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BSc (Hons)

Nursing - Adult

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  • UCAS code(s): B740
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2020; March 2020 TBC

As a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or degree apprenticeship, you will be prepared for the roles and responsibilities of the rewarding profession Registered Adult Nurse. The programme has been designed with in collaboration with professional groups including nursing colleagues, students and service user and carers offering graduates a life-long career in adult nursing, or health care employment and provides evidence of academic success and transferable skills within other professions.

Applicants considering the apprenticeship route will need to be employed and ensure agreement to be released for the programme via the employer application process.

*We are currently awaiting final approval for delivery of this course from September 2020 relating to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) new Future Nurse Standards to ensure content and context relevant to our practice learning placement partners in the Nottinghamshire and surrounding regions.  Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

What you'll study

Within the programme, via blended-learning and teaching approaches adult student nurses will develop knowledge, skills and attributes based around holistic physical and psychological needs; preparation for clinical skills and practice learning placement experience; evidence-based and research informed decision-making; and support within career development and self-awareness as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the chosen field of nursing.

A core element of the programme is the variety of professional practice learning placements and interprofessional experiences to enhance capability and proficiency toward your career as a ‘future nurse’.

Agile Curriculum - The 5 strands

The adult nursing programme has been designed based on an ‘agile approach’ that lends itself to providing three years of study based around core generic nursing content with adult field specific context via teacher-led, independent study and practice learning experiences. To support content and context the adult programme is based on five strands that will enhance student adult nurse’s knowledge of applied bio-, psycho-, social sciences; clinical practice and nursing skills; professional concepts, philosophies and theories; preparation for practice; and personal and professional development.

These strands will assist in preparing adult student nurses for a rewarding, yet challenging career by developing the core knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes in preparation for a life-long career from the regional to global workforce.

Each student will experience care of the adult practice learning placements, whilst having elective opportunities in the other fields of nursing. To prepare student nurses for registration, there will be various assessment methods that are adult nursing specific.

  • Year One

    Core Modules

    Introduction to Nursing Practice

    For student nurses in the adult field, the Introduction to Nursing Practice module is designed to introduce governance via the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) nursing responsibilities; whilst considering professional practice and adult nursing values that are research-informed and evidenced-based. To support preparation for adult nursing, students will receive core content toward their professional portfolio and e-learning technologies applied to human biological and cognitive structure and function; understanding medicines management; and the introduction of reflective practice and emotional intelligence when managing adult patients and own health and wellbeing. Application to research and evidence-based practice will support the development of academic writing to prepare for the nursing assessments with a focus on adult person-centred care.

    Integrative Nursing Practice

    Adult nursing content and context will be further developed in the Integrative Nursing Practice module whilst also focusing on the five agile strands within year one to support preparation as a novice adult nursing student. Public health and care of adult patients will be explored to support practice learning placements; with a focus on understanding the accountability in medicines management towards assessment.  To support adult student nurses when working in a multi-disciplinary team, interprofessional education and practice will be embedded in to the integrative practice module; whilst further development in the structure and function of human biological and cognitive processes will assist in preparation for assessments and practice. Adult student nurses will continue to practice with digital technologies whilst further participating in reflective practice and self-awareness.

    Applied Nursing Practice 1

    Within the Applied Nursing Practice 1 module, adult student nurses will develop further knowledge based on the five strands within the clinical and nursing skills for a first-year nursing programme toward academic and professional capability. Application of medicines management and numeracy, and self-analysis using reflective practice will support independence as an adult nursing student. Further evidence of physiological health conditions based on the human body systems and psychological health conditions will enhance professional experience within the practice learning placements and provide evidence for the professional portfolio. To ensure a competent practitioner, further development in digital application and understanding of genetic principles will support student nurse’s consolidation of adult nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes.

  • Year Two

    Core Modules

    Management in Nursing Practice

    As the first of the second-year modules, Management in Nursing Practice research methodologies and evidence-based practice will be considered in detail as an aid to increase academic ability; whilst enhanced knowledge of patient-centred and family-centred care alongside individualised pharmacology will support practice learning placements. Managing treatment and developing understanding of diagnosis within episodes of care for acute physical and psychological health conditions will be considered in detail to ensure adult student nurses maintain holistic and wholistic care. Further theory and practice will assist student adult nurses advancing knowledge when exploring the clinical and nursing skills; whilst evidence of management theories and models will support personal and professional development as a reflective practitioner as evidence toward their developing portfolio.

    Coordinating Nursing Practice

    Coordinating Nursing Practice is designed for the advancing beginner in adult nursing education in order to prepare student nurses to support patients with multimorbidity and manage the coordination of are and professional colleagues. Building on practice learning placement experience will be opportunities of elective practice in and outside of the field of speciality; with community practice across the region to support adult patient physical and mental health and wellbeing. To allow for personal and professional development, student adult nurses will continue to coordinate long-term patient care whilst managing significant other needs; with a detailed emphasis in pharmacology and pharmacogenetics, among other therapies, whilst building on management theories and practice. Within the module student adult nurses will revisit inter-professional education by working as part of a team when supporting other health and social care specialities; whilst application of the e-nurse will enhance the e-portfolio and reflective practice.

    Applied Nursing Practice 2

    Applied Nursing Practice 2 will draw to an end the interim year of your student adult nurse training, by enhancing application of nursing processes and ensure proficiency in practice learning placements across a range of clinical experiences. Application of medicines optimisation and numeracy skills will support progression to year three; whilst reflection and self-analysis will build continuing evidence of personal and professional development. Applied biological sciences, genetics and genomics, will support the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour competencies as a safe practitioner when providing episodes of care to a range of patient groups. As a part of the adult nursing student development, the five strands will continue to be embedded, alongside enhanced developed of adult clinical and nursing skills for the nursing degree; whilst ensuring professional development based on the health care professions and transferable skills.

  • Year Three

    Core Modules

    Leadership in Nursing Practice

    The Leadership in Nursing Practice module as a third-year module focusses on theories and practice around the professional development of leadership structures and processes, whilst supporting proficiency as an adult nurse. A considered application of physiological and psychological health and wellbeing conditions, alongside the safe practices within medicines management will ensure competent adult nurses when leading in the practice learning placements and patient care. A core element will be the development of clinical-decision making, and the application of adult nursing clinical and practice learning skills as a third-year student nurse. Continued reflection will support self-awareness in building resilience and emotional intelligence; whilst further review of digital technologies and bioinformatics will support proficiency as a adult student nurse. The level of academic writing will be enhanced in student proposals for their independent projects.

    Transition to Graduate Nursing

    Within the Transition to Graduate Nursing practice module, student nurses will continue to be prepared for proficiency in professional practice as a registered adult nurse. Considered a transitional module to draw together the knowledge, skills, behaviours and professional attributes of an adult nurse, the module will also prepare student nurses as a practice teacher whilst focussing on management and leadership in practice. Application of adult nursing research, evidence-based practice and theory will assist in the academic assessments; whilst student nurses will have enhanced application of medicines and therapeutic interventions; and applied assessment of physiological and psychological health and wellbeing for the deteriorating patient and patient in crisis. Further experience of multi-disciplinary working will be explored and examined within interprofessional education to aid adult student nurse’s proficiency toward registration.

    Progression to Graduate Nursing

    Adult field student nurses within the Progression to Graduate Nursing practice will be prepared for completion go their degree in nursing and personal and professional development in a life-long career. By the end of the module, consolidation of knowledge, skills toward expert ability in the preparation for practice will assist in the sign-off as a registrant on the NMC register. A core element in the module will be development of expertise as an adult nurse when supporting and mentoring colleagues as a leader; and manage care needs for adult patients and client groups. The end point of the module will be the application of written ability in the independent adult nursing project with preparation toward publication as a teaching aid for peers and colleagues in adult nursing. In progressing toward adult nurses, student will consolidate their leadership and manage skills in planning adult care; and supervising others in preparation for nursing registration.

How you’re taught

In order to provide you with an excellent experience NTU are investing in the future nurse with the development and build of new teaching and learning facilities alongside resources already available at the forefront of education in this award-winning university. Your knowledge, skills and professional attributes will be supported via a range of diverse delivery methods based on blended-learning activities including:

  • individual and group personal tutor contact
  • face-to-face classroom lectures / seminars / workshops / scale-up
  • group and interprofessional discussions and / or activities
  • online learning and / or protected learning activities
  • clinical skills practice and simulated skills application within the clinical skills suites
  • application of virtual reality (VR) and online learning communities and resources
  • problem-based learning (PBL) and / or project-based learning (PrBL)
  • experiential practice / work-based learning (WBL)
  • off-the-job training.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1: Clinical Skills / Practical Activity / Numeracy Exam / Written Work
  • Year 2: Clinical Skills / Practical Activity / Numeracy Exam / Presentation / Written Work
  • Year 3: Clinical Skills / Practical Activity / Numeracy Exam / Presentation / Written Work and Independent Study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend a combined minimum of 4,600 hours in theory and practice learning placement over the whole programme which will vary in each year dependent on the programme opted for and is subject to change, e.g.:

BSc Nurse Degree [ND]

  • Year 1: 903 hours in theory and skills blocks / 681 hours in practice learning placements
  • Year 2: 787.5 hours in theory and skills blocks / 793.5 hours in practice learning placements
  • Year 3: 678 hours in theory and skills blocks / 903 hours in practice learning placements

BSc Nurse Degree Apprenticeship [NDA]

  • Year 1: 1063 hours in theory and skills blocks / 681 hours in practice learning placements
  • Year 2: 950.5 hours in theory and skills blocks / 793.5 hours in practice learning placements
  • Year 3: 838 hours in theory and skills blocks / 903 hours in practice learning placements

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:

Tutorials with staff

As professionals supporting future professionals, tutorial support is key within the nursing programme with various contact time built in to the course. A personal tutor will be allocated to you for one-to-one and group activities; module leads will assist with module delivery and content guidance; and skills tutors will assist in clinical application. Within this contact time there will be opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the coursework you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, your personal circumstances, or your university experience
  • use reflective practice to support personal and professional development

During the programme you will gain advice, guidance and support from your personal tutor in academic study, practice learning placement development, and provide direction in personal circumstances.

Independent study

Assessment methods on the course include but are not limited to:

  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) - Practical demonstrations of skills in a simulated environment
  • Practice Educators observations of competency in practice
  • An E-portfolio (PebblePad)
  • Case studies
  • Reflective accounts
  • Presentations
  • Academic posters
  • Essays
  • Multiple-choice and short-answer question exams.
  • Simulated Multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Moot Court case

Clinical and nursing skills

As a core element of nursing registration, you will be signed off in clinical and nursing practical skills based in teaching, learning and training. These nursing skills can be delivered within the skills laboratories alongside simulated activities that are designed to support progression to the practice learning placements whereby you will further practice and be introduced to key nursing skills specific to the placement area.  A record of these skills and contact hours will be recorded via an e-portfolio to evidence your achievements throughout the programme.

Learning from experts

In preparing to be health care professionals of the future, you will be taught knowledge, skills and attributes from nurses and health and social care tutors with a variety of experience within their professions and as academic scholars; and student nominated award winning staff. Current and key research and consultation has led to the development of this programme in which you as student nurses will be informed, and you will inform the programmes’ ongoing development.

Clinical and nursing skills

As a core element of nursing registration, you will be signed off in clinical and nursing practical skills based in teaching, learning and training. These nursing skills can be delivered within the skills laboratories alongside simulated activities that are designed to support progression to the practice learning placements whereby you will further practice and be introduced to key nursing skills specific to the placement area.  A record of these skills and contact hours will be recorded via an e-portfolio to evidence your achievements throughout the programme.

Careers and employability

NHS England1 has identified they would be increasing funding for health care professional roles by 2023/4 to £20.5 billion, and the House of Commons Health Committee2 advised that the nursing workforce must increase per year proposing that approximately 22,000 new nurses will be required to qualify from 2021.

1) Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. (2018). The Government response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee Second Report of the Session 2017-19, ‘The Nursing Workforce’. UK: APS Group on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

2) House of Commons Health Committee. (2018). The nursing workforce – Second Report of session 2017-19. House of Commons: London

Some of the job titles below give an indication of the careers that graduate nurses can follow:

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

Excellent work experience opportunities

As a core element of the nurse training you will have nursing field specific practice learning placement experiences throughout each year of the course providing valuable essential skills to support care for health and wellbeing. Throughout each practice learning placement experience you will complete an e-portfolio of evidence to guide you toward registration as a future nurse.

Having collaboration and partnerships in practice we have links with a variety of professional nursing areas to ensure a broad range of experiences for each student nurse. During the second and third year of your programme you will have the opportunity of an elective practice learning placement which can be in an alternative field of practice to provide a deeper understanding and experience toward your career development.

Your career development

As a future nurse, our programme will prepare you for graduation with a BSc Honours degree and provide you with a profession that is recognised world-wide. On the degree pathway, with the transferable knowledge and skills you could be eligible for a:

- Certificate in Higher Education in Health Care Studies on completion of year 1

- Diploma in Higher Education in Health Care Studies on completion of year 2

Whilst completion of year 3 will provide registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practice as a RNA or RNMH, and local placement providers can provide the opportunity for future employment and continuing professional development. To enhance your CV the university has a variety of in-house resources to assist you in enhancing your employability.

Our Employability team

Nottingham Trent University has a dedicated Employability team located across campuses with advice and guidance toward work experience, voluntary work and specialist support whilst as a student nurse. The employability team includes the Acceler8 Award that is designed to enhance achievements and develop a ‘broader range of skills and experiences’ that improve employability and to assist student nurses to ‘stand out from the crowd.

Entry requirements

For September 2020 entry you will need:

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from either:
  • 3 A Levels: BBC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3: DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma: D15 & M30
  • NVQ Level 3 in related subject (e.g. Health or Care related)
  • FdSc Nursing Associate
  • the equivalent of 5 GCSE’s as either:
    3 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Health or Science Related Subject grades C / 4-5 and above
    BTEC Level 2 Certificate: MMM / Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths

Applicants would be expected to have 100 hours of work experience in order to show evidence of:

- professional knowledge, attitudes and behaviours

- communication and interpersonal skills

- transferable skills and practice

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations as applicable. Please see our website, UCAS Course Search or contact Module Leads for more details.

Personal statement

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:

  • understanding of the role of a nurse specific to Adult or Mental health and current nursing issues
  • insight into the professional, regulatory and statutory aspects of nursing and current nurse training
  • your health care work experience (paid or unpaid), and how this relates to nursing
  • length of time spent in relevant experience, and how this makes you suitable for 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

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

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2020 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.

For September 2020 entry you will need:

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from either:
  • 3 A Levels: BBC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3: DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma: D15 & M30
  • NVQ Level 3 in related subject (e.g. Health or Care related)
  • FdSc Nursing Associate
  • the equivalent of 5 GCSE’s as either:
    3 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Health or Science Related Subject grades C / 4-5 and above
    BTEC Level 2 Certificate: MMM / Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths

Applicants would be expected to have 100 hours of work experience in order to show evidence of:

- professional knowledge, attitudes and behaviours

- communication and interpersonal skills

- transferable skills and practice

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations as applicable. Please see our website, UCAS Course Search or contact Module Leads for more details.

Personal statement

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:

  • understanding of the role of a nurse specific to Adult or Mental health and current nursing issues
  • insight into the professional, regulatory and statutory aspects of nursing and current nurse training
  • your health care work experience (paid or unpaid), and how this relates to nursing
  • length of time spent in relevant experience, and how this makes you suitable for 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

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

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2020 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

Fees for 2019 entry (2020 fees TBC)

Study routeHome (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.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
Study routeInternational
Full-time£13,900

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.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Enquiry Team
+44 (0)115 848 4460