BSc (Hons) 

Accredited by University College Birmingham

Course Award

BSc (Hons)


3 years full-time




Multiple placements




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Nursing is much more than a job. It is a challenging and extremely rewarding vocation that makes a real difference to people’s lives, and registered nurses with the right skills, knowledge and experience for modern-day practice are in high demand. Our exciting and innovative Nursing (Adult) degree course will enable you to deliver and lead on safe, effective and compassionate care for adults with a range of health conditions.

Our adult nursing degree course provides the perfect environment and opportunity for you to get hands-on training and experience. We have outstanding facilities including a replica hospital ward on campus where you can practise and hone your skills, while our network of healthcare contacts will enable you to take on invaluable industry placements in a variety of settings, from NHS trusts to community care.

You will learn from our expert clinical practitioners and develop a strong understanding of human development, key body systems, pharmacology and safe management of medicine, as well as the personal and technical skills needed to deliver compassionate, high-quality care across many different settings. We are working towards accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling you to apply for Registered Nurse status when you complete your degree.

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENTS – Take on multiple placements in a range of clinical and community settings, from GP surgeries, care homes and hospices to visiting patients in their homes
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Perfect your practical skills on campus in our Health Hub, with state-of-the-art simulation facilities including a replica hospital ward
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Train to today’s gold standard in line with the NMC’s ‘Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses’, and apply for Registered Nurse status when your graduate

Our facilities

As a student on our adult nursing course at University College Birmingham, you will have access to the Health Skills and Simulation Suite, our purpose-built six-bed hospital ward with simulation manikins to help you practise your skills and enhance your practical training.

Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3


Science for Nursing

During this module, you will develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology with its application to nursing, with an introduction to pharmacology and social sciences, including sociology and psychology. You will be encouraged to build on and develop your entry-level numeracy skills and knowledge of application of numeracy in the context of nursing, including fluid balance, physiological measurements and drug calculations.

Nursing in Context

You will explore the core topics that underpin nursing as a person-centered and family-centered profession, including the history of nursing, policy, values, evidence-based practice, ethics, professionalism, relationship building and the professional values that underpin nursing. You will focus on the individual in society from a psychological, economic and political health perspective. You will be introduced to the concept of how professionals from all fields of nursing can work with other professionals to meet the needs of identified individuals, groups and communities.

Nursing Practice – Part 1

This module is a bridge between theory and practice. Prior to each placement in Part 1, you will receive preparation for practice sessions, focusing on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic and compassionate care. Through clinical skills sessions, simulation exercises and through your practice placements, you will learn essential skills as outlined in the 2018 NMC Standards for Proficiency and Annexes A & B for registered nurses. You will consolidate your exposure to practice learning and evaluate your attainment of knowledge and skills.

Literacy, Numeracy and Technology for Nursing Practice

This module is designed to support you in your academic and professional journey, helping you to build a portfolio of numeracy, literacy, academic, digital and technology skills; to enable you to demonstrate your personal development and the acquisition of lifelong learning skills, identifying your personal learning needs. In addition to this, the module will help you explore how to care effectively for yourself to support you in caring for others, including building your resilience to cope with your workload, personal emotions and stress, which will be delivered within ‘graduate advantage’ sessions.

Assess, Plan, Provide and Evaluate Care

This module’s aim is to introduce you to the role of the adult nurse, across a range of healthcare settings and interdisciplinary team working. You will be introduced to ‘The Nursing Process’, a systematic approach to care that uses critical thinking skills, person-centred care approaches to care delivery and evidence-based practice that informs care decisions. The Nursing Process steps are Assessment and Planning Care and Providing and Evaluating Care - Platform 3 and 4 of the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018). You will learn how to prioritise the needs of people when assessing and reviewing their mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, social, and spiritual needs. You will explore the use of information obtained during assessments to identify the priorities and requirements for person-centred and evidence-based nursing interventions and support. You will explore the importance of working in partnership with people to develop person-centred care plans that consider people’s circumstances, characteristics and preferences. You will reflect on providing evidence-based, compassionate and safe nursing interventions during your placements across the year and how you have worked with people, their families and carers to evaluate whether care is effective and that the goals of care have been met in line with their wishes, preferences and desired outcomes. Using examples from legal and ethical frameworks, policies and protocols, and the evidence base that underpins care, you will use decision making and critical thinking to work through scenarios to help you understand ethical dilemmas and challenging situations, using a solutions-focused approach.


Person-Centred Care

You will develop further understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making. Referring to the NMC Code, NHS values and evidence-based practice, you will explore the actions a nurse takes to ensure that each person receives appropriate person-centred care, treatment and support. You will learn about acute and long-term conditions across the lifespan and relating to all nursing fields. You will be introduced to the concept of clinical judgement in relation to the needs of the individual and family, and community responses to action or potential health needs, life processes and care delivery in relation to person-centred practice.

Care of the Acutely Ill Adult

You will build on your knowledge of anatomy and physiology gained in Part 1 in relation to nursing the acutely ill adult. The module will focus on the knowledge and skills required to deliver safe, competent and confident person-centred care in a variety of situations, including the deteriorating adult and the emergency situation. You will explore the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to patient assessment and care delivery, pharmacology and assessment tools. You will acquire a broader understanding of ethical-legal principles that underpin patient-centred care.

Long-Term Conditions

By considering the psychosocial and physical impact of long-term conditions on patients within adult nursing, you will develop skills and critical knowledge to enable you to apply safe delivery of care for an individual and their support network. This module promotes critical thinking about the nurse’s role in the shared decision-making process.

Nursing Practice – Part 2

This module is a bridge between theory and practice. Prior to each placement in Part 2, you will receive preparation for practice sessions, focusing on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic and compassionate care in partnership with the service user. Through clinical skills sessions, simulation exercises and through your practice placements, you will be engaged with learning essential skills as outlined in the 2018 NMC Standards for Proficiency and Annexes A & B for registered nurses. You will consolidate your exposure to practice learning and evaluate your attainment of knowledge and skills.


Evidence-Based Practice – Service Improvement Project

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to write a Service Improvement Project based on an evaluation of a student-selected aspect of a service in practice. Your project may relate to any aspect of a service which could be improved, with an aim of enhancing the service-user experience. This might relate to care in a clinical or community setting or may be concerned with processes and resources. The project needs to identify how quality care may be enhanced and good practice disseminated. You will also include realistic recommendations for achieving this and a reflection on the personal and professional skills required for its implementation. In undertaking this module, you will receive practical advice, extend your academic knowledge, and have the support of a group of peers engaged in their own service improvement challenges. The four-week service improvement placement in week 3-6 of the module will expose you to contemporary quality of care initiatives, audits, research projects and service improvements that are occurring within the organisation. While working with your Practice Assessor/Practice Supervisors and the patient/client group, you will be able to explore your topic. On return to university you will use secondary evidence from a review of literature to appraise, evaluate and apply it to the service improvement issue. Within your summative report, you will be required to make analytical and objective judgements on the evidence and the potential impact on the quality and standards of care, safe working practices, risks, and service-user outcomes. Although you will not be implementing the project as part of the module, you will make an evidence-based improvement plan to do so which you will present at the end of the module with action plans and recommendations for change. Clinicians and service users will be invited from partner organisations to support the assessment of your verbal presentation of the improvement plan.

Transition to Professional Practice in Complex Care Environments

This module will enable you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth throughout your degree, drawing on evidence of learning and development compiled throughout the programme. It will foster your development and application of leadership, management and multi-disciplinary team working concepts, required for effective clinical practice and positive patient outcomes. This module will enable you to reflect on the skills needed in your transition to a Registered Nurse (Adult). This module acknowledges that nursing care should take into consideration the individual’s wishes, their culture and the services available within the current political landscape. It expands your consideration of the care environment and service provision to provide enhanced care delivery. This module examines the cultural, political and psychosocial influences in and on multidisciplinary healthcare provision.

Nursing Practice – Part 3

This module is a bridge between theory and practice. Prior to each placement in Part 3, you will receive preparation for practice sessions, focusing on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic and compassionate care, and the assessment and management of patients with complex healthcare needs. Through clinical skills sessions, simulation exercises and through your practice placements, you will be engaged with learning essential skills as outlined in the 2018 NMC Standards for Proficiency and Annexes A & B for registered nurses. You will consolidate your exposure to practice learning and evaluate your attainment of knowledge and skills.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A-levels: Grade profile of BBC.

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

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at University College Birmingham for entry. 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. University College Birmingham may be able to assist you in attaining any entry criteria you don’t have.

Students must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The University will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check. Further information is available regarding the DBS check - the requirements prior to entry onto the course can be found here and a summary of the documents required for the application process can be found here.


The Admissions team 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 the 15 January UCAS equal consideration deadline. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview which will comprise 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.

Information regarding the stages of the initial assessment for Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Skills can be found here

Pre-course health and immunisation requirements

Students must complete a Pre-health Questionnaire submitting this no later than 31 August 2020 and meet the Immunisation Requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students can find further information regarding the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) for entry onto pre-registration nursing courses here.

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.

Occupational English Test (OET) - an OET examination certificate – a minimum of grade C+ in the writing section and grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council updated this requirement in January 2020.

Combining OET test scores - you can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • You sit the tests within six months of each other
  • You are tested in all four sections at the same time
  • All grades in both sittings are above grade C+, and you achieve at least a grade C+ in the writing section and at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections in either of the two test sittings

Further information regarding accepted English language tests can be found here.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.


Learning strategies include:

  • Practical skills sessions
  • Placement learning opportunities
  • E-learning
  • Small group teaching and discussion groups
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Self-directed study
  • Action learning sets and peer mentoring schemes


You will be assessed 50% in practice and simulation (minimum 2,300 hours) through completion of a Practice Assessment Document and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

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

The course consists of three parts. 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.


As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This 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.

Tuition fees

UK/EU students

If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250 per each full year. A half year tuition fee is £4,625. UK/EU students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.

International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £11,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, your tuition fee would be £500 for a full year (£250 for half year placement).


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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our BSc Nursing (Adult) course features multiple placements in different environments throughout your studies, ranging in duration from one week to 8-10 weeks.

Participating in care delivered over 24 hours a day and 7 days per week is an integral part of the course, so you will be expected to adopt various shift patterns. Some placements may also be some distance from your home to enable you to experience different settings.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham and Solihull NHS Training Hub
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Healthcare at Home Ltd

From ensuring the most accurate diagnoses to the ongoing education of the public about critical health issues, nurses are indispensable and the glue that holds a patient’s healthcare journey together. Our nursing degree has been developed with practice learning partners, service users and carers to reflect the requirements and complexities of modern healthcare.

Kathryn Riley Senior Curriculum Lead (nursing and health)

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training.

Adult nurse

Average Salary: £33,834


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