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Your guide to nursing degrees at BU

Our nursing degrees are among the best in the South West – noted for their high graduate employment rates and our strong links with local and national healthcare providers.

When you study with us, you’ll spend up to 50% of your time on placements, gaining real-world experience in clinical skills environments. Combined with outstanding course content and state-of-the-art learning facilities, our practical approach means BU nursing graduates leave us as confident and proficient practitioners.

Nurses work in lots of different environments – from accident and emergency (A&E) and acute hospital wards to community settings such as GPs’ surgeries or patients’ homes, as well as with people of all ages and backgrounds. Because of this, we offer a wide variety of degrees. 

The courses available at BU cover three pathways of nursing:

  • Adult Nursing: this involves working with old and young adults with a variety of different health conditions. You’ll improve people’s lives by caring for patients in hospital wards, clinics or community settings and may do shift work to provide 24-hour care to patients. 
  • Children’s & Young People’s Nursing: this pathway involves working with children as young as newborn babies through to teenagers. This could involve both clinical and child protection issues. You will also support the families and carers of these children, so you need to be able to build rapport and care for people of all ages. 
  • Mental Health Nursing: one in three people has a mental health problem at some point in their life; this may include depression, schizophrenia or personality and psychological disorders. Mental Health Nurses work with a variety of people such as GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals to support people with mental ill health.

These span undergraduate, postgraduate and Advanced Standing courses, as well as Master’s and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses once you’ve qualified.

Take a look through our summaries to find the right choice for you. You can also check out our Virtual Tour of clinical simulation suites to see where you would be studying and practising your clinical skills.

Undergraduate options

If you haven’t studied at university before you’ll need to complete one of our undergraduate courses:

Beth Cordon, nursing student

“Being a student nurse is one of the most rewarding degrees I could have imagined doing; not only am I constantly learning but I’m also getting to care for people.”

Read more from Beth’s blog, A day in the life of a student nurse

Postgraduate options

If you already have a degree, you can study one of our two-year postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) courses in either:

If you’re interested in studying a PG Dip course you’ll need to provide evidence of a portfolio of work, including 600 hours of paid healthcare experience. Further information about this can be found on the individual course pages.

Kelly Lockyer, Mental Health Nurse

“It was a challenging course, but I had an amazing tutor who was really supportive and lots of great opportunities through the placements.”

Read more from Kelly Lockyer, BU graduate and dementia nurse specialist at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Advanced Standing courses

For nurses who are looking to transfer from one field of nursing to another, we offer Advanced Standing courses. These courses last 12–18 months and will be dependent on your previous qualifications and experience. We offer this route in:

Scott Bruce, student nurse

“The thing I’m proudest of is knowing that when I qualify I’ll be making a real difference... I’ve even had the pleasure to see a former patient of mine, who was being treated for cancer and is now in remission and very much on the mend. That was an awesome feeling!”

Read more from Scott Bruce, BU blogger and nursing student

CPD and Master’s options

Once you’ve qualified as a nurse we offer an extensive range of part-time CPD courses, which you can combine to top up to an MA Advanced Practice, or you may want to consider the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) course.

Further information

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Accommodation options

As a nursing student, you can live in BU accommodation, or closer to your placement location. Find out about your options and the support that’s available.
An NHS student

NHS placement locations

Find out more about our NHS locations and where you may be based for some of your NHS placements.

Open Days

Open Days

We give a warm welcome to anyone who comes to meet us and we love showing off our campuses and Bournemouth to prospective students and their families. 

Mental health students


Find out about the wide range of learning and practical facilities available for nursing students at BU.