The Exeter School of Nursing

The University of Plymouth is opening a new school of nursing in Exeter, delivering the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) course at the WESC Foundation, based in Countess Wear, a short distance from central Exeter. 

The University of Plymouth has a long history in educating health professionals, having run a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) accredited adult nursing programme for more than 20 years. The new school in Exeter will deliver the same high-quality curriculum as taught at both Plymouth and Truro by the University.

The University is welcoming applications for September 2017 for the new school. This new school will enable students who are beyond commuting distance from the Plymouth or Truro campuses to enter onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing course, without having to commit to long travel times.
Entrants to the new school will receive the same high quality teaching in adult nursing as those students based in Plymouth, but with the benefit of being part of a smaller cohort of circa 100 students. The smaller cohort will allow students the chance to be part of a potentially far more close-knit community than might be the case with the larger cohort in Plymouth. 

Our placement partners in the local trusts are very keen to recruit local student nurses for their Band 5 staff nurse posts when they qualify. Educating more students locally will be of great benefit to those trusts in future years and, of course, to the students themselves - currently 98 per cent of our graduating cohort find work within six months of graduation, at an NHS Band 5 (present salary band: £21,909 - £28,462) in the majority of cases. 

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) 

“The BSc (Hons) Nursing course with Plymouth University really prepares you for life as a qualified nurse...it engrained the importance of being the best that you can be and has emphasized the diversity of nursing as a profession.”

Learn more about the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) course, including:

  • Course details
  • Entry requirements
  • Fees, costs and funding
  • How to apply

Professor Bridie Kent, Plymouth University’s Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tracy De Bernhardt Dunkin, Principal and Chief Executive, WESC and Maureen Biss, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, WESC, outside the WESC reception area.

The WESC Foundation
The University of Plymouth, in partnership with the WESC Foundation, is committed to providing high quality teaching and facilities to adult nursing students who are unable to commute or relocate to Plymouth or Truro.

The WESC Foundation itself is a specialist day and residential centre offering a unique experience for young people and adults with visual impairment including complex needs. Their commitment is to excellence and innovation at a national and international level. They provide high-quality education and care that increases their learners’ opportunities and raises their expectations.

Plymouth University is proud to be working in partnership with the WESC Foundation.

Where to find the WESC campus:
WESC Foundation
Topsham Road
Countess Wear
Exeter
Devon
EX2 6HA

Transport links
The WESC campus has a bus stop a directly outside the facility, perhaps a hundred yards from the Countess Wear roundabout.

The nearest rail links are Topsham and Exeter St. Thomas.

Complimentary educational resources

To help, financially, with your transition into life as a student of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Plymouth University, 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-books to all students on the programme, worth £138
  • 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.

Professor Bridie Kent, Interim Executive Dean of Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth, explains how the new school will benefit people based in the region as well as those travelling from further afield.

"The University of Plymouth is proud of its longstanding, successful history of nursing education, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council,” she said. “Working in partnership with healthcare providers over the past 20 years, the University has helped to develop a workforce of health professionals across the region and beyond.

“Our Exeter school builds on this success and will give even more students access to our first rate teaching, as well as providing those students local to Exeter with the added advantage of reduced travelling times. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students to our Exeter School of Nursing in September.”

Zoe Young – BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) graduate

The exciting range of community and acute placements I had as a nursing student has given me the confidence to truly embrace nursing in different environments and has also shown me that I have developed the skills I need to really make a difference.

Zoe gives advice to people wanting to get into nursing and tells us how studying at Plymouth has helped to shape her career.

Learn more about Zoe Young

University to open new school of nursing in Exeter

Professor Bridie Kent, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, explains how the new school will benefit people based in the region as well as those travelling from further afield.