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Adult Nursing (BSc) Hons 2017/18 entry

Course code:

Degree - B740

Study options:

3 year - Degree

 

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

February 2018

 

Fees:

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01723 336700


Overview

Nursing is a profoundly rewarding profession, with excellent career and development prospects. Working with adults of all ages, this profession focuses on improving the quality of life for others by being highly observant and building trusting relationships.

This course equips students with the skills, knowledge and personal development to enable you to meet diverse professional challenges of nursing. It aims develop you into an adaptable, reflective and compassionate practitioner through carefully devised teaching and learning methods.

The programme is complimented with significant insights into mental health, learning disability, and children and young people’s nursing.

This three-year course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We aim to give you as much real-world experience possible, by incorporating a 50% practical and 50% theory structure. This means you have no traditional end of year exams, you receive invaluable mentoring support and you get hands-on experience of working in the field. 

Why CU Scarborough

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. 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.

Employability

Dedicated careers department who will assist you in finding employment

Accredited Course

Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Quality

Degree from a ranked 12 University - Guardian University Guide 2018

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

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. The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the regulator for nursing and midwifery professions in the UK. The NMC maintains a register of all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK. Students are awarded a membership of the NMC, which puts them in the same arena as industry professionals.

What our students say...

Undertaking a degree at CU Scarborough means I always get great support and advice from the course leader when I need it.

Michael Jenkins - CU Scarborough 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.

Modules

Overview

The first year prepares you for further study and facilitates the understanding of the core principles which underpin adult nursing. From the offset, you are introduced to the impact of social determinants, cultures and environmental factors on the nursing industry. This introductory year aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the key issues and problems in the contemporary development of adult nursing. You’ll explore biological and pharmacology principles, the industry context and nursing basics providing a solid foundation for progression into years two and three.

Modules

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

    In this introductory module, you will explore the essential foundations of communication. You will learn about diverse population groups, health care ethics, establishing and defining a professional relationship and building rapport with your client.

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing

    A theory based module, you’ll explore the social determinants of health and wellbeing. You’ll look at concepts of health, disability and disease, while critically assessing social, cultural and environmental determinants. A keen focus is placed on anti-discriminatory practice, and how to effect this in the everyday working environment.

  • Introduction to Nursing and its Fields of Practice

    Starting with a comprehensive understanding of the historical background to nursing, this module explores current best practice and drivers for change. You will also develop personally, as you learn, discussing and analysing the conceptual basis of caring and compassion, the philosophical basis of nursing, moral reasoning and the professional code of conduct.

  • Introduction to Assessment of Health and Wellbeing

    In this compelling module, you will explore the role of the nurse and person-centred care. You’ll learn clinical capabilities such as patient assessment, drug administration and basic life support skills alongside the appropriate tools, models and theories of nursing. 

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing

    A largely theoretical module, you will assess a variety of mental and physical health conditions and appropriate approaches. You’ll look at physiological and psychological responses to illness, and more technical aspects of nursing such as microbiology, genetics and main systems of the body. You will develop awareness as a nurse to identify illnesses and where it is appropriate to refer clients.

Practice Modules

Within each year you will also undertake two practice modules, where you will be allocated to a clinical area to work under the supervision and support of a mentor. Undertaking these clinical placements will enable you to meet the practice component of the course and relate theory to practice.

Overview

As the course progresses, students build on the knowledge gained in year one to cement a solid foundation of core principles. At this level, you’re working on more complex issues and advancing your capability of autonomous working. Enhancing your fundamental understanding of nursing theory, you’ll put your knowledge into practice in a number of interactive modules. You will explore different pathways of care, therapeutic approaches, and evaluate decision making established on evidence collation.

Modules

  • Assessment and Care Pathways Across the Lifespan

    You will have the opportunity to practice diverse assessment methods. You will be introduced to various forms of acute care needs and how to assess risks to health such as; neurological assessment, pain assessment and early warning scores. This module prepares you to aptly deal with a variety of needs and tailor solutions accordingly. 

  • Therapeutic Approaches in Adult Nursing

    In this module, you will explore the essential foundations of adult nursing. You will learn therapeutic interventions, models of rehabilitation, motivational approaches, and medicine management. You will also define the professional relationship and appropriate approaches to a variety of clientele.

  • Legislation, Ethics and Social Policy

    Protecting both the professionals’ and clients’ rights are paramount to successful practice. You will learn and comprehend the laws and procedures that protects all involved in adult nursing.  You’ll study the ethical side of care, from refusal of treatment to empowering choice and capacity, assessing and incorporating relevant health and social care laws and policies.

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

    This topic is all about decision-making and the hard evidence requires in addition to theoretical principles. You will look at the models and principles of evidence based practice, and the role of collecting evidence. To gain a full understanding you will also assess the ethical aspects of research and decision making, health informatics and methods of evaluation.

Practice Modules

Within each year you will also undertake two practice modules, where you will be allocated to a clinical area to work under the supervision and support of a mentor. Undertaking these clinical placements will enable you to meet the practice component of the course and relate theory to practice.

Overview

This year you are working at a professional level, taking on the perspective of an accountable practitioner and clarifying your nursing skills. You’ll be building on the culmination of knowledge gained in previous years and focusing on transferable skills; project management, time management and prioritisation. Centring on contemporary topics, you’ll cover immediate issues, care packages, lead service, and management and leadership. You’ll be confident in your own development planning and demonstrate commitment to your continuous improvement as a skilful, accountable practitioner of adult nursing.

Modules

  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

    As in introduction to the concluding year of the programme, you will enhance, refine and perfect your existing skill base. Database searching skills, the research process and global research trends are covered in this module, while enhancing your ability to evaluate quality and generate knowledge. You’ll conclude the module with an analysis of collaborative practice and full comprehension of how evaluation and research can enhance practice.

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

    Spotlighting collaborative work with the National Health Service, we give you an in-depth look at the lead service industry and areas form improvement. This module teaches you frameworks and modules used in modern practice, focusing on a person-centred approach, the duties of a reflexive practitioner and the varied communities of practice.

  • Contemporary Issues in Adult Nursing

    Looking at local, national and international developments, you’ll study the challenges and solutions of current issues that impact Adult Nursing. You’ll focus on ageing, long term conditions, end of life care, education and development and more.

  • Development and Coordination of Complex Care

    This module delivers critical knowledge in the field of complex care. Throughout, you will explore complex care packages, multi-agency frameworks and assessment of physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. In addition, you will develop a number of professional skills such as holistic care package management, clinical thinking and decision making. 

  • Transition to the Accountable Practitioner

    As preparation for progression into industry, we cover the topics and scenarios where accountability and responsibility as a practitioner takes centre stage. You’ll look at conflict resolution, delegation, legal implications of poor practice, whistleblowing and more.

Practice Modules

Within each year you will also undertake two practice modules, where you will be allocated to a clinical area to work under the supervision and support of a mentor. Undertaking these clinical placements will enable you to meet the practice component of the course and relate theory to practice.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 12th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Coventry University were also awarded Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.

The course can be studied full-time over three 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.

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%

54% Practical work

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

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.

Contact time with staff is high and group sizes are kept small. We don’t teach in huge lecture theatres filled with hundreds of students.

What our students say...

Undertaking a degree at CU Scarborough means I always get great support and advice from the course leader when I need it.

Michael Jenkins - CU Scarborough Student

Entry Requirements

A Level - BCC, academic subjects only (excludes general studies).
BTEC - DMM in a Health subject, will accept sport courses.
IB Diploma - 27 points with 14 at Higher.
GCSE requirement - 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.

Additional information: 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. CU Scarborough may include AS grades within an offer 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.

CU Scarborough 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

CU Scarborough 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.

A Level - BCC, academic subjects only (excludes general studies).
BTEC - DMM in a Health subject, will accept sport courses.
IB Diploma - 27 points with 14 at Higher.
GCSE requirement - 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.

Additional information: 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. CU Scarborough may include AS grades within an offer 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.

CU Scarborough 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

CU Scarborough 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.

What our students say...

Undertaking a degree at CU Scarborough means I always get great support and advice from the course leader when I need it.

Michael Jenkins - CU Scarborough Student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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What our students say...

Undertaking a degree at CU Scarborough means I always get great support and advice from the course leader when I need it.

Michael Jenkins - CU Scarborough 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 the health industry is one of the strongest sectors in terms of growth and employment opportunities, a degree in adult nursing will give you the opportunity to move into a wealth of nursing careers. 

There is a real shortage of qualified nurses across the North Yorkshire Coast and nationally, meaning that there is a demand for graduates in the industry.

Where our graduates work

There are many options for graduates, such as qualified nurses in the NHS, 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. 

Mike Proctor, Deputy Director, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

As a Trust we are absolutely committed to increasing and strengthening our nursing numbers and recruiting the correct number of staff and calibre of staff is essential to help deliver the best possible care to all patients.  Students of today become our future workforce, so delivering high quality education, placements, preceptorships and ongoing development is vital.

Historically we have always had difficulties attracting registered nurses to the East Coast, so this development will offer new opportunities for school leavers and mature students to study to be a nurse right on their doorstep.

The Trust is delighted with this new collaboration - which will help us sustain the nursing and care workforce for the future on the East Coast.