BSc single honours Nursing: Adult Nursing 2019/20

Year of entry

Our vision, for the future nurse is of a creative, innovative, competent, visionary nurse who places the service user at the centre of all they do. You will become a politically aware patient advocate and health activist. You will work autonomously and be a joint decision maker with service users, their families and other health care providers. You will have a strongly held belief in equality. You will be a leader and inspiration to others, using expert communication skills, problem solving and personal resilience to improve the health and wellbeing of your patients and community.

We want to help you become a critically aware, creative, competent practitioner of nursing who gives primacy to the delivery of person centred care within the local and global economy. Through problem-based learning you will explore all aspects of modern nursing.

Adult Nursing is a dynamic, diverse and evolving profession. As an adult nurse you will be working with health care service users in a myriad of situations. This includes working alongside people changing their lifestyle to become healthier and prevent ill health, to supporting people at the end of their life. You will be able to deliver care in a multitude of settings including the person's own home, within services close to their home or within specifically designed health care facilities including ambulatory clinics, hospitals or hospices.

This innovative programme has been developed to meet the professional requirements to enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and become a registered nurse within the adult field. You will engage in a series of theoretical and practice modules throughout the programme and there is an equal split between classroom based learning and practice learning. You will have the opportunity to engage in group clinical supervision, with your peers, throughout the programme, which will help you reflect on your learning and develop into a competent and confident Adult Nurse. 

Our programme was highly commended at Approval particularly for our integration of clinical supervision throughout the curriculum, our bold choice of learning and teaching strategies, the support we offer our students throughout the curriculum, and our close working relationships with services users, charitable organisations and our local service providers.

Canterbury Christ Church has a long history of providing nurse education and 95% of our graduates are in professional roles within 6 months of qualifying*, providing high quality care locally or further afield, wherever there is a need.

97% of our most recent Adult Nursing students were in a professional/managerial job 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17

This course is for you if you wish to study for and become a qualified registered adult nurse. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to apply for registration with the NMC.

This programme has been developed with service providers and service users to deliver contemporary, evidence based nursing education to ensure that our graduates are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services, whether that be in the public, charitable or private sector.

The Adult Nursing Programme will run over 3 years full-time and is divided equally between university based learning and practice learning. You will undertake 2300 hours of practice learning throughout the programme which will be in both our Simulation Suites and in clinical practice.   

As an adult nurse you will require a wide range of both theoretical and clinical knowledge to enable you to practice safely and effectively. In order to achieve this you will undertake five modules per year; a practice module, a clinical supervision module and three Adult Nursing modules.  

The adult nursing modules will help you engage with the wide range of knowledge required by adult nurses including: nursing theory, applied anatomy and physiology, medicines management, pathophysiology, assessment and decision making, care interventions, social justice and promoting health and wellbeing. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to understanding and undertake a wide range of nursing interventions within simulated practice. This will be linked to the materials you are studying in class and may include communication skills, undertaking patient observations, wound management and life support.     

Building on our Faculty's extensive experience of interprofessional learning, throughout the three years you will also have the opportunity to work with other health and social care students within interprofessional education events. This will include both classroom based learning and simulated activities. This includes working with co-teachers; these are local service users who will help you develop your understanding and awareness of people with a learning disability. Students from across the nine health and social care programmes will engage in shared learning as it applies to their profession to explore how interprofessional working improves outcomes for service users. For example, in Year 1 you will undertake a joint module with mental health nursing students to explore issues relating to mental health in an interprofessional way.

Throughout the three years of the programme, you will be allocated a wide range of practice placements. You will have the opportunity to work within the hospital setting sampling a variety of specialities. Each year, you will also have one community based placement where you will experience the wide range of services available to patients requiring care either in or close to their own homes. All students will also have an opportunity to have a short mental health placement to gain insight into the needs of individuals living with a mental health condition. In your second and third years you will be buddied with someone with dementia and their family as part of the Time for Dementia project, supported by Alzheimer’s UK. In your third year you will have the opportunity to undertake a four week elective placement. This provides you with the opportunity to arrange your own experience to enhance your practice learning. You may, for example, choose to go to a specialist care service out of our area, or you could choose to be placed within another field of nursing or a different professional group such as Occupational Therapy or Dietetics. You could also choose to arrange an overseas experience.    

All of the Adult Nursing modules use problem or enquiry based learning approaches. This means, alongside seminars and lectures, you will be presented with a variety of case studies and scenarios which will trigger your learning. In collaboration with your peers. you will be encouraged to closely examine these case studies in order to develop your understanding of the issues presented within them and to actively engage in the process of problem identification, assessment, shared decision making and the implementation of person centred solutions. To support this learning you will have access to a wide range of learning resources via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as well as the University’s award winning library. 

Work experience

Clinical placements are an integral part of the course.

All modules within the Adult Nursing Programme are core.

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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1 - Level 4

Adult Nursing 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to prepare you to enter the practice environment through the exploration of core communication strategies, professional code of practice, interprofessional person centred care and human physiology as it relates to patient monitoring.

Adult Nursing 2 (20 credits)

This module aims to enable you to manage the range of care and nursing practices that they may engage in on a daily basis. This module represents the diversity in care through the examination of promoting health and wellbeing and end of life care.

Caring Conversations (20 credits)

The aims of this module are to enable you to develop an understanding of more common mental health conditions and detection of these when co-existing with physical health conditions. Furthermore, students will demonstrate the ability to facilitate caring conversations with those experiencing emotional distress.

Adult Nursing Practice 1 (40 credits)

The aim of the module is to facilitate your successful attainment of the NMC Standards for Competence and Essential Skills Cluster for Nursing Practice at progression point 1 (NMC 2010).

Group Clinical Supervision 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to facilitate your groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Year 2 - Level 5

Adult Nursing 3 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop the skills of enquiry and analysis in relation to patient care decisions. 

Adult Nursing 4 (20 credits)

The aim of the module is for you to explore the evidence based holistic care required by a variety of Service Users in both hospital and non-hospital care settings, taking into account the contributions made by other healthcare professionals.

Adult Nursing 5 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to critically examine how health and wellbeing is constructed in society today and reflect on how this influences the care they offer health service users

Adult Nursing Practice 2 (40 credits)

The aim of the module is to facilitate your successful attainment of the NMC Standards for Competence and Essential Skills Cluster for (Adult) Nursing Practice at progression point 2 (NMC 2010)

Group Clinical Supervision 2 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to facilitate your groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Year 3 - Level 6

Adult Nursing 6 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to utilise decision making theory when planning and delivering care to service users with complex conditions in a variety of health care settings, with a focus on the pathophysiology and pharmacology, psychology and social aspects of the disease process.

Adult Nursing 7 (20 credits)

This module aims to facilitate critical reflection by you, of the leadership and management styles employed in a clinical area in which you have been placed. You will also consider the professional aspects of accountability and the influence of role modelling in the development of staff.

Nursing Dissertation (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to prepare you to undertake an independent study. You will conduct an evaluative critical review of the available evidence informing an aspect of specialist and contemporary practice, identifying the need for any change in service delivery.

Adult Nursing Practice 3 (40 credits)

The aim of the module is to facilitate your successful attainment of the NMC Standards for Competence and Essential Skills Cluster for (Adult) Nursing Practice for entry to the register (NMC 2010)

Group Clinical Supervision 3 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to facilitate your groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Successful completion of the BSc Adult Nursing will enable you 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 the armed forces. You could also choose to travel and explore the possibility of practising overseas.

Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, including MSc or PhD studies.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900

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

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Overseas students, please note that there is an additional fee of £1,450 per year of study for placement costs. You will also be required to fund your own travel and accommodation costs.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Students eligible for and in receipt of tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company are entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. Further information can be obtained from the NHS Business Authority.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.



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

There will be 750 hours per year of practice based learning. This includes a broad range of clinical placements and simulated practice. On placement you will be supported by a registered nurse who has completed mentorship training. You will also receive academic support from your Personal Academic Tutor and the Senior Lecturer for Practice Learning. Simulated practice will be facilitated by our academic staff in our Simulation Suites. You will complete a total of 300 hours of simulation over the 3 year programme.


Independent learning

You will be expected to undertake independent learning in support of academic modules and practice experience. Academic staff will provide guidance for your independent learning through the virtual learning environment. Independent learning may be undertaken individually or within small groups, and will include problem solving activities.

"You truly have been an inspiring lecturer but most importantly you have been a supportive, kind and approachable personal tutor. The past three years have had both ups and downs but you have always supported us through each and every stage. I am proud to say you were my personal tutor. I am looking forward to seeing you at graduation.”

Amie Barret 3rd year student to her personal tutor, Karen Daniels

Overall workload

As required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2010) the Adult Nursing Programme comprises 4, 600 hours in total; 2, 300 hours of these are theory and 2, 300 practice.

Academic input

Most of our academic staff are also registered nurses from a variety of clinical backgrounds.

Each year you will undertake four 20 credit modules and one practice module worth 40 credits.

A variety of assessment strategies are used within the programme. You will be undertaking written assignments, such as case studies, reflection, examinations and presentations. Practice is assessed each year using the Pan London Practice Assessment Tool, which is a validated assessment tool currently used by a number universities across the country. In the third year of your programme you will undertake a dissertation module which is an extended written assignment. 

To progress from one year to the next all theory and practice assessments must be passed.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

We look at all your academic achievements. Please include all relevant qualifications.

Following the recommendations from the Francis Report (2013) into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust we undertake values based recruitment using the ‘6 Cs’. When we select applicants for interview we consider these values as well as your ability to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

Personal statement: you should set aside time to complete the application form 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, demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession,  and illustrate you have the values highlighted by the 6 Cs.

If you have any relevant care experience you need to include full details, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Describe any 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 Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

If you have not had the opportunity to gain any care experience please show how you have demonstrated the core values of the 6 Cs within your school, college or workplace.

References: we take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees. For example, your current employer or education provider. You should not use friends or relatives. Your reference must be current.

Interview process: applicants offered an interview will receive an introductory talk about the programme and have the opportunity to attend a guided tour of the campus and meet some of our current students.

There are two parts to our interview process. You will participate in a group discussion with your fellow candidates. You will also have four mini interviews of 5 minutes duration with a range of lecturers and colleagues from practice. 

There is a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • 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 explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse

Further information and guidance on our interview process can be found on our website.

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.

This Adult Nursing degree is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by 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.

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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

The Simulation Suites offer you the chance to practise nursing skills in a safe environment which replicates some areas of the clinical placements you may experience.

Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real time practice experiences using electronic mannequins and actors, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, which enable clear links between theory and the practical application to be made by students.

The School of Nursing 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.


Full-time study

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B740

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2019 (Canterbury and Medway)

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 (no Skype). If English is not your first language you require IELTS 7 with 7 in all component parts.

    More entry requirement details.



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