Adult Nursing BSc (Hons)Study level: Undergraduate
Nursing is a profoundly rewarding profession, with excellent career and development prospects.
Year of entry
CU Scarborough (Scarborough)
3 years full-time
The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.
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.
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.
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What you'll study
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.
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
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
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
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.
How you'll learn
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.
Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.
- Practical Placement
- 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
Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.
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-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.
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.
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Careers and opportunities
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.
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Full-time UK undergraduate students apply through UCAS. Otherwise, you will need to apply to CU directly. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
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