School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Make a difference to someone’s life when it matters most. Our adult nursing degree will prepare you to care for adults of all ages with acute and long-term illness, at home and in hospital. You’ll play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention, as well as nursing sick and injured adults back to health. Working closely with other professionals, patients and their families, you’ll gain the experience and skills needed to join the 100% of our graduates working as professional nurses*.

You can still apply for BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing for September 2015 and February 2016 entry.

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3 years
(with placements)
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Key features

  • Distinguish yourself with a degree from one of the first institutions to offer the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nursing education. Since 2011, Plymouth has been teaching the most up-to-date curriculum, so you can help shape the nursing workforce of tomorrow. 
  • Practice your clinical and communication skills in the safe, supervised setting of our Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC) which features specially designed replicas of hospital wards and emergency rooms, with patient-simulators.
  • Enjoy a flexible approach to your theoretical studies, with the option of studying in Plymouth or at our Knowledge Spa campus, Truro.
  • Participate in the best and most varied hands-on experience within a Host Locality. Please note that you may need to live away from home during this period – find out more by viewing our School of Nursing and Midwifery Host Trusts.
  • Know that your learning is always current and follows best practice, through the internationally renowned research that constantly feeds into our teaching, to reflect today’s dynamic healthcare delivery environment.
  • Ensure you’re supported by staff with an in-depth knowledge of your subject area, with our profession-specific personal tutorial support structure. You’ll also benefit from our staff’s passion for teaching, research and the nursing profession. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Your first year introduces the basics of nursing and helps you develop key skills and knowledge to prepare you for practice. You’ll do two practice placements which give you the chance to experience working in different healthcare settings. Gaining insights into multi-professional teamwork within healthcare, you’ll learn that nursing is not just about the ‘doing’, but also about the thinking, reflection and provision of evidence to enable you to provide a safe and positive experience of caring.
    Core modules
    • ADN102 Adult Nursing 1 : Introduction to Adult Nursing Care

      A module which reflects the philosophy that care is client-centred taking place within both acute and community settings.

    • ADN105 Core Concepts of Health

      The module introduces students to the principles of holistic nursing practice and considers the biological, psychological and sociological influences on individuals and wider communities' health and social care.

    • NRS102 Preparation for Practice and Critical Thinking

      This module is designed to prepare students in all Fields of nursing with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work safely in practice with patients/clients, relatives and staff.

    • ADN104 Skills & Practice for Nursing (1)

      This module introduces the student to healthcare practice and provides the opportunity to develop the core skills that are central to, or are a prerequisite for, clinical practice.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, your enhanced knowledge will allow you to make more contributions to assessing, planning and delivering safe and sympathetic care. You’ll have an increased responsibility in practice, and will develop competence in your core skills in hospital and community settings, public health, acute care, assessment and care delivery. You’ll learn to critically analyse and interpret data then apply it to your professional practice, enabling you to measure and deliver high quality care.
    Core modules
    • ADN202 Adult Nursing 2: Developing Nursing Care

      This module builds on knowledge and skills gained from the year one adult nursing module to enable students to facilitate nursing care for patients in a variety of settings. It focuses on exploring the concepts of nursing assessments and their application to nursing care.

    • NRS203 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (1)

      The focus of the module is on developing students' knowledge and understanding of the application of research-based evidence to nursing practice. The module is based upon the premise that knowledge and understanding of key research designs is an essential pre-requisite of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM).

    • ADN201 Public Health: Promoting Health and Wellbeing

      Taking account of current public health policy, and building upon concepts introduced in year one, the module will prepare students to analyse physical, psychological and sociological determinants of health and critically examine strategies to promote the health of individuals, groups and communities in an empowering and ethical manner.

    • ADN204 Skills and Practice for Adult Nursing (2)

      This module will build on the clinical, professional and transferable skills that were introduced in Year One. It will run over two terms and will integrate theoretical concepts with clinical skills rehearsal and patient care delivery.

    • ADN203 The Biological and Therapeutic Basis for Adult Nursing Care

      This module builds on the studies of biosciences in year one, developing a sound understanding of the normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology relevant to nursing adult patients, and the related therapeutic management including pharmacological and other treatment modalities. Studies will be related to nursing assessment and interventions.

  • Final year
  • The learning, teaching and practice in your final year becomes more challenging, with more opportunities to show your commitment to delivering a high standard of care. Your knowledge will be more specialised, demanding higher level skills of synthesis, analysis and evaluation. You’ll develop vital management and leadership skills and have the courage to speak out for your patient. Your final three placements will focus on professional mastery and your fitness for practice as a registered nurse.
    Core modules
    • ADN301 Adult Nursing: Competence in Nursing Care

      This final adult nursing module enables the student to develop competence in clinical care. It builds on knowledge and skills from previous modules to facilitate nursing care for patients with complex disorders in a variety of settings. It integrates knowledge of psychology, sociology, biology, pharmacology to underpin nursing care.

    • NRS302 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (2)

      This level 6 module focuses on (i) Extending knowledge of use of secondary research-based evidence in the form of systematic reviews and clinical guidelines; (ii) developing skills in critically appraising a body of evidence and constructing a literature review; (iii) identifying and developing practice-focused research questions.

    • ADN302 Law and Ethics Applied to Nursing Practice

      This module will build upon the legal and ethical principles introduced in stages 1 & 2. Students will debate and explore legal and ethical concepts from both an individual and collective perspective to enable a rigorous decision making process.

    • NRS301 Management, Leadership and Transition to Professional Practice

      This module critically explores the concepts of leadership, management and professional practice and how these influence the health and social care arena.

    • ADN303 Year 3 - Skills & Practice for Adult Nursing (3)

      The module will provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and an appropriate repertoire of clinical skills that are essential for safe and effective nursing practice.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


UCAS tariff
300 points including 160 points from two A levels. Preference is given to those with a science profile, particularly Human Biology. General Studies is not considered at A or AS Level.

45 L3 credits of which 33 must be at merit or distinction level. This must include 15 level 3 credits from Biology. Must have GCSE grade C or above in English & Maths or be taking them. 

Diploma DDM – must be Science/Health related. 

Extended Science: 65 per cent at first attempt. Must apply direct to Plymouth University by 15 January.

28 overall to include 5 and 4 at Higher Level subjects, preferably from Biology/Human Biology, Applied Science.
If overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all elements.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
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  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. 
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
  • TOEFL 'internet-based' test (ibt) - 100.
  • TOEFL Paper test - 600.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements

Further information

Please note: We do not accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

Fees & funding

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages.

You are currently entitled to a means tested bursary (the amount depends on your current financial circumstances) for the duration of your course through the NHS Business Services Authority if you are a UK national.
You are currently entitled to a means tested bursary (the amount depends on your current financial circumstances) for the duration of your course through the NHS Business Services Authority if you are a UK national. The NHS will currently meet (in full) your Tuition Fee Contribution on your behalf if you are a UK or EU national. For guidance about applying for your bursary and to create and access a Bursary Online Support Account (BOSS) please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website. Students attending practice placements are entitled to claim back travel and accommodation costs. Please see our bursary guidance document.   

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.


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Fifty per cent of your time will be spent learning on placements

You'll gain a great range of experience by going on placements throughout the South West.

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Recruitment days

The nursing recruitment day is a compulsory part of the admissions process for adult nursing.

This guide will explain everything you need to know.

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* Source: official Higher Education Funding Council England data