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BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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From September 2019 onwards, there will be a September intake only- February 2019 will be the last February intake.

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council, and with a very high student satisfaction rate, our course in Adult Nursing expertly blends theory with real world experience to give you all the skills needed to feel confident working as a nurse with adult patients in a variety of settings.

As well as acquiring a universal knowledge of the profession from highly qualified and experienced practitioners, you’ll focus on practicing the core practical skills required to become a competent practitioner. Our interactive learning facilities and simulation suites replicate a range of clinical and community environments and allow you to perform various techniques in a safe and controlled setting.

When you’ve acquired the theory and practical skills on campus, you’ll be ready to experience life in real world placements, which forms 50% of your course curriculum. Your placements will see you work in a number of exciting and diverse locations, from NHS hospitals to care homes, private clinics to community nursing teams, giving you the hands-on experience you need to grow in both confidence and competence. What’s more, each year we host a Nursing Careers Fair with numerous exhibitors in attendance, who in the past have offered students jobs on the spot.

Read one of our current student’s blogs about visiting the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service or A day in the life of a nursing student to find out what it’s like to be a student here at BU. 

89% of our final year students have said that staff are good at explaining things – join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day. Or why not watch a webinar presentation to find out more about the course. 

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Marie Miller, BU graduate

“BU has given me the skills and knowledge to be a better person and make the hospital a better place for everyone else.”

Marie Miller, Matron for Cancer Care at RBCH and BU Adult Nursing graduate. Read more of Marie’s story

Key information

Next start date:

February 2018, September 2018, February 2019


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and Bournemouth University, Yeovil Campus


3 years including mandatory full-time placements or 3.5 years including mandatory part-time placements


Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component. For more information check out our international entry requirements page

Course details

There is a strong emphasis on practical learning on this course, with 50% of your time spent on work placements and the other 50% spent in theory and practical skills sessions. You can view information on our facilities and take a 360 tour of our simulation suites here

You have the option to undertake your placements part-time and complete the course over 3.5 years, this is a great choice if you have other commitments outside your course. Your taught study time will be delivered full-time and your placements will be undertaken on a part-time basis. Your university study time will involve 37.5 hours a week consisting of both taught and self-learning, where as your placements will be up to 28 hours per week and will include meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement to take part in the full cycle of care which includes shift working, weekends and night duty. If you'd like to choose this part-time placement option please apply for the 3 year course and we'll discuss this with you during the application process. 

The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing course is part of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences' Nursing Framework, which also covers the BSc (Hons) Children and Young People’s Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing courses. Within the first year, some units are common to all courses in the Nursing Framework and you will have shared lectures. We strongly believe in interprofessional education and throughout your course you'll take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health-related courses.

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Fundamental Communication Skills: Good personal and interpersonal communication skills are central to collaborating and the resulting quality of care. You’ll develop effective communication skills that promote the value of diversity.

  • Anatomy & Physiology During the lifespan: The essential principles of anatomy and physiology will be explored in this unit. A lifespan approach will be taken to introduce field-specific content. Links will be made to clinical skills teaching as part of simulation activity.

  • Personal and Professional Development: This unit will help you to not only cope in response to the many academic and professional demands you’ll face, but also achieve your full potential across a range of academic units and professional experiences.
  • My Health and Wellbeing Through the Lifespan: This unit consideres the foundational knowledge, attitudes and skills for the Health, Ageing and Wellbeing themes in this course. You’ll develop an understanding of the multifaceted nature of health and its many determinants by exploring sociological and psychological perspectives.
  • Exploring Adult Nursing: During this unit you’ll need to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the context of nursing care to include the past, present and future of nursing. You’ll explore the philosophy of humanising care as a basis for nursing practice.
  • Identifying Knowledge for Practice: You will learn the practical experiences that you’ll need to achieve the identified Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (2010) skills and professional behaviours by the first progression point.

Year 2

Core units

  • Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: You’ll evaluate professional and disciplinary practices that emphasise human sensitivity according to values for professional practice across disciplines. You’ll consider evidencebased practice and the range of research approaches and methods that contribute to evidence.
  • Therapeutic Communication in Adult Nursing: Develop your theoretical and practical understanding of communication in healthcare with an emphasis on therapeutic relationships and antioppressive practice.
  • Care of Clients with Acute and Long-term Conditions: This unit builds upon the Anatomy and Physiology during the Lifespan unit. It enables you to explore a range of acute and long-term conditions that are prevalent in the current healthcare system and will include both physical health and mental health illness. You’ll explore the care experience from a service user and carer perspective with the aim of exploring evidence-based, person-centred care. There are links to clinical skills where parts of the unit will be explored and practised in a simulated environment.
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing Throughout the Lifespan: You will explore the skills and competences needed for supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities. The unit encourages the development of non-judgemental, sensitive health promotion and evidence-based practice. This aims to empower and support the rights and dignity of people throughout the lifespan and those affected by ill health, disability, ageing, death and dying.
  • Humanising Nursing Care: This unit examines how humanisation can be used to guide ethically-based nursing care. You’ll examine how care can be humanising and de-humanising and reflect on practice.
  • Developing Knowledge for Practice: This professional practice unit will offer a range of experiences you’ll need to achieve the identified Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (2010) skills and professional behaviours by the second progression point.

Year 3

Core units

  • Service Improvement Project: Develop skills for working in small teams to improve the experiences of people who use services and their carers.
  • Managing Complex Conditions: Caring for clients with complex conditions. You’ll show your knowledge of care management and explore the impact of complex conditions on the family, significant others and carers. 
  • Public Health: This unit raises awareness of the multidisciplinary scope of public health and allows you to think about health on an individual, community and international basis. There’s a focus on sustainable approaches to population health across the lifespan, the social determinants of health and inequalities in health. You’ll consider the future role of registered nurses in public health in a global context.
  • Professional Role: Here, you’ll improve the personal and professional skills you’ll need as a graduate entering the world of professional work as a registered nurse. Gaining a personal and professional development portfolio is central to this unit and it ensures you reflect on your skills, recognise your limitations and respond to the changing needs of individuals, groups and organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Reviewing the Literature to Inform Practice: You’ll evaluate a specific area of interest relating to your field of nursing and build on your understanding of research and literature reviewing and academic writing skills. You’ll develop a critical awareness of one particular aspect of practice in your field of nursing.
  • Evaluating Knowledge for Practice: This professional practice offers a range of practical experiences for you to achieve the identified Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (2010) skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and technical abilities for entry to the NMC register.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

You will undertake scheduled learning and teaching, as well as placements to gain the practical skills necessary to work as an Adult Nurse. Your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignments. In addition to the learning and teaching, independent learning and non-assessed learning and teaching hours shown below you will complete a total of 2,300 hours of theory over your three years of study. 

Year 1 – 24% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 214 hours
  • Independent learning: 386 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 85 hours
  • Placement hours: You will undertake 2,300 hours over your three years of study 

Year 2 – 22% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 213 hours
  • Independent learning: 387 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 6 hours
  • Placement hours: You will undertake 2,300 hours over your three years of study 

Year 3 - 14% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 189 hours
  • Independent learning: 1011 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 6 hours
  • Placement hours: You will undertake 2,300 hours over your three years of study  

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course . As an indication, 73% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (with professional registration).

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

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.

You have the option to undertake your placements part-time and complete the course over 3.5 years, this is a great choice if you have other commitments outside your course. Your taught study time will be delivered full-time and your placements will be undertaken on a part-time basis. Your university study time will involve 37.5 hours a week consisting of both taught and self-learning, where as your placements will be up to 28 hours per week and will include meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement to take part in the full cycle of care which includes shift working, weekends and night duty. If you'd like to choose this part-time placement option please apply for the 3 year course and we'll discuss this with you during the application process. 

What hours do you work? 

When on placement you are required to work 150 hours every four weeks and experience the full 24 hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts, weekends and night shifts. You will follow the shift pattern of your allocated placement mentor, which means you cannot chose which days you work. You'll be expected to spend a minimum of 40% of your time on placement with your mentor, as required by the NMC.

Although your term time address and method of transport are taken into consideration when allocating your placements there is an expectation that all students will have to travel across large areas including some of a more rural nature to reach their placements. Once you have been allocated your locality this will remain for the remainder of your time on the course. Placements are organised by locality – Poole/Bournemouth, Salisbury, West Dorset and Yeovil. It is advised that you arrange your term time accommodation close to your placement locality rather than your taught site.

Placement and travel costs

Your learning will either predominantly be based at our Lansdowne Campus (though Talbot campus is also utilised) or our Yeovil Campus, while clinical placements will be in a variety of places within Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire in order to provide the necessary breadth of experience. This will involve some travel, and may require you to find short-term accommodation in order to participate in placements.

Your placement travel expenses will be reimbursed from the Department of Health and Student Finance England.

Placement localities

Below are some examples of the specilaities of some of the hospitals we work with. Your placements will involve both clinical and community placements throughout your study. 

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals

  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital came in the top 10 in the first ever assessment of NHS hospital quality in England, based on what matter to people e.g. waiting time, infection control rates
  • Radiology - the cutting edge of technology - Toshiba has chosen Royal Bournemouth Hospital as the first site for installation of its latest CT scanner - the first of its type in the world
  • Pathology - Royal Bournemouth Hospital is the regional haemophilia centre for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester
  • Colorectal surgery - Royal Bournemouth Hospital is one of the best performing trusts nationally for 30-day post operative mortality after major colorectal surgery
  • Orthopaedics - third largest joint replacement unit in the UK
  • Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre - Narional and international reputation in the field of clinical diabetes
  • Cardiology - Cardiologists here have the lowest levels of major adverse cardiac events in the country.

Salisbury District Hospital

  • Cancer patients at Salisbury District Hospital have rated their care highly with 94% of those asked saying it was excellent or very good
  • New 3D printing service enabling surgeons to plan their operations and become more cost effective
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £115,000 for the Salisbury District Hospital Stroke Unit to improve the technology that enable staff to access electronic patient records in the community and on hospital wards
  • Specialist services include - Plastic Surgery Department, Spinal Treatment Centre and Rehabilitation Services.

The Somerset Partnership

  • 13 Community Hospitals across the county of Somerset specialising in Stroke Care to Ambulatory care
  • A range of 30 nursing disciplines at all levels in the Community Health, Mental Health and Learning Disability Services
  • Clinical skills teams who provide on-site clinical skills training and support and advice when it is needed.

You can find out more about our placement locations here.

Your application

Background and experience

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.

It is recommended that you have some care experience, preferably related to the nursing pathway that you are interested in. If you do not have any relevant experience, you will be required to demonstrate at interview that you have a clear insight into the nature of the profession that you will be training to enter.

Our courses are built around the NHS constitution values, and when assessing your application we will take these values into consideration:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.

IT skills

IT skills are increasingly important in almost all professions. In the healthcare sector IT is now a vital tool for accessing and maintaining patient records, accessing literature to client care and conducting clinically-related research. As a student you will receive an introduction to IT near the beginning of your course and you will be provided with computer access and your own email address. During the course you will be expected to use your developing IT skills to produce assignments, to conduct literature searches, and to use client-related record systems in the clinical setting. Following instruction some of your study will be undertaken through web-based learning tools, for example by participating in online discussions.

Selection methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates who we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Please note that interviews are part of our selection process and you must be able to demonstrate at interview that you show the necessary insight into nursing, as well as the motivation and commitment to become a nurse.

What to expect at interview

This will be a group interview. Firstly, you will be met by a member of the Admissions Team who will register your attendance. The interview session includes an introductory talk, group discussions/task, an individual interview and a tour of our facilities when possible. Your individual interview will last approximately 15 minutes - the candidate order of interviewing will be allocated at the time. There are no tests for English or maths.

You can find further information about interviews with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences here.

Additional reference

In addition to the reference on your UCAS form, once we’ve received your application we will contact you to ask for a second reference; this can be a different teacher/lecturer, employer or person who knows you in a professional capacity.

Our offer making process 

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application 

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies A or AS-level but Critical Thinking is accepted.

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Maths grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. 

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.

If English is not your first language: you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component of of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent. This is a Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-level or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care:This qualification can be considered if it meets the entry requirement of 104- 120 tariff points

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 principal subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires 112 tariff points
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 28 - 31 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but don’t meet our entry requirements or don’t have a Biology/Human Biology qualification (if it’s a requirement of your course) you could consider studying the Open University SK299 course which equates to 30 UCAS tariff points.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring our Future Students Enquiry Team 01202 961916 or email us for further information and advice.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

Non-academic requirements

Occupational Health (OH) Checks

Nursing is physically and mentally demanding and you will  need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions  need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy,  back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition  to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.

You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record  for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.

Refusing Immunisations

The University has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme.  This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course  will require. Occasionally some vaccinations  are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. OH will advise the University in these cases.The University will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)

All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.

International entry requirements

English language requirements 

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

View further information about our English language requirements.

Language testing applicants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA

All overseas applicants are required to meet the NMC standard for English language regardless of where they come from. This makes sure that all applicants meet the same standard in a system that is equitable, fair and non-discriminatory. There are no current plans by the NMC to waive the IELTS requirements for these countries.

Academic entry requirements 

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.


If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed. 


  • Students in work/further study six months after graduation: 97%* 

Our graduates carve out rewarding careers within all areas of the healthcare sector - 97%* of graduates are working in a healthcare environment or continuing their studies in this field within six months of leaving university.

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.

The roles you can take on are diverse and the majority have excellent career progression routes, leading to the likes of advanced nurse practitioner and consultant nurse. Among the jobs you can move into are:

  • Lecturer or specialist practitioner
  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Consultant nurse
  • Manager
  • Academic lecturer.

On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Industries worked in

  • NHS (hospital and community)
  • Private and independent healthcare sectors (nursing homes and private hospitals)
  • Education
  • Academic research.

Further Study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.


Our adult nursing course is delivered at both our Lansdowne Campus, Bournemouth and Yeovil Campus, Yeovil. Our Lansdowne campus is located in Bournemouth town centre housing all of our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences students.    

Our Yeovil Campus is a teaching base dedicated to our Adult Nursing students. With its own lecture theatres, seminar rooms and social space you'll benefit from a dedicated campus for your teaching experience. Practical skills are taught locally at Yeovil District Hospital where the library is also based. If you are studying at our Yeovil Campus you will undertake your placements in the Somerset vicinity. You will also visit our Lansdowne Campus in Bournemouth for some of your teaching. Contact details of our Yeovil Campus are available here

Your lecturers

Dr Desiree Tait

Dr Desiree Tait is a Registered Nurse and academic with a passionate interest in the care of people with acute and critical illness and has worked in acute and critical care units in England and Wales before going on to develop her role as a nurse academic. In her position as a Principle Academic Desi leads the Adult Nursing Programme together with a team of colleagues who aim to provide a well-supported and comprehensive programme of study. Her scholarly interests focus on the development of humanised approaches to education and practice, and clinical decision making in acute and critical care. ​

Julie Ryden

Julie Ryden is a Registered Nurse who worked as a District Nurse and has a passion for Community Care and supporting individuals and families within their own homes. She is a senior lecturer who has been in Higher Education for more than 20 years teaching a variety of both nursing and wider health and social care professionals. Julie coordinates the first year of your programme ensuring that you are well supported and progress smoothly through the first year. Her particular areas of interest are in working with vulnerable people, health promotion and the therapeutic use of interpersonal skills.

Ashley Spriggs

Ashley is a Registered Nurse and academic with experience in the care of people with acute illness having worked in the acute setting before developing her role as a nurse academic.  Ashley is a Lecturer in Adult Nursing and coordinates the second year of your programme ensuring that you are supported as your develop both your academic and clinical skills.  Her particular areas of interest are end of life care, bioscience in nursing and therapeutic communication skills.

Nikki Glendening

Nikki Glendering is a Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse Teacher and Registered Health Visitor/Specialist Public Health Practitioner who has worked both in the UK and abroad.

Nikki joined Bournemouth University in 1998 as a nursing lecturer and later as a senior lecturer where she contributes to the undergraduate adult nursing programme. From 2005 to 2011 Nikki acted as the programme lead for the undergraduate nursing provision at the, - then newly established, - Yeovil campus and more recently as Year (3) lead for the adult nursing programme across both the Lansdowne and Yeovil campuses. Nikki is also unit lead for a number of undergraduate academic units. She is passionate about both higher and nurse education and in particular student centred pedagogical practice and the purpose of higher education. Nikki also has an interest in the concept of wellbeing, humanisation, the development of undergraduate students meta-cognitive skills and the facilitation of independent learning skills based on a social constructionist approach. Nikki has been awarded a number of awards by students at Bournemouth university related to her inspiring and humanised approach to teaching and learning. In 2012 this included both the Gold and Silver awards of the SUBU "You're Brilliant" scheme.

Nikki's current doctoral research explores the lived experience of self-managed independent learning among student nurses using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach.

Mark Gagan

Mark Gagan RN, LLM (Medical Law), PG Diploma Social Research, RNT. Senior academic, Bournemouth University. Qualified 1981 at North Manchester General Hospital. Manchester. 

He spent seven years in Critical Care areas in the United Kingdom and abroad. Since 1991 he has been involved in pre and post registered nurse education, including 2 years at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

He has also contributed to Home Office reports on Suicides in custody (2004) and to The Shipman Inquiry (Department of Health Working Party 2009).

He has published various articles in the Nursing press and has authored a chapter on legal issues in Nurse Prescribing in “Independent and supplementary prescribing for Nurses” (2010) Courtenay M and Griffiths M (Eds). He was shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Nurse Tutor of the year 2014

He is currently nursing programme leader at Bournemouth University Yeovil campus, Yeovil, Somerset.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Professional body accreditation of the course
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • Occupational Health Check
  • Uniforms

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide and the Health and Social Science accommodation pages
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • Travel to placement is your responsibility; you may be able to reclaim costs from NHS Student Bursaries
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more at the SportBU pages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you will be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text


2018 entry requirements have changed to104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent.BTEC Extended Diploma. DMM

Key Facts and 2018 Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 112-128 tariff points from 3 A-levels, BTEC Extended Diploma. DMM


2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

2018 Entry Requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

14/03/2017 Only IELTs qualifications will be accepted for English language tests, we cannot accept equivalent qualifications.  International entry requirements

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Tariff point range introduced of 104 - 120 tariff points, previously entry requirements were 120 tariff points

Key facts and 2017 entry requirements

120 tariff points


Grade specifications removed from the entry requirements for the BTEC Diploma, statement changed to:

The BTEC Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

2017 entry requirements

BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit from the Diploma, in addition to an A-level Grade B in a relevant subject to achieve the overall tariff.


International Baccalaureate (Diploma) entry requirements changed to:

28-31 points overall including 5 points from each of the Higher Level subjects

2017 entry requirements

The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.


European Baccalaureate entry requirements changed to:

Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 70% overall.

2017 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum score of 75% overall.

What our students say

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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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