Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry

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3 years full-time



CU Scarborough


September 2021



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Payment for Nursing students

UK students on the Adult Nursing courses starting in 2021 will receive a £5,000 per year non repayable payment from the UK government.


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 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.


Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following 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.

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.


Coventry University has been rated the 4th best UK university for nursing and midwifery

Guardian University Guide 2020



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.


  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Fundamental Skills for Person and Family-centred Care

  • Study Skills for Evidence Based Practice

  • Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice

  • Health and Wellbeing in the Community

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.


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.


  • 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 of Teaching and Learning in Practice

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.


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.


  • Application of Complex Care in Integrated Care Settings

  • Leadership Management for Healthcare Professionals

  • Conducting an Evidence Based Project

  • Contemporary Issues in Adult Nursing

  • Transition to the Accountable Practitioner

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.

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.


Coventry has been ranked top 15 in the UK for 5 years running in the The Guardian University Guide 2016-2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.

The 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 mannequins 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:

  • 54% Coursework
  • 29% Practical Placement
  • 17% Formal Examinations

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 of 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

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Additional requirements may apply

Haven't met the entry requirements or don’t have the right qualifications? You may still be able to progress onto a degree you’d love by studying a foundation or access course.

View our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page. You can also explore our International foundation year courses.

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.



September 2021

£9,250 (per year)

We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services.


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough from Student Finance England.

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.


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.