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.
You can choose to study in September or February.
UCAS CODE: B701
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
- our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.
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.
The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
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
- 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
- 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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 23 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||290 hours|
|Independent learning:||310 hours|
Year 2: 19 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||323 hours|
|Independent learning:||617 hours|
Year 3: 20 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||362 hours|
|Independent learning:||538 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
|25 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||50 percent practical|
|75 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||25 percent practical|
|50 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||25 percent practical|
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
Entry requirements for September 2017
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-128 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).
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Foundation Skills for Adult Nursing
- Foundation of Adult Nursing Practice
- Health Wellbeing and Disability: Implications for Adult Nursing
- Professional and Academic Skills for Nursing
Year 2 Modules
- Adult Community Nursing: Public Health in Action
- Broadening Perspectives on Practice
- Intermediate Adult Nursing Practice
- Intermediate Skills for Adult Nursing
- Research Methods for Nursing
Year 3 Modules
- Adult Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
- Leadership and Collaborative Interprofessional Practice
- Research in Nursing
- Towards Autonomy in Adult Nursing Practice
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with the inflation or course delivery costs.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow