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Short Course

Overseas Nursing Programme

Adaption/Supervised Practice

30 Credits

One Semester
Start Dates:
September and February (plus time in clinical practice).
Part-time (Overseas trained Adult and Mental Health Nurses)
Uxbridge Campus
On application
Key Contact:
The Enquiries Team
01494 603 171

Is this course suitable for me?

This course can only be undertaken by appropriately qualified international students holding a recognised nursing qualification from their home country, an appropriate equivalent Diploma or Bachelors Degree, a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) decision letter, an IELTS score of 7 (in all 4 components) and recent relevant healthcare experience.

For information about how to become a registered nurse in the UK, please click here


This programme has been designed in response to the changes required by the NMC for the preparation of overseas trained nurses to be registered in the United Kingdom.

This course is offered at Level 5 or Level 6.

Total credits gained upon successful completion ā€“ 30 credits

What will I learn?

The aims of the course are based on the NMC 5 principles as follows

1. To ensure the safe and effective practice in the interest of public protection.
2. To enable applicants who meet initial requirements to transfer skills and experience to the United Kingdom setting.
3. To enable applicants to be assessed as being at least as competent as any newly registered United Kingdom trained nurse.
4. To enable supervised practice to be delivered over variable timeframes, as determined by the NMC, based on the applicants training and experience. It will also ensure that applicants meet the practice requirements for registration.
5. The course will be subject to the NMC quality assurance processes.

Clinical practice

Direct patient contact hours will be dictated by the NMC decision letter which each applicant most have. The nurse must be working in a healthcare setting which has been audited successfully by Buckinghamshire New University. This is required for the nurse to gain experience and successfully complete the proficiencies required by the course.

Within the practice environment each nurse will have a qualified mentor in order to support their completion of the proficiencies.

Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be adopted to meet the needs of nurses with different levels of experience. Approaches will include lectures, seminars, problem-based learning and critical reflection. Nursesā€™ development on the course will be assessed by written work specific to level 5 academic criteria and the assessment of competence in clinical practice. Nurses will be supported throughout the course with academic tutorial sessions.

The overall approach to assessment of learning will include course work and assessment of competence in practice. The methods chosen are appropriate to demonstrate achievement of level 5 outcomes. A range of assessments have been chosen to aid nurses to perform to the best of their ability with consideration of how these assessments relate theory to practice, since this course is clinically based and the aim is to produce practitioners fit for practice.

Entry requirements

The overall purpose of the experience is to enable the applicant to have the opportunity to give safe and effective nursing care, under supervision, in the United Kingdom, so that they may subsequently be recommended to the Nursing & Midwifery Council for registration. Eligibility for entry to the course and level of study will be discussed at interview. The NMC requirement is for study at level 5, and it must be highlighted that students failing the course at level 6 will not be recommended to the NMC.

For all students applying to the programme, the minimum qualifications for enrolment are:

  • undertaken successful nurse training in their own country and have a transcript of the training programme.
  • an in date NMC decision letter setting out the requirements of their supervised practice, (The NMC letter is only valid for 2 years from date of issue after which the candidate will need to be reassessed by the NMC).
  • recent relevant professional practice as a qualified nurse in their own country within the last 6 months (exceptionally 12 months) or demonstrate that they have worked within an appropriate area of health care practice since arrival to the UK.
  • an IELTS certificate graded at 7 or above in all levels of achievement, where English is not the applicants first language.
  • a placement within a health setting that has an in date placement audit.
  • the appropriate work permit documentation.
  • overseas qualifications compared for United Kingdom equivalence (NARIC)

Following successful completion of the course and registration with the NMC students will have the opportunity to apply for RN positions within the United Kingdom, however such positions are not guaranteed.

How to make an application

Prior to the nurse filling in an application form the Nurses Manager will contact either the Course Leader or the Course Administrator.

Applicants will be required to complete an application form with personal details, funding arrangements, referees (1 academic and 1 clinical).

Nurses are requested not to contact the University until all the above issues are in place. The contact details for the Marketing and Recruitment Administrator at Buckinghamshire New University are 01494 603 171, email:

We hope to have a fully on-line application system shortly, but in the meantime, to apply for a course, please download and print these forms, completing them fully and posting back to the address below.

Student Recruitment Officer
Bucks New University
106 Oxford Road

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Alternatively, if you call us on 01494 603 171 or email we can post you a hard copy application pack.

Students funded by the NHS or other employer

If the cost of your course is being funded by your employer, please contact your education lead or manager for guidance as to how they would prefer you to make an application.

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