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Adult Nursing  BSc (Hons)

The Adult Nursing degree course at City University London leads to professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career at the forefront of modern healthcare.

Overview

Why study Adult Nursing at City?

Adult nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession - you will be caring for adults of all ages who may have injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs. You need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion.

  • Broaden your knowledge through clinical placements which take place in London's leading hospitals and within community settings such as Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Prepare for the clinical environment by undertaking simulated practice modules in City's state of the art simulated ward.
  • Learn from our expert staff who are academically, clinically and research active - and up to date with the latest healthcare developments.
  • Enhance your career prospects - City ranks high for graduate employability and has excellent opportunities for further general and specialist postgraduate study - 88% of our graduates go on to employment or further study after graduation
  • Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and entry to a respected profession.
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available.
  • Benefit from our 120 year teaching history.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

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Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at 'A' Level

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

B701

Entry Requirements

Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language at A*-C.

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 'A' Level: 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at 'A' Level
  • IB: 32
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject. Nutrition or Paramedic Studies will not be considered - full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 21 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit, 15 credits at Level 2. This must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent passed at first attempt, if not already achieved.
  • BTEC: DDM (Health and Social Care or Science related subject only)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 300 UCAS points with at least 200 gained at Higher. English Language and Mathematics from Ordinary Level grades A1-B3, unless part of Higher.
  • FETAC (Irish pre-nursing): 5 modules at Distinction, to include either Anatomy or Physiology. English Language and Mathematics from Irish Leaving Certificate, unless part of FETAC award
  • Scottish Highers: 300 UCAS points with at least 200 gained at Advanced Highers Grade A-C. English Language and Mathematics from Highers grades A-C, if not already part of Advanced Highers.

Special entry requirements

Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection day. The selection day consists of numeracy, literacy and aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into the nursing profession.

Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL) allows students' previous relevant learning to be assessed and included within their degree. Applicants can apply for this before they start the course. At City you are able to APL up to one third of the course; please note this may not reduce the length of your study. All APL claims will be reviewed on an individual basis.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

IELTS: An overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
TOEFL: 110 internet-based total

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

Year 1

The first year focuses on relationship centred care as well as considering the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Simulated practice will prepare you for the clinical experience module.
Students undertake 5 core theory modules (combined field), a simulated practice module and a practice experience module.

Year 2

In year 2 you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long term care.
Year 2 has a combination of 3 core modules, 1 optional module, a simulated practice module and a practice experience module. In the 2nd year students can pursue specific clinical interests on a 2 week elective practice placement - this can take place locally, nationally or abroad.

Year 3 

In the final year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. As part of the clinical placement experience, students spend the final 12 weeks of the course on a practice area of their choice, subject to availability. Students will have a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with their mentor. Students will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation.

Course Structure

The course is divided into six theoretical units of study: Foundations in Health and Nursing 1; Foundations in Health and Nursing 2; Acute care; Long Term Care; Developing Leaders and Managers of Care; and The Developing Researcher - for the practice element students undertake modules in Engaging in Practice and Simulated Practice.

At the start of the course students receive a 'route map' identifying specific units and modules. We also support you throughout your placement by giving you details of your specific placements for each year; allocating you a personal tutor and a mentor to support you during your placement.

The majority of learning takes place in field specific groups or in practice however there is an opportunity to learn alongside students from other field of practice.

Year 1

Core

  • Foundations of Relationship Centred Practice
  • Relating Social Sciences to Healthy Communities 
  • Developing Relationship Centred Care in Professional Practice 
  • Valuing Health and Social Care Across the Life course 
  • Understanding Concepts of Biology for Health

Practice

  • Introducing Clinical Practice (Simulated practice)
  • Engaging in Practice 1

Year 2

Core

  • Biological Principles Relating to Pathophysiology and Therapeutics in Adult Nursing
  • Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnosis and Treatment: Adult Nursing 
  • Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery

Optional

  • Family Centred Practice: Challenging Perspectives of Risk and Resilience
  • Work based /work focused project 
  • Infection Prevention and Control 
  • Making a Difference: Research and Development in Care for Older People Communities and Health 
  • The Care of Children and Adults with Long Term Conditions 
  • Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (Adult Nursing)

Practice

  • Developing Clinical practice (Simulated practice)
  • Engaging in practice 2

Year 3 

It has 2 core theory modules, two simulated practice modules and a practice experience module.

Core

  • Leading and Managing in Health Care Practice
  • Dissertation

Practice

  • Managing Complex Care (Simulated practice)
  • Preparation for Registration (Simulated practice) 
  • Engaging in Practice 3 

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

The degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of adult nursing, many of whom have written core textbooks used on the course.

For example:

  • Nursing Adults: The Practice of Caring Brooker, C., Nicol, M, eds., (2003), Edinburgh: Mosby
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Health Professionals: An Interactive Journey Colbert, B., Ankney, J., Lee, K., Steggall, M. & Dingle, M. (2009), Harlow: Pearson Education
  • Essential Nursing Skills (4th Ed.) Nicol, M, Bavin, C, Cronin, P & Rawlings-Anderson, K. (2012) Edinburgh, Mosby

Students learn through a blended approach which includes face to face and online teaching and learning. You will learn through: lectures; seminar groups; laboratory practicals; enquiry based learning; practice experience; simulated practice; guided independent study; student directed learning and online learning.

Simulated practice enables students to practise their skills in a safe environment in preparation in transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

The new Clinical Skills Centre at the University offers state-of-the-art facilities so students can rehearse practical caring skills prior to their practice placement. Students will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes. Our Clinical Skills Online (CSO) resource provides a step by step video demonstration on clinical skills.

Moodle 2

Students will have the opportunity to use an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle 2, launching in September 2013. Moodle provides students with web access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach; combining face to face teaching with online activity.

The new Moodle 2 environment brings with it new and improved features offering greater flexibility, navigation and functionality.

Assessment

Assessment methods include: Record of Achievement in Practice (RAP); written assignments; written examinations (short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based); Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs); and a 6,000 word dissertation.

Read the full programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students

Tuition Fees

  • Full-time EU: Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students. Applicants need to meet the general immigration and residence requirements set down by the Secretary of State for Health. Further information on eligibility is available here.
  • Non-EU international students: Non-EU international students are not eligible to apply for this course

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Funding

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Additional support is available for students with dependents and / or a disability as follows:

  • Dependants' Allowances
  • Parents Learning Allowance
  • Child Care Grant
  • Disabled Students' Allowance

For up-to-date information about financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Accommodation and Living Costs

All first year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in halls. Conditions apply - check here for further information. The deadline to apply for first year undergraduate students is 30 June 2013. Apply here.

If you are living in our halls of residence, you can expect your accommodation to be between £180 and £285 per week depending on which Hall you are allocated - this includes heating, lighting, utility bills and internet access. Costs for private accommodation can range from £100 to £250 depending on facilities offered and the location and it is also very likely you will have to pay for your utility bills.

You will also need to pay for and manage any cost of living expenses - this list gives you an idea of what your weekly costs may be for some essentials in London. You may also find our money management tips and budgeting tips helpful so you can budget for and plan your weekly expenses.

Scholarships

Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence

City is offering a scholarship of up to £500 per year to UK and EU undergraduate students achieving exceptional grades at 'A' level, International Baccalaureate or other equivalent qualifications. Read more here to see if you might qualify.

Bursaries

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Placements

The practice experience enables students to take relate the theory and practise their skills in a variety of real life contexts through supervised practice. At City students spend 50% of the course on clinical placements and 50% undertaking theoretical study and simulated practice. Simulated practice modules take place in City's state of the art Clinical Skills Centre, a simulated ward which prepares students for their practice experience.

At City placements take place in London's prestigious health care settings working with a diverse and complex population. Adult nursing placements take place within City's 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London including:

The 'community of practice' allows students to consistently build up their skills whilst working with experienced health and social care professionals. Placements take place in a range of settings such as acute care, GP surgeries, nursing homes, private hospitals, patients' homes and the community.

In the 2nd year students can pursue specific clinical interests on a 2 week elective practice placement - this can take place locally, nationally or abroad. Students spend the final 12 weeks of the course on a practice area of their choice, subject to availability. Students will have a placement base, with opportunities to identify practice experiences with their mentor.

Students will be expected to follow the normal shift patterns of staff working in your allocated placement. This involves placements over the 24 hour cycle of care and may include evenings, overnight, weekends and bank holidays working an equivalent of 37.5 hours per week.

Students receive seven weeks of holiday each year which is pre-planned into the three year course. Nursing uniforms are provided.

Career Prospects

nullSuccessful graduates will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which provides a professional qualification which is internationally recognised.

88% of our graduates go on to employment or further study after graduation, with our nursing graduates starting their careers with an annual average salary of £25,000.

Our 2011 nursing graduates went onto:

  • Jobs with a range of employers in London and the rest of the UK including Barts and the London NHS Trust, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Marie Curie Hospice, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Berkshire Hospital and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Job roles including: staff nurse, nurse, mental health nurse, intensive care nurse, paediatric staff nurse, staff nurse, community staff nurse and paediatric.

Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms including the chance to go onto further advanced practice MSc study in a specialist area at City.

Students receive support from their personal tutor during the course and are encouraged to explore their personal career aspirations.

The Career and Skills Development Service at City also provides a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City.  We support and develop students by providing essential tools to enhance employability. Find out more.

Adult Nursing

UCAS code: B701


Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS website also has lots of information and advice to help you. Please note our institution name is CITY and institution code is C60. We will then consider your application and if you are shortlisted we will contact you.

All shortlisted applicants are then invited to attend a selection day at our Northampton Square campus. The selection day consists of numeracy, literacy and aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into the nursing profession. There is also an opportunity to find out more about the course and meet City staff. All successful applicants should hear from us within three weeks of the selection day.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course subject to occupational health, enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

How do we make our decision?

In reaching our selection decisions we will take into account your:

  • Exam performance (actual or predicted)
  • Personal Statement and reasons for choice of course / career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • Tutor references
  • Relevant work experience.

Selection and interview day

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day. You must be able to demonstrate maturity and excellent interpersonal skills, have the ability to be empathetic and to work in different settings with people who have varying needs. Previous experience of working within a caring environment or situation may be advantageous.

Literacy and numeracy tests

You will also be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. In order to proceed forward to interview, you will be required to pass both of these assessments.

For further information and example literacy and numeracy tests please visit our literacy and numeracy tests page.

Find out more:

Contact us:

Admissions (UG & pre-registration)
School of Health Sciences
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: health@city.ac.uk