Why study Adult Nursing at City?
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 in a range of settings working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. Facilities at the School include a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre, which includes a simulated ward where you can prepare for your practice experience.
If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing.
- Broaden your knowledge through clinical placements which take place in London's leading hospitals and within community settings such as Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals
- 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.
- For student satisfaction, City is ranked second nationally for Nursing (National Student Survey, 2014).
Entry Requirements:'A' Level: 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at 'A2' Level. Typically BBB at 'A2' Level. 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Health and Social Care are preferred. More...
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing are paid by the NHS.
Typical offers require one of the following:
- 'A' Level - 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at A2. 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Health and Social Care are preferred.
- IB - 32 points.
- Access to HE Diploma - Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject.
- BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).
Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearing. Academic and character references are also required.
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.
For 2015 entry, applicants studying towards an Access to HE Diploma must have either GCSE English Language or Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application. A more rigorous entry test for the GCSE not obtained will be applied as part of the selction process.
From 2016 entry onwards, Access applicants must hold both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application.
Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.
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.
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 this course part-time.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2015
- Full-time: 3 years
The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health, in addition to the development of clinical skills. We require that you undertake two weeks of simulated practice prior to a twelve week practice placement within a Hospital Trust.
In the second year, you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long-term care. We require that you undertake another two weeks of simulated practice to further develop your clinical skills prior to a seventeen week practice placement. You can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two week elective practice placement of your choosing, in addition to course clinical placements.
In the final year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation. As part of the twenty-eight weeks of clinical placement experience, you will spend the final 12 weeks of the course in one placement base with opportunities to identify additional practice experiences with your mentor.
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 you will undertake modules in Engaging in Practice and Simulated Practice.
At the start of the course you will 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 fields of practice.
Teaching and Assessment
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:
- Alexander's Nursing Practice 4th ed. Brooker, C., Nicol, M., eds., (2011), Edinburgh: Elsevier
- 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
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.
The Clinical Skills Centre at the University offers state-of-the-art 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.
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.
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing are paid by the NHS.
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.
You may be entitled to a means-tested bursary from the NHS: please see www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for more information.
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.
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.
Successful graduates are registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification.
City students are highly employable, with graduates starting on an annual average salary of £25,000 in roles such as intensive care nurse, paediatric nurse, mental health nurse and community staff nurse in the UK's leading hospitals and trusts. Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests in a range of specialisms including further advanced practice study at City.
This course will enable you to...
...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Adult Nursing, including:
- PG Dip Adult Nursing
- MSc/PG Dip Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care
- MSc/PG Dip Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health)
- MSc/PG Dip Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Long-term Care)
- MSc in Health Management
- MSc Health Policy
- MSc Health Services Research
- MPH Master of Public Health.
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