BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

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Why choose this course?

  • 2nd in the East of England for Nursing (2023 Complete University Guide)
  • Learn through practice placements within hospital and the community
  • Won ‘Teaching Innovation award’ for our training in end-of-life care

You’ve searched for this page because you have a passion to bring comfort to people in need. Let us help you get there. We’ll ease you into the nursing world using our state-of the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. See how Adult Nurses play a vital role in our operating theatre setting. Practise minor and complex wound management in our GP set up. Take your newly acquired theory and practical confidence to gain real experience on placement in a hospital or community setting.  

Be the one to reassure that nervous patient before an operation. Be the person who aids their recovery. Be the one who helps save lives. Our nation is proud of the work our NHS does, let us be proud of you too.  

Also, how could we forget? You could get at least £5,000 each year that you won't even need to pay back.  

What's the course about?

From the day you start, we’ll blend your theory with practical experience. Half the course will be spent at the University. The other half of your time, you will gain hands-on skills in a variety of clinical settings. You’ll learn about ‘normal’ adult development then recognise to manage deviations from the norm. You’ll promote health and provide real patient care in hospitals and the community. 

Your time at the University 

You’ll spend 50% of your time here. You’ll attend lectures building your knowledge on things like how you will provide a holistic assessment care plan, considering a person’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. You can then share your learnings in smaller groups in seminars and tutorials. You will be asked to look at case studies, individually or in a small group. Plus, you can put what you have learnt into practise, using our simulation laboratories. 

Your time on a practice placement

You’ll spend 50% of your time in a range of placements across the 3 years of your study and will work alongside qualified health care practitioners. 

Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire, and London and in other settings including the private, voluntary and independent sector. 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 your programme you will have the opportunity to consider the essential needs of all service users. 

COVID-19 conditions permitting, 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. 

In your first year, we will introduce you to the profession, right from basics. You’ll explore health and wellbeing clinically and within social, political and economic contexts. You’ll practice, challenge, question, and refine current nursing skills through simulation and practical exercises.  

In your second year, you’ll further advance your knowledge. You’ll look at bioscience changes and pharmacological aspects of health and wellbeing. You’ll discuss, interpret and plan care for patients who may be experiencing different physical and psychological symptoms.  

In your final year, you’ll find that you have grown to love certain topics. In this year you can delve deeper in these areas. This could be socio-political issues that impact effective nursing practises. Or this could be how spiritual, psychosocial, cultural and emotional aspects can affect how patients receive care. It’s entirely up to you.  

Your main campus is College Lane    

This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.   

"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)

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Helen Scholes

Meet Helen, who decided to change career after two decades in the police. After overcoming significant challenges with help from her tutors and friends at Herts, Helen is now a Community Nurse with ambitions to become a Sister.

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Current job roleCommunity Nurse for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Year of graduation2021
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A career change  

Helen spent over two decades in the police as a dispatcher and special constable before deciding to retrain. Helen’s experience in the police had taught her many transferable skills, including how to manage difficult and emotional situations, which made her an excellent fit for a career in healthcare.

‘I became a reablement carer, spending three years at a local company helping people get back to normal and keep their independence after a stay in hospital. I wanted to do more to help older people and those with learning difficulties though, so I began working for an out-of-hours GP service, where I was responsible for managing medication and acting as a chaperone. My colleagues were very supportive of my development, and this experience helped me realise my ultimate goal of becoming a nurse.

‘Unfortunately, I had left school without A-levels, which meant I could not apply to study nursing at university. I completed an access course at my local college but had missed the university application deadline, so decided to try my luck with Clearing. I was fortunate enough to be offered a place at Herts and accepted immediately - I had heard great things about Herts and my daughter had graduated from here in another discipline.’

Conquering unexpected challenges

Not long after Helen started her BSc Nursing (Adult) degree at Herts, she began to experience similar challenges that led to her leaving school before completing her A-levels.

‘I knew I was intelligent, but my reading speed and other things were holding me back. I was assessed by the University’s wellbeing service and found out that I had both dyslexia and dyspraxia. Despite my diagnosis, the support I received from Herts was outstanding and I could not have completed my course without the encouragement of my tutors.

‘I also owe a debt of gratitude to the friends I met on the course. Being much older than many of my cohort, I was worried I would find it difficult to meet people, but that was not the case at all. We all helped one another, whether we were struggling or needed company during a study session.’

Proudest moment and future aspirations  

Helen has fond memories of Herts and says her proudest moment was giving a speech at graduation as the ‘top scoring student’.

‘I would never have imagined doing this at the start of my course. Herts has made my dreams come true.

‘I’ve just had my first appraisal in my current role and my manager has recommended I apply for a promotion. Hopefully, it won’t be long before I become a Sister. I’m also looking forward to completing my district nursing and prescribing courses at Herts in the future.’

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Alumni Stories

Sarah Sesay

Meet Sarah Sesay, a newly qualified nurse who has landed her dream job and plans to further her career as a specialist in infection prevention and control.

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Current job roleNurse at St George’s University Hospital
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Pathway into nursing

Sarah is a newly qualified nurse working in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at St George’s University Hospital in London. She was the first person in her immediate family to go to university and was so proud to be awarded a first.

Sarah first completed a BTEC course at college and then progressed to do her BSc at Herts. She now has her dream job as a registered nurse in the AMU department and plans to return to further study in future to become a specialised nurse in infection prevention and control, a specialism she particularly enjoys.

Nursing at Herts

Sarah says, ‘My studies at Herts have helped shape my career path by offering me different types of support, both theoretical and in clinical practice. There were always drop-in sessions for help with writing assignments and finding resources.

‘Herts lecturers are experts in research and are always willing to provide that extra support whenever needed. Also, the simulation sessions really helped me to prepare for placement. One of the most useful clinical simulation sessions that I attended was caring for a dying patient, and I am very grateful I was able to experience it.’

‘My favourite experience at Herts was finding friends for life. We all managed to complete the course together and we are all now registered nurses in different Trusts. I can call upon our shared experiences if I need to.’

‘My advice for current and future students is to start assignments as soon as you can. The sooner you start them, the better chance you’ll have to pass and get good grades!’