Course details

Year of entry



2 YRS (FT)

Institution Code




*Subject to validation

Course Highlights


with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) upon successful completion of the course

Gain experience

delivering care in a range of practice learning environments on placements 


and apply your prior care-giving experience towards your clinical hours

Why choose this course?

Nursing is a rewarding profession, caring for individuals throughout their lifespan. This Nursing Postgraduate Diploma is made up of theory and practice based learning, and aims to provide you with the professional disciplinary knowledge for your preferred field of nursing – adult, children’s or mental health. It will give you the opportunity to:

  • Transfer your skills and experiences to become a fully-qualified nurse in two years 
  • Undertake placements in a varied range of practice learning environments e.g., acute hospital, community, patient’s own homes, clinics and in the private and independent sector.  
  • Study theoretical elements that will teach you professional leadership, research skills and evidence-based knowledge as a registered nurse in order to deliver safe, compassionate care, with a focus on undertaking assessments, clinical decision making, delivery of person-centred care, all with the evaluation of nursing practice. 
  • Choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma course or Master of Science Nursing degree and specialise in either Adult, Children’s or Mental Health Nursing. 

Key course features

  • Obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with an NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary. 
  • Utilise a simulation and immersive digital technologies suite providing a safe environment to enhance learning 
  • Get taught through an innovative inter-professional education strategy to learn with other nursing and allied health students 
  • Learn with the support of experienced practice assessors/supervisors whilst on placement and from academics, nursing staff and service users and carers in both the classroom and simulated practice environments. 
  • The theoretical and practice learning element is of equal weighting, providing you with a varied range of practice learning environments. 

What you will study

Modules listed below are generic, but include field specific content in Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Children’s Nursing. You will partake in separate teaching groups for the subjects identified on the module specification, depending on which specialism you choose to follow.

If studying on the MSc in Adult, Children's or Mental Health Nursing, the Innovaions in Practice module will be taught and studied at level 7.


Part One 

  • Developing Professional Evidence Based Nursing (Core Level 6) 

Part Two 

  • Health Vulnerability and Promoting Healthy Behaviours (Core Level 7) 
  • Acute and Chronic Care Across the Life Span (Core Level 7) 

Part Three 

  • Innovations in Practice (Core Level 6) 
  • Holistic Co-ordination of Complex Care Across the Life Span (Core Level 7) 
  • Leading and Managing Nursing Care (Core Level 7) 


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.


Entry requirements & applying

A health related undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above is required for this course. Additional qualifications needed include: 

  • Certificated evidence of completion of general education for 10 years  
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and evidence of IT skills  

A portfolio of evidence which enables you to include and demonstrate prior graduate learning is needed. This may include knowledge, skills, values, caring behaviours and care experience equivalent to one year of a nursing programme, through 500 hours of theoretical and 500 hours of practice learning (these verified hours will form part of the mandatory 2,300 theoretical hours and 2,300 practice learning hours). 

You will be required to complete all of the part one ‘All Wales Practice Assessment Document’ prior to commencement of the postgraduate nursing diploma during the 500 practice hours. 

Preparation: Please read the NMC Code before attending your interview. 

A literacy task will be conducted online prior to the interview. The literacy task is a written activity focussing on the professional values of the nursing profession. You will then be interviewed face to face on an individual basis where you will be required to answer some short questions to ascertain your knowledge and experience about a career in nursing. The interview team will comprise university academic staff and either a Trust staff member or service user. 

Attending a selection event does not guarantee a place on the course, so we recommend preparing beforehand to give you the best chance of success. 

Before you are offered a place on this course you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults. 

Teaching & Assessment


  • Generic and field-specific groups  
  • face-to-face and online Lectures 
  • Seminars 
  • problem based learning 
  • Practical simulation experience  
  • blended learning; online synchronous and asynchronous.  


  • written assignments 
  • Presentations 
  • problem based learning 
  • simulation groups 
  • examination 

Teaching & Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

  • Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (RN) in your chosen field of adult, children’s or mental health nursing. 
  • Opportunity to obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with an NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary. 
  • Take up employment delivering care in the NHS, Private or Independent Sector e.g., acute hospital setting, community, peoples own homes, GP Practices and clinics. 
  • Opportunity to continue postgraduate study at Glyndwr – Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (health visiting and school nursing), Advanced Nurse Practice, Nurse Prescribing, PhD studies. 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our postgraduate fees.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

Subject to validation

Courses shown as “subject to validation” are new courses which are in development and the details of these courses are in the process of being finalised through the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. As soon as the programmes are validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation’ are approved by the validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham University or at another provider.

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Please note: the course is not open to international students.