BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
Top 20 in the UK for General Nursing. Guardian League Table 2023
Do you want to become a nurse? Successful completion of this adult nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified nurse.
Modern nursing is an exciting profession where nurses seeks to care for the patient holistically. The adult nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people across a wide range of healthcare settings. This course is part of the Nursing and Midwifery subject area which is ranked Top In Wales for course satisfaction and teaching - Guardian League Table 2021.
The field of adult nursing covers all aspects of caring for adolescents and adults with a range of health issues and challenges. During your nurse training, you’ll be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre and will also undertake work placements in a range of settings to ensure you have experience from a variety of areas within nursing.
Year One: Adult Nursing Degree
- The Essentials of Nursing Practice
- Assessing needs and creating therapeutic opportunities
- Promoting Health & Wellbeing
- Developing confidence in Practice: Practice 1
Year Two: Adult Nursing Degree
- Enhancing assessment & evidence-based interventions
- Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing
- Informed decision making in the practice environment
- Evidence-based practice: evaluating care within the context of practice
Year Three: Adult Nursing Degree
- Advancing knowledge, skills & therapeutic interventions
- Leading and managing quality care across settings
- The Nurse as an Educator
- Becoming a proficient practitioner
You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.
The nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks. Supervised practice placements are an integral part of the programme. There’s an equal split between theory and practice, which is integrated throughout all our nursing courses, Each academic year is split into four terms.
In term one, you will study in theory block in University followed by block in clinical practice. This pattern is repeated through the three-year programme. Please note that holidays are fixed for the duration of your nurse training.
You will be assessed using various methods. Whilst on placement you will be assigned a practice assessor/supervisor who will assess your achievements of the Practice Learning Outcomes.
The theoretical component will involve written assignments, case studies, examinations, development of health promotion tools, computer-based medication dosage calculations and clinically based reflective assignments.
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 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.
There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during your second year. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.
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.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
The entry criteria below reflect our standard entry requirements for the course for September 2023. However, all applications received by the University are reviewed holistically and individually. Entry criteria for September 2024 is changing and will be published on ucas.com from 8th May 2023. Entry criteria for September 2024 will be updated on our website from the end of October 2023.
We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.
Other qualifications and experience
We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.
To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.
If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here
Additional requirements include:
- All applicants are required to attend an interview. For further support on preparing for interview and what to expect at interview, please read our application advice.
- One satisfactory reference from someone who is able to comment on your attitude and approach to learning in a professional or academic sense.
- An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service.
- A satisfactory medical will be required once an offer has been made. We will contact you closer to your start date with details of how to obtain these.
We strongly advise applicants to take advantage of the advice available online, from demonstrating you have the relevant qualifications or experience, tips on writing your personal statement to advice on preparing for interview, we have a wealth of support and guidance available to applicants to ensure you are able to demonstrate that you have what it takes and make your application the best it can be. Please read: Application Advice
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 Access to HE Offer
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.
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 Mathematics. (Must have been achieved since 2016)
Full-time fees are per year. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme which provides access to a tuition fee bursary and support grant, as well as placement expenses.
To receive NHS funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their degree. Any applicant wishing to self-fund should refer to the fees outlined below. We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own NHS Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.
Applicants are welcome to self-fund and should refer to the fees outlined above and may be eligible for Student Finance Wales funding.
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9000
Full-time International: £14400
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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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.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Computers to Support Study
Students from the most deprived areas of Wales (bottom 20%) as ranked within the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) will be provided with £200 to purchase a computer to support their studies whilst on the course.
You can view your home address WIMD ranking at dataunitwales.gov.uk.
We strongly advise applicants to take advantage of the advice available online, from demonstrating you have the relevant qualifications or experience, tips on writing your personal statement to advice on preparing for an interview, we have a wealth of support and guidance available to applicants to ensure you are able to demonstrate that you have what it takes and make your application the best it can be.
Please read: Application Advice
We are currently unable to accept applications from students who require a Student Route Visa due to the funded nature and health board placements as part of the course.
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, many adult nurses 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.Salary
Fully qualified nurses start on salaries of £27,055 on Band 5 of the NHS Agenda for Change Pay Rates. Experienced nurses such as a nurse team leader on Band 6, earn between £33,706 to £40,588. At more senior levels such as nurse advanced, modern matron and nurse consultant (Bands 7 to 8c) salaries range from £41,659 to £77,274.
Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing can be found here.