Adult nursing students role playing in the nursing simulation suite.


Nursing (Adult Nursing)

Applications for February 2018, September 2018 or February 2019 entry should be made through UCAS.

Please note that we are no longer offering a February intake at the Gloucester Campus but continue to do so at the Glenside Campus.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus, Gloucester Campus
Three years; September and February intake at Glenside Campus. September intake at Gloucester Campus.
Programme leader:
Ian Fletcher
Key fact:
The course leads to registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our strong links with employers, practical focus and the wide range of clinical experience offered by our academic team mean that 100% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Page last updated 5 October 2017


Why study BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Adult)?

Working as part of a multidisciplinary professional team in hospitals and throughout the community, nurses provide care and support for patients of all ages with a variety of acute and long-term health conditions. It's a challenging but highly rewarding career and the course will give you the knowledge, skills and abilities to help improve health and wellbeing by delivering safe, effective and compassionate care.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Adult) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a nurse with the NMC. As well as learning the theory of good nursing practice and studying the subjects that underpin it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals to support recovery from illness, injury and surgery. With fully integrated work-based training and outstanding onsite facilities, you will be taught by a dynamic, supportive team with a depth of nursing experience in many different areas.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning with extensive use of our Inter-professional Simulation Suite. Half your time will be spent on placements in the NHS and with specialist independent and voluntary sector employers in a mix of environments. Throughout your course, you will engage with patients, practising nurses and other healthcare professionals in placements, in class and in online learning. There are also options to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where it can take you

Nurses are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting career opportunities in a wide variety of roles. You could work within hospitals or in the community for the NHS, for the armed forces, in the prison service or in roles for private or voluntary sector employers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



You can choose to study the course at either the Glenside Campus in Bristol or the Gloucester Campus.

Central to the core subjects of nursing theory and practice, you will also study supporting topics of biology, psychology, sociology and information technology, all applied to health care in a professional setting.

Throughout the course you will find a strong emphasis on the development of inter-professional and interpersonal skills that are essential to establishing effective working relationships with service users, carers, their families and other health and social care professionals.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Communication in a Diverse World
  • Understanding Adult Nursing
  • Appreciating Evidence for Practice
  • Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • Participating in the Practice of Adult Nursing.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Planning and Delivering Nursing Care
  • Service Imrovement - a Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Implementing the Practice of Adult Nursing.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Leadership in Adult Nursing
  • Managing the Practice of Adult Nursing
  • Dissertation.

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • End of Life Care
  • Public Health and Health Promotion for Professional Practice
  • Nursing in a Diverse World
  • Evidencing in Work-Based Learning
  • Family and Carer Work for Serious Mental Illness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People
  • Person-Centred Care with People with Dementia.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course runs on a modular basis and theory is delivered full-time between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. There may be a requirement to travel to other campuses.

You will spend half of the course on placement within a range of acute and primary care settings. You will be required to take part in the full range of shifts over a 24 hour period, including nights and weekends, from the start of your first year.

How you'll learn

We expect you to take a great deal of the responsibility for your own learning, as many of the modules may be taught using distance learning materials. This method relies heavily on your self-direction and it is important to develop this aspect to ensure life-long interest in the pursuit of knowledge.

Learning and teaching methods range from lectures, seminars, technology enhanced learning, simulation, student-led presentations and case studies. Support for studying is provided by academic staff and during practice placements by registered nursing staff.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

What you'll learn

Study themes running through the course include:

  • Nursing theory and practice
  • Nursing management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Development of professional practice
  • Bio-psychosocial development of the individual across the lifespan
  • Sociology of health, wellness and illness
  • Health care systems
  • Interprofessional working
  • Research and evidence-based practice

A number of these themes will be developed and taught alongside other Nursing and Midwifery student groups.

Study time

Computer skills are vital for your academic studies and future employment. At UWE Bristol, computing will be an integral part of your course. Many lecturers make lecture notes and materials available online, and some modules will require you to use Information Technology (IT) to help you undertake and present your work.

IT facilities are available on all campuses. There are multimedia facilities at both Glenside and Gloucester Campus and you will have access to 24 hour computing facilities at the main Frenchay Campus.

Before starting your course, you may find it helpful to familiarise yourself with the following core IT skills:

  • Basic word processing
  • Storing and retrieving files
  • Communicating via email
  • Searching the web for information


Assessment methods are varied and include essays, written assignments, presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), case studies and project work, as well as timed, known topic examinations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Adult) at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a nurse with the NMC.


With two or more work placements each year, you will spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the real-world. We have excellent links with leading employers throughout the South West and placements will give you a broad choice of work experience, ranging from positions in the NHS, social services and the prison service, to roles and in private or voluntary sector organisations. This will help you make informed career choices and put you in a strong position for future employment. Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and feedback on progress during your placement work.

Find out about Adult Nursing Primary Placement Areas (PPA).

Details of placements throughout the year (for the Full-time September student intake):

Year one - 19 weeks placement

  • January (9 weeks)
  • May (10 weeks)

Year two - 22 weeks placement

  • October (7 weeks)
  • March (7 weeks)
  • June (8 weeks)

Year three - 24 weeks placement

  • September (10 weeks)
  • March (14 weeks)

Details of placements throughout the year (for the Full-time February student intake):

Year one - 22 weeks placement

  • May (11 weeks)
  • October (11 weeks)

Year two - 21 weeks placement

  • March (7 weeks)
  • July (7 weeks)
  • October (7 weeks)

Year three - 23 weeks placement

  • January (10 weeks)
  • August (13 weeks)

Study facilities

Teaching and learning facilities at UWE Bristol are outstanding. The Glenside campus library is acknowledged as one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, and will enable you to support your studies with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and access to specialist health and social care software packages. The course has a practical focus and our inter-professional skills simulation suite will provide you with excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies for all students.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

International opportunities

Our links with healthcare professionals in Croatia provides the opportunity for a two week placement to experience nursing outside the UK. We also offer 12 week placement options in Finland and Norway through the ERASMUS scheme.


Careers / Further study

Nurses are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a wide variety of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers: 95% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating. Students find specialist positions in a range of hospital environments, in healthcare centres as community nurses, in GP surgeries and schools, as health visitors or working with patients in their homes. Nurses are employed in the private and voluntary sectors, as nurses in specialist teams, supporting people with complex needs. There are also opportunities within the armed services or the prison service. Some graduates choose careers in teaching or research, while others enter post-graduate studies.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

To learn more, watch this video about the nursing profession.

Read about a day in the life of an Adult Nurse.

Read about Aled's experience of studying Adult Nursing at UWE.

Useful links

Nursing Standard:

NHS Jobs


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.200

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

If you are a UK student you may be entitled to living cost support.

For more details please see our guidance on NHS funding for UK students or our guidance on NHS funding for EU students.

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status).


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of 5 subjects at grade C or above, or grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science or Social Science subject.Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science/social science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology: Food Technology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geographical Science, Geology, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Science in Society, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education, Sports Studies.

    For further information and advice on acceptable science/social science subjects please email

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a Science or Social Science subject
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in a higher level science or social science subject

Entry requirements

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status)

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis. However, you still need to meet the GCSE English and Maths requirements, and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health related subject area recognised as equivalent academically by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year, which can qualify you for the full degree.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of criminal background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a disclosure application form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a literacy and numeracy test, group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place.

Completing the application form. We will be looking for applicants committed to Adult Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the 'personal statement' section of the application form by saying why you want to study Adult Nursing and stating any relevant work experience that you have gained to date.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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