About this course
Accreditations and partnerships:
- Entry year: 2015/16
- Course code: B701
- Applications: UCAS
- Level: Undergraduate
- Tariff points: 300
- Department: Nursing and Midwifery
- Campus: Glenside Campus, UWE Gloucester
- Duration: Three years; September and March intakes
- Delivery: Full-time
- Programme leader: Phil Sayce and Jackie Hutchinson
- 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.
Why study BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Adult Nursing)?
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 Nursing) 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.
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 our video to find out more about Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol.
"To be a nurse it takes something more. Glenside is the best UWE campus; it's so beautiful and amazing. It's such a family here, everybody supports you and it's easy to get to know new people."
Aled, Adult Nursing student
You can choose to study the course at either the Glenside Campus in Bristol or 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 essential to establish effective working relationships with service users, carers, their families and other health and social care professionals.
The following modules are indicative of the course structure.
- 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
- Planning and Delivering Nursing Care
- Interprofessional and Inter-agency Collaboration for Quality and Service
- Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Midwifery
- Implementing the Practice of Adult Nursing
- Leadership in Adult Nursing
- Managing the Practice of Adult Nursing
- Nursing and Midwifery Dissertation
- One optional module from the list below:
- 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
Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between the information shown here and the course when it is delivered.
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.
Computer skills are vital for your academic studies and future employment. At UWE Bristolcomputing is 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 e-mail
- 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.
BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Adult Nursing) 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 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 helps you make informed career choices and puts you in a strong position for future employment. Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and feedback on progress during your placement work.
Details of placements throughout the year (for the Full-time September student intake):
Year 1 - 19 weeks placement
- Mid January to mid March (9 weeks)
- Early May to mid July (10 weeks)
Year 2 - 22 weeks placement
- Late October to mid December (7 weeks)
- Early March to mid April (7 weeks)
- Early June to late July (8 weeks)
Year 3 - 24 weeks placement
- Early September to mid November (10 weeks)
- Mid March to late June (14 weeks, including 1 week annual leave)
Details of placements throughout the year (for the Full-time March student intake):
Year 1 - 19 weeks placement
- July (5 weeks)
- October (4 weeks)
- Mid December (2 weeks)
- January to February (8 weeks)
Year 2 - 21 weeks placement
- May to June (7 weeks)
- October to November (7 weeks)
- January to February (7 weeks)
Year 3 - 26 weeks placement
- March to mid May (11 weeks, including 1 week annual leave)
- Mid October to mid January (15 weeks, including 2 weeks annual leave)
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, enabling 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 Simulation Suite provides 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.
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.
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 per cent 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 and 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 helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.
Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.
See great graduate prospects for further information.
Creating employable students
UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE Bristol initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.
Want to learn more? Watch this video about the nursing profession.
Read about Aled's experience of studying Adult Nursing at UWE.
Read about A day in the life of an Adult Nurse
Nursing Standard: www.nursing-standard.co.uk
Applicants accepted for an NHS funded place on this course will need to apply for their tuition fees to be paid by the NHS. 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) due to funding arrangements.
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.
Students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience 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.
We frequently accept the completion of further or adult education courses as an appropriate entry qualification. Completing an Access or Foundation course (please take a look at the Department's Foundation course) may be a good move for people who have been away from formal education for a number of years.
Applicants whose first language is not English 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.
Additional selection criteria
As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, applicants should meet the following selection criteria:
Health assessment/declaration - applicants must be in good health. Those offered a place are required to complete a questionnaire and be prepared to undergo a medical examination if necessary.
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. Applicants who are offered a place 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 - shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection event where they will undertake a literacy and numeracy test; group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, applicants 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 any relevant work experience that you have gained to date.
We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status) due to funding arrangements.
How to apply
Please see the general information about applications.
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