The Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc course at Aston University aligns to the key principles of the NHS Constitution, derived from extensive discussions with staff, patients and the public. These principles inspire passion in the NHS and provide a common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS. Upon successful completion of the course, you can apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Adult). You will study topics fundamental to nursing, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build your knowledge and skills over the course of three years. You will develop the skills needed to care compassionately for patients, and explore theories and concepts to boost your understanding of patient nursing needs. You will be kept up to date with the leading improvements in health and social care which will prepare you for professional practice. A large amount of your learning will be the application of theory into practice, such as delivering care to people and their families at home, in the community, or in the hospital environment. The programme will help you to understand the key health priorities for adults, to consider how you can enable people to live healthily, manage acute illness, and adapt to living with long-term health conditions. Practice learning placements are a large part of your study experience. You will spend 50% of your study time in practice, which will be undertaken in various clinical environments. This will support you in gaining experience in different clinical areas in organisations that offer specialist services. You will also have the opportunity to experience a placement in an alternative setting in the UK, or abroad. We also partner with high-level NHS Trust clinical environments in the West Midlands, which provides a collaborative approach to learning, clinical placements, and quality assurance. This three-year course runs over 45 weeks each year. There are 3 year-long modules, incorporating both theory and practice.
Year 1: In your first year, you will focus on the fundamental needs of people with a diverse range of health and dependency needs, including physical and emotional care requirements. You will study topics such as anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, health and well-being across the lifespan, assessing needs and planning care, evidence-based practice, communication and professional, ethical and legal values. You will work collaboratively with the inter-professional team, service users and their families and will be supported to reflect on your knowledge, skills and practice experiences to progress into year two. Module: The Fundamentals of Nursing Practice: This gives you the knowledge and competencies needed to deliver safe and effective care. You will get hands-on experience during practice exercises, and we link this to the theories that underpin contemporary nursing. Year 2: During your second year, you will develop your knowledge and skills to provide care for long-term conditions, and for patients in different healthcare settings. You will gain an appreciation for managing transition in care needs, developing your decision-making skills, and explore the underpinning theories that influence the way patient care is provided. Module: Developing Adult Nursing Practice: You will build on your knowledge by engaging with research, and explore how it informs nursing practice, applying knowledge in simulated situations, and attending placements in areas that meet the complex needs of patients. At the end of year 2, you will undertake a student experience placement of your choice which is negotiated with your programme academics. Year 3: In your third year, you will learn how to effectively assess and manage patients with increasingly complex conditions, analysing and debating a range of options and evidence to inform treatment and management decisions. Year 3 focuses on consolidating your knowledge and building your confidence for practice, to be ready for professional registration. You will prepare for the role of the Registered Nurse by consolidating your knowledge of care provision, leading teams and supervising others. You will have the opportunity to practise your clinical approaches within simulated scenarios and placements in order to develop your confidence in line with the NMC Future Nurse Standards (2018). Placements: You will spend 50% of your time in practice which will be undertaken in community and hospital settings within the NHS, local authority, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice settings will be drawn from our placement locations across the region. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and supervisor. While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies. Placements include weekend, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24-hour care. There is also an opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, either within the United Kingdom or internationally. Your annual leave is scheduled throughout the year. You must complete 2300 hours of practice learning over 3 years. Placements are allocated to ensure that the hours required to register are completed within the programme. After graduating from our course, you'll be a confident, autonomous practitioner, driven and committed to advocate and meet the needs of patients and their families.
You will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations, and practical assessments. The assessment strategy is designed to match the module aims and learning outcomes and will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate practical skills, knowledge, written and verbal communication skills. Assessments follow the same approach in years 1, 2 and 3 so that you can understand what assessment to expect, and be able to prepare accordingly. Our approach to assessements increases opportunities for employability, as it maximises the opportunity to practise skills that are expected in the working environment, such as presenting information and performing clinical skills competently. Academic assessment will be completed alongside practice-based proficiencies, in order to achieve the criteria set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC 2018). Progression will be confirmed by the practice assessor and the assigned academic assessor. Students must pass all summative assessments and professionalism to pass the course. Professionalism will include assessment of attendance, engagement and professional conduct. On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Adult). We prepare you to be a confident, autonomous practitioner, driven and committed to advocate and meet the needs of patients and their families.
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
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The following entry points are available for this course:
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Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. See the course page for more information. Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston. Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible. **Post-study work visa** Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses. **Pathway Programmes** If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.
Interview Please be aware that successful applicants at application stage will be shortlisted for an interview. This is a compulsory element of the application process and we are unable to make offers without applicants having a successful interview. Interviews tend to last 30-45 minutes, consisting of a small panel of Nursing staff who will assess your suitability for the course. Please contact us on [email protected] for more information about the selection process for this course.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
GCSE English Language or English Literature grade C/4
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