Overview

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. 

This course is pending approval against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) 2018 standards. 

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you’ll need to thrive as a nurse
  • Develop practical skills in our safe, simulated teaching environments, then apply your skills on work placement
  • Develop critical thinking, resilience and leadership skills
  • Use medical manikins and simulated patients within our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care to build the skills and confidence that you’ll rely on in your career
  • Learn to confidently examine, assess, and treat patients in community and hospital settings

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.

What you'll study on this

Year 1

Full-time core modules

Foundation Of Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop the learning approach and academic skills for a successful academic career.

Foundations Of Nursing Professional Practice – 40 credits

This module prepares you for your first year clinical placement, including preparation for the requirements you need to achieve during your professional practice to progress to your second year.

Personalising Nursing Care – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop a nursing approach that ensures that service users are viewed as equal partners in the planning, development and monitoring of their own care.

Science Informing Practice – 40 credits

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of essential science informing practice.

Part-time core modules

Foundation Of Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop the learning approach and academic skills for a successful academic career.

Personalising Nursing Care – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop a nursing approach that ensures that service users are viewed as equal partners in the planning, development and monitoring of their own care.

Science Informing Practice – 40 credits

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of essential science informing practice.

Year 2

Full-time core modules

Acute Care Across Care Settings – 20 credits

On this module you'll focus on nursing adults who experience an acute episode of ill health across the lifespan, including those who require diagnostic and/or surgical interventions.

Applied Nursing Professional Practice – 40 credits

The module further develops your attitudes, values, knowledge and skills required for safe compassionate care in partnership with the service user.

Engaging with Service Improvement – 20 credits

This module introduces you to service improvement, the importance of auditing to improve productivity of care-pathways and delivery of person-centred care.  

Evidence Based Decision-Making – 20 credits

This module equips you with an understanding of research and other forms of evidence to inform decision-making in practice. 

Nursing People With Long Term Conditions – 20 credits

This module focuses on the underlying causes, pathophysiological impact, biopsychosocial impact and management of long-term conditions such as physical and mental health, including dementia.

Part-time core modules

Evidence Based Decision-Making – 20 credits

This module equips you with an understanding of research and other forms of evidence to inform decision-making in practice. 

Foundations Of Nursing Professional Practice – 40 credits

This module prepares you for your first year clinical placement, including preparation for the requirements you need to achieve during your professional practice to progress to your second year.

Nursing People With Long Term Conditions – 20 credits

This module focuses on the underlying causes, pathophysiological impact, biopsychosocial impact and management of long-term conditions such as physical and mental health, including dementia.

Year 3

Full-time core modules

Complexities Of Adult Nursing – 20 credits

This module examines the cultural, political and psychosocial influences in and on integrated and multi-disciplinary healthcare provision. 

Leading Safe And Effective Care – 20 credits

On this module you'll participate in the organisation and management of care, including drug calculations and safe care to adult service users in compliance with legal, ethical and professional practice frameworks.

Professional Nursing Practice – 60 credits

On this module, you'll focus on professional values, the delivery of safe, compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs, including caseloads.

Service Improvement Project – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll take on a project in your chosen area of interest and further develop your reflective thinking and critical analysis.

Part-time core modules

Acute Care Across Care Settings – 20 credits

On this module you'll focus on nursing adults who experience an acute episode of ill health across the lifespan, including those who require diagnostic and/or surgical interventions.

Applied Nursing Professional Practice – 40 credits

The module further develops your attitudes, values, knowledge and skills required for safe compassionate care in partnership with the service user.

Engaging with Service Improvement – 20 credits

This module introduces you to service improvement, the importance of auditing to improve productivity of care-pathways and delivery of person-centred care.  

Year 4

Part-time core modules

Enhancing Professional Nursing Practice – 60 credits

In this module you'll prepare for final sign-off placement. You'll focus on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs, including caseloads.

Leading Safe And Effective Care – 20 credits

On this module you'll participate in the organisation and management of care, including drug calculations and safe care to adult service users in compliance with legal, ethical and professional practice frameworks.

Year 5

Part-time core modules

Complexities Of Adult Nursing – 20 credits

This module examines the cultural, political and psychosocial influences in and on integrated and multi-disciplinary healthcare provision. 

Service Improvement Project – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll take on a project in your chosen area of interest and further develop your reflective thinking and critical analysis.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • simulation
  • seminars
  • independent study
  • work placement

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

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.

Careers and opportunities

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 a Nursing (Adult) degree?

Graduates could go on to work as:

  • 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 a Nursing (Adult) 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.

BN, BN Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject. All applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

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