a BSc (Hons) you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking five modules – four 20 credit modules (one of which is optional) and one core 40 credit module

    Students who have previously obtained a health related degree at 2:2 or above are eligible to access the programme via the graduate certificate or graduate diploma route – please see panel below for further details.

    The module ‘HEAD361 – Independent study’ is only a core module for students who wish to achieve the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Community and Primary Care.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit the BSc (Hons)/ BSc Professional Development modules.

    Examples of optional modules (not exhaustive)

    ADV605 – Advancing the management of long term conditions
    HEAD338 – Clinical skills in community and primary care
    HEAD365 – Contemporary issues in health and social care

    Core modules
    • HEAD360 Understanding Evidence to Inform Clinical Decision Making

      The module is designed to extend students' knowledge around evidence-informed decision making. This will be achieved through students identifying and evaluating a body of research-based evidence relevant to clinical practice.

    • HEAD361 Independent Study

      This module extends knowledge of primary and secondary research and develops critical appraisal skills. Students construct an 8000 word integrative literature review of a practice focused research topic.

    • HEAD373 Integrated Community and Primary Care in Context

      This module provides education to support integration in a community/ primary care context. Students will learn about and develop skills in analysing the context of care.

    • HEAD374 Integrated Community and Primary Care Practice

      This module aims to equip those working or wishing to work in a community/ primary care setting with the necessary generic practice skills to function in this environment.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Professional Development in Community and Primary Care pathway specification 6155

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the BSc or BSc (Hons) programme you will need to be either a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (foundation degree /diploma of higher education).

If you wish to undertake the graduate certificate and graduate diploma award pathways you must already hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a health or health related subject.

If you wish to undertake any clinical skills modules you will need to be working in an environment where you can meet the learning outcomes.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice – minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.5 average with a minimum 5.5 in each category.

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

The fee for this programme is dependant on the modules undertaken. Please see the relevant module webpages for further information.

How to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

To apply for this programme please complete the application form and return via email or post to:

Professional Development Unit - Admissions Team
4th floor, Rolle building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA


Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available from our International Office if you are an overseas student applying to the University.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

If you have previously obtained a health related honours degree at 2:2 or above, you are eligible to access this programme via the graduate certificate/diploma route:

Graduate Certificate Professional Development in Community and Primary Care - 60 credits at degree level

Graduate Diploma Professional Development in Community and Primary Care - 120 credits at degree level 

Students seeking to achieve either qualification will be required to achieve the specified number of credits by choosing from a range of pathway specific modules.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

The University applies a discretionary alumnus reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • A 20 per cent discount on home/EU tuition fees.
  • Or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

PGCE programmes, Master of Architecture, MChem, MEng, MGeol, MPsych, MSci, ResM, MSc Psychology, MSc Advanced Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology, MSc Occupational Therapy and postgraduate research degrees are not included in this reward. Please note that students must have applied directly to be eligible. 

For further details, and contact information, please see our alumnus discount policy.