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Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

B740

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

February 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

An Adult Nursing degree can lead you to some of the most rewarding careers there are, working anywhere from hospitals, to people’s homes.

If you are a naturally caring and compassionate individual, adult nursing is one of most rewarding professions you could choose to work in, as well as being challenging, varied and with excellent career prospects.

Adult nurses have the potential to work with a wide spectrum of service users across a vast range of services and settings – from A&E, critical care, medical and surgical wards to hospices, nursing homes, GP practices and in people's own homes. They are expected to be trustworthy, professional and prepared to safeguard patients’ rights.

Ranked in the UK’s top 15 for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2018, Coventry offers a Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. Our course benefits from exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction – 97% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2016) – and outstanding graduate employability, with 96% of our students in work or further study after six months (2014-15 DLHE).

See the facilities available in our brand new Science and Health Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

The course is fully accredited by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and, providing you also meet the NMC requirements, on successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

What our students say

The thing that most attracted me to Coventry was that it was ranked an extremely good university for nursing and is attached to a teaching university hospital with good prospects. I like that we have labs where we practise our skills and can use meti-man to pretend that we are responding to a real patient. All of the tutors have been really good and approachable and always welcome us to email them if we have any queries or if we are struggling on any aspect of our course, we know where to go to for advice and support

Katherine Hughes, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, third year student

Course information

In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of each per year, students study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services. 

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

The degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will be required to write a 5,000 report. Past students have covered topics as diverse as end of life care, maggots in wound care, the role of the advanced nurse practitioner and CPR.

11th

best UK university for nursing and midwifery

The Guardian, 2017

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Introduction to Nursing and its Fields of Practice

  • Introduction to Assessment of Health and Wellbeing

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing

  • Introduction to Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • The Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

Overview

Modules

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Introduction to Managing Person Centred Care

  • Managing Person Centred Care

  • Legislation, ethics and social policy

  • Therapeutic Approaches in Adult Nursing

  • Assessment and Care Pathways Across the Lifespan

Overview

Modules

  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

  • Coordinating Collaborative Care

  • Contemporary Issues in Adult Nursing

  • Development and Coordination of Complex Care

  • Transitions to the Accountable Practitioner

  • The Autonomous Practitioner

£22k

Average salary six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

In more detail...

  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Nursing at Coventry is ranked 11th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Multimillion state-of-the-art Science and Health Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice
  • Well established clinical placements, teaching and research links with local partner Trusts within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings.
  • Field trips within the UK include visits to the first operating theatre in London and museums capturing the history of nursing and healthcare.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 97% of our students were happy with the quality of the course, thought staff made the subject interesting and the staff are good at explaining things in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Outstanding employability – 97% of our 2014/15 September intake graduates obtained work or began further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) and 99% of those employed were in professional level roles.

Well established clinical placements, teaching and research links with local partner Trusts within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers.

Our main study themes are:

  • Nursing practice: Develops the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person-centred care. We cover the key concepts of nursing, caring and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing care, for example, National Service Frameworks. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins these care factors will be taught and practiced in the simulated environment of clinical skills laboratories.

  • Assessment and care pathways across the lifespan: Develops the ability to assess, interpret and manage a range of care requirements for service users. You’ll be introduced to the concept of health and wellbeing, enabling an understanding of the bio psychosocial needs of your patient group across the life span in all fields of nursing. You should develop an understanding of how assessments support and inform clinical judgement and decision making in practice, explored across primary, secondary and third sector care environments.

  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.

  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You should develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion.

The course can be studied full-time over three years or on a part-time basis which typically takes four-and-a-half years. It offers start dates in February and September.

This Adult Nursing course uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. This includes a series of interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements. All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers. 

We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems, equipping you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients. 

Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team. You will also participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.

We’ll undertake a range of interesting fieldtrips. Previously trips have been to the Old Operating Theatre Museum at Guy’s Hospital, listed by Time Out as one of the top 101 things to do in London. You’ll make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care, particularly medication administrations.

Gaining experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We also use actors to enhance these experiences in scenarios which include breaking bad news, demonstrating emotional resilience, conflict, aggression, teaching and child protection conferences.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families.

Course assessment includes examinations, written coursework, case study, reflective critique, poster presentations, portfolio, practice assessment grid, project development and skills inventories.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 54%
  • Practical placement: 29%
  • Formal examinations: 17%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Sciences, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

54% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • The nurses’ role in the enhancement of public health and biological, psychological and social wellbeing of service users.
  • The biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge which underpins all nursing practice across the lifespan. 


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, antidiscrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment.
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin nursing practice.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances.
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective nursing practice.
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and the most up-to-date technology to support quality care delivery.
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic health assessment of service users’ needs across the lifespan using a range of appropriate assessment tools.
  • Plan, implement and monitor nursing care, involving service users and carers.
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, nursing interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous nursing practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of nursing and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs.
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to all people.

Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.

As 50% of the course is practice based, this requires 40 hours per week in placements. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours each week of seminar preparation or group work per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of workshops or activity led seminars per week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours led lectures per week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 14 hours each week of private study which can include syndicate learning and online activities which augment other approaches.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.

For students who have performed well in their academic studies, it is possible towards the end of the second year to plan a short placement abroad within Europe or beyond – typically three to four weeks’ duration. We have existing links with universities in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Kenya, as well as agreements with several European institutions which have been utilised for incoming and outgoing student exchanges. 

Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course have come from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, with institutions in India and China, which can provide additional insights for students into international issues. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

The thing that most attracted me to Coventry was that it was ranked an extremely good university for nursing and is attached to a teaching university hospital with good prospects. I like that we have labs where we practise our skills and can use meti-man to pretend that we are responding to a real patient. All of the tutors have been really good and approachable and always welcome us to email them if we have any queries or if we are struggling on any aspect of our course, we know where to go to for advice and support

Katherine Hughes, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, third year student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU160
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BCC, academic subjects only (excludes general studies). DMM in a Health subject, will accept sport courses. 27 points with 14 at Higher 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. Must have certificates at point of interview. Evidence of recent study is desirable.

Portfolio

Additional information: Caring experience, either paid or voluntary is essential. You will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy, literacy and aptitude as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and criminal records disclosure required. You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test here

In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma (60 credits) to include 45 at level 3 with 24 at distinction in health modules.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
A*A*B
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
  AAE BBC ACC 112 DMM
    BBD
108  
      CCC 96 MMM

English as a Foreign Language English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say

The thing that most attracted me to Coventry was that it was ranked an extremely good university for nursing and is attached to a teaching university hospital with good prospects. I like that we have labs where we practise our skills and can use meti-man to pretend that we are responding to a real patient. All of the tutors have been really good and approachable and always welcome us to email them if we have any queries or if we are struggling on any aspect of our course, we know where to go to for advice and support

Katherine Hughes, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, third year student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


February 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


February 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


February 2018

(per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say

The thing that most attracted me to Coventry was that it was ranked an extremely good university for nursing and is attached to a teaching university hospital with good prospects. I like that we have labs where we practise our skills and can use meti-man to pretend that we are responding to a real patient. All of the tutors have been really good and approachable and always welcome us to email them if we have any queries or if we are struggling on any aspect of our course, we know where to go to for advice and support

Katherine Hughes, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, third year student

Career prospects

On graduating successfully from this course, and providing you also meet the NMC requirements, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This enables you to practise immediately.

As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career. We have an excellent track record with 100% of our September intake students in work or continuing their studies in the most recent destinations survey (DHLE 2014/15). 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

97%

student satisfaction with the quality of this course.

National Student Survey (NSS), 2016

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates find employment as qualified nurses in the NHS with a growing emphasis on community settings, in acute hospitals, military nursing, in the private and independent healthcare sector, in private hospitals, nursing or care homes. As your career progresses a number of options may open to you for example as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager. 

Our recent graduates have taken up  roles including staff nurses in the NHS, working on cruise ships as students, working  in Africa in the Ebola Crisis with the Red Cross, and working in neonatal ITU.

96%

of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say

The thing that most attracted me to Coventry was that it was ranked an extremely good university for nursing and is attached to a teaching university hospital with good prospects. I like that we have labs where we practise our skills and can use meti-man to pretend that we are responding to a real patient. All of the tutors have been really good and approachable and always welcome us to email them if we have any queries or if we are struggling on any aspect of our course, we know where to go to for advice and support

Katherine Hughes, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, third year student
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