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BSc (Hons)

Nursing (Adult)

Nursing Adult
  • UCAS code(s): B740
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment: these core NHS values are embedded in our teaching. The World Health Organisation has declared 2020 as “Year of the Nurse”, recognising the huge part they play in day-to-day healthcare. It’s an important and deeply rewarding role.

Through our flexible curriculum and blended learning approach – building up your theoretical knowledge, and then putting it into practice on placement – you’ll develop your holistic, clinical and decision-making skills in line with the demands of modern nursing. Taught by experienced practitioners – and with the additional input of service users and carer groups – you’ll learn from the very best on your journey towards accreditation as a Registered Adult Nurse.

We also offer BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health.

What you'll study

Our course gives you a robust knowledge of adult nursing practice – as well as the wider sector – both in and outside of the classroom. It’s the perfect combination of theory and practice, allied to great facilities, modules built around the latest research, and teachers who’ve worked for years in professional healthcare. You’ll develop your nursing knowledge based around:

  • a holistic view of patients’ physical and psychological needs
  • the chance to refine and apply your clinical skills
  • a practice-learning environment, with simulated exercises and activities
  • placements in a variety of healthcare settings
  • some fantastic opportunities for career development.

Our nursing degree isn’t just distinguished by the amount of time you’ll spend on placement – it’s how early those placements opportunities arrive on your course. From the outset, we’ll ensure you’re in hands-on, practice-based environments, supporting local healthcare providers and putting your theoretical skills to the test. Alongside the “interprofessional” nature of our teaching – which connects you with experts from across the sector, broadening your skills and knowledge – you’ll have the perfect grounding in adult nursing.

The five strands of nursing at NTU

Our course combines foundational healthcare knowledge with teaching that’s specific to the field of adult nursing. With this approach, we’ll help you to develop a well-rounded understanding of the sector, as well as the specialist skills you’ll need as a registered adult nurse. Our course is built around five “strands”, namely:

  • Applied bio-, psycho- and social sciences
  • Clinical practice and nursing skills
  • Professional concept, philosophies and theories
  • Preparation for practice
  • Personal and professional development

Across these strands, you’ll develop the core knowledge, skills and attributes you’ll need for a successful career in adult nursing – both at home and abroad. You’ll have the chance to complete care-based work placements – bedding in your theoretical skills – and pick from an exciting range of specialist electives.

  • Year One

    Core Modules

    Introduction to Nursing Practice

    This module introduces you to the values and responsibilities of adult nursing, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You’ll cover a wide range of key foundational areas – from professional accountability to reflective practice and emotional intelligence. You’ll also create your own professional portfolio, and get to grips with the basics of academic writing and research. This module is the perfect introduction to your studies in adult person-centred care.

    Integrative Nursing Practice

    On this module, you’ll build on your general healthcare knowledge with learning that’s specific to adult nursing. You’ll focus on the biological, psychological and social processes that maintain people’s health, as you learn from experts who’ve worked throughout the sector. You’ll also study body systems to help you understand physiology and development. This module gives some valuable context and background to the key role nurses play in preventing ill health.

    Foundations Applied Nursing Practice

    This module sharpens your clinical nursing skills – you’ll continue to work on your own reflective practice as you build up your independence and confidence. You will learn through a range of practical sessions and workshops how to deliver fundamental nursing care and develop your communication skills.

  • Year Two

    Core Modules

    Evidence in Nursing Practice

    To begin your second-year studies, we’ll be exploring research methods and evidence-based practice in greater detail. This will help you to understand how evidence – alongside clinical expertise – drives quality in nursing care and service development. We’ll also be looking at how to build resilience as a nursing professional – one of the field’s most important and valued attributes.

    Biopsychosocial Approaches in Nursing Practice

    Focused on the biopsychosocial model, this module explores the causes and consequences of physical / psychological ill-health. You’ll study anatomy, physiology and body systems, as well as the effect of medications on the body. Supported by a range of experienced professionals, you’ll also examine different psychological and social models, as you assess the impact of ill-health on individuals, families and communities.

    Applied Nursing Practice in Complex Care

    You’ll round off your second-year studies with a deeper look at delivering care to individuals with complex needs – as well as their families. To do this, you’ll explore a range of clinical skills within the classroom, our simulation environment, and real-world practice settings. Through this, you’ll develop your understanding of the interventions that can improve service users’ health. You’ll also explore the planning, delivery and evaluation of care for people with complex and / or long-term conditions.

  • Year Three

    Core Modules

    Innovating and Improving Healthcare Practice

    This module looks at the strategies that help nurses to maintain and improve quality in healthcare –  including a focus on managing change within the healthcare setting. You’ll also develop your knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice to a deeper level: with the support of our academic team, you’ll undertake an independent written project to generate your own recommendations for healthcare practice education or research. In turn, your work will provide new learning opportunities for your peers and colleagues in adult nursing.

    Leadership in Nursing

    The module examines the role and responsibilities of registered adult nurses as leaders in healthcare, and mangers of interprofessional teams. You’ll examine the key concepts that underpin successful leadership, drawing on the reflective skills you’ve developed throughout the course to develop your own leadership style. This will prepare you effectively for the role of Practice Supervisor, following your qualification. Once again, you’ll benefit from our “interprofessional” approach, as you learn from – and work directly with – experts across the healthcare sector.

    Leading and Managing Applied Nursing Care

    This final module consolidates everything you’ve learned throughout the course – allying the hands-on experience you’ve developed on placement to the theoretical and academic skills you’ve acquired in the classroom. With this approach, you’ll be fully prepared to practice as a registered adult nurse. You’ll also develop applied knowledge in preparation for professional development towards prescribing post-qualification. By completing this module, you should be able to show evidence-informed decision-making within multidisciplinary teams, ahead of your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

How you’re taught

Your learning is based on two things we’re very proud of – a “blended” approach of classroom theory and hands-on practice, and our incredible new facilities. We know what’s needed for the toolkit of the “future nurse”, and we’re committed to giving you the skills, knowledge and experience you require. Our teaching delivery is flexible and diverse, and includes:

  • working with personal tutors – individually, and in larger groups
  • collaboration with “expert patients” – those who’ve access health services directly, and can guide your skills in person-centred care through their own experience
  • large and inclusive lectures, and smaller, more intimate seminars
  • “interprofessional” learning, with industry experts from across the healthcare sector
  • clinical skills practice / simulated scenarios, in our Clinical Skills Suites
  • virtual reality, and a wealth of online learning communities and resources
  • problem-based learning (PBL) and project-based learning (PrBL)
  • experiential practice and work-based learning (WBL)

Programme structure and activities

  • Year One: Clinical Skills / Practical Activity / Numeracy Exam / Written Work
  • Year Two: Clinical Skills / Practical Activity / Numeracy Exam / Presentation / Written Work
  • Year Three: Clinical Skills / Practical Activity / Numeracy Exam / Presentation / Written Work and Independent Study

Assessment methods

    This is a multi-disciplinary programme, and you’ll be assessed through a range of methods and activities. These include:

  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) – practical demonstrations of your hands-on nursing skills in a simulated environment
  • observations by Practice Educators of your competency in practice
  • an ePortfolio (PebblePad)
  • case studies
  • reflective accounts
  • presentations
  • essays
  • multiple-choice and short-answer exams
  • your own independent nursing project

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Your time is split roughly in half between classroom-based learning and practice learning placements. You’ll have a minimum of 4,600 hours’ contact time throughout your course – how that’s divided up depends on the programme you’ve chosen, and the year of study. Whilst the hours are always subject to change, here’s some examples:

BSc Nurse Degree [ND]

  • Year One: 318 hours classroom based, 518 independent study, 678 on placement
  • Year Two: 318 hours classroom based, 472.5 hours independent study, 790.5 hours placements ,
  • Year Three:288 hours classroom based, 390 hours independent study, 903 hours in practice placement

Hands-on nursing: your work experience opportunities

The importance of diagnostic, assessment and hands-on clinical skills in modern nursing continues to grow, and that’s why placements are such a key part of our nursing courses. You’ll work across a variety of health and social care settings, in a wide range of public and private sector environments – all the time developing your understanding of the patient journey and the services they access.

You’ll benefit from our reputation in the healthcare sector, and our fantastic professional links throughout adult nursing. The range and diversity of experiences on offer means you can properly explore the role – and in your third year, you’ll even get the chance to complete an “elective” practice learning placement in an area of your choice. This will deepen your understanding of nursing, and improve your job prospects even further.

Learn from the experts

As tomorrow’s professionals, you’ll be taught by today’s experts – people who’ve worked (and are still working) across the healthcare sector. Tutorials and personal contact time are an important part of our nursing courses, and we ensure you’re supported in both one-to-one and group-learning environments. You’ll have your own personal tutor, and range of informed module leaders. As these are new courses, we’ve had the opportunity to build them from the ground up, ensuring they’re guided by the latest research and practice – meaning that you’ll learn at the forefront of modern nursing.

Throughout the programme, we’ll give you all the support you need: from advice and feedback, to securing practice learning placements, to helping you deal with any unforeseen personal circumstances or difficulties.

Clinical and nursing skills

Your registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council hinges on proving you’ve got the required clinical and nursing skills – all developed throughout the practical components of this course. You’ll acquire these skills in our labs and suites, through a range of simulated exercises that bridge the gap between the classroom and your practice placements. You’ll then keep a record of the skills you’ve built and contact hours you’ve completed in your ePortfolio.

Careers and employability

With the House of Commons Health Committee announcing the need for 22,000 new nurses by 2021 – and NHS England raising funding to £20.5 billion – the opportunities for young professionals in the healthcare sector are huge. As a graduate, you could pursue a career as a:

  • Registered Adult Nurse
  • Community / District Nurse
  • Practice Nurse
  • Sister / Charge Nurse
  • Matron
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Consultant Nurse
  • Lead Nurse

From here, you’ll be able to practice as an adult nurse – and with the networking opportunities you’ll get on your placements, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to build a professional reputation with healthcare providers across the region.

Our Employability team

Our dedicated Employability team will help you to improve your marketability and professional prospects. Alongside your studies, they’ll give you advice and guidance on everything you need to stand out from the crowd – from voluntary and work experience opportunities to bespoke, specialised support for student nurses. They also help to coordinate our Acceler8 Award, which sits outside of your studies, and helps you to develop a broader range of transferable skills, knowledge and experience.

Entry requirements

For September 2020 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Health or Science related subject grade C / 4.
  • We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details.

    If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language, Maths and / or Health/Science subject or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

Personal statement

You will be expected to have 100 hours of related work experience and should detail this in your personal statement along with how this makes you a suitable candidate for nurse training.

You should also consider including the following information in your personal statement:

  • Evidence of professional knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
  • Evidence of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of transferable skills and practice
  • Understanding of the role of a nurse specific to the route that you are applying for i.e. Adult or Mental Health, and current nursing issues
  • Insight into the professional, regulatory and statutory aspects of nursing and current nurse training

Other requirements

You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer, clinical practitioner and service user, and complete a writing skills and numeracy test
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check

Nursing students will be expected to provide evidence of digital literacy skills specific to a variety of digital technologies at the start of the programme. A self-assessment task will provide evidence for support from the programme team and a personal development plan to be used throughout the programme.

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2021 entry are TBC.

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Important information

Nursing courses at NTU have a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Health or Science related subject grade C / 4.
  • We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details.

    If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language, Maths and / or Health/Science subject or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

Personal statement

You will be expected to have 100 hours of related work experience and should detail this in your personal statement along with how this makes you a suitable candidate for nurse training.

You should also consider including the following information in your personal statement:

  • Evidence of professional knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
  • Evidence of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of transferable skills and practice
  • Understanding of the role of a nurse specific to the route that you are applying for i.e. Adult or Mental Health, and current nursing issues
  • Insight into the professional, regulatory and statutory aspects of nursing and current nurse training

Other requirements

You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer, clinical practitioner and service user, and complete a writing skills and numeracy test
  • provide a satisfactory good character and good health declaration check with attendance at occupational health
  • completion of an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check

Nursing students will be expected to provide evidence of digital literacy skills specific to a variety of digital technologies at the start of the programme. A self-assessment task will provide evidence for support from the programme team and a personal development plan to be used throughout the programme.

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2021 entry are TBC.

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Important information

Adult nursing and Mental Health nursing at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

If you want to be a registered nurse in Adult or Mental Health, apply today by clicking the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

This is your opportunity to sell yourself by telling us who you are today and who you want to be in the future. Write about why you want to be a nurse and why your knowledge, skills and previous experiences are important to this profession. What subjects have you studied that are important to you and to nursing; what work experience have you had that has made an impact on you and may help you in nursing; what hobbies and interest do you have. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side as  a student nurse will be very important as you will be studying for 45 weeks of the year, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs and funding

The government revised the funding stream for nurse training in 2017 where student nurses would be eligible for student loans toward their education as the bursary system is no longer in place within England. Students will be funded for and provided with NTU’s practice learning placement uniforms although: additional items may incur a cost; and some placement providers may not require uniform but professional clothing that will not be funded.

Assistance with funding, scholarship and financial awards may be available via independent sponsors, please visit:

- Royal College of Nursing – Scholarships and bursaries

- UCAS – Additional Funding

- Top Universities - Nursing- Scholarships - Around the World

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

If you want to be a registered nurse in Adult or Mental Health, apply today by clicking the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

This is your opportunity to sell yourself by telling us who you are today and who you want to be in the future. Write about why you want to be a nurse and why your knowledge, skills and previous experiences are important to this profession. What subjects have you studied that are important to you and to nursing; what work experience have you had that has made an impact on you and may help you in nursing; what hobbies and interest do you have. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side as  a student nurse will be very important as you will be studying for 45 weeks of the year, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs and funding

The government revised the funding stream for nurse training in 2017 where student nurses would be eligible for student loans toward their education as the bursary system is no longer in place within England. Students will be funded for and provided with NTU’s practice learning placement uniforms although: additional items may incur a cost; and some placement providers may not require uniform but professional clothing that will not be funded.

Assistance with funding, scholarship and financial awards may be available via independent sponsors, please visit:

- Royal College of Nursing – Scholarships and bursaries

- UCAS – Additional Funding

- Top Universities - Nursing- Scholarships - Around the World

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Study route Home (UK/EU students)
Full-time £9,250

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

TBC Disclosure and Barring Service Check

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Study routeInternational
Full-time £14,500

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

For international and EU fees for all courses, together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

TBC Disclosure and Barring Service Check

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

Enquiry Team
+44 (0)115 848 4460