Preparatory Course for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

Preparatory Course for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

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Course information

Course title Preparatory Course for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing
Level of qualification Short Cycle Qualification
National Qualifications Framework level Not Applicable
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Corinne Ward
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The Preparatory Course is designed to address the needs of those individuals who are interested in pursuing a degree programme in nursing but do not have the required entry qualifications. The aim is therefore, to equip these students with the key skills that would secure admission to, and additionally prepare them for successful engagement in the undergraduate degree in nurse education.

Students are eligible to be admitted to the Preparatory Course for the Nursing area of study if they are in possession of the requirements for admission as outlined in the Admission and Progression Requirements section below. Successful candidates will follow the programme of study for the Preparatory Course as directed by the Board of Studies.

This preparatory course extends over a period of one year of full-time study and provides a pathway towards a career in nursing by enabling the students to develop the skills required for academic success.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to provide students with the required basic knowledge, skills and attitudes to follow a degree programme in nursing to successful completion. It aims to achieve this by addressing the students’ different learning needs through three areas of study, namely: academic skills, nursing as a profession and basic biomedical sciences.

The course aims to:

• Equip students with academic skills that are consistent with degree level education;
• Introduce the student to the nature and core elements of the nursing profession and the practice of a qualified nurse; and
• Enable students to equip themselves with the required basic knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

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Applicants are required to be in possession of one of the following:

(a) passes at Grade 3 or better in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination in six subjects, including Maltese, English Language and Mathematics or

(b) passes in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination in six subjects, including: Maltese, English Language, Mathematics and either Biology or Health and Social Care, together with a pass at Advanced Level in any other subject or

(c) the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, or equivalent.

Applicants are further required to be aged not less than 18 years within three months following the date on which the Preparatory Course commences.

The notice regarding the Academic Proficiency Test for Adult Learners is available here.

Sample Test Paper - Academic Proficiency Test for Adult Learners is available here.

During the first semester of the Preparatory Course, accepted applicants are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
By the end of the programme of study, the student will be able to:

• Engage in degree level education in a satisfactory manner;
• Develop an understanding of the role and contribution of the nurse in modern health and social care systems; and
• Better understand the pathophysiology of disease and its management, as taught in the Degree programme in Nursing.
The preparatory course is intended for those candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing but who do not possess the full requirements for entry into the B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing programme.
Students who successfully complete all credits included in the preparatory programme and who obtain a final average mark of at least 55%, will be able to progress to the B.Sc. (Hons) in Nursing offered by the Department of Nursing within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 12 June 2021

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