Adult nursing students role playing in the nursing simulation suite


Nursing (Adult Nursing)

This course is open for applications.

Please note that we are no longer offering a February intake for this course.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus
Three years
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Joanne Jones
Key fact:
Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that 100% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Page last updated 29 April 2019


Why study adult nursing?

Working as part of a multidisciplinary professional team in hospitals and 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 rewarding career. As a nurse, you can make a real difference to people's lives, by providing safe, effective and compassionate care that has a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Adult) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a nurse with them when you graduate.  

With work-based training built in, and outstanding onsite facilities at Glenside in Bristol, you'll learn the theory of good nursing practice, and study the subjects that underpin it.

Learn from a dynamic, supportive team with a depth of nursing experience across many areas.

Develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills and work with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals to support recovery from illness, injury and surgery.

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning, with extensive use of our advanced Simulation Suite.

Engage with service users, practising nurses and other healthcare professionals on placements, in class and online.

You'll spend about half your time on placements in the NHS, and with specialist independent and voluntary sector employers, in a mix of urban, suburban and rural environments.

There's also the chance to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where can it take me?

Nurses are in demand right across the UK, and you could work in a wide variety of nursing roles.

Our graduates work in hospitals or in the community, for the NHS, the armed forces, the prison service or private and voluntary sector employers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Service Improvement - a Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing
  • Caring for Adults with long term health needs
  • Implementing the Practice of Adult Nursing
  • Decision making and Assessment skills for Adult Nursing.

Final year

You will study:

  • Adult Nursing Dissertation
  • Leadership in Adult Nursing
  • Managing the Practice of Adult Nursing
  • Teaching and Learning in Adult Nursing.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Cancer Care
  • Enhancing Clinical Decision making through theory and practice
  • Principles of Respiratory Care
  • Collaborative Approaches to Pain Management
  • Supporting patients with Atopic Disease
  • Dementia principles of care
  • Principles of Perioperative Care
  • End of Life care
  • Worldwide Nursing
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Principles of Cardiac Care
  • Evidencing Work Based Learning
  • Independent study.

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

We use a mix of lectures, seminars, technology-enhanced learning, simulations, student-led presentations and case studies, to develop your skills and get you ready for practice.

Central to the core subjects of nursing theory and practice, you'll also study biology, psychology, sociology and information technology, all applied to healthcare in a professional setting.

Develop the 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.

Develop your expertise in healthcare systems, nursing management, and the sociology of health, wellness and illness. Explore the latest research and evidence-based practice.

Get support and guidance from academic staff and during your placements from qualified nursing staff.

You'll take responsibility for your own learning, using distance learning and self directed materials in some modules.

Acquire skills in self-directed and independent study, and research skills you can take with you into your career.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

You'll study full time between 9:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

While you're on placement, you'll take part in shifts over a 24 hour period, including nights and weekends, from the start of Year one. Your placements may take you anywhere across our Primary Placement Areas (PPAs).


We'll assess you using a mixture of essays, written assignments, presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), case studies, project work and timed, known topic examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can register as a nurse with them when you graduate.


With two or more work placements each year, you'll spend half the course on placement, applying your knowledge and building your professional skills in a range of acute and primary care settings.

We have excellent links with employers throughout the South West, and placements are available in the NHS, social services and the prison service, as well as private and voluntary sector organisations.

You'll get a broad range of practice experiences, helping you make informed career choices and putting you in a strong position for future employment.

Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and give you feedback on your progress during your placement.

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

Details of placements throughout the year:

September cohort: Year one - 19 weeks placement

January (9 weeks)

May (10 weeks)

February cohort: Year one - 22 weeks placement

May (11 weeks)

October (11 weeks)

September cohort: Year two - 22 weeks placement

October (7 weeks)

March (7 weeks)

June (8 weeks)

February cohort: Year two - 21 weeks placement

March (7 weeks)

July (7 weeks)

October (7 weeks)

September cohort: Year three - 24 weeks placement

September (10 weeks)

March (14 weeks)

February cohort: Year three - 23 weeks placement

January (10 weeks)

August (13 weeks)

Study facilities

You will study at our Glenside Campus in Bristol, and will benefit from outstanding facilities to support your studies. You'll have access to one of the best healthcare libraries in the country with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software. We have advanced Skills Simulation Suite, where you can practise your professional skills.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


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 graduates are in employment or further study after six months.

You could go into specialist positions in hospitals, in healthcare centres as a community nurse, in GP surgeries and schools, as a health visitor, or working with patients in their homes.

There are nursing jobs in the private and voluntary sectors, in specialist teams, supporting people with complex needs, and in the armed services or prison service.

You could also go into teaching or research, or specialise further and do some postgraduate study.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Watch our Adult Nursing short film.

See also:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

About the NHS Constitution


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year473
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above 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

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

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

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. 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 academic level 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.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

International Students

If you are an international applicant and interested in studying at UWE Bristol you can find out more about specific entry requirements on our country pages.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

Additional selection criteria

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

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.

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 group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place.

We encourage applications from all those interested in nursing or midwifery. Nursing and Midwifery are both physically and emotionally demanding professions and UWE Bristol positively implements the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

As a student on a nursing course, you will be expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the course. You must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and you will be expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. If you are on a professional course, you should meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies. These are required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies and cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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