Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This course is subject to validation and approval.

Overview (NV)

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. If you are interested in applying to start in 2021, please email


BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
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Nursing is much more than a job, it’s a challenging, but extremely rewarding, vocation that makes a real difference to people’s lives. Registered nurses with the right skills, knowledge and experience for modern day practice are in high demand and this exciting, innovative course has been designed to enable you to deliver and lead on safe, effective and compassionate care and support for adults with a range of acute and long-term conditions.

When you graduate and have registered with the NMC, you could become a registered nurse (adult) in a hospital or GP practice, work out in the community, in a residential home or hospice, or at a specialist unit or school. You could also work with patients in their own homes, or practice as a nurse in many countries overseas. A world of possibilities and opportunities.

Whatever direction it takes you, you can rest assured that you will be learning your profession with expert clinical practitioners at UCB. This will put you in the best stead to become a confident, academic and independent learner with the scientific knowledge and competencies you will need to become an asset to a multidisciplinary team on graduation. 

There are few places better for nursing training facilities than UCB. These include a specialist Health Hub at our new campus Moss House, complete with a replica hospital ward for you to practise and hone your skills in a real-life environment. Getting out into industry is also crucial and, thanks to our network of healthcare contacts, you will be able to undertake invaluable placements in a range of settings, from NHS trusts to community care.

Ultimately, this degree will ensure you are educated to today’s gold standard of adult nursing in line with ‘Future Nurse, Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses’ (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2018).

UCB is working towards accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council so you will be able to apply for Registered Nurse (Adult) Status on completion.

Why choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities – Our purpose-built Health Hub in UCB’s new Moss House building, a specialist learning environment that closely replicates real-life primary and secondary care settings, ensuring nursing students receive essential skills training and experience before entering the workplace. The Health Hub includes:
    • Six bed hospital ward with simulation mannequins, integrated filming and audio equipment for training and student assessment purposes,
    • Community care environment
    • Clinical skills teaching room
    • Classrooms for up to 50 students each and 100-seat lecture theatre
    • Break-out spaces and semi-formal meeting areas where students and staff can discuss assignments and projects
    • Clinical skills are taught by skills educators and clinical experts from practice
  • Work placements – You will undertake several work placements within a diverse range of healthcare environments, including GP surgeries, care homes, community care settings, specialist acute trusts and private healthcare providers
  • Develop your knowledge - You will be taught in small groups, with excellent support from lecturing staff, academic assessors and personal tutors throughout your degree
  • Excellent career progression opportunities


This degree aims to develop nurses who will:

  • Demonstrate Fitness for Practise and accountability, acting in a professional manner, while adhering to NHS core values, both inside and outside the hospital environment
  • Understand human development, key body systems and their relationship to nursing care, pharmacology and safe practice in the management of medicines
  • Be caring, compassionate and competent practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver high-quality, person-centred care to service users and their families and carers across a range of health and social care settings
  • Be able to practise, lead and manage as a registered nurse (adult) as part of a multidisciplinary team, using leadership skills for effective decision-making and be responsive and adaptable in the ever-changing health and social care working environment
  • Have knowledge and understanding of coordinating care for complex health needs, as well as in relation to public health, policies and legislation

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers including registered nurses with up-to-date clinical experience.

Students are supervised in placements by Practice Supervisors, who will be registered health and social care professionals and assessed by Practice Assessors, who will be registered nurses.

A range of strategies will be used to facilitate learning for students including:

  • Practical skills sessions in the Health Hub
  • Placement learning opportunities
  • E-learning - Canvas is UCB’s e-learning platform, providing 24-hour access to learning and support material
  • Small group teaching and discussion groups
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Self-directed study 
  • Action learning sets and peer mentoring schemes

There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course.  Students are assessed 50% in practice and simulation (minimum of 2,300 hours) through the completion of a Practice Assessment Document and OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations). 

The 50% theory (minimum of 2,300 hours) is assessed using a variety of modes of assessment, including written assignments, presentations, examinations, professional discussions and a portfolio of evidence. 

The course consists of three parts and you will be expected to demonstrate achievement of set competencies and outcomes at the end of each part to enable progression to the next part or to complete the course. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements 

A-level: Grade profile of BBC

BTEC: Grade profile of DMM, which can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications 

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points will be required

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction


  • GCSE/IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent
  • GCSE/IGCSE biology or human biology grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent*
    • *Pass in a biology-focused module, e.g. anatomy and physiology, human biology, as part of a relevant Level 3 qualification is regarded as an equivalent for entrance

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above, you may wish to apply for our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) course and UCB may be able to assist you attain any entry criteria you don’t have.

Students must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.


The Admissions unit will use the entrance criteria, as well as your personal statement, reference and work experience information, to shortlist candidates for interview. All interviews will take place after 15 January UCAS equal consideration deadline. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview which will comprise of:

  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) – You will be assessed on your motivation and understanding of the role of a nurse and your familiarity with NHS Constitution and Values.

EU/International students

Academic entry requirements: Please visit our Country Specific Information page.

English Requirements: Overall score of 7.0; a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and a minimum of 6.5 in writing.

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points. Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2020/21 entry.

If your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff, please contact Admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email


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Qualification Grade Points


Modules (NV)


Year 1

Science for Nursing Nursing in Context Foundations of Adult Nursing Nursing Practice – Part 1

Year 2

Person-Centred Care Care of the Acutely Ill Adult Long-Term Conditions Nursing Practice - Part 2

Year 3

Evidence-Based Research - Service Improvement Project Transition to Professional Practice in Complex Care Environments Nursing Practice - Part 3
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.


Placements (NV)

Work placement

You will be placed in several different learning environments within clinical and community settings during the three-year course, which will be mapped around your academic studies.

These will vary in length across the course, some being a week’s experience to a longer block placement of 8-10 weeks.

Nurses don’t just work on hospital wards and each different place of work will have its own routine. You may work in a GP surgery or visit patients in their own homes or have a placement in a care home or hospice, but the principles of the care you offer and the attitude you show should be the same.

An integral part of the course is to participate in care delivered over 24 hours and seven days per week. Therefore, you will be expected to adopt the various shift patterns governed by your placement area. Each shift as a student nurse is an opportunity to learn something new and grow and develop into your role.

Some placements may be some distance from your home to enable you to experience the different health and social care settings available to show you the sheer breadth of opportunities available. Placement allocation will be discussed during your selection day.

If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly-experienced hired@UCB team has a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas, including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management.

Work Placement - School of Education, Health and Community - University College Birmingham

What our employers say

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.    

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)

Graduate Careers

This degree provides an excellent platform for those seeking a professional career working within a variety of settings in health and social care.

You can apply for registered nurse (adult) roles in:

  • Hospitals
  • GP practices
  • The community
  • Attached to a health centre
  • Residential homes
  • Hospices Specialist units
  • Schools

You may also work with patients in their own homes. Once you've gained enough experience, you may also work as a nurse trainer, deliver health education or gain further specialist knowledge and skills.

Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.