I feel like I am in a very big extended family full of encouragement and support as a student nurse at Christ Church.


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3 years

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Canterbury, Medway
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Be part of the future of nursing in a critical role where you'll provide compassionate and evidence-based care to your patients.

Adult nursing is a dynamic, diverse and evolving profession. Our course will support you to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of those in your care.

50% of your course will be spent in a variety of placements in both acute and community settings to support your learning and gain insight into the positive impact nurses make to individuals, families and communities. On successful completion of the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and gain your first job as a registered nurse.

Why Study Adult Nursing?

To prepare you for a career in adult nursing, our course will develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills from day one, so that you have the experience and confidence to become a registered nurse.

You'll be immersed in nursing practice right through the course and supported by academics and professionals with vast experience. From developing your practical skills in our simulation suites to working in real healthcare environments, you'll be exposed to many different situations and will care for people with varying needs.

The experience you gain will help to ensure that you are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services within the public, charitable or private sectors.

Entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics grades A-C / 4-9 or equivalent. Functional Skills Level 2 accepted.

A typical offer would be BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent

Overseas Students - all must attend for interview. There may be a possibility of conducting the interview via Skype. If English is not your first language you require IELTS overall score of 7, with scores of at least 7 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing.

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) check.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

Throughout the course, you'll gain skills to assess and care for adults who have a wide variety of healthcare needs. You'll also develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in the adult nursing profession and to contribute to service improvement.

Real life scenarios will be used within some sessions so you can discuss and share your thoughts and learning within a safe and confidential environment. In addition, your simulated practice sessions will be related to the theory you learn to help you make important links between this theory and caring for people in practice.

You'll explore areas including:

  • nursing knowledge and skills
  • health promotion
  • evidence-based compassionate person-centred care
  • clinical science
  • collaborative working with a range of health and social care professionals.

You'll experience a wide range of practice placements and you'll also have the opportunity to work interprofessionally with departments that also care for adults, such as theatres and outpatients.

Most of the lecturers who facilitate your learning are nurses from a variety of different specialist backgrounds within adult nursing.

By the end of the course, you'll have developed a strong understanding of a wide range of health issues that people may face and you'll know how to deal with them effectively, to intervene quickly or early enough to reduce the chances of future health problems.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

Many of our academic staff are also registered nurses from a variety of clinical backgrounds. As required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2018) our three-year Adult Nursing degree consists of 4,600 hours in total (2,300 hours of are theory and 2,300 hours are practice).

Our modules involve 50 hours of academic direction and 150 hours of independent study. Academic direction will include core lectures, student seminars, problem-based learning sessions and tutorial opportunities.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

You'll undertake 2300 hours of clinical placement across the three years of the course. This includes a broad range of clinical placements and simulated practice. On placement you will be supported by a practice supervisor and you'll also receive support from your personal academic tutor and the senior lecturer for practice learning.

Simulated practice will be facilitated by academic staff in our simulation suites. You'll complete a total of 300 hours of simulation over the three year course.

During placements you are required to work the shift patterns of your practice area. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Placements are varied to ensure you achieve the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for registration. This means you need to be prepared to travel within Kent and/or Medway.

While on placement, you must conform to the rules of appearance and conduct as set out by your placement provider/organisation.

You'll be expected to undertake independent learning to support your academic modules and practice experience. This may be undertaken individually or within small groups, and will include problem solving activities.

Academic staff will provide guidance for your independent learning through the virtual learning environment. 

We are passionate about developing your potential, we support and challenge you as you progress towards becoming a confident, professional nurse.

Simon RawlingsProgramme Director, Adult Nursing

Your future career

On successful completion of the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered adult nurse. This will open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities for you including working in clinical practice, management, education, research or using your skills in the armed forces. You could also choose to travel and explore the possibility of practising overseas.

Additionally, there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, including Continuing Professional Development courses, MSc or PhD studies.

I recommend this uni to anyone who wants to pursue further studies, especially in nursing. I couldn’t have chosen a better place other than Christ Church. I am so grateful for everything you have done for me.

EnockAdult Nursing graduate


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Further entry requirements

We undertake values based recruitment, in accordance with Health Education England’s guidelines. This means that our selection processes are designed to assess your values. We are looking for candidates that demonstrate the core nursing values outlined in the ‘6 Cs’.

Personal statement: explain why you want to become a nurse and show how you have demonstrated the core values of the 6 Cs at school, college, work or through other activities. If you have relevant care experience include this, but it is not essential.

We use set criteria by which all applications are measured. We are assessing your values, your understanding of the role of the adult nurse and your readiness to study.

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) check.

Industry links

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has close working relationships with placement providers and many of our graduates find work in our local health services.

We work with the NHS, including the Acute and Community sectors. We also work with private and voluntary health and social care organisations.

Professional accreditation

The Adult Nursing degree is subject to joint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body, you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the programme director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a fitness to practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

Nurses are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and nursing students are expected to comply with ‘The Code’ – a regulatory guide which relates to professional standards. A copy of this is available at www.nmc.org.uk

Professional Foundation Year

We will consider your application for the main three-year professional programme. However, applicants may also be considered for a four-year option – i.e. the Health and Social Care Professional Programme with Foundation Year. The decision about your suitability will be made as part of the admissions process and if you are chosen to be interviewed for the Foundation Year option, this will be clearly stated in your Interview Offer Letter. Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

Find out more about the Professional Foundation Year

Please note the Professional Foundation Year is now closed for September 2020 entry.

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3 years

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Canterbury, Medway
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