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BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (with Foundation Year option)

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this course blends theory with real-world experience to help you develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to register and practice as a registered (adult) nurse. 

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With foundation year: B703

Why study BSc (Hons) Adult Nusing at BU?

  • Develop into a compassionate, knowledgeable, competent and confident graduate nurse capable of delivering and leading high-quality, person-centred care in a wide variety of healthcare settings
  • Apply to study based at either our Bournemouth or our Yeovil Campus
  • 50% of the course is spent in practice placements to gain practical nursing experience in diverse locations like hospitals, community homes, private clinics and community nursing teams
  • Developed in conjunction with practice partners, service users and carers, on this course you’ll learn from experienced registered nurses and other healthcare practitioners
  • Newly built skills facilities include simulated hospital wards and community home settings, allowing you to learn and practice various nursing procedures safely 
  • Our annual Careers Fair has numerous healthcare exhibitors in attendance, helping you to gain employment as a registered nurse on completion of the course. 

Find out more about the content of this course

Not sure which nursing course is for you? Read our guide to nursing courses at BU. 

Funding support: Nursing students may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year. Find out more information about the funding. Please note that this funding is not eligible for students on the Foundation Year, however you will be able to access it once you complete the foundation year and move onto the degree.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills needed to prepare you for the Adult Nursing degree, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree and begin your Adult Nursing study. The Foundation Year will be based at the Talbot Campus, Bournemouth. If you wish to study the degree at the Yeovil Campus, you will be able to choose to this study location upon completing the foundation year in Bournemouth. 

Apprenticeship route: Our registered nursing degree apprenticeship (RNDA) in Adult Nursing allows you to be employed and receiving a full wage while studying.


Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this course will prepare you to be eligible to register and practice as a registered (adult) nurse and to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing award.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and Bournemouth University, Yeovil Campus. Foundation Year: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.


3 years full-time including mandatory placements. Foundation year: 4 years full-time including mandatory placements.


Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation Year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. A combination of academic and experiential learning to be considered on its individual merits. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 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 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.

Study location

The Foundation Year for will be based at the Talbot Campus, Bournemouth. If you wish to study the degree at the Yeovil Campus, you will be able to choose this study location upon completing the Foundation Year in Bournemouth.


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.

Entry requirements


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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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