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Nursing Studies: Adult Nursing

There are two intakes per year:

  • April - Canterbury and Medway Campus
  • September - Canterbury and Medway Campus

Note: April 2012 was the last intake for the Adult Nursing Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) Programme.

The next available intake will be April 2014.

Why Adult Nursing?

The Adult Nursing pathway prepares students for the award of BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult), as well as for entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. Adult Nurses use clinical judgement in the provision of care to enable people to improve, maintain, or recover health, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability. The Adult Nursing pathway develops practitioners who are able to work across care sectors, and who can adapt and respond because professional roles are changing rapidly in response to broader political, social, and economic changes.

What will I study?

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 and 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, and the private and voluntary sector. During placement students are required to follow a shift pattern which includes weekends and some bank holidays.

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.

Learning and teaching

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.

What can I do next?

Successful completion of the programme allows students to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and on successful application practise as a qualified nurse within the Adult Nursing field. Nursing provides many career opportunities, both in the UK and overseas. Qualified nurses work in diverse settings such as hospitals, the community, the armed forces, industry and the prison service. On qualification, students will have developed the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to work in any setting. Once qualified, there are many opportunities for further professional development and specialisation.


Equivalent qualifications accepted

These include:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MMM - plus GCSEs in both Maths and English Language at grade C or above
  • Access - A pass in the Access course plus passes in the GCSE equivalents in Maths & English taken within the Access course
  • NVQ Level 3 - A pass in the NVQ3 plus GCSEs in both Maths and English Language at grade C or above
  • OCR National Diploma - Distinction - plus GCSEs in both Maths and English Language at grade C or above
  • FETAC - A minimum of 8 Merit grades or above in the FETAC Level 5 Award plus IO Maths and English at C3 or above or IH Maths and English at D3 or above
  • Irish Highers - Five Highers or above at grade C3 or above plus IO Maths and English at C3 or above or IH Maths and English at D3 or above
  • Further information on qualifications 

Fees and Bursaries

This Interprofessional Learning Health and Social Care programme is not subject to the new higher education fee system. This means students will not be required to pay their own tuition fees. 

To find out about bursary entitlements for students studying Interprofessional Health and Social Care programmes visit our Financial Information page.  

Advice for Applicants to Adult Nursing 

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.

The Selection Process 

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 

What our students say

Stacey Young

Stacey Young
Nursing Studies - Adult Nursing

The lecturers are probably one of the best things about studying on the Adult Nursing course as the majority of them either originate from a healthcare background or keep working within practice; so they have a real understanding and a terrific knowledge base of nursing. We learn in a much more relaxed environment and feel truly supported in all aspects of our studies and personal life.

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About the course

BSc single honours


3 years full-time



Typical entry requirements

260 UCAS points including BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent (see main text for equivalents). Applicants will also need 5 GCSEs at Grade C, or above, including English and Maths.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants are interviewed and offers of a place are subject to health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the programme. For information about the DBS process please see here.

How to apply


Please note: Opportunities to transfer into years 2 and 3 of the programme may be restricted due to Placement capacity

How will I be assessed?

Coursework, examination, presentations, practical examination


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