BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Available to non EU students

About the course


Adult Nursing is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and caring profession. As a nurse you are required to provide high quality care to adults, and their families.

Adult Nursing activities encompass promoting health, providing evidence based whole person care while supporting and educating individuals and families both in hospitals and in the community.

You will gain a BSc(Hons) degree in Adult Nursing and be eligible to apply to register as an Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

It runs over three extended academic years, incorporating core and inter-professional modules and adult field-specific modules. Throughout the course you will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills that will enable you to make sound judgements and provide good evidence-based care.

The course consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered at the University which explore the theoretical underpinnings of practice as a nurse. The theoretical learning accounts for fifty per cent of your time. The remaining fifty per cent of the course involves completing blocks of learning occurring in a variety of clinical settings where you will develop a wide range of skills associated with adult nursing.

By integrating theory and practice, the course allows you to become a skilled, competent, compassionate and committed adult nurse with the necessary communication skills that are required to ensure patient care remains at the forefront of professional practice.

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.


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
  • acute care or Hospice Care

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 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.

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
  • 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.

An elective/alternative placement is offered at the end of the second year which gives you the opportunity to gain clinical experience elsewhere in the UK, abroad, or in specialised regional and national centres of excellence.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development I - 15 Credits
  • The Healthy Adult - 15 Credits
  • Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing - 30 Credits
  • Professional Aspects of Care - 15 Credits
  • Patient Centred Care 1 - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Learning for Professional Development II - 15 Credits
  • Patient Centred Care 2 - 30 Credits
  • Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions - 30 Credits
  • Holistic Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult - 30 Credits
  • Health Promotion - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development III - 15 Credits
  • Transitions to Professional Practice - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Nursing Care of the Adult Patient - 30 Credits
  • Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £15000 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £15000 for the 2018/2019 academic year

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 website and the Funding Clinic.

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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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...

2018 entry

112 - 120 UCAS Points

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff.

All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / 4 or above which must include Maths and English.

  • A - Levels - 112 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels. Additionally, candidates may use points from up to 1 AS level (not in the same subject as whole A levels).
  • International Baccalaureate - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above (the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • 14-19 Diploma in Society, Health and Development - Must achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
  • Access to Nursing or Health  – 60 credits of which 45 credits must be at level 3.  Of the 45 credits at level 3, at least 30 must be Merit/Distinction.  Candidates without GCSE maths and English at grade C or above must complete equivalents contained within the Access course (normally 6 level 2 credits in numeracy and 6 in literacy).
  • BTEC National Diploma Level 3 (18 unit)  – 112 UCAS points in health and social care or other similar subject plus 5 GCSE at grade C or above to include maths and English language (or equivalents). 
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)  - 112 UCAS points in health and social care or other similar subject plus 5 GCSE at grade C or above to include maths and English language (or equivalents).

Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are considered without the GCSE requirements
Other qualifications listed in the UCAS tariff will be considered 

International qualifications will be considered for equivalency using NARIC. International candidates will be required to complete IELTS with scores of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections and the overall average score must be 7.0 or above.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Please note that the following qualifications are not acceptable to the University:

  • Level 2 adult numeracy and level 2 adult literacy qualifications are not considered equivalent to GCSE maths and English grade C by this University.  
  • NVQ level 2 and 3 qualifications will not be accepted as equivalent to the entry criteria. 

If you have qualifications that are not listed above, please contact us to find out if you meet our entrance requirements.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website:

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