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Adult Nursing

BSc (Hons) |
The BSc (Hons) 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.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


Full-time: 3 years


Full-time: TBC


Full-time: TBC

UCAS code


Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

The BSc Adult Nursing degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and lifelong career within the Nursing profession. Throughout the course students will develop their skills and interests in both general medicine and specialist areas and will learn through a range of methods including academic study,  simulated learning and clinical placements.


The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for adults of all ages who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.

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.

The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including a simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from the exposure to the capitals diverse population.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional registration within countries maybe required if you choose to work overseas.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

As part of the selection process, shortlisted prospective students will be invited to a selection day where they will be required to demonstrate the values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

  • 'A' Level - Typically BBB or a combination of 'A' levels and other relevant qualifications.
  • UCAS tariff - 120 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) at GCSE, including English and Mathematics. Please note, we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

English requirements

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

  • IELTS: 7 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; 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

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

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Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.


Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice. This takes place in settings such as acute care, continuing care, GP surgeries, nursing homes, private hospitals, patients' homes and the community.

Placements take place within City's "community of practice", a partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London including Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University NHS Trust.

Clinical placements and Communities of Practice

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.

Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.

Academic facilities

Simulated practice will enable you to practise your skills within the safe environment of our specialist Clinical Skills Centre in preparation for your clinical placements within ‘real-life’ settings.

The Clinical Skills Centre at the University offers excellent facilities so you can rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You 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.

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Teaching and learning

The course is delivered by expert staff through lectures, facilitated group work and enquiry-based learning opportunities with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment and communication tools. The Clinical Skills Online (CSO) resource provides step-by-step video demonstrations on clinical skills.

The staff are leaders in the field of adult nursing and many have written core textbooks used on the course. For example:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Health Professionals: An Interactive Journey 2nd Ed. Colbert, B., Ankney, J., Lee, K., Steggall, M. & Dingle, M. (2012), Harlow: Pearson Education
  • Essential Nursing Skills (4th Ed.) Nicol, M, Bavin, C, Cronin, P & Rawlings-Anderson, K. (2012) Edinburgh, Mosby
  • Burns D (Ed) (2015) Foundations of Adult Nursing. London, Sage

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

Simulated practice will enable you to practise your skills in a safe environment in preparation in transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

Assessment includes written reports, reflective essays, group presentations and multiple choice examinations. Practice is assessed by your mentor and practice tutor and by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in a simulated environment.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


Year 1

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Students are required to undertake a practice placement.

Year 2

In the second year, students continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long-term care. Students can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two-week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements. There is also an opportunity to select from a variety of innovative clinical modules.

Year 3

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

Career prospects

On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Career prospects are excellent, with graduates securing employment with trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Nursing is a lifelong career where students can develop their skills and interests in a range of specialisms including further advanced practice study at City.

96% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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