BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

  • New government grants available from September 2020 for new and continuing degree-level students. You may be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 a year which you won't need to pay back.
  • You may also be eligible for an additional £1,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life.
  • 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

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.

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.

What will I study?

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.

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
  • 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.

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.

"This course gave me the best start I could hope for as a newly qualified Staff Nurse. The course content strives to allow you to reach your fullest potential. The expert knowledge of academics and their compassionate support allowed me to achieve a great outcome for which I can't thank them enough. I highly recommend Herts for any aspiring nurse, and look forward to working alongside you when you qualify."

Daniel Rolfe

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Nursing)