Professional course European Union Nursing Adaptation

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Six consecutive weeks
Online with practice placement
Course Director
Jacqui Caskey

30 credit level 3 or Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


The educational aims and learning outcomes of the European Union Nursing Adaptation (EUNA) programme is to prepare EU nurses to practice safely within the UK.

The EUNA module is a 30-credit professional practice module available at level 3 (UZTSX4-30-3) or Masters level (UZTSXE-30-M). This programme is accredited by the NMC and concerns nurses trained abroad (within the EU) who wish to practice as Registered Nurses in the UK but have a shortfall in the theory and /or practice hours compared to the UK nursing education standards. Despite Brexit, we do not expect any changes to running this programme until the end of 2022.

Currently, we are the only University in the country offering this NMC approved programme. We have successfully educated and supported EUNA students from different EU countries to achieve their NMC registration for over seven years.

We have three intakes for this programme a year starting in January, May or September.

You will undertake a period of supervised and assessed practice, studying current professional nursing issues, related to UK practice. If you trained as a nurse abroad and wish to find out about registering as a nurse in the UK, please see the NMC overseas registration process.

Please note, to enrol on this programme, you need to have received an individualised NMC Decision Letter stating that you need to undertake the Adaptation Programme before registering with NMC. See:

To commence the programme, all students will have an interview with UWE Bristol consisting of:

  • Maths and English test
  • Group interview
  • Individual interview.

If successful, you will be offered a place on the EUNA programme subject to securing relevant practice placements and completion of relevant documentation.

Who is it for?

For nurses trained in one of the European Economic Area countries wishing to register and practice as a nurse in the UK and who have received a decision letter from NMC, stating they need to undertake this programme before registration.

This programme is approved for all fields of nursing: Adult, Children's, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

What do I get out of it?

The educational aims and learning outcomes of the EUNA programme is to prepare EU nurses to practice safely within the UK.

The EUNA module is a 30-credit professional practice Level 3 (UZTSX4-30-3) or Masters level (UZTSXE-30-M) module with a syllabus that includes nursing legislation and policy, adherence to professional codes, a reflection of your applicability of nursing practice to the UK, determinants of health and disease and competencies specific to your field of clinical practice.

How does it benefit my employer?

This will enable employers to rapidly increase the number of registered nurses in their workforce.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol on this course:

  1. You have received a decision letter from the NMC advising you to undertake this programme
  2. You were successful at the UWE Bristol interview.
  3. You have secured practice placements as per NMC decision letter..
  4. You have a valid English language qualification. Please check if your English language certificate is acceptable. You should be looking for entering Level 3 undergraduate study.

If you have not previously studied at level 3, you may be required to undertake the Accelerating Learning for Professionals module before commencing on the programme.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:



The content of this module serves to inform and update you about the contemporary nursing practice in the UK. This includes online lectures and seminars and self-directed learning ranging from refreshers on pathophysiology, reflective practice, documentation, nursing process, to learning about UK nursing legal and ethical principles. 

The theoretical aspect of the programme is run alongside a practice placement where you will complete practice competencies that meet the NMC outcomes, specified for this programme.

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

The theory part of the programme is currently delivered via live online teaching over six consecutive weeks, Mondays and Fridays between 09:00 12:30.

 The practice placement learning can commence as soon as you have started the programme with us.


Practice assessment

You will be assessed in practice by an approved mentor using an Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) based on the four NMC domains:

  • Professional values
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Nursing practice and decision making
  • Leadership, management and team working.

An OAR document is a book that you need to complete with your mentor in practice during your placement, showing you have successfully achieved the NMC competencies.

Academic assessment

You will be required to submit a 2,000 word reflective assignment on an area negotiated with your mentor and personal tutor in line with the NMC (2018) Standards for Education.


Study facilities

You'll have access to a range of online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules. Fees do not include travel, accommodation or placement tariff.


Please click on the Apply Now button to view dates. 

How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

  1. Once in possession of the NMC decision letter stating you need to undertake the Adaptation Programme.
  2. Contact to enquire about the next EUNA selection event date.
  3. Return the requested documentation to us before your interview (interviews are currently held online via MS Teams or Skype).
  4. If you are successful at the UWE Bristol interview, you will receive a conditional offer for the programme, subject to securing the placements and satisfactory English language certificate
  5. You need to find and secure all of your placements BEFORE you can be approved on the programme.
  6. Once you have secured your placements (as directed in the EUNA Information for Students Document) upload the completed documents below to the CPD Portal (UWE Bristol online application) no later than three weeks before the programme starts:
    - Placement Documentation
    - English Language Certificate.


Please select and apply to the EUNA course once the Placement Providers (Healthcare organisations providing you with the placements) have completed and returned the Placement Documentation Form to you AND you are in possession of a valid English Certificate.

If you are new to UWE Bristol CPD, you will need to register to use the Professional Development portal.

If you have already registered on the Professional Development portal, sign in and complete the application.

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