Nursing Studies Adult Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing Studies: Adult Nursing

Adult Nursing has many strengths both as a career and an undergraduate programme. Adult nurses have a unique role in enabling people to improve, maintain, or recover health, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability. Adult Nurses are highly employable, and work in a wide variety of settings and with diverse populations and individuals, across a wide age range. As a result the Adult Nursing programme itself is varied, using a mixture of placement and University settings to facilitate learning and develop practitioners who are able to work across care sectors, and who can adapt to changing professional roles in response to broader political, social, and economic changes. Students on the Adult Nursing pathway are prepared for the award of BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult), as well as for entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.

Adult Nursing is a three year programme which runs for 45 weeks per year, with 7 weeks set holidays spread across each year.

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 School of Nursing, so students also benefit from learning with and about students from other health and social care professions too.

In clinical practice students work with experienced nurses and health care teams where they are exposed to the 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, as well as the private and voluntary sector which includes nursing care homes and private hospitals.

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 the compilation of a portfolio, as well as assessment in practice. The theoretical and practice assessments carry equal weighting and both contribute to the award.

Successful completion of the programme allows students to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Nursing provides many career opportunities, both in the UK and overseas and on qualification, students will have developed the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to work in any setting.

Qualified nurses work in diverse areas such as hospital wards, community nursing, hospices, specialist services, the armed forces, and the prison service. Once qualified, there are many opportunities for further professional development and specialisation - Adult Nurses are engaged in lifelong learning.

Year 1 modules consist of:

  • Professional Development 1
  • Collaborative Practice 1
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Adult Nursing
  • Developing Practical Skills
  • Promoting Health through Interprofessional Relationship
  • Principles of Nursing Practice

Year 2 modules consist of:

  • Professional Development 2
  • Collaborative Practice 2
  • Adult Nursing - Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Medicine Management
  • Experiences of Health and Illness 1 and 2
  • Enhancing Person Centred Care

Year 3 modules consist of:

  • Professional Development 3
  • Collaborative Practice 3
  • Adult Nursing - Delivering Safe and Effective Care 1 & 2
  • Leadership for Professional Practice and Transition into Professional Practice

Whilst in University, a variety of teaching methods are used throughout a student’s programme. These include taught classroom sessions;  independent, self-directed learning; group discussions; debates; directed learning within seminar groups; clinical/nursing skills practice; student/peer presentations and technology enhanced learning (TEL) such as the creation of digital stories and how to use electronic patient records (available via the internet). During placements  students learn by observation, questioning and of course by practice under supervision. In each of their placements, students are allocated an experienced registered Adult Nurse to be their “mentor”. The mentor’s role is to work with them and guide their learning and development of their clinical practice. Their “mentor” will have undertaken a course, approved by the NMC, to prepare them for their role as a mentor.

Students are assessed throughout their three-year programme. They need to pass both the theory and the clinical practice for every module in order to pass through each progression point. Theory  is assessed in a variety of way which include written essays, presentations, unseen exams and the development of an online blog. Clinical practice is assessed by students’ mentors continuously through each placement. Throughout the three years, feedback on students’ clinical skills is also taken from the people they are caring for and their families when appropriate.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview. When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of Adult Nursing.

You should set aside time to complete the UCAS application form (further information can be found here) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is important and should indicate why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession. We are also looking for candidates who can demonstrate values commensurate with the profession, for example care; compassion; team work; and valuing individuals. More information on values can be found here.

You should include full details of any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. You should also include any observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who may be employed at your place of work. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.

If the screening of your UCAS form is successful then you will be invited to a selection day. They are held in blocks twice a year and the day consists of introductory talks, literacy and numeracy tests, a group activity and multiple mini interviews. The interview team usually consists of an Adult Nursing lecturer, a nurse from practice  and a service user. All our selection assessments have set criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm and knowledge about Adult Nursing
  • Demonstrate values appropriate to Adult Nursing
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


2015/16 and 2016/17

All places on this course for entry in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 are NHS bursary funded for Home and EU students only.

There are no tuition fees payable and you may be eligible for a maintenance bursary:


We recognise that in the Government’s Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, changes are going to be made to the funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration education for the academic year 2017/18. The detail is yet to be confirmed by the Government and we will update our web pages as soon as details become available. Read the Council of Deans of Health Background Information for Students.

The Government has not announced any changes to funding for students applying to study in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

  • Students on this programme may incur travel and accommodation costs whilst on placement. These costs can be reclaimed by students from the NHBSA .
  • Students on this programme will also be required to wear uniform in practice whilst on placement. The cost of the uniform is funded by the NHS.  

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

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UCAS code

  • B740


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent
    GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent
    More entry requirement details.



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