Nursing (Adult)

University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Course snapshot Nursing is much more than a job. It's a challenging but extremely rewarding vocation that makes a real difference to people's lives, and registered nurses with the right skills, knowledge and experience for modern day practice are in high demand. UCB's exciting and innovative Nursing (Adult) degree course will enable you to deliver and lead on safe, effective and compassionate care for adults with a range of acute and long-term conditions. We have outstanding training facilities complete with a replica hospital ward on campus, and our industry links will allow you to gain vital experience through work placements during your course. Who’s the course for? Our course is suitable for anyone interested in becoming a nurse in a hospital or GP practice, residential homes and hospices, schools or other community settings. Once qualified and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) you can practise in the UK and many countries overseas. Why should I study the course?

  • UCB has excellent facilities for nurse training, including our purpose-built Health Hub which replicates care settings you are likely to encounter in real life.
  • You'll put theory into practice through work placements in a diverse range of healthcare environments, including GP surgeries, care homes, community care, specialist acute trusts and private healthcare providers.
  • Clinical skills are taught by skills educators and clinical experts from practice
  • Our course will train you to today's gold standard of nursing in line with 'Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses', while UCB is working towards NMC accreditation so you'll be able to apply for Registered Nurse Status on completion
Great. Tell me some more Based in our new Moss House campus, UCB's purpose-built Health Hub is a specialist learning environment that closely replicates real-life primary and secondary care settings. The Health Hub includes a six-bed hospital ward with simulation manikins and other equipment, a community care environment, a clinical skills teaching room and other teaching and study areas. During your course, you'll be placed in several different care environments, ranging from one week to 8-10 week placements. An integral part of the course is to participate in care delivered over 24 hours a day, seven days per week, so you'll be expected to adopt the various shift patterns governed by your placement area. Some placements may also be some distance from your home to enable you to experience different health and social care settings. Placement allocation will be discussed during your interview day. This course will require you to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start. However, UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment. What skills will I gain? You will be able to demonstrate fitness to practise and accountability, acting in a professional manner, while adhering to NHS core values inside and outside the hospital environment. You will gain an understanding of human development, key body systems, pharmacology and safe practice in managing medicines, as well as coordinating care for complex health needs. You will learn how to practise, lead and manage as a registered nurse in a multidisciplinary team, using leadership skills for effective decision-making while being responsible and adaptable. What about the future? This degree provides an excellent platform for a nursing career in a variety of settings. You can apply for registered nurse roles in hospitals, GP practices, in the community, health centres, residential homes and hospices or in specialist units and schools, as well as working in patients' homes. With further experience, you could also work as a nurse trainer. Alternatively you can progress onto postgraduate study, including courses at UCB such as our MA in Education and Learning.

Course details


Year 1

  • Science for Nursing
  • Nursing in Context
  • Nursing Practice - Part 1
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Technology for Nursing Practice
  • Assess, Plan, Provide and Evaluate Care
Year 2
  • Person-centred Care
  • Care of the Acutely Ill Adult
  • Long-term Conditions
  • Nursing Practice - Part 2
Year 3
  • Evidence-based Practice – Service Improvement Project
  • Transition to Professional Practice in Complex Care Environments
- Nursing Practice - Part 3

Assessment method

Teaching Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers including registered nurses with up-to-date clinical experience. Students are supervised in placements by Practice Supervisors, who will be registered health and social care professionals, and assessed by Practice Assessors who will be registered nurses. A range of strategies will be used to facilitate learning for students including:

  • Practical skills sessions in the Health Hub
  • Placement learning opportunities
  • E-learning - Canvas is UCB’s e-learning platform, providing 24-hour access to learning and support material
  • Small group teaching and discussion groups
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Self-directed study
  • Action learning sets and peer mentoring schemes
There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course. Students are assessed 50% in practice and simulation (minimum of 2,300 hours) through the completion of a Practice Assessment Document and OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations). The 50% theory (minimum of 2,300 hours) is assessed using a variety of modes of assessment, including written assignments, presentations, examinations, professional discussions and a portfolio of evidence. The course consists of three parts and you will be expected to demonstrate achievement of set competencies and outcomes at the end of each part to enable progression to the next part or to complete the course. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by UCB’s Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Unistats information

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeB740
Institution code B35
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
A level BBC UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits You will need a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE/IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent. GCSE/IGCSE Biology or Human Biology grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent. - or a Pass in a biology-focused module (e.g. anatomy and physiology, human biology) as part of a relevant Level 3 qualification is regarded as an equivalent for entrance
HNC (BTEC) P A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Students must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will coordinate and fund the completion of the check.


The Admissions unit will use the entrance criteria, as well as your personal statement, reference and work experience information, to shortlist candidates for interview. All interviews will take place after 15 January UCAS equal consideration deadline. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview which will comprise of: - Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) – You will be assessed on your motivation and understanding of the role of a nurse and your familiarity with NHS Constitution and Values.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

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
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Nursing (Adult) at University College Birmingham - UCAS