Specific Regulations for Post-registration Professional Development Programmes
Qualifications shall be awarded to candidates who meet the requirements as set out in the assessment regulations, particularly the credit requirements and benchmark statements, and who have reached the appropriate level as outlined in the Specific Regulations for Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees, Regulation 1.1 or the Specific Regulations for Undergraduate Diplomas of Higher Education, Regulation 1.1.
In addition to the entry conditions outlined in General Regulation 3, candidates shall be required to be registered on the appropriate part of the Professional Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The academic calendar for post-registration professional development programmes shall be published annually by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science.
Depending on previous qualifications and practice experience, candidates shall be granted exemption from study in accordance with Regulation 6.
In order to be eligible for the award of a Diploma in Health Care Practice, candidates who are granted exemption from study shall pursue a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5.
In order to be eligible for the award of a named honours degree, candidates who are granted exemption from study shall pursue a minimum of 120 credits at Level 6.
Candidates who are granted exemption from study based on a previously awarded honours degree, shall be required to pursue a minimum of 120 credits at Level 6 and shall be eligible for the award of a Graduate Diploma.
Full details shall be published annually by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science.
Where appropriate, candidates shall be required to attend clinical placements in accordance with the requirements of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science.
Such candidates shall be required to undertake all assessments relating to the clinical placements and achieve the required competencies as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Students are referred to the General Undergraduate Regulations – Credit Transfer (Regulation 29).
Candidates pursing post-registration professional development programmes leading to the award of a Diploma in Health Care Practice shall be exempt from 120 credits at Level 4 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s requirements for registration.
Candidates pursing post-registration professional development programmes leading to the award of a degree or graduate diploma shall be granted exemption from 240 credits from Levels 4 and 5 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s requirements for registration. Where 240 transferable credits have been accepted, the remaining credits to be pursued must be at Level 6 or above.
Candidates pursuing post-registration professional development programmes in Nursing, Health Care Practice and Enhanced Professional Practice may, in addition, request to transfer in up to 40 credits at Level 6. The University will only accept credits studied within the last five year, achieved in relevant modules from a recognised UK institution. Credit may not be accepted in partial fulfilment of a module but must be sufficient, and of an appropriate level, to allow exemption from one or more whole modules identified as a component(s) of the proposed programme.
A mark must be determined for each module exempted under 6.4 above in order to permit the calculation of an overall mark for the purposes of progression and completion of the taught element. The mark attained elsewhere for work offered in credit transfer shall be, at a minimum, 40%.
Requests for credit exemption shall be considered in accordance with the Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning at Swansea University.
Candidates shall be continually assessed, using a combination of written and practice-based assignments. The progress of a candidate shall normally be assessed in the period immediately following completion of the teaching of the unit of study/module.
Candidates shall be required to complete the Undergraduate programme of study in accordance with the regulations for awarding credit as outlined in the Undergraduate Assessment Regulations.
The pass mark for all modules shall be 40%.
The minimum and maximum periods of registration for candidates admitted to the Post-registration programmes in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science are given below:
The programme time limits, as set out in the specific regulations, may be extended, but in exceptional cases only and in accordance with General Regulation 27.
To ensure registration with the professional body, extensions of the time limit must also be approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
A candidate who is admitted to a post-registration programme but is subsequently unable, or is not permitted, to progress to completion shall not be eligible for an exit qualification.
To be eligible for consideration an award under these Regulations, a candidate shall:
- Have pursued an approved modular programme of study for the period prescribed by the University, except as provided by
- Have attained such minimum levels of credit as specified by the University in a programme approved by the University;
- Have fulfilled any further condition(s) required by the University and by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The names of Honours degree candidates who have fulfilled the assessment requirements of the programme and the University shall be published in the following Honours classes:
- Second Class Division One;
- Second Class Division Two;
- Third Class;
- Pass Degree.
Candidatures pursuing professional programmes under these regulations shall not be eligible for aegrotat or posthumous awards.