Adult Nursing Blended Learning BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Clearing 2021

Course update

Places on this course for September 2021 are now full. However, you can still apply to start this course in January 2022.

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3 years full-time



CU Scarborough


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An Adult Nursing blended learning 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.

The course consists of 50% academic content, of which 95% is online and 5% face-to-face, at our CU Scarborough campus. The remaining 50% is placement based learning, of which up to 25% will be simulated. This provides you with the flexibility to study from any location for the majority of the course.

CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry Univesity Group. Ranked 7th for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2021, Coventry University’s ‘learning through exploration’ approach aims to provide an exceptional learning environment. In this newly developed course you will learn in online groups for the majority (95%) of the academic part of your studies which will include using cutting edge innovations in learning technology to discuss and explore nursing scenarios. Alongside this online learning approach you will also have 5% of classroom based skills and practical teaching that will take place at CU Scarborough's campus. We believe this approach provides you with flexibility in your learning preferences and contextualises your learning which will help you to develop the skills you will need in practice.

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

Students on this course may qualify for a payment from the Government of a minimum of £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs, for more information visit the website.

Why CU Scarborough

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and most of our courses cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.


The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.


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Accreditation & Professional Recognition:

This course is accredited by the following professional bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

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.

Course information

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 blended learning course has been designed to produce professionals who are not only highly skilled and digitally competent 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.

CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group. In a recent article in The Guardian, Coventry University was listed as one of just 6 UK universities with the capacity and will to develop high-quality online education. This recognition follows Coventry’s 4th place ranking in MoocLab's World University Rankings by MOOC Performance, the only UK university to make it in to the top 10.

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 with patient assessment at its core. 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.

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.

Course Specification
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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. Practice placements on this course are sourced for you by the university and are a mandatory aspect of the course, placements are available in the East and West Midlands, North Yorkshire, East of England London and Hertfordshire (this list may change as we increase the number of placement partners we work with, please contact for further information). The practice placements last 10 weeks each and you will work around 40 hours per week whilst on placement.


  • Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Fundamental Skills for Person and Family Centred 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)

    All modules listed above are mandatory.


This year 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. You will also undertake 2 further 10 week, full-time placements (sourced by the university) where you will work for approximately 40 hours per week in a nursing environment.


  • 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)

    All modules listed above are mandatory.


This year aims to consolidate and build on the learning undertaken in 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. You will also undertake 2 further 10 week, full-time placements (sourced by the university) where you will work for approximately 40 hours per week in a nursing environment.


  • 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)

    All modules listed above are mandatory.

In more detail...

  • Nursing and Midwifery at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group. Coventry University is ranked 7th overall in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • The course delivery is cutting edge and will be using digital simulation resources, giving an immersive experience. We are using the interactive and immersive ‘Future Learn’ platform that provides a strong student community with continual peer support (the online Learning Platform provider may be subject to change).
  • There will be 50% placement and 50% academic study time. 25% of the placement time will be in a simulated digital learning environment and 95% of the academic studies will be delivered in a digital online environment. This will enable you to work flexible from any location for the majority of the course.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion of the course (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).
  • The clinical placements will be offered in a range of locations, including in one of the following regions of England: Midlands, North East & Yorkshire, London, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, and East of England. Placements will be within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings*. Depending on the location of your placement(s), additional costs such as travel and accommodation may apply.

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 aim to 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 should 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.
  • Development of digital skills on competencies: A key aspect throughout the course will be to develop your confidence and digital skills to enable you to meet the growing requirements of the technological health care practice environment. These skills will be developed through the digital learning that you will engage in and through activities within the clinical practice placement environment.

This new blended learning course is studied full-time. It offers flexible multiple start dates in January, May & September. It 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 healthcare 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 have the chance to participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.

You may also have the opportunity to undertake a range of optional interesting fieldtrips.  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 not guaranteed, subject to availability and additional costs apply.

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.

You will be required to undertake 2 full-time placements each year, lasting 10 weeks each. You will work alongside experienced staff in hospital and community settings, which will be sourced for you by the university. To reflect the nature of the nursing profession you may be required to work evening, night and weekend shifts as part of your placement. We have placements in a number of locations across England, but you may be required to travel (at your own expense) to the placement locations.*

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.

The primary aim of this course is to enable you to become a high quality, confident adult nurse.

On successful completion of this course, 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 of this course, 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.

As 50% of the course is practice based, this requires around 40 hours per week in placements (2 X 10 weeks placements each year).

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.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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 healthcare 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.

We 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. 

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 (or equivalent Grade 4 and above) including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. Must have certificates at point of interview. Evidence of recent study is desirable.

Additional information: Caring experience, either paid or voluntary, is very desirable. You will also be required to attend an on-line selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses aptitude as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance, DBS checks 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.

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. CU Scarborough 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.

CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon successful completion and meeting any additional entry criteria, qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

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.



September 2021

£9,250 (per year)

January 2022

£9,250 (per year)

May 2022

£9,250 (per year)

It is essential that you have a suitable IT device and internet access to undertake this course.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, such as suitable footwear.

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.

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), additional costs apply. Successful 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 help support you when you are ready to begin your professional career. We have an excellent track record with 98% of our September intake students on the adult Nursing BSc course which is taught on campus in work or continuing their studies in the most recent destinations survey (DLHE 2016/17). 

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

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

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. 

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.


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 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 planned 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 at that time. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.