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Nursing BSc (Hons) (Adult, Children's & Mental Health)

What makes Nursing at Worcester special?

A career in nursing is both immensely challenging and intensely rewarding. Protecting health, preventing illness and alleviating suffering are huge responsibilities, but also exceptional privileges.

At Worcester, we know that as qualified nurses you will have to be caring and compassionate, as well as being innovative and flexible. We will support you as you become skilled, experienced and proactive at delivering high quality care across a range of rapidly changing healthcare environments.

Funding for Nursing courses is changing. There will no longer be an NHS bursary from September 2017. After this date, students will be required to take out student loans to fund their course. See the costs section below for more information.

Key features

  • Successful completion leads to registration as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Practice your skills in a safe and supportive environment with our simulation suite
  • Mixture of placements and university learning to best prepare you for your future career when you qualify
  • Study a wide range of subjects, including: anatomy and physiology; pharmacology; psychology; sociology; health and disease; law and ethics

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Candidates applying for BSc (Hons) Nursing, Adult, Mental Health or Children's field of practice will need to demonstrate the following entry requirements:

From September 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult, Child and Mental Health fields of practice

  • 104 or above new UCAS Tariff points from 3 full ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or above
  • Access Diploma, full award of 60 credits; 45 credits at level 3, 30 credits must be achieved at merit or distinction
  • Evidence of recent academic study (within 5 years)       
  • 5 GCSE’s grade C/4 or above to include Maths and English Language (or an acceptable equivalent listed below)

Pass in one of the following acceptable Maths qualifications:

  • GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above
  • Functional Skills Mathematics (Functional Skills in Numeracy is not accepted)       
  • Essential Skills (Wales) Maths       
  • NARIC approved GCSE equivalent International qualification       
  • University of Worcester Alternative Test in Mathematics       

Pass in one of the following acceptable English Language qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language grade C/4 or above
  • Academic IELTS 7.0 with a score of at least 7.0 in each component (if English is not your first language)       
  • NARIC approved GCSE equivalent International qualification
  • University of Worcester Alternative Test in English

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

If you are currently at school or college they will be able to guide you through the online application process. If you are not currently studying at a school or college you should visit

From 1 August 2017 new students in England on nursing courses will have access to a support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. See more funding information.

Other information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a selection event, and will be expected to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the requirements of nursing. NHS regulations require student nurses to obtain a satisfactory health clearance and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

As part of the selection event, applicants will be asked to complete a maths test, an example of which can be downloaded here.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate. If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements outlined above, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

* If you have previously commenced a nurse education programme your application will be considered on an individual basis; please contact to discuss your application.

Taster days

A Nursing taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Nursing taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview.

The next taster day is on Thursday 6 July 2017, 10am-2.30pm. For further information or to request a place please email or complete this enquiry form.

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Course content

What will you study?

There are three distinct Nursing courses, each allowing you to specialise in a specific field of practice.

Fields of practice

Adult nursing - B740

The adult nursing field of practice modules focus on the needs of adults with a diverse range of health and dependency needs, including physical and emotional care requirements, particularly addressing the needs of the ageing population. Adult field of practice nurses will be articulate, flexible, decision makers able to promote health and well-being, prioritise effective care and implement evidence-based nursing practice. They will work collaboratively with the inter-professional team, service users and their families, respecting their rights, choices and wishes. The emphasis is on providing a high quality experience for all service users, in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Children’s nursing - B730

Meeting the specific needs of children, young people and their families is at the core of children’s nursing. The programme aims to produce safe and responsive practitioners who can work effectively across traditional boundaries in a collaborative way, providing high quality child and family centred care that meets the demands of integrated child health and social care provision. Future children’s nurses need to be able to empower each child and their family to receive individualised care, enabling each child to reach their full potential.

Mental health nursing - B760

The mental health nursing field of practice recognises the inclusion of service users and carers as an integral part of the delivery of the programme. This will ensure that person-centred recovery processes are addressed throughout the programme in the development of the student. The mental health field of practice modules will be further informed by critical engagement with current mental health agendas and developments.

  • Case study

    Third year adult field of practice student nurse

    "From the moment I arrived on campus for my interview, I knew the University of Worcester was where I wanted to complete my training. The course has been brilliant in preparing me for when I qualify, and I feel that it was the best decision I have ever made in returning to education. I feel the skills I have learnt and developed in my time at the University of Worcester will most definitely help me secure a staff nurse position. I also feel they will help me in my future career progression."

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Course structure

Both on placement and at University, you should expect to work a 37.5 hour week, 45 weeks of the year. This can include antisocial hours and bank holidays, following the usual practice for the nursing profession

Holiday periods are fixed throughout the whole three years. Over the nursing year, 7 weeks of annual leave are incorporated into the timetable, which includes bank holidays

You will practice your skills within the safe environment of our especially designed simulation suites to help you practice your skills within a safe and supportive environment.

Find out more about our health facilities.


Clinical placements

Fifty per cent of the programme takes place in the practice setting where you will experience a range of challenging and exciting placements.

Adult placements include: medical and surgical areas, critical care settings, individuals’ homes, and older people’s services and primary care.

Mental Health placements include: the acute setting, caring for older people, individuals recovering from mental health problems, community services and specialist placements including substance misuse, child and adolescent mental health services.

Child Health placements include: the acute setting, experience with school nurses and health visitors, the Community Children’s Nursing Team, caring for new-born babies and children with learning and physical disabilities.

Placements will be within Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. However, in the final year of the programme you will have the opportunity to go overseas or to a specialist placement within the UK. Additional funding may be available for placements within the European Union.


On Clinical Placements, as well as your Unit/Module and Academic Tutors, you will be supported by a Mentor and an Assessor. Although you are supernumery to the Clinical Placement staff, whilst in the Placement you will follow the same working patterns as qualified staff, including shifts and anti-social hours. This enables your Mentor and the person who assesses your work to provide continuous supervision, teaching and support.

We are committed to providing student centred leaning and are keen to produce new learning experiences for our students that will help them to develop into self directed learners and effective and efficient professionals. In order to support these aims we provide a range of assessment forms which include, Continuous assessment of practice, Coursework, Written Assignments, Web-based assignments, Seminar presentations, Examinations and Vivas. Honours degree students also complete a dissertation as their final written assessment.


Where could it take you?

On completing the course you will have the opportunity to work as a registered nurse in a variety of settings and specialities, like those mentioned above, in the UK and overseas. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to advance your academic study.

  • amy-davis-nursing-graduation-2016

    Case study

    Amy Davis

    Despite facing a life-threatening condition during her studies, Amy graduated with a degree in Adult Nursing in 2016.

    In August 2014, at the end of her second year of studies, Amy was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a genetic autoimmune disease where the body’s anti-bodies attack the liver.

    With no cure, doctors told Amy she needed a liver transplant and she went on the organ donation waiting list.

    Despite this, she continued with her studies and placement on a busy ward, with support from University lecturers and nursing staff.

    After three weeks on the list, in January 2015, Amy had her liver transplant and after six months returned to University.

    However, in her final placement week a devastated Amy had to defer her studies again after falling ill.
    Facing surgery to remove her large intestine, this was avoided by alternative treatment that allowed Amy to recover and eventually return to complete her degree this year.

    Amy gained a 2:2 in her Adult Nursing degree and has now fulfilled her ambition of working as a Staff Nurse at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    “My experience has already helped and will help me in my nursing career,” said Amy. “Through my experience, I have gained a greater experience of being a patient.  I now know what it’s like to be that patient in the bed who has no idea what is going on, how it feels to be that patient who is scared and frightened of the unknown.

    “I feel my experience has made me the best nurse I can possibly be. I am more compassionate, more understanding and always providing patient-centred care.”


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How much will it cost?

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are funded for all full-time students studying Nursing or Midwifery on NHS supported places in the February 2017 cohort.

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the September 2017 cohort will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Funding for student nurses

From 1 August 2017 new students in England on nursing courses will have access to a support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. Information on these changes can be found on a new website produced by the Council of Deans of Health.

Additional costs

For the September 2017 and February 2018 intakes we will provide initial uniforms (3 tunics, 2 trousers & epaulettes). We will also cover the costs of an Enhanced DBS check, an Occupational Health screening and vaccinations.

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.     

As part of the course you will need to travel to placements and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Adult nursing - B740

Children’s nursing - B730

Mental health nursing - B760


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our how to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


The following links can be used to support your knowledge of these areas prior to submission of your UCAS/application form or interview: NHS constitution values; 6 Cs


B740, B730, B760

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Disability concerns

Are you worried that your disability or physical or mental health problem will affect your application to nurse/midwifery training?

The Disability Rights Commission (2007) identify that applicants to higher education have a statutory duty to disclose information about disabilities or long-term health conditions for entry to nursing courses across Britain. Although the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) says that “you may not be fit to practice for reasons of conduct, health or competence” (NMC 2008) it’s not straight forward and we would not want you to be deterred from applying.

If you have a disability, physical or mental health problem the above legislation and professional guidelines do not prevent you from applying to this University to undertake Nurse/ Midwifery training. In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 reasonable adjustments can be considered and put in place, as appropriate, to support and enable you to undertake your studies effectively.

We would like to encourage you to contact us to discuss your individual concerns. For example, if you are wondering whether you would be suitable for selection or if you can cope with the programme or carry out the specific skills required in performing the job book an appointment to come and talk to us.

Please contact:

University admissions (01905) 855111 email

You could also contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service at the University of Worcester. If you suspect that your disability will impact on your learning experience we urge you to contact the Service to discuss the nature and range of adjustments that may be necessary for you. Please feel free to get in contact before or after your application.

Please note: This is an additional option to the requirement to disclose on the Pre-Enrolment Health Questionnaire

We have included an advice booklet written by a student nurse for students with Dyslexia on clinical placements

Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service on 01905 85 5531 email:

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutors

Jo Thomas
01905 855564

Course leader

Jenny Pinfield
01905 855462