BSc Adult Nursing


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(The Complete University Guide 2019)


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In their words

Danny Edmonds, Adult Nursing graduate

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 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


Interprofessional collaboration and working is proven to improve outcomes in health and social care. In this module you'll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment and communication difficulties across the lifespan. You'll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate and work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You'll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness and Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

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.




This module is about students exploring their 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. Students will #consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to their 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 they have gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy is considered in the light of their existing knowledge and experience, with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations is a key theme. They are expected to contribute to the management of their practice learning environment and use the knowledge they 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, the students are expected to be an independent learner, using self-directed study time to enhance their learning in relation to the module outcomes. Their 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.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBC or BCC with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 30 points
  • Scottish Highers ABBBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 1 subject at H2, 5 subjects at H3
  • BTEC DMM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 65%

Entry Requirement

Along with one of the qualifications above, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics.

We can consider Functional Skills Level 2 English, Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication instead of GCSE English, and Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

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

Other Qualifications

We’d encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject

Pass with Merit in 36 credits at Level 3 and Pass in 9 credits at Level 3

Bachelor Degree (hons)


CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)


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)


Certificate of Higher Education


City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)


Diploma of Higher Education


Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject


Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject


Along with one of these qualifications, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics.

We can consider Functional Skills Level 2 English, Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication instead of GCSE English, and Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. Please note that we’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

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 English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will accept a number of English language qualifications to meet this requirement. 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


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Due to the competition for places on this course, please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution).

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. 

Gap Year

We’ll welcome an application from you if you’ve already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re intending to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to do this when you apply. Please contact the Admissions Service ( if you would like to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please contact our Admissions Service ( to enquire further. 

We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

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

We want you to succeed, and we’ll only consider making you an offer if we believe that you’ll have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification.

The Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course. Please contact us ( with any questions or if you need any further information.


February and September.

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

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