Adult Nursing BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    B700

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 23/24:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Full Time £17,250

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


Our three-year Adult Nursing course will give you the ability to cope with a demanding and satisfying profession, leading to a BSc Adult Nursing degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) allowing you to practice in accordance with the NHS Constitution which is underpinned by the core NHS values. The structure provides a strong foundation in adult nursing with skills based upon the theory taught at the University and clinical placements. We will develop your care, compassion, courage, commitment and communication skills to work with adults in nursing.

BSc Adult Nursing has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This means you can be confident that this programme meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK.

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Updated 14/11/2022

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Opportunities Abroad

European Nursing Module (ENM)*

The University of Northampton is one of only four universities in the country to belong to the ENM. This offers the possibility of a two week placement in one of around 24 different European countries.

Through this module you will experience a different health system, culture and life experience and gain an insight into the issues that are faced in an overseas nursing environment. This opportunity is available at a specifically negotiated time during your course, usually within the second or third stage of study.  You will have to meet the costs for this module yourself, though these are kept to the minimum possible and places are limited.

The two weeks spent overseas for this module count as placement hours as agreed with the NMC.

Course Content


  • Our BSc Adult Nursing course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG3 of Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG5 Gender Equality.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

    Our aim is to produce safe and effective nurses who embrace the highest standards of professional conduct and ethical practice. You will be introduced to a range of care settings to familiarise you with emerging patterns of care and allow you to choose a specialist area.

    By studying our Adult Nursing course you will learn to:

    • work as a professional and be able to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe person-centred nursing practice
    • practice in a compassionate respectful way whilst maintaining client dignity
    • work in partnership with other healthcare professionals in care delivery.

    Our University is part of a well-established, professional European network for Nursing and Midwifery. The Florence Network offers opportunities for future health careers and development to staff, academics and students.

    Values Based Recruitment

    Values Based Recruitment is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

    The purpose is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution, so that we recruit people with the right skills and values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

    List of modules:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: FHS_IPE20
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: NPR1027
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop nursing students self awareness, personal and professional resilience and professional identity as a nurse understanding how health science, social and political knowledge, behaviour, vocabulary and skills form their nursing identity. Additionally the module will develop communication skills and understanding of how constructive feedback can be used to evaluate self and effect positive change.
      • Module code: NPR1028
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide the student nurse with underpinning theoretical knowledge of the scientific, legal, professional and personal context of nursing in order to participate in practice safely, ethically and lawfully across all fields of nursing and within a range of clinical practice settings.
      • Module code: NPR1029
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip nursing students with the theoretical foundation, skills and evidenced based knowledge to fully participate in person centred decision making, influence positive lifestyle choices and beginning the students? own professional development.
      • Module code: NPR1030
        Status: Designate
      • Module code: NPR1031P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the essential clinical learning and simulation and practice experiences a student requires to achieve the NMC proficiences, enabling progression through to the 2nd part of the programme. Through their electronic portfolio (Pebblepad), signed by their practice supervisor and practice assessor, and moderated by the academic assessor, students will demonstrate achievement of the skills and professional behaviours identified at the first progression point by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. During clinical learning all students will be required to undertake clinical skills via a range of simulation techniques to meet the Achievement of Proficiency in the PAD. These will be signed off by the Module Team/Practice Assessor.
      • Module code: NPR2067
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to further develop adult, children and young people?s, mental health and learning disability nursing students self-awareness, personal and professional resilience and professional identity as a nurse, deepening understanding of how health science, social and political knowledge, behaviour, vocabulary and skills form their nurse identity and enable them to problem solve within their field of nursing. Additionally the module will further develop communication skills including responding to constructive feedback to evaluate self and effect positive change.
      • Module code: NPR2068
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on and further develop adult, children and young people?s, learning disability and mental health student nurses theoretical knowledge, advancing their critical understanding and application of the generic and field specific scientific, legal and professional context of nursing, enabling them to initiate safe practice that is ethical and lawful across all fields of nursing and within a range of clinical practice settings.
      • Module code: NPR2069
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to further develop Adult nursing students professional development, theoretical foundation, skills and evidenced based knowledge to initiate person centred decision making, influence positive lifestyle choices, improve health outcomes and understand the appropriateness and quality of care to effect service improvement.
      • Module code: NPR2073
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: NPR2074P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the essential clinical learning and simulation and practice experiences students require to achieve the set of NMC proficiencies enabling progression through to the 3rd part of the programme. Through the electronic portfolio (Pebblepad), signed by their practice supervisor and practice assessor, and moderated by the academic assessor, students will demonstrate achievement of the skills and professional behaviours, relevent to chosen field of nursing, identified at the second progression point by the Nursing and midwifery council. During clinical learning all students will be required to undertake clinical skills via a range of simulation techniques to meet the Achievement of Proficiency in the PAD. These will be signed off by the Module Team/Practice Assessor.
      • Module code: NPR3035
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to further develop adult, children and young people?s, learning disability and mental health nursing students critical self awareness, personal and professional resilience and professional identity as a nurse, deepening understanding of how complex health science, social and political knowledge, behaviour, vocabulary and skills enable collaborative leadership and effect change management within their chosen field. Additionally the module will further develop advanced communication skills including delivering constructive feedback to effect positive change.
      • Module code: NPR3036
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to futher develop the adult, children and young people?s, learning disability and mental health student nurses wide ranging theoretical knowledge, enabling them to critically evaluate, lead, manage and reflect on the application of the scientific, legal and professional context of nursing in their chosen field, ensuring safe, ethical and lawful practice across all fields of nursing and in a range of clinical practice settings.
      • Module code: NPR3037
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to ensure adult, children and young people?s, learning disability and mental health student nurses knowledge and understanding of phamacology, the principles of safe effective adminstration and optimisation of medicines, their proficiency and accuracy when calculating dosages of prescribed medicines and their application of the health numeracy assessment, in the relevant clinical setting is complete, enabling student nurses to join the NMC nursing register in their chosen field, with the ability to progress to a prescibing qualification following registration.
      • Module code: NPR3038P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the essential clinical learning through simulation and practice experiences Adult nursing students require to achieve completion of the set of NMC proficiencies enabling registration. Through the electronic portfolio (Pebblepad), signed by their practice supervisor and practice assessor, and moderated by the academic assessor, adult nursing students will demonstrate achievement of the skills and professional behaviours identified by the Nursing and midwifery council. During clinical learning all students will be required to undertake clinical skills via a range of simulation techniques to meet the Achievement of Proficiency in the PAD. These will be signed off by the Module Team/Practice Assessor.
      • Module code: NPR4005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to continue the development of Adult nursing students professional development, theoretical evidenced based knowledge and skills to enable them to lead and manage person centred decision making, respectfully influencing positive lifestyle choices to improve health outcomes and exert influence on the appropriateness and quality of care to effect service improvement
  • The following are essential requirements for all pre-registration nursing programmes:

    Applicants must be 18 years old by the 2nd month of commencing pre-registration nursing programmes and all applicants must have 10 years of consecutive education.

    All applicants must have:
    • English Language and Maths GCSE, or the equivalent, at grade C/4 or above. These must be achieved prior to commencement of the course. (Common equivalents are: Functional skills level 2, Key skills level 2, Adult Literacy/Numeracy Level 2).
    • Evidence of recent academic study completed within the last five years.
    • If your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 (in all 4 bands) before the course commences.
    You also need one of the following qualifications:
    • BCC at A level
    • BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma or National Diploma at DMM
    • A kitemarked Access to Higher Education course with 30 credits at Merit or above
    • Successful completion of the first year of a relevant Foundation Degree
    • Health and Social Care Diploma at Level 3 (advanced level)
    • CACHE Diploma achieved at grade B or above.

    Please note that we may consider other qualifications not listed above on an individual basis, please contact our Admissions team to discuss these in further detail.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:
    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview by the University.
    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Interview Information

    After applying via UCAS and meeting the entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview in person at our Waterside campus. You will be interviewed by a panel of Adult Nursing academic staff and faculty members which may sometimes include our current students studying on the course.

    You will receive further information and the interview preparation instructions from us by email before your interview. If you have any questions, please email us at: interviews@northampton.ac.uk

    As part of your interview preparation, look out for health features in national newspapers. We also recommend you keep up to date with current health care and nursing issues by visiting the following sites:

  • 2023/2024 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK-  Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £17,250
    2022/2023 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK-  Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £16,900
    Additional Costs

    Potential additional costs on the BSc Adult Nursing degree include:

    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • optional membership of Union
    • optional two week European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses)
    • first set of clinical uniform is free but additional uniforms have to be purchased by the student
    • black leather shoes, black socks.

    Financial contribution towards your travel, and expenses in relation to your practice learning opportunities, may be available to you from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Adult Nursing degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • How is the BSc Adult Nursing degree assessed?

    All assessment is marked in accordance with the University’s regulations. There are a variety of assessments throughout the study, for example the students have simulations to work through, reflective accounts to write, essays, presentations, drug calculations exam and more. The students are also assessed in practice on the skills they are learning.

    We supports the values stated in the NHS Constitution and these values are utilised in our recruitment and selection processes. Please visit the Health Education England website for more details.

    Our external examiners are registered nurses who also hold recordable teaching qualifications approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    How will I practise my skills in nursing labs?

    The nursing skills labs, based at our Waterside campus, are used throughout the Adult Nursing course to enhance learning in the clinical settings. The Nursing labs have a purpose-built clinical ward where students can learn and develop their clinical skills through practice-based, hands-on education. You will practise scenarios from a real-life hospital ward in a realistic, yet safe clinical environment.

    The fully interactive VR (Virtual Reality) system and mannequins allow students to ‘treat’ people in a variety of nursing settings, giving them ‘as close to real-life as possible’ training. This includes actual conversations with the characters in the scenario and gives clinical feedback that is matched to the student’s learning objectives.

    How will I be taught?

    From September 2019 we have been offering an exciting new curriculum based on The Nursing and Midwifery standards for education 2018. The curriculum is innovative utilising an active blend learning approach and an extensive range of support. The curriculum offers placement learning opportunities throughout Northamptonshire and beyond, including Europe and International.

Placements

You will be expected to study a minimum of 2,300 hours theory and 2,300 hours practice across the 3 years. The practical placements that you will take throughout this Adult Nursing course will be in a variety of health, education and social care settings. The practical experience in healthcare settings are gained within hospitals, community settings, the voluntary sector and other health and social care organisations within Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. This course is compliant with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.

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Careers and Employability


Studying our BSc Adult Nursing degree will allow you to pursue a wide range of professional careers in health and social care and research.

Some of the roles available to you in the community and acute services after qualifying include: district nurse, practice nurse, prison nurse, community matron, occupational health nurse, health visitor, nurse consultant, theatre nurse, nurse educator, nurse researcher, manager.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes: PGDip Specialist Community Public Health NursingMSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Top-Up)MSc Public  HealthMSc Advancing PracticeMSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

At the University of Northampton, we offer a range of short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes. These will enable you to learn new skills, progress into specialisms or take on new responsibilities.

Student Story

"Having opportunities to attend multiple placements has helped me gain knowledge and experience from within different departments."

- Anne-Marie York-Sharpe -

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