BSc single honours Nursing: Adult Nursing 2019/20

Year of entry

Applications to this course for September 2019 entry are closed. You can now apply for September 2020 entry.

Our programme will enable you to become a critically aware, creative, competent nurse who places the person and their family at the centre of everything you do.

Through problem-based learning you will explore all aspects of modern nursing. You will become a politically aware patient advocate and health activist with a strongly held belief in equality. You will learn to work autonomously, and be a joint decision maker with service users, their families and other health care providers. You will develop your leadership using expert communication skills, problem solving and personal resilience to improve the health and wellbeing of people within the local and global community.

Adult Nursing is a dynamic, diverse and evolving profession. As an adult nurse you will be working with people across a variety of settings to maintain health, manage ill-health and support end of life care.

Our innovative programme will engage you in theoretical and practical learning. Upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Collaborative learning with our other health programmes and local service users will enable you to gain deeper awareness of the health needs of people, including those with learning disabilities, dementia and mental health conditions. Our Simulation Suites will support your practical learning in a safe environment. You will participate in clinical supervision throughout your programme of study to foster your resilience and facilitate your reflections on theory and practice.

Canterbury Christ Church has a long history of providing nurse education and 97% of our graduates are in professional roles within 6 months of finishing their course (DLHE 2016/17), 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. Upon successful completion of this programme you will be eligible 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. We ensure that our graduates are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services, within the public, charitable and private sectors.

The Adult Nursing Programme is three years full-time. As an Adult Nurse you will require a wide range of theoretical and clinical knowledge to practice safely and effectively. There is an equal division between university-based learning (2,300 hours) and practice learning (2,300 hours).

Your theoretical learning will include:

  • nursing theory
  • applied anatomy and physiology
  • pathophysiology
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • leadership
  • coaching.

We use problem-based and enquiry-based learning. This method helps you understand topics more deeply. It also enables you to use theory to support person-centred care delivery and decision-making. You will also learn with and from other health and social care students through interprofessional education events,

Simulated practice sessions are related to the theory you are learning. These will support you to make important links between this theory and caring for people in practice.

Throughout your three years of study you will participate in a wide range of practice learning. You will learn within the hospital setting sampling a variety of specialities. You will learn within a variety of community settings to experience the services available to patients requiring care outside of hospitals. You will also have a short mental health placement to gain insight into our patients who live with mental health conditions.

To support your studies you will have access to a wide range of resources via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as the University’s award winning library.

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

Foundations of Nursing (20 credits)

This module prepares you to enter the practice environment. Content includes communication, professionalism, anatomy and physiology, nursing assessment and care planning, and interprofessional practice.

Promoting Health in Practice (20 credits)

This module enables you to understand the nurse’s role in promoting physical and mental wellbeing during health, ill-health and at the end of life.

Caring Encounters (20 credits)

You will develop your understanding of common mental health issues. You will learn alongside local service users to consider the confidence and skills required to hold difficult conversations with people experiencing emotional distress.

Year 2 - Level 5

Evidence Based Nursing Care (20 credits)

In this module you will examine the evidence base for nursing assessment, care planning and decision-making

Care of the Deteriorating Patient (20 credits)

You will learn about management of the deteriorating patient in a range of care settings.

Nursing and Social Justice (20 credits)

This module aims to help you understand the impact that social and political factors have on health and wellbeing. You will examine the role of nurses in health activism and in overcoming oppressive practice. 

Year 3 - Level 6

Caring for the Person With Complex Needs (20 credits)

You will link pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and decision-making theories to plan and deliver care to people with complex conditions in a variety of healthcare settings.

Leadership and Learning (20 credits)

This module examines effective leadership, management and coaching within nursing practice. Once completed you will have met the NMC requirements to become a Practice Supervisor on registering as a nurse.

Critical Review of Practice (20 credits)

This is your dissertation. You will undertake a critical review of literature to explore an aspect of contemporary nursing practice.

Recurring modules - Levels 4, 5 and 6

Adult Nursing Practice Learning (40 credits)

You will undertake this module every year, as it is the practice component of your programme. You will work to achieve the NMC Standards of Proficiency, and will be assessed in practice to ensure you meet the relevant NMC progression points.

Clinical Supervision and Professional Development (20 credits)

This module is also undertaken every year. These modules are designed to help you reflect on your practice experiences and link them to relevant theory. They also support your personal and professional development.

Upon successful completion of the BSc Adult Nursing you will 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 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

Fob watch (compulsory) All students much purchase a fob watch at a cost ranging from £1-£45 as wrist watches must not be worn in practice settings.

For 2019/20 students eligible for and in receipt of tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company are currently entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements. Further information and guidelines 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.


Our 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 in years 1 and 2 and 825 hours in year 3 of practice based learning. This includes a broad range of clinical placements and simulated practice. On placement you will be supported by a Practice Supervisor. You will also receive 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, 2018) the Adult Nursing Programme comprises 4,600 hours in total; 2,300 hours of these are theory and 2,300 hours are 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 Document, which is a validated assessment document 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 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 NMC requirements for registration. This means you need to be prepared to travel within Kent and/or Medway.

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


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: set aside time to complete your personal statement and get someone to proof read it prior to submission. 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.

References: please make sure you have provided us with an appropriate referee. This should be your most recent employer or manager, or your most recent teacher, tutor or vocational assessor. This must not be a relative. If you are unsure please contact Admissions for further information.

Interviews: you will take part in four Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) lasting five minutes each. You will be interviewed by a different interviewer at each MMI station. You will also attend a group discussion and will be assessed on your input and views. These are assessed by academic staff, service users and practising nurses from our placement areas. We are also looking at your ability to follow the instructions given for the day as a measure of professional behaviour and digital literacy.

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.

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, 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.


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 overall score of 7, with scores of at least 7 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing.

    More entry requirement details.



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