Why Herts?
  • Programme delivery reflects the views of service users and carers with meaningful input by them into a range of teaching and assessment activities
  • Experience authentic simulation activity that has been designed with service users, carers students and practice partner input
  • Our teaching, learning outcomes, materials and proposed practice experiences are guided by the four aspects of the Healy and Jenkins (2009) Research Informed Teaching perspectives

About the course

Nursing is a highly skilled, rewarding and caring profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. In adult nursing, you’ll promote health and provide whole-person care in hospitals and the community. Throughout this pre-registration course you’ll develop critical, analytical and reflective skills that allow you to make sound judgements and evidence-based care. Half the course will be spent at the University, where you’ll learn the theoretical foundations of nursing. The other half will be spent in a variety of clinical settings, developing your hands-on skills.

This integration of theory and practice will ensure you become a skilled, competent, compassionate and committed adult nurse.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Why choose this course?

  • Adult nursing is an exciting and rewarding career that can lead to work in a variety of settings.
  • You will complete placements in a range of adult settings, both within hospital and the community during your course, learning practical skills that underpin your theoretical knowledge.
  • You will develop a sound knowledge of ‘normal’ adult development and behaviours and develop skills in recognising and managing deviations from the norm. 
  • 100% of our Adult Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Professional Accreditations

Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the Adult Nursing field.

Course details


Following successful completion of the programme, you will be entitled to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the Branch of Nursing in which you have specialised. You can now take advantage of the varied opportunities available to you, to put into practice all you have learned and make a positive contribution to the lives of individuals, and their families.

Areas in which you could work include:

  • acute services within the NHS
  • a range of community settings including general or specialised community nursing
  • private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Sectors e.g. hospices

You will meet many interesting people and each day will be different. You will always be learning, developing new and innovative skills through experience and education that will enable you to diversify or specialise in a particular area of Adult Nursing, giving the opportunity for promotion and job satisfaction.

For further information on careers in Nursing.

100% of our Adult Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

This course entitles you to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It opens up a wide range of career options, typically within hospitals or community-based services which can take you in several different directions. For example, you may discover you have talents in leadership and management and pursue this route or you may prefer to learn more about a specialist area of practice so you can work as a specialist or consultant nurse.

Teaching methods

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom-based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa.

During your placements you will undertake:

  • Supervised practice - working with qualified nurses to develop clinical skills
  • Training and education activities within the placement setting
  • Skills development activities to ensure patients' needs are met

Your time at the University will be spent in:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • clinical skills and simulation laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year, you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

  • Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire, and London and in other settings including the private and voluntary sectors. There is the opportunity to learn with and from people in the community and in hospitals where nursing is experienced. The placement experiences are wide and varied, emphasising the chosen field of practice -Adult Nursing. During the first year, experiences may also include caring for children, service users with learning disabilities or those with mental health problems.
  • A student-led placement is offered at the end of the second year which gives you the opportunity to gain clinical experience in an area of practice you are interested in. 


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development I 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Healthy Adult 15 Credits Compulsory
    Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Aspects of Care 15 Credits Compulsory
    Patient Centred Care 1 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Developing Health and Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Adult Nursing Care 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Evidence Base for Adult Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Advancing Adult Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development III 15 Credits Compulsory
    Transitions to Professional Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Nursing Care of the Adult Patient 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

    NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

    Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

    The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

    For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.


    Due to the nature of your programme, your studies are likely to continue over the summer period, requiring an extended period of accommodation on campus. There are 2 accommodation options available to you:

    • Option 1 - 42 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract but need to stay on campus for up to 50 weeks, this will mean that you will have to move accommodation and we cannot guarantee that this will be at the same cost, and may be higher.
    • Option 2 - 50 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract, which is recommended, this will allow you to complete your studies over the summer period without having to move accommodation.  If you choose this option you cannot change to a 42 week contract at a later stage.

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


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    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements


    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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