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Course summary

Please note that advanced entry is not available on any of our Pre-Registration Nursing Programmes at this time. Take the first step towards a career in nursing with our NMC-validated Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) degree course. Study with us in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough – and be a part of our supportive adult nursing community. As part of your course, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in placements and build up the knowledge and skills to deliver patient care. Our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so you’ll be eligible to apply for registration once you graduate and kick start your career as a registered adult nurse. Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year Here at ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution. We think it's important to reflect on what makes a great nurse. A compassionate nurse understands that patient wellbeing must be placed at the centre of the care they deliver. A courageous nurse uses good communication to advocate for what’s right for patients and commits to act as a role model. We’ll help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills. We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching. You’ll soon discover that ARU is a stimulating place to study Adult Nursing, with excellent facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning too, with virtual reality scenarios and real time assessment. Our Nursing and Midwifery Council validated Adult Nursing degree course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures to a variety of placements. You may well find yourself working with younger and mature adults at a GP surgery, attending health visits or in a variety of hospital settings, from A&E through to acute care and oncology. Placements last around seven to 12 weeks and include both acute and community settings. There are opportunities in older person care, dementia care, district nursing, surgical setting and more. There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2. You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements. If you study in Cambridge or Peterborough, you’ll do your placements in or around Cambridge, Huntingdon or Peterborough. If you study in Chelmsford, you’ll do your placements in or around Chelmsford, Southend, Basildon, Harlow or Colchester. We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course. On placement, you’ll be working shifts. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. You’ll be supported by practice supervisors and assessors as well as staff from ARU. Meanwhile, teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time. Throughout your time studying Adult Nursing at ARU, you’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other health care courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care. Our students feel that their voice is heard and that we value their opinion. According to the National Student Survey 2020, they rate their tutors highly and value the feedback they receive


Year 1 • Essential Knowledge and Skills for Person-centred Care • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice 1 • Exploring and Promoting Health and Wellbeing • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1 • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice 2 Year 2 • Holistic Care for People with Long-term Conditions • Developing Adult Nursing Practice 1 • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2 • Recognising and Responding to the Deteriorating Adult Patient • Developing Adult Nursing Practice 2 Year 3 • Nurses as Future Leaders • Leading and Co-ordinating Care with Confidence • Undergraduate Major Project: Becoming an Independent Practitioner • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3

Assessment method

To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, written exams, observed structured clinical exams, case studies and project work. We know feedback is essential for your progress and our lectures take pride in giving you clear guidance on how to improve your expertise.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level with a minimum of 7 in each component) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Please note that the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is not accepted for this course due to Professional Body Restrictions.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2021 international fees are to be confirmed
Nursing (Adult) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS