BSc Adult Nursing


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Key facts

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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 11th in the UK for nursing in The Complete University Guide 2020.


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

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 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.

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).

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 Regional Practice Document 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.

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 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module addresses the professionalism of nursing to enable students to deliver safe and effective person-centred care. Professional socialisation includes developing self-awareness and recognising the significance of this for nursing practice. This module promotes an understanding of positive professional relationships in various contexts which are person-centred and respect professional boundaries. Students will gain insight into the complexity of nursing and the values, legislation and ethics involved. The module fosters an understanding of evidence-based practice and sets out to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable the development of academic skills whilst taking responsibility for their own learning. Content in this module will inform the students' learning in conjunction with the 'Facilitating Health and Wellbeing' module delivered this year. Consolidation of this theoretical learning will take place in the simultaneously delivered 'Nursing Practice and Simulation 1' module.




This module aims to provide knowledge and skills to enable students to take a lifecourse approach to the promotion of health, prevention of ill health and management of health challenges. The module will begin to develop students' exploration of the underpinning evidence-base in order to facilitate health and wellbeing at all stages of life. Students will be enabled to discover and implement skills to work effectively with people and their families, carers and wider multi-agency teams at individual, community and population levels. Content in this module will inform students' learning in conjunction with the 'Becoming a Professional' module delivered this year. Consolidation of this theoretical learning will take place in the simultaneously delivered 'Nursing Practice and Simulation 1' module.



Interprofessional Learning - Level 1

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.




Nursing Practice and Simulation 1 spans Year One (Part One) of the programme encompassing core and field specific learning centred on professional values. This will be achieved through blocks of practice experience and simulated practice. The module focuses on the delivery of care that is safe, compassionate, evidence-based and person-centred with people and their families across the life course. The importance of promoting health, health protection and prevention of ill-health will be explored during the module. Students will experience the practical realities of healthcare through the acquisition of identified proficiencies, skills and nursing procedures. Supernumerary status will be maintained throughout the module thus enabling students to work within interdisciplinary teams in order to provide safe, evidence-based care to people from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. This year-long module comprises: an initial eight weeks of practice experience and a subsequent nine weeks of practice experience (totalling 680 hours) and 120 hours of simulated practice learning.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

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Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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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 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 and 5 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 36 credits at Level 3 and Pass in 9 credits at Level 3, in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DMM in Health, Care or Science
  • European Baccalaureate 65%

Entry Requirement

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

Bachelor Degree (hons)


Certificate of Higher Education


Diploma of Higher Education


Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject


Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Health, Care or Science subject


Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject


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)


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



UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, 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.

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.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other 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 direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation 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

Academic English at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. 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). 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.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

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. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

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 email to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email with any questions or if you need any further information.


The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE.

We can also 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.

Course Open To

UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

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.

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about 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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

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