Throughout the course you'll develop your knowledge and understanding of the art and science of adult nursing. Communication and team working are key in health and social care and you'll develop a range of interpersonal skills that enable you to work effectively with a wide diversity of clients and in complex settings.
You can view information on our facilities and take a 360 tour of our simulation suites here.
The health economy is rapidly changing and future nurses are likely to be located in a broader range of workplaces. Your placement opportunities will therefore be in a diverse range of settings which include the growing independent sector and care within the community. This will prepare you to work effectively and meet the healthcare needs of an aging population.
After graduating you'll have met the standards and competencies set by the NMC to register as an adult nurse.
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, technicians and research students.
- Exploring Adult Nursing: Gain an understanding and appreciation of nursing care, including its past, present and future. You'll also explore the philosophy of humanising care as a basis for nursing practice.
- Anatomy & Physiology During the Lifespan: Explore the essential principles of anatomy and physiology through clinical skills teaching. You'll learn about the basic chemistry of life, cellular biology and genetics and major body systems through simulation activities and classroom learning.
- Fundamental Communication Skills: Good communication skills are vital for health and social care professionals, and central to group working and quality of care. This unit will help you develop effective, transferable and anti-oppressive communication skills that promote and value diversity.
- Identifying Knowledge for Practice: Develop your skills and behaviour through a range of practical experiences and opportunities. You'll demonstrate achievement of the NMC generic competencies and field requirements. This includes: communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice, decision-making and leadership, management and team working. You'll act in a way that cares for, safeguards and protects people of all ages, as well as their carers and families, and deliver compassionate, person-centred care.
- My Health and Wellbeing Through the Lifespan: Promoting health and wellbeing is a key and complex role for all registered nurses. This unit offers foundational knowledge, attitudes and skills for the health, aging and wellbeing theme in the curriculum. You'll develop an understanding of health and its elements by exploring sociological and psychological perspectives.
- Becoming a Professional: You'll develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for postgraduate study while examining the responsibilities associated with the role of a registered nurse.
- Developing Knowledge for Practice: A personal and professional development portfolio is central to this unit. In it, you'll reflect on your skills, recognise your limits and respond to the changing needs of individuals, groups and organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
- Therapeutic Communication in Adult Nursing: The theoretical and practical understanding of communication in healthcare. There will be an emphasis on therapeutic relationships and anti-oppressive practice. You'll apply knowledge of psychology, sociology and communications theory to understand individual roles in groups in health and social care settings, while analysing communication methods for meeting a range of clients' and carers’ needs. This includes clients with dementia and learning disabilities.
- Care of Clients with Acute & Long-term Conditions: You'll explore a range of acute and long-term conditions in the current healthcare system, including physical and mental health conditions. There will be links to clinical skills that you'll practice in a simulated environment. You'll identify and discuss causes of a range of acute and long-term conditions, and explore the effects these conditions have on service users and carers.
- Promoting Health & Working in Partnership: Gain the skills and competencies you'll need to support and promote the holistic health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities. Building on your social science learning from Year 1, this unit will focus on developing non-judgemental, sensitive health promotion, to empower and support the rights and dignity of people throughout their lifespan. It also covers how to support patients, carers and their families who are affected by ill health, disability, aging, death and dying.
- Challenges to Humanising Nursing Care: An examination of how care can be humanising and de-humanising. You'll evaluate the humanising framework for guiding nursing practice, and use experiences of vulnerable service users and carers to propose improvements to nursing care and reflect on current practice.
- Principles of Enquiry & Evidence-based Practice in Health & Social Care: You'll be introduced to the debates about approaches to enquiry and knowledge production, and show how different philosophical assumptions shape the research process and knowledge claims.
- Evaluating Knowledge for Practice: How to work responsibly and autonomously when offering care that respects, safeguards and protects people of all ages, as well as their carers and families. This will promote their independence and wellbeing. You'll work with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families to learn about the seamless client transition to wellbeing and recovery.
- Service Improvement Project: Working in a small team, you'll improve the experiences of people and carers who use services. You'll analyse the need for change, develop solutions to complex challenges and complete an innovation or improvement project, before reflecting on what you've learnt throughout the project.
- Managing Complex Conditions: How to care for clients with complex conditions. You'll learn about care management based on nursing assessment and clinical decision making, investigating the impacts of conditions on family members, partners and carers.
- Advanced Principles of Enquiry & Evidence-based Practice in Health & Social Care: You'll develop a proposal for a research study, practice development or comprehensive review project. A range of research methods and analysis techniques will be introduced throughout the unit. These focus on critically analysing the findings.
- Developing the Professional Role: Throughout this unit, you'll evaluate leadership and management theories and how they're applied to professional practice. You'll assess practice-based teaching and learning theories and how they're used, and learn to respond to situations where care standards are compromised.
- Public Health Perspectives: You'll think critically about health on an individual, community and international basis. There will be a focus on sustainable approaches to population health and wellbeing across the lifespan, the social elements of health and inequalities in health.
Depending on the modules you studied in your first degree, you may be able to skip up to three Year 1 modules. We'll decide this based on your application and university transcripts.
Assessments on this course include written assignments, group presentations, examinations, your clinical competence in the practice-learning environment and on placement, reflection, and the development of a portfolio.
Your reflective learning sessions during and following placements will prepare you for advanced practice roles after the course by ensuring you have the necessary knowledge and skills to take part in further learning throughout your career.
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 PGDip 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 half of your time in a practice placement setting, gaining experience of caring for clients in a variety of settings such as elderly, medical, surgical, community and critical care.
Whilst on placement, you will be required to work 150 hours every 4 weeks and experience the full 24-hour shift pattern, including 12-13 hour, weekend and night shifts.
Your placement could be based in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire or Hampshire. Your locality will be assigned when you receive your offer letter and will stay the same for the remainder of your time on the course, so you should arrange your accommodation accordingly.
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 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.
We have links to the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Please note that students on the Adult Nursing course who are based in Yeovil are taught at University Centre Yeovil as well as the main Bournemouth University campuses. Your other placements will be within Somerset.
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.
Unconditional offer scheme
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.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
- Possession of a 2:2 degree or equivalent
- A minimum of 4 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including Maths and English or appropriate Key Skills Level 2. A science subject is preferred.
International entry requirements
Due to the association with the National Health Service (NHS) and restrictions on funding and placements, non-EU students are not eligible to apply for this course.
However if you have been educated overseas but have unlimited leave to remain in the UK you may be eligible to apply for the course. Your application will be assessed as an international student, more information and specific entry requirements can be found below.
English language requirements
From September 2017 we will be welcoming international students to this course.
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 a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.
Non-academic entry 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.
Students who refuse immunisations, or who cannot be immunised for medical reasons, will be reviewed on an individual basis by occupational health. Refusal to have immunisations may 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.
After completing this course, you will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a range of organisations. The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a rewarding career.
Career progression may ultimately lead to you becoming a:
- Lecturer practitioner
- Specialist practitioner
- Advanced nurse practitioner
- Consultant nurse
- Academic lecturer
- Academic researcher.
Industries worked in
- NHS (hospital and community)
- Private and independent healthcare sectors (nursing homes and private hospitals)
- Academic research.
Our graduate employment rate for the BSc (Hons) route of this course is 97%*, we currently do not have any graduate employment statistics for the PG Dip route of the course.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Postgraduate Diploma, you can look into our range of Master's programmes.
*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.