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Nursing (Adult)

BSc (Hons)

As an adult nurse you could work in an NHS hospital, GP surgery, health centre, school, client's home or another healthcare setting.

UCAS Code: B740

Single Honours

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Our nursing degree is split between learning on campus and developing your skills on placements across the midlands region. Throughout the course you’ll develop the clinical skills, knowledge, compassion and confidence to thrive as a registered nurse.

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Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

With this degree you’ll be eligible to register as a nurse with the NMC, the professional regulatory body for nurses.


Overview

At Worcester we have an excellent reputation for training registered nurses.

You'll learn to become an articulate, flexible, decision maker who is able to promote health and well-being, prioritise effective care and implement evidence-based nursing practice. Lecturers get to know your strengths and where you can develop, offering personalised support and feedback throughout your course.

When you start, you’ll also be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor. Usually this is one of the people teaching on your course and they typically remain with you throughout your adult nursing degree.

Alongside seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials you’ll also have lots of skills session to prepare you for placement. These hands-on sessions take place in our simulation suites, which replicate the hospital and community facilities you’ll be working in when you graduate. You’ll practice different techniques and decision making scenarios with a range of simulation manikins, and learn about person-centred care with real service users and experienced nurses.

Placements

Our aim is to arrange placements and visits to a diverse range of settings during your three years on the course, so you’ll care for a range of people, in lots of different environments. We have excellent links with NHS Trusts and healthcare providers in the region, including:

  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Around half your time will be spent on practice placement in each year of the adult nursing degree. Your placements run in blocks across the year, normally with experiences in at least two different placement settings each year.

While out on placement you’ll learn from experienced nurses and have lots of support from your tutors. These practical experiences, in combination with your time on campus, prepare you to be a skilled, compassionate and confident adult nurse.


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Course content

On this accredited course you’ll study theories backed up by substantial evidence, and then get the opportunity to apply this learning in professional practice.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and developments in the field, as well as feedback from students and employers. Therefore, modules do occasionally change to keep the course up-to-date and relevant.

All modules are mandatory to ensure you’re eligible to register as a nurse with the NMC.

Mandatory modules


Careers

This course will prepare you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so you can begin a rewarding career in adult nursing.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions in private practice, social services, schools, the prison service or choose to work overseas.

In your final year we arrange mock interviews and CV writing workshops, and your personal academic tutor will support with career planning. We also invite employers in the region on to campus to meet you and discuss career opportunities. Our excellent reputation in the midlands region means that most of our graduates go on to work for local NHS trusts, often securing a job before they graduate.

Opportunities

Once you’ve qualified as an adult nurse, you could choose to specialise in a certain field such as operating theatres, drug rehabilitation, care for the elderly or intensive care.

With experience you could become a nursing sister, ward manager, team leader, or move into a management role like matron or director of nursing.

With future qualifications you could become an advanced nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or nurse consultant. Or you may want to move into public health, teaching or clinical research. An adult nursing degree opens up lots of possibilities.


Course highlights

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£5,000 payment
When you study on this course you’ll receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which you don’t need to pay back. This is in addition to the financial support and loans available to all UK undergraduate students. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is a mix of interactive seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and practical skills sessions. Your assessments will help prepare you for a career as a nurse, and include observations of professional skills, writing reflective essays, presenting, group discussions and creating a care plan.

Teaching and assessment contents

You will be taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Case studies (developed in partnership with service users) support a scenario-based approach to learning which facilitates small group activities and discussions, leading to shared and individual problem-solving and decision-making. A campus-based approach, complemented by appropriate use of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning including virtual learning environment collaborate, flipped classroom and e-learning packages, which promote personalised engagement with learning.

You will meet with your personal academic tutor 4 times in year one and 3 times in year 2 and 3.

At the core of the nursing programme is learning in a diverse range of clinical placements, learning in the real world which facilitates work-readiness, personal and professional development. Mandatory practice learning equates to 50% of the programme credit for each year. Your practice learning is mapped across the programme, gradually increasing as you gain in confidence, by year 3 you will complete over 55% of the programme in practice learning environments, supporting your transition from student to Registered Nurse. Your placements run in blocks across the year, with experiences normally in a minimum of 2 practice placements each year, in a setting appropriate to your chosen field of practice. The use of ‘spokes’ (visits to alternative placement settings) to maximise learning opportunities offered by diverse and non-traditional settings, offer exposure to opportunities to care for people from across the life-span, with mental and physical health needs and learning disabilities. Enhanced practice learning days, rooted in clinical practice, provide opportunities to consolidate learning, provide opportunity for reflection and inter-professional learning, including added value learning experiences and seeking additional support as necessary to promote inclusive learning in the practice setting.

While on placement you are supernumerary and are supported by a practice supervisor and assessed by a practice assessor, both having undergone appropriate preparation for their roles. Further support is provided by the inter-professional team, a nominated person (usually a member of the practice education team) and an academic assessor allocated for each part of the programme. You will have access to the internet and library resources whilst on placement.

You will be provided with opportunity to complete skills and simulated learning activities. All skills and simulation activities involve a range of people including students, peers, service users/carers, practitioners, technicians, academics and includes role play, ‘hands on’ practical skills sessions using a range of simulation manikins, video recording and playback. Formative feedback on performance is provided to facilitate safe and effective support for essential skills development, in state of the art simulation suites, replicating hospital and community practice learning environments. This learning is particularly important in year one, with 20 days allocated to prepare you for your practice learning experiences. This is reduced in year 2 and 3 to 10 days per year.

You will have opportunity to complete a UK or international elective placement, during Year 3, semester one. This can be either a 4-week or a 12-week experience, helping with the globalization of the programme and employability.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 112

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We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

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The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

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Read our how to apply pages for more information on the application process, or if you’d like to apply for part-time study.


Student story

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Almy Anna John

“One of the main reasons I chose Worcester is because it is renowned for its nursing degree. I felt the way they aligned the placements and the modules helped put the theory into practice.

As a result of her incredible commitment to her work, Almy has been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year: Clinical Research award at the Student Nursing Times Awards, referred to by many in the field as being the equivalent to the Oscars for nursing education. Read more of Almy's story.

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Tolu Adelaja

“I liked the quiet family-oriented vibe Worcester offered which was something I was looking for. Being in Worcester helped me hone-in on my independence and learn how to make friends from different backgrounds in a new, unfamiliar, but exciting environment.

“A career in nursing opens up several doors and so I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

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Rachel Bray

Rachel achieved her life-long ambition to become a Nurse and is now part of the Evesham Neighbourhood Team, providing care in the community.

“It was really hard work, but I absolutely loved it. It was such a brilliant course.  The tutors were really supportive; there were some tough times that I had to deal with, but they were brilliant. To someone else thinking about a Nursing career, I would just say go for it, it’s never too late, and also take it a day at a time.”

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Almy Anna John

“One of the main reasons I chose Worcester is because it is renowned for its nursing degree. I felt the way they aligned the placements and the modules helped put the theory into practice.

As a result of her incredible commitment to her work, Almy has been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year: Clinical Research award at the Student Nursing Times Awards, referred to by many in the field as being the equivalent to the Oscars for nursing education. Read more of Almy's story.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Tolu Adelaja

“I liked the quiet family-oriented vibe Worcester offered which was something I was looking for. Being in Worcester helped me hone-in on my independence and learn how to make friends from different backgrounds in a new, unfamiliar, but exciting environment.

“A career in nursing opens up several doors and so I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”


Contact

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

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Jodie Walker-Haywood

Admissions office

01905 855111

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