BSc Adult Nursing

Adult nurses care for all those over the age of sixteen years who have a physical health problem. Nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a wide variety of settings, within hospitals providing care for acutely ill patients and those with long-term continuing care needs, within the community and in nursing homes within the independent sector, providing long-term care.

The adult nursing programme prepares you to care for adults within the National Health Service and the independent sector. Adult nursing is just as much about promoting wellness and health as it is about responding to poor health and illness.

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

About the adult field

Adult nurses care for those over the age of sixteen years who have a physical health problem. They work in a wide variety of settings - in hospitals, in the community, in the NHS and in the Independent Sector. Registration as a nurse in the UK can also lead to working as a nurse overseas. Adult nursing is just as much about promoting wellness and health as it is about responding to the challenge of poor health and illness.

Nursing practice must be underpinned by genuine, compassionate and caring partnerships with service-users and the wider care team. It must be based on sound evidence and delivered competently and effectively within a care environment which often can be busy and challenging. The adult programme has been developed with the aim of equipping students with the flexibility, sensitivity and proficiency to provide quality nursing care in response to a rapidly changing world both within health care provision and in the wider society.

The diverse range of practice placements offers students opportunities to engage with the patient journey across the boundaries of hospital and community settings, from inner city to remote and rural locations. During practice placements, students are mentored by a registered nurse. Additionally students will experience working alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines such as medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work.

As our placements are across NHS Fife and NHS Tayside, applicants need to be prepared to travel anywhere within these NHS areas - which extend from Montrose and Forfar in the north, to Crieff and Pitlochry in the west, and south to the Firth of Forth.

Programme of study

This programme of study qualifies for the award of BSc in Nursing and registration on the Nursing Part of Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.

Year Modules Practice placement

Year 1

Nature of nursing 1
Physical health & wellbeing
Mental health & wellbeing
Skills & practice 1
Introduction to the care continuum
Community health
Primary care
Secondary / acute care
Long-term care

Year 2

Skills & practice 2
Developing the care continuum 1
Nature of nursing 2
Developing the care continuum 2
Developing the care continuum 3
Hub & spoke practice
Primary & secondary care

Year 3

Managing complex conditions 1
Nature of nursing 3
Managing complex conditions 2
Skills & practice 3
Primary care
Secondary care
Adult health setting

Entry requirements

Coming from School you will require a minimum of BCC at Higher. See the University admissions pages for full details.

Other qualifications as well as completion of an Access Programme are also suitable.

Acceptance onto the Programme will also depend on a personal statement, a reference, a successful interview, a criminal record check and a satisfactory health check.

How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS - The deadline for consideration each year is the 15th of January.

Fees and funding

Applicants who meet the UK/EU residency and other criteria will have the full cost of their tuition fees covered. UK applicants will also be eligible to receive a bursary.

Further information

For more information about nursing read our information for prospective students

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