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BSc (Hons)
Nursing (Adult)

If you're looking to make a difference as an adult nurse, we'll help you fulfil your ambition. We are passionate about empowering and supporting you to achieve your full potential. We'll equip you with the knowledge, attributes and skills to become a proficient, confident and compassionate adult nurse.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: B701

Study mode: Full-time

Location: Uxbridge Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: February & September

Is this course for me?

If you want to help people and guide them through their most vulnerable moments, then nursing is the career for you.

As an adult nurse, you will face a diverse range of situations with no two days ever the same and each one providing you with job satisfaction that you'll struggle to find elsewhere.

You can work as a nurse in a number of places, both private and public sector, after you graduate.

More than just a degree
Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practice in the UK.

Opportunities for adult nurses are continually expanding. For example: you may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the community areas such as a large health centre.

Nursing involves much more than practice. You'll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make those crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of care.

We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you'll be working alongside experienced health care professionals who will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready adult nurse.

You will benefit from:

  • an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners
  • lecturers that maintain close links with practice, visiting you regularly and supporting you throughout your practice placement
  • simulation facilities, enabling you to practise your skills in an authentic and safe environment
  • personal tutoring and continuous support throughout the programme
  • a high level of research within the teaching team.

Gain experience with the NHS and independent care trusts

Our nursing programmes are split 50/50, the first six months of each year is currently spent at the University studying and then the second half of the year is spent on practice placement at one of our local NHS Trusts or independent care partners.

We offer a variety of clinical experiences in a range of settings and work with hospitals in North West London.

Our Trust partners include:

We also have a range of non home-base placements in different fields which could include: BMI Clementine Churchill, BUPA Bushey, nursing homes, Medihome and learning disabilities facilities.

Clinical experience opportunities may include:

  • medical, surgical and elderly care
  • accident and emergency
  • learning disability insight placement
  • community nursing
  • operating theatres
  • outpatients departments
  • private healthcare placement experiences
  • opportunity for an elective placement in the UK or abroad.

We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff from Bucks are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.

Learn from the professionals
We make sure that you'll have the knowledge, skills and the confidence to work as a student nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.

Our team of experienced and dedicated lectures have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:

  • adult life support
  • biologist
  • end of life care for older people with dementia and care of vulnerable adults
  • HIV, AIDS, sexual health
  • human factors
  • intensive therapy unit/intensive care unit cardio and respiration (ITU/ICU)
  • patient safety
  • pharmacology
  • plastics and burns
  • pressures ulcers/tissue viability
  • renal medicine and transplantation
  • stoma nurse
  • spinal cord injury (adult and paediatric), from acute, rehabilitation to community discharge
  • trauma and orthopaedics
  • workforce and service delivery.

Our enthusiastic and dedicated adult nursing lecturers have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.

Year One

  • Health, Wellbeing and Disability: Implications for Adult Nursing
  • Foundations of Adult Nursing Practice
  • Foundation Skills for Adult Nursing
  • Foundation Skills for Adult Nursing
  • Foundations of Adult Nursing Practice
  • Health and Illness across the Lifespan
  • Independent Learning for Nursing
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Nursing

Year Two

  • Adult Community Nursing: Public Health in Action
  • Intermediate Adult Nursing Practice
  • Intermediate Skills for Adult Nursing
  • Intermediate Skills for Adult Nursing
  • Intermediate Adult Nursing Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice and the Community
  • Broadening Perspectives on Practice
  • Research Methods for Nursing
  • Broadening Perspectives on Practice

Year Three

  • Towards Autonomy in Adult Nursing Practice
  • Adult Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
  • Adult Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
  • Towards Autonomy in Adult Nursing Practice
  • Nursing and Collaborative Working
  • Personal Development for Leadership and Management
  • Research For Nursing
  • Research in Nursing
  • Leadership and Collaborative Interprofessional Practice

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 280-320 points; or an Access to Nursing qualification (minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass).

You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.

In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

How much does it cost?

If you are a UK or EU citizen you will be entitled to have your tuition fees paid in full by the NHS.

All eligible new students will also receive a small non-means tested grant of £1,000. To be eligible for NHS bursary funding, you need to fit the requirements. You can check your eligibility using the online calculator.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

We've been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 98 per cent of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating*.  As you'll graduate as a registered nurse, you'll be able to find work in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future. Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.

Nursing itself is a broad area and you'll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:

  • staff nurse working in an acute or rehabilitation centre
  • practice nurse working in a GP surgery
  • community nurse, for example district nurse
  • working in nursing homes
  • working with private health care providers
  • prison nursing
  • the armed forces
  • nurse researcher.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We work with our partners to provide placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in practice. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

Once you have completed your programme, we will continue to support you on your career path, with our range of continued professional development programmes. In recognition of our commitment to developing healthcare professionals, we are pleased to have been awarded 'Education Provider of the Year' (post registration) at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2015.

We can also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

*HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2015, based on 2014 graduates.

There are so many job opportunities and career pathways with nursing.

Christopher Cooke

"I enjoy studying in England and have received great support from the University, both academically and personally. The University has a moulage expert who recreates realistic wounds, burns and scars on volunteers which brings the theory to life and helps me provide the best care to patients. The teaching has been fantastic and I'm looking forward to qualifying as a paediatric nurse."

Noelle McCarthy