Adult Nursing at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

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Course summary

OVERVIEW The BSc Adult Nursing prepares graduates to begin the study of nursing as a discipline and, following completion to the threshold standard of ordinary degree, to meet the requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). An NMC accredited BSc Honours pathway provides a competitive, optional additional year to progress to Honours degree qualification. The Adult Nursing degree enables you to meet the requirements of a modern health care system, work in multi-professional teams and demonstrate leadership and management abilities. PRACTICAL FOCUS In each and every year of the BSc Adult Nursing, you will undertake practical placements in clinical and care settings. In addition, you will be trained in state-of-the-art clinical / care teaching facilities across our campus settings. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION Graduates are eligible to register with the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse in Adult Nursing. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs This programme will prepare you for a successful career as a Registered Adult Nurse within a hospital or community setting in the UK, EU countries, Canada and Australasia. Further Study With further study, your career can progress to areas such as school nursing and health visiting. Many of our graduates return to complete further study to enhance their career opportunities or improve their practice through postgraduate-level degrees MSc, MRes, and even DProf and PhD.


In Year 1, you will complete modules on Nursing Health and Care, Nursing in Society, Health and Human Development 1, Community Health and Social Care, Values in Practice and Academic and Professional Development. In addition, you will undertake 600 hrs of placement. In Year 2, you will complete modules on Promoting Positive Outcome, Health and Human Development 2, Resilience in Healthcare and Building Healthy Communities. Time will also be spent enhancing your clinical skills on placement: you will undertake 840 hrs of practice placement. In Year 3, you will continue to develop your knowledge, decision-making and practical skills. You will also develop and demonstrate the professional standards required for registration as a Registered Nurse. You will complete modules on Managing Complex Needs, Evidence Led Enquiry and Leadership in Healthcare. You will undertake 880 hrs of practice placement.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work. There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. Our nursing degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:  // Written examinations // Written reports // Coursework // Patchwork assessment // Practical assessment

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS : For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level in accordance with guidelines from the UK's Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

SWAP (BBB) in Access to Nursing; Access to Medical Studies.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Institutions Own Test (IOT)


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components and 6.5 in the Writing component

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. However, for Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (eg. BSc Adult Nursing, MSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing, MSc Mental Health Nursing, BSc Midwifery and MSc Midwifery), applicants are require to have a higher English language ability than the majority of other courses at UWS; this requirement is governed and controlled by the NMC. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS and in placements. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements

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

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

Sponsorship information

Two new scholarships are available for application for eligible students on this degree. // The Men into Nursing Bursary will see one male nursing student being awarded £5,000 annually to support the student experience in the first the first two years of undergraduate study on our BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing or BSc Midwifery degrees. // The Myra McMurdo Nursing Bursary will see £750 being awarded to seven students, who have received a conditional place on our BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing or BSc Midwifery degrees. These will be delivered on an annual basis and will support them through their nursing placements. Visit UWS course entry for more informaiton on both bursaries.

Adult Nursing at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS