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BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Advanced Standing)

Many nurses may wish to undertake training for a different part of the nursing register at some point in their careers. This course provides a conversion opportunity for nurses who wish to move from one part of the nursing register to adult nursing.

  • UCAS Code:
    B740
  • Institution:
    B50

Please note: This Advanced Standing course is full for September 2021 entry and we are not accepting applications at present. However, during the Clearing period from 1 July 2021 this position may change so please contact our Clearing line which will be advertised during this time. You can register your interest for Clearing 2021 here.

We are pleased to offer a Master's MSc Adult Nursing course which is open for applications, as well as the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing full degree route. 

Why study BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Advanced Standing) at BU? 

  • Successful completion of this 2-year course will lead to a qualification in BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • Acceptance onto the course depends on factors such as the initial field of registration, holding a nursing degree qualification and the date of the applicant’s original registration
  • 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. 

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. 

Course accreditation 

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.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and Bournemouth University, Yeovil Campus

Duration:

2 years including mandatory full-time placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 2:2 in a Nursing Degree. Applicants need to be a qualified nurse in the UK and have worked as a nurse for at least one year before the start of the course in their initial field of registration (e.g. Mental Health). 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, or equivalent. 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 courses. 

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 chose 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

Please note: This Advanced Standing course is full for September 2021 entry and we are not accepting applications at present. However, during the Clearing period from 1 July 2021 this position may change so please contact our Clearing line which will be advertised during this time. You can register your interest for Clearing 2021 here.

We are pleased to offer a Master's MSc Adult Nursing course which is open for applications, as well as the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing full degree route. 

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

Careers

This programme is designed for practising nurses who want to move from one part of the nursing register to another and will provide you with excellent career progression opportunities.

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.

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.

Hear from our staff

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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