Nursing (Adult) BN (Hons)
BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
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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.
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.
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
What you'll study on this BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Modules – full time
Core modules in this year include:
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations of Nursing Professional Practice
- Personalising Nursing Care
- Science Informing Practice
Core modules in this year include:
- Acute Care Across Care Settings
- Applied Nursing Professional Practice
- Engaging with Service Improvement
- Evidence Based Decision Making
- Nursing People with Long Term Conditions
Core modules in this year include:
- Complexities of Adult Nursing
- Leading Safe and Effective Care
- Professional Nursing Practice
- Service Improvement Project
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 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.
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
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Nursing (Adult) degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, workshops, group work, placements and simulations for about 7.5 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do 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 in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
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:
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.
BN (Hons) Adult Nursing degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 104 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 overall however a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.
- All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
Qualifications or experience
- 104 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science or Social Science subject.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.
- 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.
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.
Tuition fees (September 2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – 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.
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.
In the third year, you will have an opportunity to undertake an elective placement. There are several options for this placement, but some students may choose to go abroad. Students wishing to go abroad or travel within the United Kingdom should budget anywhere between £1000–£5000 depending on where they choose to go. You will need to cover all of your own expenses for this placement.
How to apply
To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.
In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
When you apply, you'll need:
- the UCAS course code – B740
- our institution code – P80
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.
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