Advanced diploma or degree?
13-May-2009 2:34 pm
I would like to know why there seems to be an hierachy between student nurses who are doing the degree course rather than the diploma?
Unlike most other degree courses, nursing courses run all year and although the diploma course is being replaced by the degree. The diploma course offered a bursary which just covers a students living costs, they still need to either work or get family handouts, it did seem the logical way of learning. By bringing back secondments, more people will think about doing the nursing training, especially giving the current economic situation.
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25-Oct-2009 1:26 am
I'm not sure about the reasons for the current differences in the NHS Bursary scheme. Maybe it has something to do with those entering onto diploma course needing more financial support? Not sure though.
It may interest you to know that the NHS Bursary scheme is being looked into by the Department of Health. They launched a consultation into bursaries a few months back that looks to plan ahead for when the NMC requirements change to make this a degree-only profession. It is an interesting read and I would recommend all fellow students to have a look at it.
30-Oct-2009 5:15 am
I am new in this field. I don't know much about the topic but what I have learned from your post is that degree course is better.
2-Nov-2009 12:01 pm
The degree option will be the only one after the 2010 intake. The NMC is changing the profession to degree only
10-Nov-2009 10:51 am
Although I can't advise directly we are holding a Live online Q&A session tomorrow with a panel of experts from within the NHS and from Universities around the country - they might be able to offer you some useful information.
Check it out here - http://tiny.cc/KuidE
Although it goes live tomorrow between 1-4pm you can post early as it's open now.
Hope this helps
27-Nov-2009 5:56 am
You can find some degree courses over here - NursingSchoolsU(dot)com
14-Feb-2010 2:25 pm
Personallyi think the best option is to do the diploma in years one and two as you get the bursery (non means tested) and work is identical to degree students and then in year three change to degree.
This is not a problem and easy to do in most universities as long as the university thinks you have the ability- and normally they encourage this change over,so should support you even if you didnt have the grades to enable you to swap to degree.
The qualification you get at the end is identicle to those students who were on the degree program the whole three years.
The only thng i should point out,is that if you take this route bare in mind that you will no longer be eligeble for the non means tested bursery in this third year.
16-Jan-2013 9:07 pm
In my country Malta, to enter the Nursing course, for degree you need to have the Matriculation certificate that is around 6 O levels if I' m not mistaken but then you need to have A levels one specific of course ... A level pass in Biology. However for diploma course only O levels around 6 you need one of them needs to be a science subject obviously. Currently I am enrolled in the degree programme, my final year cause both courses are based on 3 years of both theory and practice. However, here, students who are doing the diploma course get the opportunity to do an online 2 year conversion course from diploma to degree once they are working full time nurses. so they continue learning etc.. mainly the difference in our courses is the dissertation and some material like for example diploma students don t go in certain details etc... however having said that both of these courses are important, nurses in my country and everywhere are always on the need :) Thanks for the opportunity to write in these forums and looking forward to hear from many other students. Good luck with your course guys and take care :)