Nursing (Adult) BN (Hons)
BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
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.
Please note, this course is approved by the NMC against its 2010 standards and is pending approval against its 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Subjects in this year include:
- Science Informing Practice
- Personalising Nursing Care
- Foundations of Nursing Professional Practice
- Foundations of Evidence based Practice
Subjects in this year include:
- Evidence based decision-making
- Acute care across care settings
- Engaging with service improvement
- Nursing adults with long term conditions
- Applied Nursing Professional Practice
Subjects in this year include:
- Complexities of Adult Nursing
- Leading Safe and Effective Care
- Enhancing 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching 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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent study
- work placement
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
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most 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.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
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.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 17% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 10% by written exams, 70% by practical exams and 20% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 90% by practical exams and 10% by coursework
- 104 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject.
- All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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.
Apply for this course through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – B740
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
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If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
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.
- Subject area
- Health Care and Social Care