This course has been designed to give you all the skills you need to feel confident working as a nurse with adult patients in a variety of settings. As well as equipping you with all the theoretical knowledge you need, we'll ensure you're comfortable when performing a wide range of practical tasks.
There is a strong emphasis on practical learning on this course, with 50% of your time spent on work placements. Our simulation suites replicate a range of clinical and community environments and allow you to practice various skills in a safe and controlled setting. Your placements will see you work in a number of locations and environments, from NHS hospitals to care homes, private hospitals and within community nursing teams.
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.
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.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 214 hours
- Independent learning: 386 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 85
- Placement hours: 600
- 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.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 213 hours
- Independent learning: 387 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 76
- Placement hours: 600
- 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.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 101 hours
- Independent learning: 499 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 35 hours
- Placement hours: 600
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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.
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.
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.
NHS Student Bursaries will inform you of the travel expenses you may be able to claim when they assess your bursary; they will also advise on expenses you may claim for accommodation costs incurred as a result of block placements away from home.
If the placement locality you have been assigned is outside of the BH postcode area (e.g. Salisbury, Dorchester or Yeovil), you may be eligible for support for travelling to Bournemouth to study. Criteria and detailed information on the support available can be found here.
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.
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
- Improving lives
- Everyone counts.
Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.
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.
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.
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 three 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 20-60 points below the published tariff.
Unconditional offer scheme - for 2016 entry
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications).
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are: 120 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
Required GCSEs: 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. Science subject is preferred.
Excluded subjects: Please note that General Studies will not be accepted by BU as one of your A or AS-levels but Critical Thinking will.
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, but is not limited to, 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 askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
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 askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.
Access courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. An Access Course is a qualification designed to provide a route into University if you do not have the traditional qualifications needed. They take one year to complete (full time) or alternatively part time over two years. There are also some distance learning options that we would be happy to consider providing that they are QAA accredited.
- This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects; any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit from the Extended Diploma. Offers will be grade subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
- Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Merit from the Diploma in addition to an A-level Grade B in a relevant subject to achieve the overall tariff.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
- Subsidiary Diploma: The Subsidiary Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications. A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: This course requires a minimum score of 75% overall.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 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.
Scottish qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include relevant subjects as appropriate.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have a Biology/Human Biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK277.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma and one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects. Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
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 01202 967307 or email us for further information and advice.
Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
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.
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
From September 2017 we will be welcoming international students to this course.
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, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
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.
- Students in work/further study six months after graudation: 100%*
- Students in professional/managerial job six months after graduation: 100%*
Our graduates carve out rewarding careers within all areas of the healthcare sector - 100%* 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
- 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)
- Academic research.
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.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.
- Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 90%
- Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 79%
- Students were satisfied overall - 77%
- Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 84%
79% of the course is assessed by coursework
In addition to coursework assessments which allow you to combine your practice and theoretical learning you will experience assessed practical exams and there is also a small amount of written exam work to complete.
19% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
In addition to scheduled learning and teaching, 50% of your time will be spent on placement which means you’ll gain the practical skills necessary to work as a 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.
*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.