Adult Nursing is a three year programme which runs for 45 weeks per year, with holidays in the summer, at Christmas and at Easter.
The content is designed to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Education, and is structured around four domains: 1) Professional values; 2) Communication and interpersonal skills; 3) Nursing practice and decision making; and 4) Leadership, management and team working. To achieve competency in all these, time is split equally between University based studies and clinical placements.
While in University students cover a range of subjects with fellow nursing students. For example, during the first year modules include human anatomy and physiology, Nursing theory, clinical skills and health promotion. Interprofessional learning and practice is embedded in the Nursing Department, so students also benefit from learning with and about students from other health and social care professions.
In clinical practice students work with experienced nurses and health care teams where they are exposed to a range of services that meet the needs of the adult population. These placements are in a variety of settings - in hospitals, the community which includes GP practices, nursing in the home and nursing care homes, as well as the private and voluntary sector.
To demonstrate they have met the programme requirements, students are assessed using a combination of methods which include written assignments, examinations, presentations, online activities, and compilation of a portfolio, as well as assessment in practice. The theoretical and practice assessments carry equal weighting and both contribute to the award.