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Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)

What is Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)?

Qualify as a graduate nurse on our new and innovative nursing degree. The course provides you with the experience and opportunities to become a graduate nurse of the future.

You can choose whether to study on-campus in Gloucester, or pursue a ‘blended learning‘ option with an NHS ‘Practice Pod’ of your choice in a number of locations.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, this course offers a unique pathway that focuses on a different aspect of nursing each year. You’ll gain the confidence to lead and manage yourself as a practitioner (first year), the care you deliver (second year) and the service you work in (third year).

Study style

Nursing is an exciting and rewarding profession which requires you to take care of yourself to enable you to care for others – we’ll support you to consider and maintain your own personal wellbeing and resilience within a ‘culture of care’ for both you, and people in your care.

We’ll help you develop the skills and adaptability you need to deliver high quality patient care in a range of settings, while also promoting the NHS values and vision – ensuring everyone has greater control of their health and wellbeing. Students are required to work a range of shifts during the programme (early, late and night shifts covering the full 24 hour period of care). Shifts are allocated by the placement ward department with as much notice as possible.

You’ll work in supportive teams with practice and academic experts, mentors and personal tutors. Your course is 50% theory and 50% practice and commences with a six-week introductory block with regular placements in professional healthcare settings, allowing you to work with patients, their carers and care providers.

On-campus study

It’s planned that teaching on this course for the non-blended learning option will start at Oxstalls campus, then move to the brand-new City Campus in Gloucester in January 2024. This vibrant new campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of the city centre, bringing an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships.

Blended learning

A ‘blended learning‘ option for this course has been developed in partnership with Health Education England. You’ll benefit from a mix of online virtual classrooms, independent study and face-to-face learning on location with an NHS ’Practice Pod’ of your choice (either in Bath, Swindon or Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire).

This flexible combination is ideal if you’re looking to balance your degree with family or other commitments that make on-campus study more difficult. You’ll get to learn specific policies and procedures within your chosen area, build a network of local contacts and maximise your chances for successful employment there once you graduate.

Discover more about blended learning.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels with one subject preferably in a science. DMM at BTEC to include 6 units in a Science or Health Science subject. 2:2 or above in a previous degree, or a Merit in T-Level in a science or health-related subject.

      Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a health or science based subject. Applicants required to meet 112 tariff points (example of achieving this would be 24 distinctions and 15 merits and 6 passes or 21D, 18M and 6P).

    • You must have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire. Students applying for this course may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides a non-repayable training grant of £5,000 per academic year, plus an additional £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility. An additional £1,000 allowance is available for students studying a specialist subject. Contact our Money Advice Team for further information.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Bristol, North Somerset & South Glos NHS Trust 149N £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2023 Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 149N £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2023 Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 149N £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Bristol, North Somerset & South Glos NHS Trust 149N TBC TBC
Sep 2024 Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 149N TBC TBC
Sep 2024 Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 149N TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare leadership and management
  • Education
  • Research
  • International nursing

Industry links

This course is developed in partnership with Gloucestershire Care Services, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch.

You’ll gain experience with placements in a variety of healthcare settings – including acute, primary, independent and private care. You’ll benefit from the support of Coaches in Practice while on placement, and the university uses a Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) approach to support you in practice areas wherever possible.

Blended learning option

Benefit from a mix of online virtual classrooms, independent study and face-to-face learning on location with an NHS ’Practice Pod’ of your choice (either in Bath, Swindon or Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire).

This flexible combination is ideal if you’re looking to balance your degree with family or other commitments that make on-campus study more difficult. You’ll get to learn specific policies and procedures within your chosen area, build a network of local contacts and maximise your chances for successful employment there once you graduate.

Discover more about blended learning

Develop skills in patient care

We’ll empower you with the skills you need to support the people in your care and prepare you to work as part of the multidisciplinary team. We’ll help develop the leader in you so that you can build effective teams, influence others and set patient agendas.

Develop the resilience you need

At the heart of this degree is your physical and emotional wellbeing. We’ll teach you the importance of taking good care of yourself – look after others by first looking after yourself.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student to staff ratio (nursing)

Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student to staff ratio by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

Trips and experiences

Our brand new teaching facilities at our Oxstalls campus give our nursing students the chance to learn new skills and put them into practice before gaining real experience on placements. Within our simulated clinical suite you’ll develop and practice your skills in an authentic environment. This will enable you to learn techniques and gain the fundamental knowledge required to be a successful nurse in the 21st century.

Placements

You’ll undertake regular placements in professional healthcare settings – allowing you to work with patients, their carers and care providers. You’ll undertake placements in a variety of hospitals, clinics and healthcare settings, working with patients and healthcare professionals.

"Nursing is a rewarding and challenging profession"

“This innovative new curriculum has been developed to prepare future nurses to meet the needs of the changing health and social care environment. We believe that nurses working in partnership with the public, engaging in shared decision making, as part of the multi-disciplinary team is vital to meeting the individual needs of patients and their carers.”

Rachel Jefferies, Academic Subject Leader, Nursing

"Nursing has been a lifelong ambition of mine"

“When I had my interview at the University of Gloucestershire I knew that was where I wanted to go – just because the lecturers and tutors were so passionate. Last summer I did a placement in Sri Lanka, based in the historical city of Anuradhapura. I encountered patients with a number of tropical diseases which are rare or non-existent in the UK. The hospital only had limited resources, so it was interesting to see how they managed and continued to deliver patient care. Now I’m back in the UK I’m able to apply the knowledge I gained on my placement to my course.”

Leonora King, student

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