Developed and delivered in partnership with local healthcare providers, this practical BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree course prepares you for a career as an adult nurse in primary or secondary care.
You'll develop practical skills in safe, simulated teaching environments and apply your skills under supervision from experienced professionals on work placements with our network of healthcare providers.
At the end of the course, you'll be eligible to apply for part 1 (Adult) of the professional Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. This allows you to work as a nurse in the UK.
NHS bursary - at least £5,000 a year
When you study this course from October 2020, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary of £5,000-£8,000 a year.
What you'll experience
When you finish the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration on part 1 (Adult) of the professional Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, which allows you to work as a Registered Nurse in the UK. If you want to work as a nurse abroad, you may also need to register with an overseas nursing body.
What can you do with an adult nursing degree?
Graduates could go on to work in:
- Nursing roles in primary or secondary care in the UK and overseas
- Charity and aid work
- Advanced practice nurse specialism
- Nurse education and mentoring
- Healthcare management in ward sister or lead nurse roles
What jobs can you do with an adult nursing degree?
Job roles graduates could go on to include:
- Community nurse
- Critical care nurse
- Palliative care nurse specialist
- Practice nursing
- Care home manager
- Resuscitation training officer
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Work experience and career planning
You'll spend a large amount of your time during this course on clinical placements with partner Trusts in local community and hospital environments.
Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find further relevant work experience during your course to boost your career prospects further. We help you identify placements, internships, and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
Modules currently being studied
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- Academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts
- Performance-based clinical practice assessments including portfolios and simulation
- In-class tests and examinations
- Presentations and scientific posters
- Work-based projects
- Online learning activities
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent study
- work placement
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you'll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
You will be taking part in scheduled study blocks for up to 20 hours a week for both full time and part time versions of this course. You'll also be in placement activities for roughly 37.5 hours a week (full time) and a minimum of 16 hours a week (part time). The rest of the time you'll be involved in timetabled activities such as tutorials, lectures and workshops alongside independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching by your third year.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 - September to December
- Assessment period 1 - January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 - January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 - May to June
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
Learning support tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Tuition fees (September 2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students - £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students - £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students - £4,110 per year in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 then £2,060 in year 5 (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students - £4,110 per year in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 then £2,060 in year 5 (including Transition Scholarship)
This course isn't currently open to International students
NHS bursary - at least £5,000 a year
From September 2020, new and continuing students on eligible nursing and allied health professional courses can get an NHS bursary of up to £8,000 a year.
For more information, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us.For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (2018, Part 3: Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes, page 8), indicate that recognition of prior learning that is capable of being mapped to the Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes, is permitted, up to a maximum of 50% of the programme.