nursing student practising with patient
UCAS Code
B740
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
3 years full-time, 4.5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2020

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. 

Approved by:

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meaning the course meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK.

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018, Part 1: Standards Framework for nursing and midwifery education, 5.12, page 12) state that there is no compensation between theory and practice learning.

It is your responsibility to seek registration with the NMC, on completion of your course. This registration must be sought within 5 years of successful completion of your course.

This course is also endorsed by Skills for Care, which is an indicator of quality for learning and development in the adult social care sector.

90% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2019)

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

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.

The health needs of the population are changing at an unprecedented rate. Our new programme has been co-designed with local trusts, so that our graduates will be confident and empowered to make a valuable contribution to the workforce of the future

Dr Isobel Ryder, Programme Lead for Nursing

What you'll study on this BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree course

Year 1

Full-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop an academic awareness and an understanding of different perspectives on subjects, topics and ideas. You'll develop and apply your skills to get an overview of public health, health inequalities, and health and social care provision.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify your learning needs and develop a personal development plan for your academic skills development
  • Outline the concept of evidence based practice and the different forms that evidence can take
  • Identify, retrieve and summarise evidence relevant to a specific aspect of practice, using appropriate resources
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in delivering health and social care in the UK and the systems they work in
  • Describe the health of the UK population and offer explanations for health inequalities
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll produce a portfolio that includes a Practice Assessment Document and other evidence, including assessor and service user feedback, attainment of proficiencies and a written account of care you have provided. Before your placement you need to complete the requirements for the 'Passport to Practice'.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Meet the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for part one
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of part one
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of part one
  • Reflect on a described episode of care, including assessment, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Articulate your learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in placements and attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 353 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to keep service users and their families at the centre of care and care planning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how to promote a person-centred approach to nursing and care delivery
  • Identify the legal, professional, ethical and patient safety issues related to the scope and boundaries of practice as a student nurse
  • Take responsibility for professional attitudes and behaviour towards others, including communication, maintenance of confidentiality and informed consent
  • Explain key benefits and challenges of a person-centred approach to nursing and care
  • Demonstrate self awareness by reflecting on your personal core values, key skills, attitudes and assumptions
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll specifically develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Obtain relevant clinical and health assessment information using best practice approaches
  • Describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and gross anatomy and functional physiology of the human body
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in performing essential healthcare
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 321 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 4,000-word portfolio project (100% of final mark)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop an academic awareness and an understanding of different perspectives on subjects, topics and ideas. You'll develop and apply your skills to get an overview of public health, health inequalities, and health and social care provision.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify your learning needs and develop a personal development plan for your academic skills development
  • Outline the concept of evidence based practice and the different forms that evidence can take
  • Identify, retrieve and summarise evidence relevant to a specific aspect of practice, using appropriate resources
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in delivering health and social care in the UK and the systems they work in
  • Describe the health of the UK population and offer explanations for health inequalities
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to keep service users and their families at the centre of care and care planning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how to promote a person-centred approach to nursing and care delivery
  • Identify the legal, professional, ethical and patient safety issues related to the scope and boundaries of practice as a student nurse
  • Take responsibility for professional attitudes and behaviour towards others, including communication, maintenance of confidentiality and informed consent
  • Explain key benefits and challenges of a person-centred approach to nursing and care
  • Demonstrate self awareness by reflecting on your personal core values, key skills, attitudes and assumptions
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll specifically develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Obtain relevant clinical and health assessment information using best practice approaches
  • Describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and gross anatomy and functional physiology of the human body
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in performing essential healthcare
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 321 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 4,000-word portfolio project (100% of final mark)

Year 2

Full-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop the nursing knowledge, care and assessment skills necessary to deliver safe, competent person-centred nursing care related to the acute deterioration of physical, psychological and/or mental health, resulting in the need for appropriate interventions and enhanced care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Undertake a prioritised clinical assessment of an acutely ill adult and identify appropriate initial interventions in the event of deterioration
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to signs of deterioration in health
  • Discuss the principles of acuity nursing care across care settings
  • Discuss the physical and psychological effects of elective and emergency surgery and diagnostics
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 108 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Maintain the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for year two
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of year two
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills, including medicines management, required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of year two
  • Reflect on two described episodes of person-centred care, including assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Maximise your opportunity to extend your own learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend seminars, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 368 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll develop a critical knowledge of resource management for health and social care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluate factors that contribute to safe and effective personalised care
  • Analyse the impact of individuals, teams, employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in delivery of safe and effective care and service improvement
  • Work as part of an interprofessional team to deliver person-centred care in the simulated environment
  • Demonstrate your contribution and responsibilities in delivering safe and effective person-centred care as a member of an interprofessional team in the simulated environment
  • Discuss your own contribution to person-centred care
  • Evaluate the challenges in improving person-centred, integrated services
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (70% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical exercise (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll develop a critical knowledge and awareness of evidence in the context of your respective discipline.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published evidence that might inform practice
  • Understand the stages involved in the design and planning of a project in health or social care, including consideration of ethical concerns, selecting and justifying an appropriate approach and process
  • Discuss the context, barriers and enablers for evidence informed decision-making
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework report (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at complex care management, including the care of service users with more than one long-term condition, those who receive integrated care services, and those undergoing end of life and palliative care. You'll learn about the Care Act (2014) and its implications for nursing, including the Duty of Candour; and ‘Making Every Contact Count’ which explores the wider social determinants that influence health.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the underlying causes, pathophysiology and management of common long term conditions
  • Evaluate the nurse's role in promoting and facilitating self care and empowerment
  • Examine the impact that ‘Making Every Contact Counts’ and making healthy choices can have on people with long term conditions
  • Analyse the issues relating to end of life and palliative care
  • Discuss the legal and ethical framework for safe prescription, and demonstrate safe drug calculations
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You’ll develop a critical knowledge and awareness of evidence in the context of your respective discipline.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published evidence that might inform practice
  • Understand the stages involved in the design and planning of a project in health or social care, including consideration of ethical concerns, selecting and justifying an appropriate approach and process
  • Discuss the context, barriers and enablers for evidence informed decision-making
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework report (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll produce a portfolio that includes a Practice Assessment Document and other evidence, including assessor and service user feedback, attainment of proficiencies and a written account of care you have provided. Before your placement you need to complete the requirements for the 'Passport to Practice'.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Meet the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for part one
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of part one
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of part one
  • Reflect on a described episode of care, including assessment, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Articulate your learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in placements and attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 353 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at complex care management, including the care of service users with more than one long-term condition, those who receive integrated care services, and those undergoing end of life and palliative care. You'll learn about the Care Act (2014) and its implications for nursing, including the Duty of Candour; and ‘Making Every Contact Count’ which explores the wider social determinants that influence health.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the underlying causes, pathophysiology and management of common long term conditions
  • Evaluate the nurse's role in promoting and facilitating self care and empowerment
  • Examine the impact that ‘Making Every Contact Counts’ and making healthy choices can have on people with long term conditions
  • Analyse the issues relating to end of life and palliative care
  • Discuss the legal and ethical framework for safe prescription, and demonstrate safe drug calculations
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)

Year 3

Full-time core modules

What you'll do
You'll look at a variety of contemporary settings such as safeguarding, dementia care, end-of-life care, public health, global health, child and adolescent mental health, and learning disabilities. You'll identify a specific topic and (potential) placement of up to two weeks.
What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate evidence for a focused aspect of nursing practice
  • Critically reflect on the impact of a variety of influences that inform nursing practice
  • Consider the central role of different public health approaches in addressing a key issue of health, illness and environment within the local community, nationally or globally
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning, and attend lectures and seminars. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word written assignment including essay (80% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework project (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical understanding of the processes of clinical governance and continuous quality improvement through clinical leadership. You'll apply these principles through communication skills, reflection, clinical judgement and critical evaluation of evidence.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the application of legal, ethical and professional frameworks and values for practice in the management, leadership and organisation of nursing care for adult service users
  • Identify and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and methods used to develop leaders in organisations
  • Critically explore the opportunities and challenges in interprofessional team and partnership working, evaluating innovative approaches to care
  • Respond to legal or professional challenges accurately, fairly, openly, ethically and professionally
  • Act ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity and continuous personal and professional development
  • Select and justify leadership concepts most applicable to your own professional role
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute written exam (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

You'll develop clinical competence and confidence prior to your registration placement, including in medicines administration and caseload management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate your role in relation to statutory registration and accountable practice
  • Reflect and act on personal and professional achievements in practice placements and analyse future development needs in relation to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and revalidation
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities while managing an allocated caseload in the placement care setting
  • Demonstrate achievement of the practice outcomes defined for placement learning and for Entry to the register (NMC 2010)
  • Engage in the module placement requirements and meet programme hours for level 6
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend seminars, tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 566 hours studying independently. This is around 17 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

You’ll explore and evaluate areas of best practice and develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge of appraising, evaluating and applying evidence-based practice to a particular patient/client group or workplace. You’ll systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on reviewed evidence in your field of practice.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the principles of effective project design, management and dissemination, with emphasis on the development of a problem arising from practice and appropriate methodology to answer it
  • Systematically produce an academically rigorous document in an acceptable format
  • Produce a scientific poster presentation of your project to a professional standard
  • Critically evaluate the evidence of current practice by discussing on data in relation to current literature and practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, lectures and project supervision meetings. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 174 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,500-word coursework project (80% of final mark)
  • a 500-word coursework project (20% of final mark)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop the nursing knowledge, care and assessment skills necessary to deliver safe, competent person-centred nursing care related to the acute deterioration of physical, psychological and/or mental health, resulting in the need for appropriate interventions and enhanced care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Undertake a prioritised clinical assessment of an acutely ill adult and identify appropriate initial interventions in the event of deterioration
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to signs of deterioration in health
  • Discuss the principles of acuity nursing care across care settings
  • Discuss the physical and psychological effects of elective and emergency surgery and diagnostics
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 108 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Maintain the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for year two
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of year two
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills, including medicines management, required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of year two
  • Reflect on two described episodes of person-centred care, including assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Maximise your opportunity to extend your own learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend seminars, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 368 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll develop a critical knowledge of resource management for health and social care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluate factors that contribute to safe and effective personalised care
  • Analyse the impact of individuals, teams, employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in delivery of safe and effective care and service improvement
  • Work as part of an interprofessional team to deliver person-centred care in the simulated environment
  • Demonstrate your contribution and responsibilities in delivering safe and effective person-centred care as a member of an interprofessional team in the simulated environment
  • Discuss your own contribution to person-centred care
  • Evaluate the challenges in improving person-centred, integrated services
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (70% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical exercise (30% of final mark)

Year 4

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop clinical competence and confidence prior to registration, including in administration of medicine and caseload management. This module contributes to meeting NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (2018).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Maintain the requirements for the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected of a registered nurse at threshold level, at the end of year 3
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills, including medicine management, required to confirm proficiency as a registered nurse, as expected at the end of year 3
  • Reflect on two described episodes of person-centred care, including planning, supervision of juniors and shared decision-making.
  • Articulate your own learning and development needs for future development, including revalidation
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 4 hours of tutorials 
  • 680 hours of placement
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 14 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 566 hours studying independently. This is around 17 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail)
  • a 2,000-word portfolio (pass/fail)
  • a 1,500-word coursework set exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical understanding of the processes of clinical governance and continuous quality improvement through clinical leadership. You'll apply these principles through communication skills, reflection, clinical judgement and critical evaluation of evidence.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the application of legal, ethical and professional frameworks and values for practice in the management, leadership and organisation of nursing care for adult service users
  • Identify and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and methods used to develop leaders in organisations
  • Critically explore the opportunities and challenges in interprofessional team and partnership working, evaluating innovative approaches to care
  • Respond to legal or professional challenges accurately, fairly, openly, ethically and professionally
  • Act ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity and continuous personal and professional development
  • Select and justify leadership concepts most applicable to your own professional role
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute written exam (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

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.

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.

Ask me anything about BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
An 'ask me anything' session with BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult) Course Leader, Pauline McKeever.

Watch this video for answers to questions such as 'What career opportunities will I have after the course?' and 'Does the course allow me to specialise in a particular type of nursing?'

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.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

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:

Personal tutor

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
  • referencing
  • 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 support

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.

Entry requirements​

BN (Hons) Adult Nursing degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 104 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science or Social Science subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

What skills and qualities do I need for this adult nursing degree course?

As well as meeting the course entry requirements, good communication and teamwork skills are useful.

Awareness of the 6Cs of nursing (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment) is also important.

How can I prepare for an adult nursing degree?

You'll have the opportunity to get work experience during your degree, but it's helpful to get some work experience before you start the course.

Speaking to someone who works in health and social care is also useful for an insight into the role of a nurse.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

​Course costs

Tuition fees (September 2020 start)

Full time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Part time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – to be confirmed

This course isn't currently open to International students

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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Your uniform is included as part of your course fee, but you’ll need to pay £20–£50 for extra or replacement uniforms. You won’t need to pay for a replacement due to fair wear and tear. You’ll also need to supply your own suitable footwear for placements.

You’ll need to purchase clinical items over the course of your study. You should budget around £50 for this.

You’ll need to pay the travel costs associated with your placement, though the NHS may meet some of these costs.

You may have an opportunity to undertake a placement. There are several options for this placement, and you may choose to go abroad. If you want to go abroad or travel within the UK, you need to budget between £1000–£5000. You'll need to cover all your expenses for this placement.

Common questions about this subject

Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us

Common adult nursing questions

Adult nursing involves working with adults of all ages.

The role of a nurse includes promotion of health and prevention of illness. As an adult nurse, you'll care for adults who are sick or injured, disabled, or at the end of their life.

Adult nursing also includes being an advocate for people and their families when they can't speak up for themselves.

Adult nursing contributes to generating research and shaping health policy.

The healthcare system in the UK is changing and modernising, and people's healthcare needs are changing as the population gets older. Many nurses are also reaching retirement age. New nurses are needed to support these changes.

This means the future demand for adult nursing graduates in the UK is likely to be high.

Nursing is a satisfying field to work in because you'll be supporting and having a positive impact on the lives of many people.

You'll have the opportunity to get involved in education and research, and help shape health policy. And, because nurses don't just work in hospitals, you'll have lots of options for progressing your career.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B740
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'Apply' section above for details) or through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU. 

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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.

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