An Adult Nursing degree can lead you to some immensely rewarding careers. As an adult nurse you could 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.
Ranked in the UK’s top 5 for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry’s ‘learning through exploration’ approach provides an exceptional learning environment. You will learn through a range of scenarios using the latest technology to role play various evolving clinical situations. We believe this approach contextualises your learning and helps you to develop the skills you will need in practice. The facilities in the new Alison Gingell Building include mock wards, ambulance and clinical skills centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators.
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.
See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell 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 readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
The course is currently 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)
Mock Operating Theatre
Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.
Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.
We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.
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.
Nurses 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 course has been designed to produce professionals who are not only highly skilled but also caring, compassionate, effective communicators and have the capacity to be emotionally resilient. These principles are at the forefront of our teaching which aims to encompass theory, practice and immersive learning.
In modern health settings nursing students increasingly work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. Our course is designed to build those skills throughout your studies.
The course has been developed as a spiral curriculum with patient assessment at its core. The Faculty recognises that inter-professional education and practice can maximise the strengths and skills of health and social care practitioners enabling you to deliver high quality care to service users, their families and their carers. Therefore this course will be enhanced by inter-professional learning, which should enable you to learn with, from and about other health and social care students, in order to improve patient care.
Equal value is placed on practice and theory. You will undertake 800 hours of placement each year and study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods.
You will be encouraged to immerse yourself in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.
best UK university for Nursing and Midwifery
Guardian University Guide 2020
This provides the foundations for nursing practice and university study. After successfully completing year one, you will have developed an understanding of the scientific principles of nursing and the importance of evidence-based practice and putting patients and their families at the centre of care. Practical skills should ensure you are able to perform fundamental care to vulnerable adults whilst on placement.
Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice
Fundamental Skills for Person and Family Centered Practice
Study Skills for Evidence Based Practice
Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice
Health and Wellbeing in the Community
Introduction to the Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 1)
The Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 2)
This builds on the foundations learnt in year 1. Modules become more adult nursing focused and include pathophysiology of common diseases, relevant assessment of patients that informs planning and evaluating care and how practice is based on robust evidence.
Ethical and Legal Decision making in the context of Nursing
Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan
Providing and Evaluating Care Across the Lifespan
Developing Evidence Informed Decision Making in Nursing
Facilitation and Teaching of Learning in Practice
Developing the Management of Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 3)
Managing Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 4)
This year aims to consolidate from the previous two years. Drawing on theory and practice you should gain an appreciation of the value of the contribution of other health professionals when making decisions about the needs of patients who require complex care. You will be asked to investigate the contemporary issues relevant to adult nursing and explore the skills commonly required to become an accountable practitioner who is able to co-ordinate a team. Practical skills will mirror those required for a newly qualified nurse.
Application of Complex Care in Integrated Care Settings
Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals
Evidence Based Project
Contemporary Issues in Adult Nursing
Transition to the Accountable Practitioner
Coordinating Inter-professional Health and Social Care (Practice 5)
The Autonomous Practitioner (Practice 6)
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
In more detail...
The aim of this course is to prepare you for the dynamic and fast changing health and social care system, which should help you to develop into an adaptable, flexible, reflective, competent and compassionate practitioner.
From the outset, you’ll gain hands-on experience under supervision from qualified mentors, spending around 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.
While the course has a clear focus on nursing adults, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care. Your studies will be complemented with signiﬁcant insights into mental health, learning disability and children and young people’s nursing. Some modules are also studied in conjunction with other health and social care professionals; looking at specific issues and challenges they face to broaden your knowledge and expertise.
- Nursing at Coventry is ranked 4th overall and joint first for career prospects in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
- Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion (registration fees applicable)
- Field trips within the UK include visits to the first operating theatre in London and museums capturing the history of nursing and healthcare (subject to availability, additional costs and competitive application).
- State-of-the-art Alison Gingell 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.
- Outstanding employability – 98% of our graduates on this course obtained work or began further study after six months (DLHE 2015/16 and 16/17) and 99% of thoseemployed 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, which should enable 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 help 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. 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. Successful completion of 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, aiming to equip 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 be asked to 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 will also 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 have the opportunity to 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 have the opportunity to use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care, particularly medication administrations. Please note that fieldtrips are subject to availability and additional costs.
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.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: coursework, practical placement and formal examinations. This course is predominantly assessed by coursework and practical placement.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
The primary aim of this course is to enable you to become a high quality, confident adult nurse.
On successful completion, you will 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 will 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 your 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 around 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally includes: Seminars, group work, workshops, activity lead seminars and lectures.
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 aim to 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 (subject to availability) or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.
Students and visiting lecturers from other countries who can 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.
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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.
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
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
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|A Level||BTEC||IB Diploma||GCSE requirement|
|BCC, academic subjects only (excludes general studies).||DMM in a Health or Applied Science subject, will accept sport courses.||27 points with 14 at Higher||5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*–C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. Applicants must have certificates at point of interview.|
Additional information: Caring experience, either paid or voluntary, is very desirable. You will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses aptitude as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and criminal records disclosure is also required. 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-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.
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 qualifications||UCAS||BTEC|
|GCE A2 Level||Tariff points||L3 Extended Diploma|
Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.
Additional information: The above qualifications list is not exhaustive to check if your qualifications meet our requirements please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Caring experience, either paid or voluntary is desirable.
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 is also required.
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
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.
£9,250 (per year)
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.
TBC (per year)
If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.
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 tripsAny mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.
Key materialThis can include core textbooks, software and equipment.
Laser prints1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.
Optional yearPay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
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). Succesful registration 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 98% of our September intake students in work or continuing their studies in the most recent destinations survey (DLHE 2016/17).
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give 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.
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.
of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15)
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.