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BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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  • UCAS Code:
    B700
  • Institution:
    B50

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) against the NMC’s 2018 standards, our course in Adult Nursing expertly blends theory with real-world experience and was developed in conjunction with practice partners, service users and carers and students. The course aim is to give you all the knowledge and skills needed to feel confident working as a nurse and to be eligible to register as an Adult Nurse with the NMC.

As well as acquiring knowledge from highly qualified and experienced lecturers and practitioners, you’ll focus throughout the course developing the core skills required to become a competent registered nurse in a rapidly changing and evolving health care setting. Our interactive learning facilities provide access to a full range of learning materials through our virtual learning environment which compliment lectures and seminars as you develop your knowledge in key areas of nursing practice from Patho-physiology and medicines management to nursing assessment, communication skills and interprofessional working. Our simulation suites replicate a range of clinical and community environments and allow you to learn practical techniques in a safe and controlled setting.

For any nursing programme, placements are central to your learning where under the supervision of a practice supervisor (who will be a registered health professional) there is the opportunity to learn from practice and to implement your theoretical learning in practice.

You can opt to study this course at either our Bournemouth or Yeovil campus.

New for 2020: All nursing students on courses from September 2020 may be eligible for non-repayable government funding of at least £5,000 a year. Further details on who can access the support will be available in early 2020. Find out more information about the funding in the gov.uk website.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and Bournemouth University, Yeovil Campus

Duration:

3 years including mandatory full-time placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

There is a strong emphasis on practical learning on this course, with 50% of your time spent on work placements and the remaining time spent in theory, practical skills sessions and independent learning.

Located within the Department of Nursing Science, the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing course is part of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences' Nursing Framework, which also offers the BSc (Hons) Children and Young People's Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing courses, all with advanced standing options.

We have developed the adult nursing course as part of a co-ordinated suite of nursing courses to enhance student learning and prepare you for practice. Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course students will take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with students on the other nursing courses and students on other health-related courses within the faculty. 

As an adult nursing student, there will be aspects of the course where you will be taught by lecturers who have specific adult nursing experience and you will be taught in groups with other adult nursing students, so that your learning is tailored and specific to your chosen field of expertise. Your placements and assessments will also be field-specific.

You will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the units. This will include senior academic staff, nursing lecturers, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from local healthcare services and workshops run by service users (patients and carers) who are part of the teaching team.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1mb)

Placements

As a nursing student, you will spend 50% of your time on the course in a practice placement setting, and the remaining 50% studying – whether at home, at the library or on campus attending lectures, seminars or working under the guidance of our demonstrators in the practice skills suite.

Our clinical skills suites are a great way for you to try your hand at practical skills before you go on placement, as they provide a safe environment and allow you to continually work on skills necessary in the workplace. Throughout the course, you will gain experience of caring for clients in a variety of settings, such as elderly, medical, surgical, community and critical care.

Your placements will see you work in a range of placements which ensure you have a rounded experience of the patient journey and the different care settings. This means all students will experience placements in the community, in care homes, in GP practices, in the Private sector as well as within NHS hospitals wards and departments. As well as giving you the required experiences it helps you to form your ideas of where you want to work following graduation. What’s more, each year we host a Nursing Careers Fair with numerous exhibitors and employers in attendance to help you in that part of your journey to becoming a registered nurse.

Find out more about Health & Social Care placements

Your application

For Adult Nursing, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in adult nursing as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have undertaken relevant work experience
  • Have a clear understanding of the profession
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

When you finish your course, you'll have the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in various organisations, such as within the NHS, in both hospital and community settings, or in the private/independent healthcare sector, for example in nursing homes or private hospitals.

98% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section, including NHS finance information. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course, you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Abigail King

I absolutely loved the practical side of it. Each placement taught me something different, which I will take with me throughout the rest of my career.

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Vanessa Heaslip

Our course has evolved from our philosophy of humanising nursing care, ensuring that individual patients are at the heart of everything our students do.

What our students say

Joanne Salisbury-Standerick

Whilst excited to soon practice as a theatre nurse, I'll be taking any opportunity to continue studying. I wish I had discovered my thirst for knowledge sooner!