BSc Adult Nursing


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A career in nursing can be as varied or specialist as you choose. Whichever route you take, at UEA you’ll receive the very best education so that you can go on to provide the very best care.

You’ll join a supportive and dynamic community of students, who will go on to become sought-after healthcare professionals.

Just two of the reasons we’re ranked 5th in the UK for nursing in The Complete University Guide 2019.


On a BSc in Adult Nursing at UEA you’ll combine first-hand clinical experience with academic study.

You will gain the skills, experience and knowledge required for everything from essential adult nursing practices through to caring for people with long-term and complex conditions, ensuring you can help meet the needs of the UK’s diverse and ageing population.

We encourage you to learn through hands-on practical experience, working in collaboration with other healthcare students. This means you’ll gain unique insights into other professional perspectives, helping you cultivate the collaborative and adaptable approach that is essential to a successful nursing career.

Your studies will be split 50/50 between theory and practice. You’ll develop a robust understanding of the evidence base and skills required to provide brilliant care. And you’ll gain hands-on experience across a range of placements in both acute and community settings, acquiring the skills and experience critical to safe and effective nursing practice.

With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Adult Nursing degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Highlights of Adult Nursing at UEA

  • Placements ranging from community settings to operating theatres
  • Regular group work with other health and medical students
  • State-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite
  • Exploration of contemporary practice in small seminar groups in the purpose-built Edith Cavell Building
  • A supportive culture and motivated students
  • Elective overseas placements

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution’s values underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of these values will be explored at interview and you’ll need to demonstrate how those values are reflected in your own beliefs.

Course Structure

In each of your three years on the adult nursing degree you’ll take two academic modules and clinical placements. Our learning programme combines small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study, scheduled between 9am and 7pm. Your clinical practice placements are designed to reflect the typical working patterns of a qualified nurse, and will include a minimum of 75 hours on night duty.

You’ll have access to placements in a wide variety of settings, where you’ll be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge under professional supervision. You’ll work closely with adult patients, clients and their families. By the end of your course you will have built up a full individual learning profile, which will demonstrate that you have completed the assessed placement hours required for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Spring intake

There’s a huge demand for adult nurses, so we offer an additional student intake in the Spring. It’s a popular choice with students who want to travel or earn money following their A-level exams, but who don’t want to have to defer entry for a whole year.

Teaching and Learning

Your learning will take place in both classroom and clinical settings. During your degree you’ll experience a range of learning methods, designed to support your ability to link theory and practice.


Teaching will include larger group lectures and smaller group-based activities, such as seminars, tutorials and workshops, to encourage peer-to-peer learning.

We’ll provide you with access to educational resources including presentations, workbooks and posters, as well as digital platforms such as virtual classrooms and online learning resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn directly from people who have experienced healthcare services.

One of our key aims is to promote your ability to learn autonomously and in partnership with others, including the wider healthcare team.

Independent study

We’ll encourage you to read – and engage with – a wide range of sources to inform your development. You’ll have access to resources to support your learning and help you develop an effective approach to self-directed study.


We offer a range of placements to give you a real insight into the career you have chosen. You will spend time in a variety of settings, interacting with patients, clients and families, where you will apply and develop your practice skills under the supervision of highly-skilled and experienced professionals.

By the end of your course, the placement experiences will have allowed you to build an individual learning profile demonstrating you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required by your professional body to allow professional registration in your chosen area of practice.


You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, carefully chosen to reflect your ability to apply the relevant theory to practice.

With guidance, you’ll be expected to build a sound portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progression and reflecting your theoretical and clinical skills. You’ll also need to maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the course, demonstrating your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Other assessment strategies include written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations and group presentations, plus a literature review, which should illustrate your deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing.

While on clinical placement, you’ll complete a nursing attributes assessment and you’ll write up your reflections of the placement experience.

Optional Study

Elective opportunities

At the end of your second year you’ll have the option to arrange a self-funded elective experience, which will see you spending up to three weeks observing healthcare practice locally, nationally or internationally.

It’s a great opportunity to pursue a particular interest related to your programme that you would not normally cover during your course.

After the course

Our combination of theory and placement-based practice means that you’ll graduate ready to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Whether you see yourself working in a hospital, the community, the armed forces, nursing homes, hospices, research or education, enroll with us and you’ll join a group of highly motivated students; students who go on to do great things in their careers.

Career destinations

UK NHS hospital wards

Private healthcare providers

Community settings

Nursing homes and hospices

Schools and higher education

Overseas nursing

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Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated here

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will allow you to explore the health needs of a diverse population. Underpinning theory will take account of individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual health needs. Recognition will be given to the importance of working with families, carers, and support networks to address people's needs. Key themes within this module will include communication, common physical and mental health problems, children and young people, dealing with emergency situations. This module will provide you with the underpinning knowledge related to the nurse's role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. If you are studying the Adult Nursing pathway you will consider the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary adult services. You will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in physical and/or mental distress in a range of settings. You will explore the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing physical and mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed to enable the recognition of the early signs of illness in individuals of all ages, accurate patient assessment and an understanding of the prompt and appropriate management of patients who are either acutely ill or have the potential to become so. Through teaching and learning activities you will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting their own physical and mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in adult practice. For those following the Children's nursing pathway, you will explore health policy and legislation related to the health of children and young people. You will gain the knowledge and skills that will enable you to communicate effectively with children, young people and their families. You will be introduced to family centred care and the importance of this in the nursing of sick children. You will explore the effects of hospitalisation on children, young people and families and will begin to understand the value of therapeutic play. If you are studying the Learning Disability Nurse pathway, you will explore the philosophy, health and social policy underpinning the provision of services to individuals with learning disabilities. You will develop the knowledge and skills that will enable you to communicate effectively with individuals who have a learning disability, their families and carers. Through teaching and learning activities you will demonstrate the importance of promoting the autonomy, rights and choices of individuals with learning disabilities. For those following a mental health nursing pathway, you will explore the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary mental health services. You will gain the knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in mental distress in a range of settings. The module will include exploration of the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed in relation to factors which can lead to deterioration of mental health including trauma and abuse. Through teaching and learning activities you will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting your own mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in mental health practice. Depending on the pathway you are studying you will be allocated to a practice learning experience. You will return to School during the placement for some one-day simulated practice to enhance skills development. In the first eight weeks blended and shared learning approaches support you to meet the module outcomes. During week 9 you will engage in simulated practice to further prepare, prior to the week 11 practice experience. You will be supported in further developing your self-awareness, using support systems to recognise, manage and deal with your own emotions.




This module introduces you to the four fields of nursing. With an emphasis on the acquisition of essential nursing skills, you will undertake mandatory training in preparation for your first clinical placement and explore nursing care from both biological and psychological perspectives. Heavily focused on developing person-centric care using values such as communication, dignity, care and compassion, this module has the core attributes of nursing at its heart. It will introduce you to the values and evidence base that underpin contemporary nursing practice, encapsulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code (2015). With a focus on the development of self-awareness for effective nursing practice, you will begin to develop and harness skills of lifelong learning such as reflection. You will explore key concepts including therapeutic relationships, professional boundaries, promoting health, clinical governance, interprofessional learning and systematic approaches to nursing.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


You will explore and apply the concept of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice. There will be exploration of the impact of illness and disability on people's lives across the life span. The assessment of nursing needs and planning of interventions continues to be a key theme. The skills and knowledge related to identifying changes in health status, health crises and coping strategies form a key part of learning. An emphasis on therapeutic relationships continues in the context of empowering relationships. Inter-professional learning (IPL2) commences in this module. You will learn the principles of maintaining and promoting health and well-being across all ages. The context of health and well-being for adults will be grounded in public health principles looking at the relationship between lifestyle and health, detecting and responding to health changes and exploring the nature of health screening. The exploration of the impact of illness and disability will follow patient pathways as they move between primary and secondary care. There will be an emphasis on the ability to safely apply a range of diagnostic skills and the appropriate technology to assess the needs of the individual. The complexities of forming therapeutic relationships within a range of adult service delivery settings will be explored. The normal physiological and psychological processes of pregnancy will be focused upon and you will gain experience in pre and post-natal care. In a similar way you will learn about the normal physical, emotional and psychological development of children and young people gaining experience in practice over the course of the year.




This module explores the unique needs across the lifespan of individuals living with a long-term condition. Using a strengths based approach you will explore the adjustment needs of people, including families and carers, living with long term conditions to enable them to function to their full potential. Key concepts and content will include communication, social inclusion, reasonable adjustments, legislation, capacity, pharmacology, reflexivity, health and social policy, and end of life care. The learning objectives of this module are to: # Explore the holistic needs and expectations of individuals living with a long term condition. # Promote critical thinking and problem solving, utilising a systematic approach # Investigate and critique the contemporary evidence base that underpins nursing practice # Present and critically discuss evidence that is applied to/ in practice, in both the class and practice environments.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will facilitate your increasing autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. Theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritise the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous skills a second focus will be on effective communication in diverse and challenging situations. Themes will include influencing others, managerial strategies and the effectiveness of the inter-professional team with the option to attend Inter-professional Learning 3 and 4 conferences. You will learn primarily in field specific groups and your placements will all be field specific. Building on previous knowledge and skills this semester will have a strong field-specific focus and the learning issues will be increasingly challenging. During this final year of the programme, you will also be expected to be an increasingly independent learner use self-directed study time to enhance your learning in relation to the module outcomes. Your preparation for writing your literature review will be supported by taking part in seminars and a reading week. Group Directors will facilitate academic support. You will build on the knowledge and skills you have developed to demonstrate that you can effectively deliver nursing interventions and communicate with individuals with complex needs. This will include leading assessments of individuals with complex health issues, promoting informed choice in situations where autonomy is compromised and demonstrating nursing practice that protects vulnerable individuals. You will demonstrate your ability to develop appropriate plans of care, critically evaluate the efficacy of nursing interventions, formulate risk assessment management plans and safely use invasive and non-invasive procedures, relevant medical technology and pharmacological interventions to provide information.




You will explore your role in relation to the enhancement of nursing practice and service delivery. The emphasis will be on the knowledge and skills of a resilient nurse. Key themes will include change management, service improvement, conflict management and decision making in complex situations. You will #consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to your field of practice #be expected to contribute to the management of practice learning environment #use the knowledge gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice to members of the wider interprofessional team. The learning objectives of this module are to consolidate and review the knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the programme in relation to your field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy is considered in the light of your existing knowledge and experience, with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations is a key theme. You are expected to contribute to the management of your practice learning environment and use the knowledge you have gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice for all members of the interprofessional team. During this final module of the programme, you are expected to be an independent learner, using self-directed study time to enhance your learning in relation to the module outcomes. Your preparation for future practice will be further supported by participation in Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) and devising a Service Improvement Project.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 2 subjects at H2 and 4 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 or grade C including English Language/Literature and Mathematics.

We are able to consider the following qualifications instead of GCSE Mathematics or English Language for this course:

- Functional Skills Level 2 English*

- Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics

- Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication*

- Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number

- Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication*

- Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number

*We are not able to accept these qualifications for Tier 4 Student Visa purposes.

Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy and Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs or Functional Skills Level 2.

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are also encouraged from those with the qualifications below. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or the Functional Skills/Essential Skills qualifications listed above in English and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3
Bachelor Degree (hons)


CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) B
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) B
Certificate of Higher Education 55%
City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway) Distinction
Diploma of Higher Education 55%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 70%
Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject 55%


We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Graduates may wish to consider our accelerated Masters programmes.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme and an interview:

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA


Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 7 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions office (

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

If a qualification is pending, results will need to be officially verified by the UCAS deadline of 31st August for September starters, and 1st December for January starters .Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure check (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.


Late September and early January.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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