Nursing (Adult) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Achieve your potential – become a qualified nurse with our BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree. Our degree in Adult Nursing is developed and delivered with NHS partners allowing you to get the most extensive, practical experience possible. By training on medical manikins before spending much of your time on placement in real healthcare settings, you’ll develop the skills and self-assurance for a successful career as a nurse.

  • Practise your skills on medical manikins and simulated patients in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, one of the country’s leading healthcare teaching environments
  • Spend time on clinical placements in real hospitals and NHS Trusts, learning to confidently examine, assess and treat patients
  • Study at the first institution in the country to be accredited by the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare, and on a nursing course approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and endorsed by Skills for Care
  • Be eligible to register with the NMC as an adult nurse on graduation
Accredited by: This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meaning the course meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK. For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018, Part 1: Standards Framework for nursing and midwifery education, 5.12, page 12) state that there is no compensation between theory and practice learning. This course will prepare graduates to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It's your responsibility to seek registration with the NMC, on completion of your course. This registration must be sought within 5 years of successful completion of your course. This course is also accredited by the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare. The University of Portsmouth is the first institution in the country to receive this accreditation. Careers and opportunities Nursing is a vital role with healthcare services – nurses and midwives make up nearly half of the global health workforce. Part 1 registration When you finish your Adult Nursing degree, you'll be eligible to apply for registration on part 1 (Adult) of the professional Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, which allows you to work as a Registered Nurse in the UK. You'll also be ready to work as a nurse overseas, within a wide range of nursing roles in primary and secondary care (once you've registered with any applicable overseas nursing bodies). What can you do with a Nursing (Adult) degree? Graduates could go on to work as:
  • nursing roles in primary or secondary care in the UK and overseas
  • charity and aid work
  • advanced practice nurse specialism
  • nurse education and mentoring
  • healthcare management in ward sister or lead nurse roles
Clinical placements You'll spend a large amount of your time during this course on clinical placements with partner Trusts in local community and hospital and GP practice environments, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals. Our placement partners span a large area, including Portsmouth, Brighton, Winchester, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Basingstoke, Surrey and Sussex. Recent students have completed placements at the following locations, among others:
  • Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust
  • Fareham Community Team
  • East Surrey Hospital
We can also help you find further relevant work experience during your course to boost your career prospects further. We help you identify placements, internships, and voluntary roles that will complement your studies. After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1: Core:

  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Nursing Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Personalising Nursing Care (20 credits)
  • Science Informing Practice (40 credits)
Year 2: Core:
  • Acute Care Across Care Settings (20 credits)
  • Applied Nursing Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Engaging with Service Improvement (20 credits)
  • Evidence Based Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Nursing People with Long Term Conditions (20 credits)
Year 3: Core:
  • Complexities of Nursing (20 credits)
  • Enhancing Professional Nursing Practice (60 credits)
  • Leading Safe and Effective Care (20 credits)
  • Service Improvement Project (20 credits)
Changes to course content We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through Academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts, Performance-based clinical practice assessments including portfolios and simulation, In-class tests and examinations, Presentations and scientific posters, Work-based projects, Online learning activities. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

International applicants

This course is available to UK applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

Health checks

Applicants must pass Occupational Health check before starting the course.


All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in support of their application. If successful, applicants will be required to declare if they have been subject to any disciplinary procedures of fitness to practice by any other regulator, professional body, employer or educational establishment.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with a minimum component score of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and 6.5 in writing.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Nursing (Adult) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS