Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Adult - Flexible Learning)

The flexible part-time adult nursing course gives experienced healthcare support workers an opportunity to become a Registered Nurse whilst still working and earning.

If you are working for one of our affiliated health care providers, you can apply to study this part-time adult nursing course at the University of South Wales.

Adult nursing at University of South Wales has a great reputation for supporting students from our local communities into a professional career.

This nursing course is normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards.

As we have been unable to continue with face-to-face interviews this year due to restrictions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, rescheduling interviews has meant that we’ve experienced delays in processing and reviewing applications and informing applicants if they’ve been successful or otherwise. Please bear with us while we process decisions – we will be in touch with you regarding your application as soon as possible. We hope that by the end of April, all students will have received a decision from us on their application. However, please be advised that if you applied after the 15th January UCAS deadline, there may be a further delay in a decision on your application. Thank you for your patience.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One: Part-Time Adult Nursing Degree

  • Fundamentals of care and professional Practice
  • Introduction to evidence-based practice
  • Health, well-being and the adult client
  • Contemporary health care: An introduction to adult nursing

Year Two: Part-Time Adult Nursing Degree

  • Developing nursing skills
  • Developing clinical sciences within adult nursing
  • Legal, ethical and professional issues in adult nursing

Year Three: Part-Time Adult Nursing Degree

  • Acute and continuing care needs of adult clients and families

Year Four: Part-Time Adult Nursing Degree

  • Leadership, management and professionalism in practice
  • Assessment and intervention of adult clients with complex health needs


You will study the same modules as full-time adult nursing students, but delivery is stretched out over four years rather than the conventional three. 

Students remain in employment at one of our affiliated health care providers and as part of their work contract study for an average of 23 hours a week as a student nurse.

Studies involve a 50:50 ratio of clinical placements and theory time. Much of this involves eLearning but students do attend occasional mandatory study days, 15 in the first year and then 10 for each successive year. As part of this students will be exposed to simulated clinical learning in our state-of-the-art simulation centre.

Before applying for this nursing course, we strongly recommend you attend one of our Open Days where you can speak to the teaching team.

When booking your place, please ensure you book on to the full time Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Adult).


The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).

Graduates from our adult nursing degree can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.


Supervised placements are an integral part of the part-time adult nursing degree. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector.

You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings that include community, hospital, palliative care, nursing homes and GP surgeries, developing key skills that will enhance your employability. 

When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.



As part of your adult nursing degree, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training.

These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two-bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.

The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.



Staff who teach on the adult nursing degree come with a wide variety of clinical expertise in both hospital-based and community-based care, including medicine, surgery, pain control, cardiac care, trauma care, critical care and infection control as well as practice nursing, community district nursing, caring for the older person, palliative care nursing and cancer care.

Nursing and midwifery students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include:

  • Applicants must be employed as a healthcare support worker and have the support of their employer to undertake this course.
  • Two satisfactory references, a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the update service. (, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical are part of the entry requirements.
  • Before applying for this nursing course, we strongly recommend you attend one of our Open Days. When booking your place, please book on to the full time Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Adult).
  • Applicants will need to complete a personal statement. Please read our nursing personal statement tips for help and advice.
  • Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.
  • Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decision making process.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for the part time nursing course, please feel free to contact Dr Gareth Parsons, course leader, for an informal discussion.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 32 include 17 at Higher Level to include 5 or above in Maths and English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Maths. (Must be achieved within the last 3 years)




Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

    This nursing course is normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

    This nursing course is normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.


The places on the flexible nursing course are funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme and the sponsoring health board. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for their sponsoring health board for two years after completing their course. We recommend you read the NHS Wales guidance and our Funding FAQs before applying.

Before applying for this flexible nursing course, we strongly recommend you attend one of our Open Days and look at our personal statement tips.

When booking your place, please book on to the full time Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Adult).

To apply, please register and apply directly for this part-time nursing course. 

Admissions statement

Our nursing degrees prepare you for the challenges of modern healthcare through the right mix of knowledge, skills and experience. The theory you learn in the classroom is reinforced by practical learning on campus and work- based learning. Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners.

Depending on experience and training, graduates of the adult nursing degree can reach the highest levels of the NHS. Once qualified, students will be employed as Registered Nurses by their sponsoring health care provider.

Many adult nurses then take extra courses to specialise in areas such as cancer care, women’s health, emergency department, critical care, practice nursing, health visiting or school nursing.

With this adult nursing degree, you can also work abroad. Registered nurses from the UK are highly regarded throughout the world.