BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

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Why choose this course?

  • Service users and carers input is essential to teaching and assessment
  • 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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Khan Asghar Iqbal

Meet Khan Asghar Iqbal who is saving lives everyday as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP). He is currently working for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust.

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Current job roleNewly Qualified Paramedic
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

A unique degree and experience

Khan says his ambition to work in London and move out of his hometown in Cardiff was a key factor in choosing to study at the University of Hertfordshire. However, his course also provided a unique combination of theoretical and practical study which Khan says, 'prepared me to put my knowledge into practice while out on placement each term. The course also gave me a glimpse of future opportunities for paramedics such as teaching, management and advanced practice.'

The vocational nature of the degree enabled him to transition smoothly into his chosen career providing him with the essential professional skills and hands on experience he required to excel as a paramedic. He says, 'The course gives you the knowledge to make lifesaving decisions but also gives you more advanced knowledge regarding complicated conditions and the various medicines that come with each patient.'

Khan speaks fondly of his time at the University and says, 'I truly miss everyone I became friends with on my degree. Some of the nights out in the Forum were the best I've ever had and they will be everlasting memories, with friends both on and off of my course. I really came out of my shell and comfort zone and it has made me into the confident and outgoing person I am today.'

Get your dream job

Khan says that being a paramedic is the 'best job in the World' and, although he has just started his career, he hopes to go onto postgraduate study and experience new cultures by travelling.

The course gives you the knowledge to make lifesaving decisions but also gives you more advanced knowledge regarding complicated conditions and the various medicines that come with each patient.

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Ramatu Nguru

Meet Ramutu Nguru who has excelled as a Registered Nutritionist since graduating in 2016. She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL).

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Current job roleSchool Food Nutritionist
Year of graduation2016
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Nutrition
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Essential skills for the future

Ramatu graduated having studied Nutrition and has now entered her chosen career as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL). Her course enabled Ramatu to achieve her career aspirations, providing invaluable experience which included work shadowing, volunteering and practical work placement opportunities alongside various registered nutritionists and dieticians.

Ramatu says, 'Many employers advertise for nutritionists who are already registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). In order to register, you would need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the underpinning knowledge and professional skills required.' Studying a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or related bioscience degree provides students with an abundance of practicable and transferable experience which will enable you to make crucial inroads into the profession.'

Experience is crucial

Experience is crucial and Ramatu attests that it is even more beneficial than good grades. She advises students to seek out as much opportunity as possible to gain professional experience and says, 'My priority is to continually develop professionally as a Registered Nutritionist as there is always room to improve my own practice and service delivery.' The University provides fantastic opportunities for students through work placements, study abroad schemes as well as the fantastic industry led practical elements embedded into the courses themselves.

Studying Nutrition at the University of Hertfordshire was one of the best decisions I have made. The course itself was stimulating, exciting and very well organised. I enjoyed the variety of teaching styles (lectures, practicals and group work) by experts in the field.