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BELL COLLEGE

Almada Street
Hamilton
ML3 0JB

Tel: 01698 283100
Fax: 01698 457524

Contacts - Ms Morag McIntosh, School Administrator, School of Health Studies
or Ms Jeanette Orchiston, Clerical Assistant, School of Health Studies


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Bell College provides pre-registration education in two campuses. The largest campus is in Hamilton where the new purpose designed Caird Building is in use and the other is in Crichton University Campus in Dumfries in the newly renovated Dudgeon Building.

The theoretical curriculum for pre-registration nursing is delivered on both sites. The theoretical curriculum for midwifery is provided in the Hamilton Campus only, but practice placements are available in Dumfries and Galloway.

Applicants for the Diploma of Higher Education/Bachelor of Science in Nursing must indicate their preference for Lanarkshire or Dumfries under the Bell College entry in section 5 of the application form. Students who are taught at Dumfries will be required to travel to Hamilton for some modules. A bus is provided from Dumfries.

The theory of the Shortened Course for Graduates during the first six months is taught in Hamilton but practice placements may be in either Lanarkshire or Dumfries and Galloway. Thereafter students follow the regular course in Nursing in either campus.

The University of Strathclyde validates the courses and the awards obtained are awards of the University. All courses are delivered by staff of Bell College.

 

LANARKSHIRE DUMFRIES
Bell College Bell College
School of Health Studies School of Health Studies
Almada Street Crichton University Campus
Hamilton Dudgeon House
ML3 0JB Bankend Road
Dumfries DG1 4ZN
For Information:
Tel: 01698 283100
Fax: 01698 457524
Contacts - Ms Morag McIntosh, School Administrator, School of Health Studies
or Ms Jeanette Orchiston, Clerical Assistant, School of Health Studies

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COURSES AVAILABLE

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing or
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

and registration on one of the undernoted parts of the Professional Register

Part 12 (Adult Nursing)
Part 13 (Mental Health Nursing)

(The above courses are available on a full or part-time basis.)

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Midwifery or
  • Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

and registration on the undernoted part of the Professional Register

Part 10 (Midwifery)

The Diploma of Higher Education and the Bachelor of Science courses follow a common pathway for two years. Applicants should choose degree or diploma studies from the start of the courses. Students can change from degree to diploma and vice versa prior to Year 3. Entry to degree studies in Year 3 will require highly satisfactory performance in theory and practice. attendance and good citizenship.

  • Shortened Course for Graduates

This is a 2 year course leading to a Diploma of Higher Education or Bachelor of Science in Nursing and registration on one of the undernoted parts of the Professional Register.

Part 12 (Adult Nursing)
Part 13 (Mental Health Nursing)

  • Conversion Courses

This pathway leads to a Diploma of Higher Education or Bachelor of Science in Nursing and registration on one of the undernoted parts of the Professional Register.

Part 12 (Adult Nursing)
Part 13 (Mental Health Nursing)

These 18-month courses are available for Registered First Level Nurses wishing to obtain registration on another part of the Professional Register.

Registered Second Level (Enrolled) Nurses may apply to take the Diploma of Higher Education or Bachelor of Science in Nursing course and may receive credit for prior learning and their existing certificate.

COMMENCEMENT DATES

 

Pre-registration Nurses - two intakes per year one in February and one in August.
Pre-registration Midwives - one intake per year in August.
Shortened Course for Graduates - two intakes per year, one in January and one in August.
Conversion Courses - two intakes per year one in February and one in August.

 

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must satisfy the UKCC statutory entry requirements and must have a pass in English at Standard/O Grade level. Additionally, applicants for Midwifery must have a pass in a Science subject at Standard/O Grade level. However, preference will be given to applicants who will have two passes at SCE   Higher Grade (or one pass at the GCE A level). Mature applicants ie over 21 years of age at the date of entry, will be considered on the basis of the UKCC minimum.

Candidates for the Shortened Course for Graduates must hold a degree which includes a subject relevant to nursing. You must have studied this subject for a minimum of one year. Degrees awarded by Institutions outwith the EU will be considered on an individual basis.

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AGE LIMITS

Minimum age : 17 years on day of course commencement.

SELECTION OF APPLICANTS

Applicants who meet the above criteria will be selected on the basis of the information given in or derived from the application form, and may be invited for  interview. Where appropriate, applicants will be advised if an earlier start date is available, perhaps on a different course. All applicants will be expected to disclose any convictions and criminal record checks will be carried out.

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

Successful applicants require to be assessed as medically fit to undertake the course. Initial completion of a Health Questionnaire will be followed by health assessment.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Nursing Courses commence with a one year Common Foundation Programme followed by one of the Branch programmes (Adult or Mental Health) for the remaining two years.

The Midwifery programmes are three year courses during which the knowledge and skills essential for contemporary midwifery practice are gained.

In both the Nursing and Midwifery courses there are six semesters of six months duration. Each semester contains periods of College and practice based learning. The courses are modular in format.

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PRACTICE PLACEMENT EXPERIENCE

Each course consists of 50% theory and 50% practice. Placements are selected to reflect contemporary health care provision. There will be opportunities to undertake placements in Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway. In allocating placements, however, consideration will be given to the circumstances of individual students, e.g. family commitments.

A wide range of practice placement experience is utilised including hospitals, health centres, day centres, private sector nursing homes, social work/local authority facilities and various organisations in the voluntary sector including support groups, hostels and housing associations. The theoretical and practical aspects of the curriculum will be integrated in the courses.

CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE

Students are required to achieve a satisfactory standard of performance in respect of theory, practice, personal conduct and course attendance all of which will be clearly explained on course commencement.

THE COLLEGE AND ITS PHILOSOPHY

Through the use of new technology and a wide range of learning methods, the College adopts a student centred approach to teaching and learning. As a result students are treated as active learners and are encouraged to assume responsibility for their own education. The College recognises the crucial importance of practice based learning in Nursing and Midwifery education and maintains strong links with the professions and providers of health care. Through both theoretical and practical input the College aims to facilitate the development of the individual student, with particular regard to critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal, psychomotor and evaluative skills.

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RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION

A modern Halls of Residence is available in Hamilton and student accommodation is available on the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.

THE SURROUNDING AREA

LANARKSHIRE
Lanarkshire is situated south east of Glasgow and is ideally suited, in terms of road and rail links for travelling to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling.

The main population centres, (where the majority of hospitals and health centres are situated) are Hamilton, Motherwell and Monklands Districts plus the two new towns of East Kilbride and Cumbernauld.

These urban areas offer a wide range of social and recreational facilities.

Large areas of Lanarkshire can be described as semi-rural and these include well known tourist areas (the Clyde Valley) and sites of historical interest (Chatelherault Country Park, New Lanark Village and the David Livingstone Centre).

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Dumfries and Galloway is an unspoilt and uncrowded region, situated in Scotland's South West. It has many areas of outstanding natural beauty which includes landscapes of mountain, moorland and coast. At its heart is the County town of Dumfries, which is an attractive and welcoming market town and commercial centre with good services and facilities. A wide range of sport and leisure activities is available either on the campus, in Dumfries itself or in the surrounding countryside and coastal areas. Transport links are excellent with rail connections to Glasgow and Carlisle and convenient road links to major national routes.

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