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 2019, 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

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

Modules – part time

Core modules in this year include:

  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Personalising Nursing Care
  • Science Informing Practice

Core modules in this year include:

  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Foundations of Nursing Professional Practice
  • Nursing People with Long Term Conditions

Core modules in this year include:

  • Acute Care Across Care Settings
  • Applied Nursing Professional Practice
  • Engaging with Service Improvement

Core modules in this year include:

  • Enhancing Professional Nursing Practice
  • Leading Safe and Effective Care

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 from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

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.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • 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.

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 2019 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 – £4,110 

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 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

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

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

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.

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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