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. This means that 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 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.

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 settings 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
  • Adult Nursing - Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 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 range from taught sessions to independent, self-directed learning using PowerPoint presentations; group discussions; debates, seminar groups; clinical/nursing skills practice; student/peer presentations and technology enhanced learning (TEL) such as the creation of digital stories and the use of electronic patient records (available via the internet). Whilst in placement, students learn by observation, under supervision and by practice. In each of their placements, they are allocated an experienced registered Adult Nurse. This nurse is their “mentor” whose 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. The theory is assessed in a variety of ways. These include written essays, presentations, unseen exams and the development of a WIKI (online). Clinical practice is assessed by students’ mentors throughout each placement. Throughout their three years, feedback on their 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 nursing.

You should set aside time to complete the 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 very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

You need to include full details regarding 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. Also what observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by CSV (Community Service Volunteers). 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 discussion and an interview. The interview panel usually consists of an Adult Nursing lecturer and a practising nurse. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:

  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
  • 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).

Fact file

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
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