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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Blend theory with hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre, hospitals and communities. Develop the skills and confidence to bring comfort, promote health and save lives. Be proud of the vital role you'll play in our NHS.

To ensure this course continues to be cutting-edge and enables you to be ready for the modern workplace, it is due to be reviewed by December 2024.

Our website will typically be updated within a month of the review confirming any enhancements, including:

  • module titles (and whether they are core or optional)
  • expected contact hours
  • assessment methods
  • staff teaching on the course

NHS Learning Support Fund
Training grants of at least £5,000 a year are available for eligible healthcare students which you will not have to pay back. You may also be eligible for an additional £2,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life and £3,000 for students who find themselves in unforeseen financial hardship. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students
Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students.

You could also benefit from the NHS learning support fund if you study an eligible nursing, midwifery, or allied health course. If eligible, the different kinds of support you could get include a training grant, parental support, money back for travel and temporary accommodation whilst on placement, and financial hardship (which you won’t need to pay back).

Gittins Family Bursaries
£3,000 (£1,000 in each academic year) is awarded every year to three first year students studying on this course. Students eligible are those full-time Home students with a household income below £40,000 p.a. at commencement of their first year of study. Students will be invited to fill out a short application form and winning students will be identified by a panel of academics.

PJE Foundation Scholarship
£3,600 (£1,200 in each academic year) is awarded on the conclusion of the previous scholarship to a first year, full time Health and Social Work student with a declared disability, who is returning to study after at minimum break of three years from formal education. Applications for this scholarship open in the first year of study.

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Won ‘Teaching Innovation award’ for our training in end-of-life care

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9th in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide, 2024)

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99% of graduates go on to work/further education within 15 months (Guardian University Guide, 2023)

Course overview

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.

Why choose this course?

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.

Professional accreditations

Once you qualify, you will be entitled to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the Adult Nursing field, so that you can work in the UK.

Your future career

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.

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.

See what recent graduates are up to

Community Nurse at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

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.

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.’

Nurse at St George’s University Hospital

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.

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!’

What you'll 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.

You’ll spend 50% of your time at the University. 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.

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

Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire, and North 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.

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.

What if I need support?

You’ll get a personal tutor to guide you through your course, all the way to graduation.

You might also want or need extra support during your time with us. Rest assured, no matter what you study, we’ve got you covered. For help with study skills, including referencing, essay writing and presentations, you’ll have access to our academic support services. You can attend workshops, one-to-one sessions and online tutorials. Both our LRCs run drop-in study skills sessions and during your placement you will be supported and assessed by appropriately prepared practitioners.

Where you'll study

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.

How we support our students

At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible.

We offer a range of support services, from childcare to counselling, ensuring that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying, having fun, and have the support you need.

Entry requirements

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Typical offer (UCAS points)112–120
Typical A Level offerBBC–BBB
Typical IB offer112–120 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)
Typical BTEC offerDMM–DDM in Health and Social Care or other health related subject
GCSEGrade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics.
Access courses45 credits at level 3, which must equate to a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points
Additional informationAll offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, functional Skills level 2 in Maths and English also acceptable, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website.

Once you have applied via UCAS, you may then be invited for an interview. The interview, either in-person or online, will consist of four core questions asked by two people and involves a group workshop and multiple mini interviews over the course of half a day. Tutors want to see your passion and enthusiasm for the career and an understanding of what being a nurse entails.

Transferring your existing/previous studies to Herts
If you are looking to transfer your existing/previous studies to the University of Hertfordshire, then please be aware that we can only look to Accredit Prior Learning (APL) for the first year of any prior BSc nursing studies. This means that you would start at the beginning of the second year. We have one intake per year and this is in September. You would therefore need to complete all of your second and third year of study at the University of Hertfordshire. If you would like to apply, you will need to do so through UCAS and provide evidence for all of the following requirements:

  • transcript showing fully completed and passed first year of study, including all theory modules and required practice hours. If you are awaiting final module grades, this will be considered on a case by case basis
  • an academic reference from your previous Higher Education institution
  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words, explaining why you wish to transfer universities.

Find out more about our Undergraduate Entry Requirements.

English languageAll offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, functional Skills level 2 in Maths and English also acceptable, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS overall score of 6.5 with scores of at least 6.5 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

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.

Additional informationFind out more about International Entry Requirements.

Typical offer (UCAS points)(enter tariff range)
Typical A Level offer(enter range)
Typical IB offer(enter range)
Typical BTEC offer(enter range)
Typical T Level offer(enter range)
GCSEEG: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics.
Access coursesEG: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.
Additional informationFind out more about our standard and contextual Undergraduate Entry Requirements.

English language

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

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.

Additional information

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

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UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK
Start date Study typeApply
September 2024Full timeApply via UCAS

International and EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK

Apply through our international/EU application portal

Fees and funding

At Herts, we’re dedicated to providing world-class teaching supported by industry-level facilities and incredible social spaces. We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to higher education, and we strive to keep both our standard and additional costs as low as possible.

NHS Learning Support Fund
Training grants of at least £5,000 a year are available for eligible healthcare students which you will not have to pay back. You may also be eligible for an additional £2,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life and £3,000 for students who find themselves in unforeseen financial hardship. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students
Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students.

You could also benefit from the NHS learning support fund if you study an eligible nursing, midwifery, or allied health course. If eligible, the different kinds of support you could get include a training grant, parental support, money back for travel and temporary accommodation whilst on placement, and financial hardship (which you won’t need to pay back).

Gittins Family Bursaries
£3,000 (£1,000 in each academic year) is awarded every year to three first year students studying on this course. Students eligible are those full-time Home students with a household income below £40,000 p.a. at commencement of their first year of study. Students will be invited to fill out a short application form and winning students will be identified by a panel of academics.

PJE Foundation Scholarship
£3,600 (£1,200 in each academic year) is awarded on the conclusion of the previous scholarship to a first year, full time Health and Social Work student with a declared disability, who is returning to study after at minimum break of three years from formal education. Applications for this scholarship open in the first year of study.

Study typeFees
UK studentsFull time£9,250 for the 2024/2025 academic year
EU studentsFull time£17,750 for the 2024/2025 academic year
International studentsFull time£17,750 for the 2024/2025 academic year

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.

Scholarships, grants  and bursaries

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligable for a non-repayable scholarship, grant or bursary to support your studies.

Disabled Students' Allowance

The Disabled Students’ Allowance can cover any study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

Student loans

Find out about securing a student loan, from how much you could be eligible for to when you need to start making repayments.

Accommodation costs

We offer a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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.
Additional course fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet.

More about the course

Course fact sheets
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Programme specifications
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Additional information

Applications open to international and EU students

Yes

Course length

Full Time, 3 Years

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