School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health)

Make a difference to someone’s life when it matters most. Our degree will prepare you to care for adults with acute/long-term illness, in a multitude of healthcare settings. You will be ready to play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention as well as nursing adults. Working closely with other healthcare professionals, patients and their families, you will gain the necessary experience, competencies and skills needed to join the 1000s of our graduates working as registered nurses.

You will distinguish yourself with a degree from one of the first institutions to offer the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nursing education and you will practice your clinical and communication skills both in the clinical environment and the safe, supervised setting of our Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC). You will have the option to study at Plymouth, our Knowledge Spa Campus, Truro or at our new School of Nursing in Exeter.

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Nursing students to receive £5,000 payment a year

The Government is issuing Nursing students on courses from 2020 a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not have to pay back. A further £3,000 of funding a year is available for eligible students. 

Find out more about the bursary

Careers with this subject

Key features

Achieve a bachelors honours degree and register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Adult Health enabling you to progress on to a rewarding career and work in a range of healthcare settings nationally or internationally.

  • Distinguish yourself with a degree from one of the first institutions to offer the new Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) standards for nursing education.
  • Ignite your passion for life-long learning with our evidence-informed modules, on a course designed to meet a diverse range of nursing career pathways.
  • Enjoy an accessible approach to your theoretical studies, with the option of studying in Plymouth, our Knowledge Spa campus in Truro or at our new University of Plymouth School of Nursing in Exeter.
  • Experience nursing practice in a variety of clinical settings, whilst learning collaboratively within dynamic healthcare teams.
  • Enhance and develop your nursing skills in the safe environment of the clinical skills simulation ward, under the supervision of nurse lecturers and clinical demonstrators.
  • Boost your employability by joining the 1000s of adult nursing students who have realised their dreams by successfully graduating from the University of Plymouth.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • NRS410 Being an Accountable Professional

      This module will introduce students to the nursing profession, professional standards, the use of evidence and the role of social media in health care practice.

    • NRS411 Communication and Therapeutic Relationships

      This module supports students to develop basic, person-centred communication skills enabling them to engage effectively with individuals and their families/carers utilising a range of collaborative interpersonal skills and adopting therapeutic and ethical frameworks that can be applied in health and social care.

    • NRS415 Providing and Evaluating Care

      This module introduces the student to the values, knowledge and skills required for nursing practice in a range of settings.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Nursing Programme Specification 6609

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

UCAS tariff

104 - 120

GCSEs
5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English, and Science. Consideration may be given to Functional Skills Level 2 in mathematics.

Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. If you do not have this GCSE profile please contact the Admissions Team directly on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk and they will be happy to advise you further.

A levels
Tariff points to include 64 points from two A levels. Preference is given to those with a science profile, particularly Biology. General Studies excluded. If you need further advice please contact: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Access
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with 33 Level 3 credits at Merit and/or Distinction, including 15 in Science or Social Science. If you need further advice on this criteria please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma 
DDM Health or Science profile is preferred, but not essential.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information, we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

IB
To include Grade 5 in one subject at Higher Level. Health or Science profile is preferred, but not essential.English, Maths, and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required. Ideally this should be at level 3 study but the academic admissions team will assess on a case-by-case basis.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English.
  • 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/4 or above you will have to achieve an IELTS (or equivalent qualification) at the grade of 7.0 (at least 6.5 in all elements).
  • 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.
  • For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
  • Admissions test.
  • : Attend an interview, find out more
  • Health checks.

Further information

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

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) – sponsored students/direct entry year 2


Find out more about this direct route to continue with your studies to gain a degree in the adult health field of nursing.


All students who are aged 17 when starting the programme in September, must be 18 by Christmas of that same year.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home N/A N/A
International N/A N/A
Part time (Home) £770 £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and more details of any additional costs associated with our courses are listed on the following page: additional costs for nursing and midwifery students.

International

If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

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.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

The moment I realised... I wanted to be a nurse

Rachael Palmer explains the moment she realised she wanted to make a difference to patients when they need it most.

“I decided to become a nurse because I wanted to be that person a patient remembers was there for them on every step of their journey and made a difference, big or small.”

Find out more about Rachael's story

Keeping the school running in troubled times

Our students have reached out to thank the teaching staff for continuing to deliver high-quality courses throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the nursing and midwifery teaching staff for quickly turning around digital teaching and running the school at this time. We know you are working hard to do what is best and we appreciate the effort that you are all making.

We want you to know that we are proud to be student nurses and midwives of the University of Plymouth
.”
- Emma, School Representative and first year Nursing (Child Health) student

Where can I study?

Adult health and mental health nursing open days – Truro and Exeter

Find out about the facilities and resources available at the Knowledge Spa (Truro) and Exeter School of Nursing. Talk to lecturers, chat with students, tour the facilities and discover your future career.

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health), BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) and MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health and Mental Health)

Come along to an open day

Why we need more men to become nurses

If someone asks you to picture a doctor, it’s likely you’ll picture a man. If someone asks you to picture a nurse, it’s more likely you’ll picture a woman.

This unconscious bias is on the way to being addressed on the medical front as female medical student numbers have escalated in recent years – with women now accounting for over half of medical professionals at a training grade. Yet the amount of men training to become nurses has plateaued for decades at between 8–11%.

Adult Nursing lecturer Kevin Hambridge explains his personal and professional experience of combating the stereotype.

Should male former soldiers consider a nursing career?

“We are trying really hard to bridge the gap and explain it is not just a job for women. Men can care just as well as women can.”

In the past few years, great effort has been made to encourage women to take more roles in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. But our aim is to increase the number of male nurses.

Former Royal Engineer and University Lecturer Danny shares his insight

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Complimentary educational resources

Complimentary educational resources

To help, financially, with your transition into life as a student of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, the University provides the following:

  • we bear the cost for Occupational Health clearance and for Disclosure and Barring Service checks, which are a condition of any offer of a place on the programme. This potentially saves applicants in the region of £195–£245 (circa £45 for DBS checks, and £150–£200 for Occupational Health) although in some cases the costs can be much higher
  • we supply e-learning resources to all students on the programme
  • we supply three tunics and three pairs of trousers, for use in the clinical environment, worth circa £60
  • the ‘Medincle’ medical spellchecker software is provided free of charge
  • books from the Skills for Health Training Package are provided for each student.

Let our graduates inspire you

Angela Foulds - Staff Nurse in Cardiology for the South Devon Health Care NHS Foundation Trust

"Adult nursing gave me a broad base and has been a great foundation to facilitate many different career pathways."

Read Angela's story

People

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

*Source: official Higher Education Funding Council England data