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Blended learning for Adult Nursing

Last updated: 28 June 2021

Adult Nursing, Blended Learning

Recruiting now for a 2021 start​​​

Balance learning with your lifestyle.

Our adult nursing blended learning course has been developed in partnership with Health Education England. It includes exactly the same innovative content and structure as our on-campus BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree – approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council – but with the benefit of online teaching and in-person learning at an NHS ‘Practice Pod’ location of your choice.

This gives you the flexibility to fit study around your existing circumstances, responsibilities and location. You’ll also benefit from direct links with local NHS practice – getting to know policies, procedures and contacts within your pod’s NHS trust and increasing your potential for successful employment in that particular area after you graduate.

A typical week…

The online classes are taught by University of Gloucestershire in our ‘virtual campus’ and usually take place 1 day per week, so you don’t need to attend the university in person as often as you would on our on-campus degree. You’ll also need to spend roughly 1 day per week on independent study.

The rest of the week on the course involves face-to-face learning through skills practice, either at an NHS centre within your pod area or at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester (see pod details below), and placements (usually 3 per week) within local NHS services in your pod. These placements vary over the course of your degree and include fields such as general and specialist medicine, childcare and paediatrics, maternity care, mental health and psychiatry, care of the old and geriatrics and home nursing.

NHS Practice Pod locations and details

The NHS Practice Pods that you can apply to study our blended learning option with are:

Bath (starting September 2021):

The course is delivered in partnership with Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Regular clinical skills teaching takes place at University of Gloucestershire (Oxstalls campus, Gloucester)

Placements are located in Bath and the surrounding area.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (starting September 2021):

This three-year programme is a fantastic and unique opportunity for students to develop a career in one of the most rewarding and diverse areas of nursing practice, with an emphasis on community and social care nursing alongside acute clinical placements.

The programme, which is split equally between academic study and practice, will allow candidates to contribute to the provision of patient care at home, getting to know patients and their families and having the privilege of nursing a patient in their own environment as well as in an acute environment.

The course is delivered in partnership with the ‘Healthier Together’ Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care System which is a partnership of ten local health and care organisations:

In addition to the required three days per week of allocated clinical practice throughout the programme, regular clinical skills teaching takes place in Bristol and the surrounding area alongside academic support from the University of Gloucestershire, meaning it’s ideal for students who like to take a hands-on approach to learning. The flexibility around some of the online delivery of academic content of this course also makes it the perfect option for an individual who wants to learn on the job and may prefer the option to work around existing commitments.

Placements are located throughout Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, including Weston-super-Mare.

Only very occasional travel to University of Gloucestershire (Oxstalls campus, Gloucester) is required. 

Oxford (Apprenticeship starting March 2021):

This Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Regular clinical skills teaching takes place in Oxford, mainly at Unipart House (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Unipart House, Garsington Road, Oxford, OX4 2PG).

Placements are located throughout Oxford and the surrounding area, including Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot, Wallingford & Witney.

Only very occasional travel to University of Gloucestershire (Oxstalls campus, Gloucester) is required. 

Swindon (starting September 2021):

The course is delivered in partnership with Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Regular clinical skills teaching takes place at University of Gloucestershire (Oxstalls campus, Gloucester)

Placements are located in Swindon and the surrounding area.

Blended learning applications

Full-time applications for the blended learning option are made via UCAS. Please be sure that you select the course with UCAS code 149N and that you then choose the correct course option location (based on your NHS Practice Pod choice).

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